Iowa sailor killed in Pearl Harbor attack laid to rest
Seaman 1st Class David Franklin Tidball, a 20-year-old when the Japanese attacked on Dec. 7, 1941, was laid to rest in a family plot at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Independence, Iowa.
Why frustration lingers in Okinawa 50 years later
Okinawa on Sunday marks the 50th anniversary of its return to Japan on May 15, 1972, which ended 27 years of U.S. rule after one of the bloodiest battles of World War II was fought on the southern Japanese island.
Okinawa 50 years since return: Koza steak house owner tells of life with US troops
The Okinawan culture of eating steak was originally fostered in the Koza area in Okinawa City, which sits right next to the U.S. Kadena Air Base.
Christmas Cavalcade in Germany, 1948
Wiesbaden, Germany, December 1948: Among the many celebrities on hand for the 1948 Christmas Cavalcade tour of U.S. bases in Europe were organizer Bob Hope, actress Irene Ryan (later known as Granny Clampett in the “Beverly Hillbillies” TV show) and World War II Medal of Honor recipient Gen. Jimmy Doolittle.
Despite ‘considerable’ damage in USS The Sullivans, naval park hopes to preserve artifacts
The treasures of the USS The Sullivans’ Memorial Room were saved as the World War II-era destroyer was listing in the Buffalo River in mid-April. But worries remain about the rooms that were an estimated 70% submerged.
Obama’s inaugural concert, 2009
Washington, D.C., January 2009: Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen, backed by a choir, perform at soon-to-be President Barack Obama’s inaugural concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
John Canley receives the Medal of Honor, 2018
Washington, D.C., Oct. 17, 2018: Retired Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. John L. Canley is awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in the brutal Battle of Hue during the Vietnam War.
Racing legend Stirling Moss, 1965
Frankfurt, West Germany, December 1965: Auto-racing legend Stirling Moss gets kisses from a couple of flight attendants after arriving at the Frankfurt airport. Moss won 212 races of all kinds in his career, which began in 1948 and ended with a 1962 crash that left him in a coma for six months. Sixteen of his wins were in Formula One Grand Prix events.
Japanese writer who documented World War II Tokyo firebombing dies
Katsumoto Saotome, a Japanese writer who gathered the accounts of survivors of the U.S. firebombing of Tokyo in World War II to raise awareness of the massive civilian deaths and the importance of peace, has died. He was 90.
Basketball in Beirut, 1983
Beirut, Lebanon, February 1983: U.S. Marines guarding the perimeter of Beirut International Airport take time out for a basketball game.
Navy seaman from Iowa killed at Pearl Harbor in WWII identified, to be buried in hometown
David F. Tidball, 20, a seaman first class, was on the USS Oklahoma, which sustained multiple torpedo hits, causing it to capsize. His body recently was identified by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, and he will be buried at 1 p.m. Saturday in Independence, Iowa.
Redstone missile exercise, 1962
Stuttgart, Germany, July 1962: A crew member handles the liquid oxygen line to a Redstone missile during an exercise at Panzer Kasern in Stuttgart. The dependable 70-foot Redstone, added to the USAREUR arsenal in 1958, had a range of up to 200 miles; it was also the vehicle used for the first two American manned spaceflights.
Dean Smith and Bob Cousy, 1955
Mannheim, Germany, September 1955: Bob Cousy, right, takes a shot as Fuerstenfeldbruck player (and future University of North Carolina coaching legend) Dean Smith defends during the 1955 USAFE basketball clinic. According to a Stripes report about the clinic, Cousy’s “dribbling exploits while demonstrating maneuvers here have several times brought forth spontaneous applause from the USAFE, Army and NATO coaches.”
World War I Navy hero may get Medal of Honor 52 years after death
Frederick Riefkohl is one of 214 World War I minority veterans identified thus far by the Valor Medals Review Project, a Congress-authorized study spearheaded by Park University near Kansas City, Mo.
A war with Russia led Florence Nightingale to revolutionize nursing
Nightingale sought to ensure that the medical crisis she witnessed in the Crimean War would never again occur. Now, as the nation celebrates National Nurses Week, nursing is again in crisis amid the COVID pandemic.
Ready for a test fire, 1959
South Korea, February 1959: First Lt. Frank M. Powell, right, an Honest John battery commander with the U.S. 4th Missile Command, watches as a crewman carefully readies a rocket for a test firing.
Search in Mosul, 2004
Mosul, Iraq, October 2004: Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment stand vigilant during an early-morning search of a neighborhood in Mosul.
Sea turtles on Torii Beach, 2002
Torii Station, Okinawa, August 2002: Lifeguard Mayo Miyazato and her 10-year-old son, Zen, release 19 baby sea turtles they found scampering across Torii Beach. After keeping the turtles safe in an aquarium for a few hours, Torii personnel released the turtles during high tide to allow them easy access to the ocean without having to crawl over the reef in low tide.
Christening the USS Ronald Reagan, 2001
Newport News, Va., March 2001: With a firm, two-handed grip, former first lady Nancy Reagan smashes the ceremonial bottle of champagne against the hull of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier christened in the name of her husband, Ronald Reagan. The ceremony, attended by President George W. Bush, was held on the couple’s 49th wedding anniversary at Nancy Reagan’s request.