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 tmorgan@providencejournal.com 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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Kingston, RI-February 13, 2014- The World War II Foundation is very pleased to announce that Emmy Award-winning actor Damian Lewis (Homeland, Band of Brothers) has agreed to become the Global Spokesperson for the 501c3 mission of the foundation. Lewis is best known for his role as Major Richard D. Winters in HBO’s Band of Brothers. […]

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Kingston, Rhode Island (PRWEB) March 11, 2014 American Public Television has awarded a National Programming Excellence award to the Rhode Island-based World War II Foundation for its series of documentary films chronicling the personal stories of the WWII generation. The award is the highest honor given to an organization or production company that provides APT […]

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It’s another one of those stories that you would think came from the fanciful Hollywood writer: Paratroopers land behind enemy lines; enemy opens fire; paratroopers and enemy wounded are strewn about the village; two medics run out of an old church, drag the wounded from both sides into the church and save their lives. As […]

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WFSB in Hartford, CT aired a report just recently on the World War II Foundation’s film trip to Belgium to retrace the footsteps of Bruce Sundlun, a Jewish-American B-17 pilot. Sundlun’s plane, the “Damn Yankee” was shot down and he crashed landed in the village of Jabbeke. From there, Sundlun lived one of the great […]

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By Bob Kerr/Journal Staff Writer Jean Kerr cried some as she unwrapped the two battered pieces of metal. She didn’t expect tears. She wasn’t quite 11 back in 1944 when the telegram telling of her father’s death in Normandy arrived at the house in Newport. She thought her memories would remain firmly where they had […]

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Reflections on World War II experiences from three veterans of the Army’s 101st Airborne Division and a Holocaust survivor. They are joined by two actors who appeared in the HBO miniseries “Band of Brothers.” The World War II Foundation hosted this event. In case you missed our coverage on C-Span 3’s American History Channel this […]

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Auburndale resident shares holocaust story in film By Jim Morrison Wicked Local Newton The last words thatIsrael “Izzy” Arbeiter heard from his father just before he was sent to his death in Treblinka in 1939 have shaped Arbeiter’s life for 74 years. “Remember, if you survive, to carry on with Jewish life and Jewish tradition,” […]

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BOSTON — “Remember to carry on a Jewish life and Jewish traditions,” Israel Arbeiter’s father told his adolescent son just minutes before half the family was deported to Treblinka. It was Oct. 27, 1942, and the Nazis were “liquidating” the Starachowice ghetto, south of Warsaw. Amid the frantic shouting and herding of men, women and […]

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