August 26, 2001 |
Nevada's oldest veteran, never before recognized for his service in World War I, was honored with a medal from the French government. It was a milestone day for William Brown, who was celebrating his 107th birthday. He was awarded the Legion of Honor by the French government at a ceremony at an American Legion Post here. So segregated was the U.S. Army in the early 20th century that Pvt.
February 24, 1991 |
As the U.S.-led allies proceed with a final land offensive, a major role almost certainly will be played by the 1st Marine Division, comprised of 20,000 troops housed in peacetime at this sprawling base in rural San Diego County and at Twentynine Palms in San Bernardino.
November 12, 1988 |
One by one, they all faded away, until this year only one old soldier remained--the last of 32 World War I veterans who more than half a century ago entered a solemn covenant to meet on every Armistice Day until death had reduced their ranks to one. They called it the Last Man Club.
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April 24, 2001 |
Armenians throughout Southern California will gather today for a series of public events to remember victims of the first-recorded genocide of the 20th century, when an estimated 1.5 million people were killed by the Turks during World War I. A protest will be held in front of the Turkish Consulate, 4801 Wilshire Blvd., at 3 p.m. Thousands are expected to march, chant and hold protest signs that call for the Turkish government's acknowledgment of the genocide, which it has long denied.
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April 20, 1999 |
When one of the best-known medals in the world was pinned to his checked blazer Monday, Ralph Latson pulled his 103-year-old frame to a standing position and proudly puffed out his chest. "This is a grand ol' day I'll never forget," he said simply, glancing down at the prestigious National Order of the Legion of Honor medal that dangled over his heart.
November 8, 1996 |
The guns of November roar Sunday. "The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century" is as elegant and intoxicating as any documentary to appear on television, and also as ghastly--eight hours of emotional thunderbolts powerful enough to convert possibly the most gung-ho hawk to pacifism. Granted four consecutive evenings on PBS, this memorial to World War I--and its 9 million dead and millions more physically and emotionally wounded--may wring you like a rag.
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June 23, 1994 |
As Paul Jarrett, 99, recounted his World War I experiences, his voice was strong and his spirit bright. The memories were clear in his mind, as though the events had happened yesterday. "About a month after war was declared, in April, 1917, I knew I would be drafted, so I enlisted," said Jarrett, who was then 21 and running a stockyard in Osceola, Neb.
December 6, 1997 |
The UCLA history department on Friday narrowly rejected a $1-million offer from the Turkish government to endow a chair in Turkish and Ottoman history, agreeing with Armenian American critics that the terms of the gift could compromise academic freedom.
May 28, 1990 |
In Southern California, Memorial Day marks the start of a sacred tradition: the beach season. Beer and Coppertone and wine coolers. Across the nation, it is a day of rest, of barbecues, of swimming pool glare. But it was not always so. The custom of decorating the graves of war dead with flowers started in Waterloo, N.Y., about a year after the Civil War ended.
November 8, 1998 |
Pvt. Homer Fisher of the rear guard is at his post, remembering. As he sits at a table in the Veterans Home of California in Yountville, sunlight from the adjacent Domaine Chandon vineyards sets aglow his blue eyes, his pink skin, his thin white hair. His recollections march in formation across the middle distance: Once again, the 56th Engineers parade before President Woodrow Wilson in Washington on Independence Day in 1917.