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Memories of War: Letters reveal gripes of everyday Oklahomans

Oklahomans were behind the war effort, but that didn't mean they didn't have a few gripes here and there about the government...

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Oklahoma teen really wanted to fight overseas

Raymond L. Smith of Valliant wanted to fight in World War II, so much so that he fibbed about his age to join the Army.

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Decorated World War II flier's Oklahoma connection

Wesley Carroll survived a harrowing adventure in the Pacific he never wanted, and recovered in Oklahoma.

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Memories of War: One family's emotional roller coaster

Benjamin Riggs flew B-24s during World War II.

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OKC resident Chuck Hamrick played a key role in a historic, secret Cold War mission

Chuck Hamrick of OKC piloted a helicopter in a historic Cold War mission in which he picked up the skipper of the USS Nautilus...

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World War II widow Fern Bridges finally lays her husband to rest

World War II widow Fern Bridges finally lays her husband to rest

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Memories of War: Oklahoma WWII bomber crew member to be buried

Fletcher native Allen Chandler will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

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Paul Hatley landed on Omaha Beach like others, scared out of his wits

Paul Hatley arrived on Omaha Beach a day after the initial Allied invasion of Europe in WW II, but that didn't stop him from...

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Memories of War: How an Edmond school got its name

Russell Dougherty Elementary School is named after a bomber pilot killed in World War II.

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USS Oklahoma crew member identified

The native Arkansan had been aboard when the ship capsized on December 7, 1941.

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Memories of War: The fighting Wilhite brothers

Five Oklahoma brothers who served during World War II.

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Memories of War: Norman's Navy past

About 100,000 sailors passed through Norman during World War II.

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Born in Oklahoma, killed in Vietnam, he'll now be buried at Arlington

The recovered remains of Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Donald Hall, of Stroud, Oklahoma, who died in Vietnam, will be buried at...

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Jeb Reid got a call about his dad's World War II jacket. He thought it was still hanging in the closet.

Jeb Reid got a call about his father's World War II dress uniform jacket that he thought still hung in the closet of his...

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Memories of War: Rough times for German man in OKC

John Brink was accused of having pro-German sentiments.

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Memories of War: Honoring RAF pilots that trained in Oklahoma

A number of Royal Air Force pilots trained in Texas and Oklahoma during the war years.

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Memories of War: Seven Oklahomans captured

All appear to have survived the war.

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Memories of War: OKC man helps take out Japanese sub

Joe Wilderman fought in both Europe and the Pacific.

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Top-secret typist: Oklahoman worked alongside top military leaders in World War II

Yeoman Harvey Mercer didn’t know it at the time, but he was slated for a top-secret clearance and work in a logistics division...

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Memories of War: From Dachau to Shawnee

Kurt Weiss was taken to a concentration camp at 15 but lived to tell about it and later attended OBU.

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Memories of War: Classen graduate's wild ride

AV Peoples was a pilot, and a POW during World War II.

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Memories of War: Oklahoma City one year into WWII

A look at what was happening in Oklahoma City one year after Pearl Harbor.

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One soldier's story

A replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is on display through Veterans Day weekend at the Oklahoma History Center, where a...

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Memories of War: Halloween 1942

Halloween 1942 was a low-key affair in Oklahoma City. There was  some mischief, however. The Oklahoma Railway Company had...

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Memories of War: Japanese kid leads OKC scrap metal drive

Eugene Nakayama studied at Millwood School in October 1942. The 13-year-old was born in Colorado, the son of immigrants from...

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Memories of War: Bettie Davis visit dazzles OKC

By fall 1942 America was on its war footing and the government was looking for ways to help pay for the war. That's where war...

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Memories of War: Mapping out the battle

Maps were used by newspapers to illustrate the progress of the war and how major conflicts were playing out.

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Woodie Sylvester marched across North Africa and Europe in World War II, rubbing elbows with the powerful and witnessing the unimaginable.

Woodie Sylvester marched across North Africa and Europe in World War II, rubbing elbows with the powerful and witnessing the...

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Memories of War: OKC brother and sister pen patriotic song

By August 20, 1942 the United States was on a wartime footing. Propaganda posters, victory gardens and music were just some of...

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Letters from World War II provide OKC woman a link to the father she never knew

In World War II, Navy Seabee Edgar Barton sent more than 200 letters to his wife, Flossie, back home in Tecumseh, Oklahoma. The...

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OKC veteran recogonized by France

Born in Cordell and raised in Rocky, James Harvard London spent World War II as an infantryman in the 3rd Army marching through...

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Memories of War: OKC gets a bomber group

Beginning in early August 1942, Will Rogers Field (present day Will Rodgers World Airport) received a bomber group that would...

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Memories of War: OKC's pint-sized commandos

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Memories of War: A visit home for an 18-year-old sailor

By the time July 1942 rolled around, 18-year-old Oklahoma City resident L.B. Parkhurst was already a grizzled veteran of the...

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Oklahoma City World War II vet recalls service aboard USS Enterprise

Roy Wright grew up poor in rural Oklahoma, but World War II delivered him from that period of his life and almost killed him in...

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Memories of War: The animal mascots of Midwest Air Depot

Soldiers both home and abroad during World War II often missed the comforts of home. For some, that was home cooking, a...

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Memories of War: OKC hit hard by Corregidor surrender

By early May, the United States forces in the Philippines were in a lot of trouble. Surrounded by the Japanese, eventually they...

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Memories of War: OKC's streetcar system widely used

A tire shortage, petrol rationing and a freeze on new car production made driving during World War II a bit more of a hassle...

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OKC soldier's remains returned to family 75 years later

Harold Hirschi was assigned to Headquarters Squadron of the 19th Bombardment Group when the Japanese invaded the Philippines....

