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    Unknown Valor

    Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum provided a history of World War II’s Battle of Iwo Jima that took place in February and March of 1945. This was a virtual event hosted by the Ronald Reagan…

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    Women Spies of World War II

    Entertainer Josephine Baker, Baltimore resident Virginia Hall, and Muslim pacifist Noor Khan were recruited as spies during World War II. CIA Museum Deputy Director Janelle Neises and…

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    Hattiesburg

    University of North Carolina history Professor William Sturkey provided a history of the Jim Crow South through the lives of Black Americans who lived in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. This was…

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    The Army Nurse

    According to this 1945 War Department film, 57,000 women served as Army nurses during World War II. Produced by the Army Signal Corps for the Treasury Department, this short film was…

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    Douglas MacArthur's Military Career

    University of Mary Washington history Professor Porter Blakemore evaluated the military career of General Douglas MacArthur, from his West Point graduation in 1903 to being relieved of command by…

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    World War II "Smart Weapons"

    Jamie Holmes is the author of 12 Seconds of Silence: How a Team of Inventors, Tinkerers, and Spies Took Down a Nazi Superweapon. World War II German V bombers took 12 seconds to drop on their targets. The Allied…

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    40 Thieves on Saipan

    Joseph Tachovsky and Cynthia Kraack told the story of Joseph Tachovsky’s father, Frank, and the elite platoon of Marines he commanded in the Battle of Saipan during World War II. This…

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    Eugene Bullard, Black American Expatriate and French War Hero

    University of Georgia professor John Morrow, Jr. recounted the life story of Eugene Bullard. Bullard grew up in Georgia but, dissatisfied with the prospects for Black Americans in the Jim Crow…

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    The Holocaust: One Family's Survival Story

    In observance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the National World War II Museum hosted an online event with survivor Steven Hess. Hess and his sister Marion are one of the few sets of…

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    Women During World War II

    Texas Woman’s University Professor Katherine Landdeck taught a class about the ways American women contributed to the World War II effort. She detailed the expectations for women on the…

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    World Wars I and II Firearms

    Firearms expert George Dillman explained the evolution of rifles and carbines used during World Wars I and II. He discussed more than 20 firearms of the era, detailing the manufacturing…

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    A War Orphan's Search for Her Father

    Janice Crandell Powers was an infant when her father, World War II B-24 bomber pilot Leonard Crandell, was shot down over Germany on March 24, 1945. In her memoir Pieces of Us, she…

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    Tuskegee Airman Charles McGee

    Brigadier General Charles McGee looked back at his military career, particularly his time with the Tuskegee Airmen - African American military pilots who served in segregated Army Air Corps…

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    Manhattan Project Engineer Larry O'Rourke Oral History Interview

    In an interview conducted by the Atomic Heritage Foundation, Lawrence O’Rourke recalled his time as an engineer for the Manhattan Project. After being drafted into the Army Reserves in 1943, he was one…

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    Manhattan Project Lab Assistant James Forde Oral History Interview

    In an interview conducted by the Atomic Heritage Foundation, James Forde recounted his experience as a lab assistant in New York City for the Manhattan Project. He was responsible for cleaning tubes…

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    Manhattan Project Construction Worker CJ Mitchell

    CJ Mitchell recounted his time as a construction worker in Hanford, Washington, beginning in the late 1940s. The site was used for atomic weapons production in World War II and during the Cold War. In…

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    Manhattan Project Engineer Roger Rohrbacher

    Roger Rohrbacher was an instrument engineer for the Manhattan Project’s B Reactor, the world’s first production-scale nuclear reactor, in Hanford, Washington. He was responsible for measuring neutron flow…

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    World War II Veteran Ben Bederson Oral History Interview

    In this National World War II Museum oral history recorded in 2016, Army veteran Ben Bederson talked about his assignment to the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos and working on the ignition…

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    Trinity Test 75th Anniversary

    The test of the first nuclear bomb occurred in the desert of New Mexico on July 16, 1945. Known as “Trinity,” its purpose was to assess the effectiveness of a plutonium implosion…

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    War of Shadows

    Historian and journalist Gorshom Gorenberg looked at the work of Allied codebreakers during World War II as they attempted to stop Rommel’s Axis army in the North African theater. This was…

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