BY ANDY SMITH Journal Staff Writer [email protected] It sounds like a Hollywood thriller, maybe starring Matt Damon or Brad Pitt. It’s World War II. A young B-17 pilot bails out over occupied Belgium after his bomber, the Damn Yankee, is damaged by German flak on a bombing run and swarmed by German fighters. The date […]

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World War II Foundation Chairman Tim Gray appeared on WPRO-AM 630 in Providence, RI recently to talk about the foundation’s latest film and 11th overall WWII documentary, Above and Beyond: The Incredible Escape of Jewish-American B-17 Pilot Bruce Sundlun from Nazi-Occupied Europe in World War II. The documentary premieres on August 21st at the Providence […]

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Blues Brother Dan Aykroyd hosting a night to honor the Greatest Generation and raising some dough for the World War II Foundation and its mission chronicling the lives of WWII veterans for Public Television at the Seaport World Trade Center … Dan hitting the Mija Cantina & Tequila Bar with pal John Lyons … The […]

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Hollywood icon Dan Aykroyd (Saturday Night Live, Trading Places, The Blues Brothers, Ghostbusters, Coneheads, Tommy Boy, 1941, Pearl Harbor, Spies Like Us, 50 First Dates, Neighbors, Dragnet, Canadian Bacon and many other films and TV series) hosts an evening to honor the veterans of World War II at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston, […]

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‘Band of Brothers’ reunites for D-Day Ben Caplan and other actors from HBO series visit Normandy on 70th anniversary of Allied invasion of Europe BY RENEE GHERT-ZAND When the HBO World War II miniseries “Band of Brothers” was filmed more than a decade ago, the town of Hatfield in England’s Hertfordshire stood in for France’s […]

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BY THOMAS J. MORGAN Journal Staff Writer [email protected] Cumberland man recounts that morning off Omaha Beach, D-Day 1944 Vets, visitors flock to Normandy to remember D-Day SMITHFIELD, R.I. — Everybody talks about the dangers that faced the first wave of troops to land on Omaha Beach in France on D-Day 70 years ago, but Ernie […]

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The World War II Foundation, in partnership with Wish of a Lifetime, was honored to help arrange the return to Omaha Beach of Navy WWII veteran Ernie Corvese. Ernie took part in several of the 70th anniversary activities in Normandy during D-Day week. His return to France was his first time back to the beaches […]

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The last time Ernie Corvese set foot on Omaha Beach, he spent 12 hours pinned down by German artillery. Much of that time he spent face-down and motionless, hoping he wouldn’t attract a sniper. Today, as Corvese prepares to return to Normandy for the first time since he arrived on D-Day with his Naval Combat […]

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By Bob Kerr On the day after D-Day, the captain told Leo Heroux to ask the French farmer to move his cows from the field. It was no problem for Leo, who learned in English and in French at Notre Dame School and Sacred Heart Academy in Central Falls. So he talked to the farmer, […]

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By Antonio Olivo The weather over Arlington National Cemetery was sunny and clear, similar to the day in 1942 when Richard Cole helped change the course of American history as one of James H. Doolittle’s “Raiders” during World War II. As he stood before the grave of his former commander, the 98-year-old ex-pilot who helped […]

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The World War II Foundation and Tim Gray Media have been nominated for 5 New England Emmy Awards. The official announcement was made by the Boston/New England regional chapter last night. “A Promise to my Father” was nominated in the Oustanding Documentary category. “Promise” was also nominated in the Outstanding Program Writer category (Tim Gray). […]

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The World War II Foundation, in collaboration with the family of the late Damon “Rocky” Gause of Jefferson, GA, announces plans for a one-hour documentary film to chronicle the story of Gause’s escape from the Japanese in World War II. “With the blessing of Rocky’s widow, Ruth Gause Carter, we are privileged to be able […]

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