Leon Wilson Van Sickle

...June 4, 1923. The family eventually made their home in Mountain Home, Idaho when he joined the US Marines at the beginning of WWII.Lee enlisted as a rifleman but was put into the position of Message Center Chief instead. He was a replacement after Guadalcanal...
Recent and upcoming Alaska books

...Olympia Wash., is a librarian and journalism instructor at South Puget Sound Community College."Attu Boy: A Young Alaskan's WWII Memoir" by Nick Golodoff, University of Alaska Press, May 2015. Author Nick Golodoff became a Japanese prisoner of war at...
WWII-era tugboat sinks in Gastineau Channel

The 96-foot tugboat Challenger was born in August 1944 in Wilmington, California. It died about 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015. It was 71 years old.
Empire Editorial: We wish you were here, Mr. President

...first presidential trip to Alaska, bringing future president Herbert Hoover with him. Franklin Roosevelt stopped in during WWII, then found the fishing better off Juneau than any other place he visited in Alaska. Even Richard Nixon stopped by, though...
VA secretary pays tribute to WWII Alaska Native militia

ANCHORAGE - Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald paid tribute Wednesday to those who served in the Alaska Territorial Guard during World War II.
Japan's secret campaign against the U.S.

...Oregon in the 1960s. No one has been injured since the end of WWII - but you may be aware that six Oregonians (including five children...only deaths from enemy action on the U.S. mainland during WWII. A monument was dedicated there in 1950.
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Empire Editorial: Happy birthday, U.S. Coast Guard

...from a path of wrecked ships to a reliable transportation artery by installing navigation lights and signals. During WWI and WWII, the Coast Guard protected Alaska's shores. The Coast Guard cutter Storis was among the first ships through the Northwest...
Police & Fire for Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015

...reported the theft of a rifle from his home in the 17400 block of Point Lena Loop Road sometime since mid-April. The pre-WWII Springfield .30-06 is worth $500.? At 10:54 p.m. Friday, a 62-year-old man reported his black Ford Ranger was...

The black and white photograph published in Monday's Empire about WWII veterans from Hoonah is of Edwin Harvey Lindoff. The caption erroneously said it was of William Horton, who also is a veteran from Hoonah.
WWII, Korean War vets feted in honor flight

HOMER - Sixteen million men and women served in World War II. Of those, 2 million remain alive.


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