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Family of WWII flying ace known for his mercy by aiming at enemy planes' engines are forced to sell his medals to pay for hero's care home fees

Family of WWII flying ace known for his mercy by aiming at enemy planes' engines are forced to sell his medals to pay for hero's care home fees | World at War | Scoop.it
Wing Commander Bransome 'Branse' Burbridge, now 93, was the RAF's most prolific night-fighter pilot of the war, claiming 21 enemy kills. He has Alzheimer's and lives in care in Chorelywood, Herts.
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Patrick K. Hallinan, Department of Army: Grant Military Burial Honors to Women WWII Pilots

Patrick K. Hallinan, Department of Army: Grant Military Burial Honors to Women WWII Pilots | World at War | Scoop.it
During WWII a brave group of women joined the war effort by enlisting in the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP).  These women pilots worked stateside ferrying planes, towing targets for gunnery training, and serving as instruments instructors for male pilots.  Over 25,000 women applied to the WASP but only 1,074 were accepted and made it through the rigorous training program.  Thirty-eight of these pilots died in service to their country. 
Near the end of WWII the WASP were disbanded and nearly forgotten.  After decades of lobbying, the WASP finally earned veteran status.  See a copy of law 95-202 which granted them veteran status here ( http://uscode.house.gov/statutes/pl/95/202.pdf ).  In 2009, the WASP were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by President Obama.
Despite being granted veteran status and the ability to receive benefits through the Veterans Administration (VA), WASP are not guaranteed military burial rights. Arlington National Cemetery and other military cemeteries are not managed by the VA. They are still under the Department of the Army, which makes its own rules. 
Arlington National Cemetery currently asserts that "active duty" veterans qualify for burial there. However groups authorized under 95-202 are "active duty designees" and the Arlington has stated they do not qualify. The rules, however, don't distinguish between these two terms.
The mission statement of Arlington National Cemetery asserts, “On behalf of the American people, lay to rest those who have served our nation with dignity and honor, treating their families with respect and compassion”.  ( http://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/About/Mission-Vision
The WASP were the first American women trained to fly military aircraft.  They answered their country’s call at a time of dire need.  They fought for decades to gain recognition.  Their service and hard work should afford them the right to be buried alongside other veterans.
We, the grandchildren of Elaine Danforth Harmon ( http://memory.loc.gov/diglib/vhp-stories/loc.natlib.afc2001001.30070/ ), are initiating this petition specifically to support our efforts to secure inurnment of our grandmother’s ashes at Arlington National Cemetery.  She was incredibly proud of her service as a WASP and she loved her country.  Arlington National Cemetery states, "Service to country is the common thread that binds all who are remembered and honored at Arlington," and our grandmother certainly embodied that ideal.  It was her wish to be inurned at Arlington alongside her sister WASP and other veterans who proudly served this country.
The purpose of this petition is to request that the Secretary of the Army update the policy of Arlington National Cemetery to recognize the WASP and other groups covered under law 95-202 as eligible for inurnment in the columbarium. 
Please sign this petition to show your support for Elaine Harmon and for all of the WASP and the other groups included under law 95-202.
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Doolittle Raid exhibit of World War II artifacts opens at Palm-Aire - Bradenton Herald

Doolittle Raid exhibit of World War II artifacts opens at Palm-Aire - Bradenton Herald | World at War | Scoop.it
Doolittle Raid exhibit of items collected by Bryan Moon opens to public at Palm-Aire
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How South America Became a Nazi Haven - History

How South America Became a Nazi Haven - History | World at War | Scoop.it
Find out how and why South America became a safe haven for thousands of former Nazi party members and SS officers after World War II.
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Veteran takes action to help reunite WWII Vet with long lost love - wtkr.com

Veteran takes action to help reunite WWII Vet with long lost love - wtkr.com | World at War | Scoop.it
Virginia Beach, Va. - Last week, Norwood Thomas sat down at his computer and reconnected with Joyce Durrant, a woman he planned to marry before World War II got in the way. The following Friday, No...
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Families of missing soldiers remain hopeful - Press Herald

Families of missing soldiers remain hopeful - Press Herald | World at War | Scoop.it
Specialists from the Department of Defense's POW/MIA Accounting Agency meet with families in South Portland to tell them what is being done to recover the remains of their missing loved ones.
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Treasure Hunters Claim Discovery of Infamous Nazi Gold Train - New Historian

Treasure Hunters Claim Discovery of Infamous Nazi Gold Train - New Historian | World at War | Scoop.it
As legend has it, the Nazi train was loaded in what was then the German city of Breslau (now Wroclaw, Poland) with 300 tons of gold then driven into a tunnel somewhere near a medieval cliff-top castle and abandoned there as the Soviet army neared...
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Hürtgen Forest: America's Longest, Most Costly Battle During World War II - Task & Purpose

Hürtgen Forest: America's Longest, Most Costly Battle During World War II - Task & Purpose | World at War | Scoop.it
At the Battle of the Hürtgen Forest, over 4,500 American troops were killed and wounded — and for the cost, very little ground was gained.
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Twin brothers separated by World War II, reunited in national cemetery - Gainesville Sun

Twin brothers separated by World War II, reunited in national cemetery - Gainesville Sun | World at War | Scoop.it
BUSHNELL - At 9 a.m. Monday, six members of the U.S. Marine Corps strode around the front of a columbarium at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. Clouds rolled in from the north. The grass was still dewy beneath their boots.
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B-17 shot down in World War II connects two Kansas men - Salina Journal

B-17 shot down in World War II connects two Kansas men - Salina Journal | World at War | Scoop.it
Before the B-17 bomber took off into the English sky, ground crew chief Master Sgt. Hubert “Hub” Konzem had never lost a plane.
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World War II nurse embodied 'sweet' nickname - Daily Comet

World War II nurse embodied 'sweet' nickname - Daily Comet | World at War | Scoop.it
A Thibodaux native and resident who was one of the oldest living female World War II veterans in Louisiana was best described by her nickname, loved ones say.
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November 8, 1923: Adolf Hitler Attempts a Coup in Germany—the 'Beer Hall Putsch' - The Nation.

