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ENTERTAINMENT
May 22, 1993
TBS presents an extended installment of "National Geographic Explorer" this Sunday at 6 p.m. that follows Robert Ballard, discoverer of the sunken Titanic and the Bismarck, to the final resting place of "The Lost Fleet of Guadalcanal." Military historians and veterans help Ballard identify 14 of the 50 American, Australian and Japanese warships that were destroyed 50 years ago during the famous World War II battle in the southwestern Pacific.
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NEWS
February 25, 1988
Charles Banks, 73, a retired Marine Corps brigadier general who fought with Edson's Raiders at Guadalcanal in World War II and won the Navy Cross for heroism in the Korean War. Banks was awarded the Navy Cross for extreme bravery during the Marine breakout from the Chosin Reservoir in Korea. Banks, whose decorations also included the Silver Star, retired from the Marines in 1959 and entered business.
NEWS
January 28, 1998
George Wendelken, 81, who played Freckles in the classic "Our Gang" comedy shorts of the 1920s. After his years as a child star ended, Wendelken became well-known during World War II. He was a Seabee, a member of the Navy Construction Corps, and was wounded during fighting on Guadalcanal. His experience won him appointment as the first Enlisted Man's Representative in Washington, D.C., for the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.
OPINION
July 22, 2010 | By William J. Astore
When I was a kid in the 1970s, I loved reading accounts of American bravery during World War II. And I was proud that my uncle had earned a Bronze Star for his service on Guadalcanal. So it came as something of a shock when, in 1980, I first heard Yoda's summary of warriors and war in "The Empire Strikes Back." Luke Skywalker, if you remember, tells the wizened Jedi master that he seeks "a great warrior." "Wars not make one great," Yoda replies. I was struck by the truth of that statement even then, as I was preparing for a career in the military.
NEWS
May 20, 1986 | United Press International
Cyclone Namu slammed into Guadalcanal and the rest of the Solomon Islands with winds up to 140 m.p.h., causing widespread destruction that left thousands of villagers homeless and as many as 50 missing, reports said today.
NEWS
November 11, 1988 | Associated Press
President Reagan signed legislation Thursday granting a World War II veteran injured at Guadalcanal the disability benefits he was denied by the Navy because he lied about his age when he enlisted at age 12. Reagan said Calvin L. Graham "is a veteran of Navy and Marine Corps service who has honorably served his country." The act provides that dental injuries Graham suffered at the Battle of Guadalcanal will be considered a permanent service-connected disability incurred in the line of duty.
BOOKS
August 3, 1986 | Ronald Spector, Spector, professor of history at the University of Alabama, is the author of "Eagle Against the Sun: The American War With Japan." and
Last April, the Japanese held a special national celebration of the 60th anniversary of the reign of Emperor Hirohito. A figure out of the history books, he is, at age 85 not only the world's longest reigning monarch but the most long-lived of all his 124 predecessors in an imperial line that Japanese tradition holds stretches back more than 26 centuries.
NATIONAL
October 4, 2012 | By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Doug Sterner drives from his cluttered apartment here to the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., carrying a portable photocopier and a belief in American heroes. Inside the Navy archives, he flips through thousands of typed index cards detailing bravery in battle. Sterner pulls out a card and starts reading. He's mesmerized by this story: Charles Valentine August, a Navy pilot who shot down two enemy planes in World War II, was later shot down himself and captured in North Africa.
SPORTS
June 5, 2008 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
NEW YORK -- Big Brown, who has had success starting from the outside, will test the inside in Saturday's $1-million Belmont Stakes. Big Brown, attempting to become the first horse to win the Triple Crown in 30 years, got post position No. 1 in Wednesday's draw at Belmont Park and was installed as the 2-5 favorite. Big Brown won the Kentucky Derby from the 20th and outside post and the Florida Derby from the 11th and outside post. So the rail wasn't what trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. wanted.
WORLD
April 28, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The explosives-laden wreck of a World War II torpedo boat has risen from the Pacific Ocean off the Solomon Islands, pushed above the water by a powerful earthquake, an official said Friday. The boat was exposed when reefs rose 10 feet above sea level during a magnitude 8.1 quake that caused a tsunami early this month, killing 52 people, said Jay Waura of the Solomons' National Disaster Management Office.
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