World War II

A Purple Heart recipient takes a special flight

Aug 8, 2017
Avery Schneider / WBFO News

A Niagara County man, who is a World War II veteran and Purple Heart honoree, was a special guest aboard a B-17 that flew over the Buffalo area Monday. He is just one of the veterans that the Liberty Foundation, which has brought the Madras Maiden to Buffalo, works to honor in their annual tour of U.S. cities.


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Next weekend at Prior Aviation, a vintage B-17 bomber will be available for the public to tour and fly aboard. WBFO's Michael Mroziak and Avery Schneider were among local news media welcomed aboard Monday for a preview flight.


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If you’ve ever wondered how being in the military has changed over the course of time, Old Fort Niagara is sponsoring a series of events that begin Saturday.

Former Kleinhans usher recalls 1945 VE Day concert

May 8, 2017

Today marks the 72nd anniversary of VE Day, the beginning of the end of World War II. The German surrender was marked by celebrations around the world. This report from WBFO's archives was produced five years ago by contributor Rich Kellman. It's the story of a Buffalo teenager who was in the midst of it all and remembers it as if it were yesterday.


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A Buffalo-area native and World War II veteran has received numerous decorations from two nations for his participation in the liberation of France.


Local lawyers are commemorating one of the most important court cases in history on the stage of a local middle school. Members of the Bar Association of Erie County will re-enact the 1946 Nuremberg Tribunal – an event that its organizers believe, even 70 years later, still has an impact on today’s society.


Naval Park remembers Pearl Harbor, 75 years later

Dec 7, 2016
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Seventy-five years after Japanese forces attacked U.S. military installation at Pearl Harbor, Western New Yorkers gathered at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park to remember the more than 2,400 Americans killed in the event which led to the nation joining World War II.


The head of the National Museum of the Great Lakes is on a quest. He’s trying to locate Navy pilots who trained on Lake Michigan during World War II. It’s a little known chapter of the lake’s history.


Heritage Moments: America’s first spymaster and what Buffalo taught him about secrecy

Jul 18, 2016
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Wild Bill Donovan he was called, the most famous son of Buffalo’s Old First Ward. He was the man who basically invented America’s intelligence apparatus, having founded and directed the Office of Strategic Services during World War II, the spy agency that eventually became the CIA.


Local veteran recalls Iwo Jima and his personal aftermath

Nov 10, 2015
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

On Veterans Day, Americans are asked to take time to honor those, living and deceased, who answered the nation's call to arms when needed. Living in the Town of Tonawanda is a veteran who was among those involved in one of World War II's most famous battles.


Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Current and former members of the military, Junior ROTC cadets, and pro-veteran groups filled Delaware Avenue with the sounds of marching bands and cadence calls in this year's Veterans Day Parade in the City of Buffalo. While the annual parade honors all veterans for their military service, this year's parade highlighted one in particular.

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Local officials and Jewish leaders marked the 70th anniversary Thursday of the liberation of concentration camps following the end of World War II in 1945. 

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The family of a now-deceased World War II veteran was presented with the military medals he earned during his service at a ceremony in North Tonawanda on Tuesday. 

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A special ceremony will be held this morning to honor a local World War II veteran for his service.

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A local man is among two dozen veterans scheduled to be honored today at the Pentagon after receiving the nation's highest award at the White House Tuesday for combat valor.

With Friday's opening of the movie The Monuments Men, featuring heroic individuals who saved millions of pieces of art during and after World War II, local connections to the art conservation movement are being highlighted. WBFO's Eileen Buckley found one such connection at Buffalo State College.

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A local World War II veteran has finally received the recognition he has deserved.

In a Friday evening gathering with family, friends and Representative Brian Higgins, 84-year-old Jim Steinmetz of Collins, New York, was awarded a series of medals he earned during his service but never received.

Steinmetz enlisted in the Navy in 1945, patrolling the Atlantic Ocean for submarines.