Remembering Pearl Harbor

Nearly 75 years ago, our country’s destiny was forever changed when Japan attacked the U.S. Navy fleet based at Pearl Harbor. Robert Randall Ryder recalls memories shared by some of the eyewitnesses who lived to tell about it.

Allen Pang: ‘The Last Pearl Harbor Veteran’

It took a world war and a special wife to transplant this native Hawaiian to Rockford. After surviving 68 bombing missions, Dr. Allen Pang used all he learned to overcome obstacles and savor a beautiful, meaningful life.






The High Price of Freedom: How Bob Persinger Helped to Defeat Nazi Germany

Bob Persinger never forgets the look of gratitude on the faces of the people he freed from Nazi prison camps. In fact, he still corresponds with some of them. Robert Randall Ryder introduces a man who learned that fear was “part of the game.”






Smart Living Weekly – September 16, 2015

  World War II Days! Right in Our Region: Rockford will welcome some 1,200 re-enactors from across the nation on Sept. 26-27 for World War II Days at Midway Village…
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Remembering All Who Served on Veterans Day

All soldiers have endured hardship, but some have faced an additional burden. Such was the case for Fred Ohr, a son of Korean immigrants, wwho not only became an ace Army Air Corps pilot, but a squadron Commander.






Genuine Northwest, Spring Edition

Check out these unique destinations that reflect the genuine character of our region. Big Thunder Park 699 Van Buren St., Belvidere, Ill. This park is named after Chief Big Thunder,…
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VetsRoll: A Tribute to the Greatest Generation

They served our country in terrible times, and yet many of the men and women who served in World War II have never seen their memorials in Washington. Meet a family that did something to thank these vets.






The Youngest Naval Aviator of WWII

Poplar Grove resident Chuck Downey earned his wings as a U.S. Naval pilot when he was 18 years old, and decades later discovered he was the youngest of the war, despite a claim by President George H.W. Bush.






Learn About Chicago Museum’s U-Boat

Museum expert shares the story of Museum of Science and Industry’s U-505 exhibit.