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World War II (1939-1945)

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  • Center is 'safe haven' for veterans

    Golden West College on Tuesday officially unveiled its first dedicated space for returning veterans, a resource the campus hasn't seen since the Vietnam War. The college held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its Veterans Resource Center, a place for...
  • In The Pipeline: Tied together by wartime service

    In The Pipeline: Tied together by wartime service
    "That's the most beautiful thing — that flag," Helen Harris whispered to me in her thick, Greek accent, as the Boy Scouts hoisted Old Glory last week, on a warm, blustery Veterans Day. During World War II, Harris had been the official translator...
  • Natural Perspectives: Spending time in desert area of California

    Vic led his Irvine Valley College Emeritus Program bird class for adults to the Mojave National Preserve this past weekend. I tagged along to take photos and provide a guest lecture on the natural history of the area. We stayed for three days at the...
  • Service not to be forgotten

    There is a 94-line statement about Memorial Day outside Huntington Beach City Hall that says more than any editorial the Independent could ever write. That is the city's war memorial, which displays the names of 94 Huntington Beach residents who died...
  • Natural Perspectives: Make it bloom this Memorial Day

    Natural Perspectives: Make it bloom this Memorial Day
    This coming Memorial Day weekend is a three-day holiday. What this often means for most of the country is that it's time to dust off the barbecue and get ready for summer cookouts. Since we have that beach party thing going on all year in our wonderful...
  • There's something about ukuleles

    "I think he played in Megadeth?" Shirley Orlando is thinking back to her days as the owner of Huntington Music at Goldenwest Street and Warner Avenue. For 26 years, she ran the place, and in addition to it being a music store, Shirley also used the...
  • 'New' artist hits Old World

    'New' artist hits Old World
    When Ernst Wille was alive, his former student, Rolf Goellnitz, bought several of his paintings — partly because he admired the German artist's work, partly because he wanted to help Wille fund his latest artistic endeavors. Now, the owner of...
  • Mailbag: Show stopped for taxpayers' sake

    On behalf of the soldiers of the United States Army Field Band, let me tell you how upset we are that we were unable to perform for the great folks in the Huntington Beach area April 10 ("Show does not go on," April 14). Like many, many Americans, we...
  • Female World War II pilot 'will be sorely missed'

    Female World War II pilot 'will be sorely missed'
    Violet "Vi" Cowden, a Huntington Beach resident who served with the Women Airforce Service Pilots during World War II and recently became the subject of an award-winning documentary, died Sunday at 94. Cowden died at 8:34 p.m. at Hoag Hospital in...
  • City Lights: Vi's memories won't be lost

    Monday afternoon, I sat in a living room a block from the Huntington Beach shore, surrounded by the effects of the life of Vi Cowden. I may be one of the last people to see them all under one roof. Kim Ruiz, Cowden's only child, invited me to visit...
  • Notable passings of 2010

    The following notable people from the Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley community passed away this year. Juergen W. Bless Bishop Juergen W. Bless did the first blessing at St. Thaddeus Jude Old Catholic Church in Old World Village and served...
  • On Theater: Savagery onstage in Westminster

    On Theater: Savagery onstage in Westminster
    Once upon a time, in the 1930s and '40s, Broadway thrived on large-cast comedies packed with eccentric characters, some of which won Pulitzer prizes ("You Can't Take It With You" in 1937, "Harvey" in 1945). A decade later, John Patrick took his shot...