D-Day: 75 Years Later

Allied forces invaded the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944. In honor of the 75th anniversary of the historic operation, KYW Newsradio is taking a look back at the World War II era through the stories of local veterans.

June Robbins
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June 07, 2019 - 5:00 am
By Charlotte Reese PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — By now, you know the story of Rosie the Riveter. But more than half of "Rosies" providing a helping hand to the war effort were actually not riveters. Nearly 70 years later, they want modern women to know their stories. "We've come a long way, baby...
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Kenneth Happel's honors
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Ian Bush
June 06, 2019 - 12:53 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — At dawn on June 6, 1944, and throughout D-Day, more than 160,000 Allied troops stormed Nazi-occupied France. Normandy's Omaha Beach saw the heaviest losses suffered by American forces. But their sacrifice marked the beginning of the end of World War II. Kenneth Happel...
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Joann Woodson
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Cherri Gregg
June 04, 2019 - 10:47 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — There used to be a prevailing myth that no black men participated in D-Day — by far one of the most important days of World War II. But a closer look reveals that some African-American soldiers played a key role on Omaha Beach, and their stories still remain largely...
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Henry "Hank" Kudzick
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Mark Abrams
June 03, 2019 - 6:15 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Battle of Midway was a big gamble, according to then-Chief Gunner's Mate Henry "Hank" Kudzick. The sailor was aboard the USS Nautilus, the submarine that fired torpedoes and sank a Japanese carrier during the historic World War II battle in the South Pacific...
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Charlie Leuzzi.
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Paul Kurtz
May 31, 2019 - 4:00 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A South Philadelphia man brought his World War II medals and memories to a party the city holds every May for centenarians. Charlie Leuzzi was a 23-year-old Army sergeant with the 8th Division stationed in Ireland when word came down that he would be part of the...
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Former Marine John Murach
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Mark Abrams
May 28, 2019 - 5:00 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — At the age of 17, John Murach enlisted in the Marines. Murach, who was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, but grew up in Brooklyn, dropped out of high school and asked his mother's permission to enlist. He went off to boot camp in September 1942, crediting the Marine...
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