World War II

Photos by Mike Rosati   Master of Ceremonies Stan Bunger of KCBS tosses a wreath from the USS Hornet’s fantail, continuing a longtime Pearl Harbor Day tradition.

Remembering Pearl Harbor

Dec 13,2016


Veterans and local residents gathered to remember this country’s entrance into World War II, Pearl Harbor Day, Dec. 7. Ceremonies were held aboard the USS Hornet and on Coast Guard Island last Wednesday. 

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 The Grumman TBM-3 Avenger torpedo bomber "Miss June" aboard the USS Hornet. Courtesy photo.

Farewell ‘Miss June’

May 17,2016

June Idell Foster passed away on April 20. Her spirit lives on aboard the USS Hornet, however. A Bay Area native, Foster grew up in a military family and put her support behind military and veteran causes.

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Richard Bangert   Department of Veterans Affairs representative Laura Kelly spoke about the VA’s future medical facility and columbarium at Alameda during the April 2 Doolittle tour at Alameda Point.

Past, Present, Future Converge at Point

Apr 07,2016

Military history, protection of endangered birds and support for military veterans shared an Alameda Point runway on Saturday, April 2, during a lecture tour sponsored by the Naval Air Museum.

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Benjamin Jenkins

Benjamin Jenkins, Educator, Early Black Marine Passes

Jan 22,2019

Benjamin Jenkins, 95, an esteemed educator, civic leader, and one of the nation’s first African-American U.S. Marines, died in New Jersey on Jan. 11, 2019. In his near century on earth, Jenkins saw and achieved things that most Americans can only imagine or read about in history books. 

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File photo Edward Saylor, right, signs autographs at the Doolittle Raid commemoration event aboard USS Hornet in 2012. Saylor flew aboard an aircraft commanded by Lieutenant Donald G. Smith in the daring raid over Japan on Nov. 12, 1942. Saylor is one of the four surviving Doolittle Raiders.

Doolittle Raid Remembered

Jun 05,2014

The World War II Air Force squadron, the Doolittle Raiders, was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by President Obama on May 23. The medal is considered the highest honor Congress can give a civilian. 

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Courtesy photo. His fellow marines flank Benjamin Jenkins as he displays his Congressional Gold Medal certificate.

Congress Honors WWII Veteran from Alameda

Apr 03,2014

Benjamin Jenkins, Alameda resident of 20 years and veteran of the United States Marine Corps and United States Air Force, was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal for his service during World War II on Feb. 21.

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