With the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor just two days away, World War II veterans have been on my mind. So I decided to spend some time reading obituaries and tributes in Legacy.com’s World War II Memorial Site. With nearly 200,000 people profiled, the site has an amazing collection of obituaries from Legacy.com’s newspaper affiliates.
As a history buff, I can get lost in this site for hours. In addition to being able to view recent profiles and search for specific people, the memorial site lets you search by keyword. Here are some of the keyword searches I performed that returned fascinating results:
*Pearl Harbor: 1600+ obituaries for people who were in Pearl Harbor at the time of the attacks, were stationed in Pearl Harbor after the attacks, joined the military in response to the attacks, and more.
*Code Talker: obituaries for the brave men who served as code talkers. More than 400 Navajo, Choctaw, Cherokee and others joined forces to confound the Japanese by transmitting battlefield messages using codes built on Native American languages.
*Normandy: 3000+ obituaries for soldiers who were among the 160,000 Allied troops that participated in the D-day invasion on Normandy, a turning point in the war.
*442nd: obituaries for more than 100 Japanese American soldiers who served in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, among the most highly-decorated military units in U.S. history.
*Women’s Army Corp: 500+ results for the first women other than nurses to serve in the U.S. Army. The WAAC (Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps) was formed in 1942 and was renamed the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) in 1943. More than 150,000 women served as WACs over the course of WWII.
*Tuskegee airmen: obituaries for the men who served as the first African American U.S. military pilots. During WWII, approximately 445 Tuskegee airmen served overseas.
*Purple Heart: 8500+ obituaries for soldiers who received a Purple Heart for being wounded while serving.
I encourage you to visit the site to pay tribute, share your veteran’s story in the Guest Book for all WWII veterans, search for veterans from your hometown, or just browse and enjoy some interesting reading.