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Memories of War: Oklahoma's fighting families

It wasn't unusual to see three, four or even five sons from one family serve in the military during World War II. The plot...

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173rd Airborne Brigade veterans hold Oklahoma City reunion

173rd Airborne Brigade veterans hold Oklahoma City reunion

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Memories of War: Durant pilot fights for the RAF

Moran Morris was born in Caddo and grew up in Duran and attended school at the now defunct Oklahoma Military Academy. He was 24...

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Memories of War: The perfect Mother's Day gift

Forget the flowers or the Sunday brunch. In 1942 you could get mom a Gen. Douglas MacArthur commemorative plate for just $1 at...

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Memories of War: Springtime brings bad news to Oklahoma

Early May 1942 brought with it tough news that wasn't completely unexpected. During the first four months of the war Oklahoma...

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Week in Review Podcast: Budget Showdown, Gross Production Tax, and Memories of War Series

The Oklahoman's team discusses the budget showdown taking place at the state Capitol and the gross production tax. Plus, Matt...

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The Oklahoman's Week in Review: Budget Showdown, Gross Production Tax and Memories of War Series

A look at the budget showdown taking place at the state Capitol, and an in-depth look at the gross production tax. Plus, Matt...

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Memories of War: Thanks for your letters, photos and stories

Since The Oklahoman began its Memories of War project in December the response from readers has been overwhelming. More than...

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Memories of War: Navy vet recalls Doolittle Raid

As a strategic military operation, the Doolittle Raid didn't amount to much. But as a morale booster, it was exactly what the...

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Enid physician Percy Smithe's letters from Europe chronicled the lead up to the U.S. entry into World War I

Enid physician Percy Smithe treated casualties from World War I in the years before the United States joined the conflict.

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More than 85,000 Oklahomans marched off to WWI

100 years ago today, America declared war on the German Empire, marking the country's official entry into World War I. More...

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Memories of War: Oklahoma's kids join the fight

Seven year-old Dow Dozier was busy playing at a friend's house when the news broke that the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor....

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Memories of War: "The worst hell a soldier could imagine"

Attached are some pictures of my father. My father rarely talked about his war experience. Probably because he was a Japanese...

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Memories of War: WWII fighter pilot from OKC received medal from Gen. Douglas MacArthur

Just six weeks after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, Marshall Anderson perished after his fighter was...

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Memories of War: The "Wild Man" gets his due

James Morehead was known as the "Wild Man" for his bravery and flying acumen.

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Memories of War: Business is booming in OKC

Most Oklahomans probably never wanted a war with Japan or Germany, but when war came the city made the most of its potential...

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Memories of War: Consumers warned of radio shortage

During World War II, Americans were facing shortages of products, including radios and phonographs.

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Memories of War : Oklahoma City's POWs

At least 55 Oklahomans were captured by the Japanese during the early days of World War II, including at least nine from...

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Memories of War: An afternoon with a hero

Beginning in December The Oklahoman has been chronicling the history of World War II through its archives and stories from...

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Memories of War: Clinton family goes all out for war effort

There was no shortage of Oklahomans willing to help out the war effort. Planes were built in Oklahoma City. Young men and women...

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Memories of War: The daylight savings time you've probably never heard of

We all know to spring forward and fall back. But during the early days of World War II there was a wintertime switch. President...

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Memories of War: Scenes from Oklahoma's war machine

Midwest City became a hub of aviation activity during World War II, and that legacy lives on today at Tinker Air Force Base...

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Memories of War: The first Oklahomans to die

Oklahomans died at Pearl Harbor, the first salvo in what would become a 4-year-journey into war. But then the draft began. And...

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Memories of War: From girdles to gasoline, rationing comes to Oklahoma

By the beginning of 1942, the initial shock of Pearl Harbor and the United States' entry into World War II were beginning to...

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Memories of War : Oklahoma's pacifists

World War II brought the country together like never before. War bonds were sold. Scrap metal drives were held. People were...

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Memories of War: The rituals of patriotism

As America began its long path through the war, patriotism was in fashion. The January 27, 1942 edition of The Oklahoman...

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Memories of War: Censoring Oklahoma weather reports

One of the most famous phrases to come out of World War II was "Loose lips sink ships". The point was, the more people talk...

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Memories of War: Vintage wartime advertising

Taking a look back at how The Oklahoman covered World War II and its impact on the state is an interesting experience that...

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Memories of War: Love finds a way, even through a war and blizzard

The war stopped a lot of things during the years the world suffered through it, but it couldn't stop romance and one...

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Memories of War: Oklahoman remembers the Battle of the Bulge

Clayton Barnwell will never forget the cold and bloody winter of 1944 when he was a 19-year-old Army medic and he found himself...

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Nebraska lab is ground zero in effort to identify 429 who died aboard USS Oklahoma

Nebraska’s Offutt Air Force Base is now ground zero in a recent effort to identify the remains of men killed on the USS...

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Oklahoma City: The day after Pearl Harbor

The day after Pearl Harbor Oklahoma City was reacting just like the rest of the country. The city was awash in men able and...

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Oklahoman recalls Pearl Harbor horrors

Bud Gilbert has lived long enough to see the 75th anniversary of one of the worst days in American History. Gilbert was in...

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Commemorating history: A look back at Pearl Harbor anniversaries through the pages of The Oklahoman

A look back at Pearl Harbor anniversaries through the pages of The Oklahoman

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Memories of War: Oklahomans remember US on brink of World War II

75 years ago, America sat on the brink of war. Oklahomans look back.

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'Memories of War' project seeks readers' help

The Oklahoman begins a series “Memories of War,” which will include photos, videos, archival accounts, interviews and other...