Tag Archives: World War II

Jan. 16, 1959: Matt Weinstock ‘Saved by the Knell’

Jan. 16, 1959: Puns, poems, jokes, little stories. Ending the day with a smile courtesy of Matt Weinstock. This column originally appeared in the L.A. Mirror in 1959 and was republished on latimes.com in 2009. Via Archive.org.

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Jan. 14, 1939: Thousands at St. Vibiana’s Hold Vigil for World Peace

Jan. 13, 1939: About 4,000 worshipers attend a Perpetual Novena for Our Sorrowful Mother at St. Vibiana’s Cathedral. People knelt in the aisles, in the doorways and outside praying for peace and for relief of the poor, The Times says.. … Continue reading

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Jan. 12, 1959: Paul Coates Confidential File — East L.A. War Hero Plotted to Kill Batista

Jan. 12, 1959: Paul Coates has the story of Guy Louis Gabaldon, a war hero raised in East L.A. who claimed to have plotted to assassinate Cuban leader Fulgencio Batista. Gabaldon was raised by the parents of a Japanese American … Continue reading

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Dec. 18, 1947: Jacobowicz Brothers, Orphaned in Holocaust, Arrive in L.A. (Also Turkey Stuffing With Fritos)

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. The Jacobowicz brothers—Karl, 16, Joseph, 13, and Rudolph, 10—stood on the metal ramp leading from the gleaming airliner that carried them on the final leg of … Continue reading

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L.A. Celebrates a Wartime Thanksgiving, 1943

Note: This is an encore post from 2013. A wartime Thanksgiving in Los Angeles, with many service personnel welcomed into people’s homes for a holiday meal. The Times published cooking tips for war workers, advising cooks who were otherwise engaged … Continue reading

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Nov. 8, 1947: Tokyo Rose Seeks to Return to U.S.

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. Her name was Iva and she was born in Watts on the Fourth of July, attended high school in Compton and graduated from UCLA with a … Continue reading

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Nov. 5, 1947: ‘Amazing Career of a Girl Drug Addict’

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. Nov. 5, 1947: She called it “The Amazing Career of a Girl Drug Addict” and she wasn’t exaggerating—and yet she was. Arrested in October for driving … Continue reading

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October 1947: Veteran’s Story of Adopting Enemy Soldier’s Daughter Leaves Troubling Questions

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. Less than three years ago the average American solider in combat was under oath to kill Japanese—but yesterday it was learned that a former combat soldier, … Continue reading

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Oct. 18, 1947: S.S. General Saw Mass Executions as ‘Necessary to Win War’

  Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. NEURNBERG, Oct. 17 (A.P.)—S.S. Gen. Erich Naumann, whose commandos killed thousands of Jewish men, women and children on the eastern front, told a war crimes … Continue reading

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Sept. 25, 1947: It Was a Kinder, Simpler Time Dept.

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Sept. 1, 1947: 1,000 World War II Veterans Now in LAPD Uniforms

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. They are building a new, young, military Police Department for Los Angeles these days with the men who helped to win the war on foreign battlefields … Continue reading

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Aug. 8, 1947: Two Years of Peace Haven’t Healed Wounds of World War II

  Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. The Times runs a picture page, taking stock of changes since the end of the war. In Nijmegen, Holland, townspeople adopt the graves of men … Continue reading

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A Wartime Fourth of July: Los Angeles, 1942

Note: This is a post from 2015. Years ago, in researching Camp Cooke, I bought the diary of a soldier named Harry A. Rankin, who was stationed there in 1942 and early 1943 (and no, he doesn’t mention Elizabeth Short). … Continue reading

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June 6, 1947: American POW Recognizes Sadistic Japanese Prison Camp Guard in L.A. Store

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. On D-Day plus three years, Los Angeles was torn between the past and the future. And in one instance, the past and its aftermath were the … Continue reading

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June 3, 1947: Soldiers Fight Army’s Ban on Japanese Brides

 Note: This is an encore post from 2005 that originally appeared on the 1947project. It was a tough problem for the armed services. In March, an Air Forces lieutenant at Tachikawa Air Base and “a beautiful Japanese girl” killed themselves … Continue reading

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Black L.A. 1947: ‘Dark Baby’ Scare Untrue

  May 22, 1947: The London Daily Mail reported that “5,000 Negro-fathered babies were to be sent” to the U.S., according to the Pittsburgh Courier. The Daily Mail also reported that a ship was being provided to bring the children. … Continue reading

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Jan. 1, 1947: New Year’s Resolutions

Note: This is a post I wrote in 2006 for the 1947project. Also notice that because newsprint was scarce, the Los Angeles Times didn’t publish the classified ads so it could provide adequate space for stories – I cannot imagine … Continue reading

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L.A. Celebrates a Wartime Thanksgiving, 1943

Note: This is a post from 2013. Happy Thanksgiving! A wartime Thanksgiving in Los Angeles, with many service personnel welcomed into people’s homes for a holiday meal. The Times published cooking tips for war workers, advising cooks who were otherwise … Continue reading

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ALLIES INVADE FRANCE! JUNE 6, 1944; Complete Radio Coverage

The headline and map by Charles Owens from The Times. June 6, 1944: Complete radio coverage of the D-Day Invasion. This was pool coverage using correspondents from various news organizations. By 10 a.m., CBS had resumed regular programming with news … Continue reading

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L.A. Times Recants 1942 Editorials on Internment of Japanese Americans

Feb. 21, 1942: The Times reports President Roosevelt’s executive order on the evacuation of Japanese Americans. Note the byline: Future Nixon booster Kyle Palmer. Feb. 19, 2017: The Los Angeles Times recants its 1942 editorials on the internment of Japanese … Continue reading

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