November 8, 1923: Adolf Hitler Attempts a Coup in Germany—the 'Beer Hall Putsch' - The Nation. | World at War | Scoop.it
On this day in 1923 Adolf Hitler attempted a hostile takeover of Germany, by staging the famous “beer hall putsch” in Munich.
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Hitler marble bust by official sculptor found in Poland - Yahoo News

Hitler marble bust by official sculptor found in Poland - Yahoo News | World at War | Scoop.it
Yahoo News Hitler marble bust by official sculptor found in Poland Yahoo News Warsaw (AFP) - Polish construction workers have dug up a marble bust of Adolf Hitler by one of the Third Reich's official sculptors during work at a museum in the...
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Germany is still paying £70k every year in pensions for Spain's WW2 volunteers - Daily Mail

Germany is still paying £70k every year in pensions for Spain's WW2 volunteers - Daily Mail | World at War | Scoop.it
Germany's taxpayers have funded the annual payments for the 'Nazi collaborators' ever since 1962, when a deal was struck with Spain's fascist dictator Francisco Franco.
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The Secret WWII Club That Healed Burned Pilots and Revolutionized Plastic Surgery - Gizmodo

The Secret WWII Club That Healed Burned Pilots and Revolutionized Plastic Surgery - Gizmodo | World at War | Scoop.it
One of the most exclusive clubs in Great Britain is not full of hereditary peers and socialites, but instead counts former pilots and servicemen as its chief members. It’s called the Guinea Pig Club and membership dues are steep.
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Letter from WWII Dutch resistance fighter delivered to family 72 years later - Deutsche Welle

Letter from WWII Dutch resistance fighter delivered to family 72 years later - Deutsche Welle | World at War | Scoop.it
The family of a Dutch resistance fighter killed during the war received his farewell letter only now. One family member described the discovery as "extremely emotional."
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German 'Nazi grandma' sentenced to 10 months in prison for Holocaust denial - Telegraph.co.uk

German 'Nazi grandma' sentenced to 10 months in prison for Holocaust denial - Telegraph.co.uk | World at War | Scoop.it
Ursula Haverbeck, an 87-year-old grandmother, insisted at her trial that Auschwitz was "not historically proven" to be a death camp
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Box of World War II-era photos and love letters finds its way home - AOL News

Box of World War II-era photos and love letters finds its way home - AOL News | World at War | Scoop.it
A box full of documents detailing the life of a World War II veteran was recently returned to his family after sitting in an attic for years.
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American soldier's WWII dog tag found in Italy finds way back to New Mexico - Fox News

American soldier's WWII dog tag found in Italy finds way back to New Mexico - Fox News | World at War | Scoop.it
A months-long search to return a dog tag found near the town of Anzio in Italy has ended 5,800 miles away in New Mexico.
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Nazi war criminal's Argentine grandson granted name change - The Times of Israel

Nazi war criminal's Argentine grandson granted name change - The Times of Israel | World at War | Scoop.it
Tomas Erick Ramon Priebke Ortiz began legal process after death of grandfather Erich Priebke in 2013
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Men once enemies during WWII, now friends living in Christiansburg - WDBJ7

Men once enemies during WWII, now friends living in Christiansburg - WDBJ7 | World at War | Scoop.it
Two veterans in Christiansburg are now friends, but during World War II they were enemies. They have stories to tell that could fill volumes.
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Brooklyn to 'hell': World War II letter home unearthed - New York Daily News

Brooklyn to 'hell': World War II letter home unearthed - New York Daily News | World at War | Scoop.it
The four pages, unearthed 70 years after their origin, are simple and detailed: One young man, one typewriter, together aboard the U.S.S.
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Nazi sons Niklas Frank and Horst von Wachter look back at 'What Our Fathers Did' - Daily Mail

Nazi sons Niklas Frank and Horst von Wachter look back at 'What Our Fathers Did' - Daily Mail | World at War | Scoop.it
A new film tells the story of Horst von Wächter, the son of a Nazi official who refuses to believe the evil that his father did, and Niklas Frank, whose own father was evil beyond belief.
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The story of German POWs in Utah during World War II - Daily Herald

The story of German POWs in Utah during World War II - Daily Herald | World at War | Scoop.it
Utah was the scene of several prisoner-of-war camps to which German POWs were sent after they were captured by Allied troops during World War II.
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'Nazi gold train' investigators start surveying site in Poland - The Guardian

'Nazi gold train' investigators start surveying site in Poland - The Guardian | World at War | Scoop.it
Embankment to be searched with thermal imaging cameras to verify existence of possible cargo of stolen gold and artworks
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Experts to inspect alleged site of 'Nazi treasure train' - Yahoo News

Experts to inspect alleged site of 'Nazi treasure train' - Yahoo News | World at War | Scoop.it
Yahoo News Experts to inspect alleged site of 'Nazi treasure train' Yahoo News A first group of experts, including the two men who claimed to have found the armoured Nazi train, will likely start their non-invasive search early next week, according...
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