World War II

WWII Veteran in Ellendale, North Dakota Dies at 103

KVRR spoke to John Wheelihan during the celebration for Town of the Year in 2019

ELLENDALE, N.D. — One of Ellendale, North Dakota’s oldest community members has passed away at the age of 103. We featured John Wheelihan during KVRR’s Town of the Year celebration last year. He was a World War II veteran. He attended the University of North Dakota and after graduation, he joined the U.S. Air Force. When our reporter interviewed him,…

Local Veterans Brave The Rain In D.C. On Latest Honor Flight

KVRR's Adam Ladwig is with our local veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Our nation’s heroes know what it takes to overcome a little obstacle like the weather. KVRR’s Adam Ladwig is with our local veterans in a soggy Washington D.C. with the latest Veteran’s Honor Flight of North Dakota/Minnesota. The vets have been dealing with horrible weather all Sunday. Cold, heavy rain. Pouring and pouring and not letting up….

101-Year-Old War Veteran Has Long History Of “Town of the Year”

John Wheelihan of Ellendale, North Dakota Served During World War II

ELLENDALE, ND — Not everyone gets the chance to see their town change over a century. KVRR’s Danielle Church talked to a 101-year-old World War II veteran who has seen just about all in Ellendale. At ten years old, John Wheelihan knew he was meant to be in the skies. But it wasn’t until he was an adult that he’d…

Ms. Mitchell B-25 Bomber Returns to Fargo Airsho

The World War II plane was built in November 1944

  FARGO, N.D. — A certain lady is drawing a lot of attention to herself at the Fargo Airsho and her name is Ms. Mitchell. She’s a B–25 Mitchell or medium bomber that was built in November 1944 and used during World War II. After the war, she was used for training purposes. Rides in Ms. Mitchell go for $450…

“I’m having fun”: 92-Year-Old Fargo Veteran Refuses to Retire

Bob Shirley started working as a greeter at Sanford Health two years ago

FARGO, N.D. — Love what you do and work becomes so much more than a chore. One Fargo man is not only living proof of that. Bob Shirley is not ready to leave anytime soon is creating such a lasting impact on all of those around him. When you look past the outside of Sanford’s downtown clinic, you sure do find…

75 Years Later: World War Two Veterans Spend Last Reunion in Fargo-Moorhead

Nineteen veterans from all over the country started their trip at the Hjemkomst Center

MOORHEAD, Minn. — It’s been 75 years of reunions for World War Two veterans who served on the USS Block Island. The carrier was the only one to sink in the Atlantic during the war after a Nazi attack. KVRR’s Danielle Church tells us why some of those veterans are now in the F-M metro. He spent 20 years serving his…

A Heroes’ Welcome Home: Veterans Return From D.C. Honor Flight

dozens were at Hector International to thank 90 veterans for their service

FARGO, N.D. — Korean and World War II veterans may not have all been invited back to the states with open arms back then, but they’re now getting a heroes’ welcome home. Ninety veterans embarked on a two-day trip to our nation’s capital as part of the North Dakota, Minnesota Honor Flight. Dozens of people welcomed them back at Hector…

Remains Of Sailor Brothers From Minot Killed At Pearl Harbor Positively Identified

Calvin Palmer and Wilferd Palmer were among 429 crewmen on the USS Oklahoma who died

Calvin Palmer and Wilferd PalmerThe remains of two North Dakota brothers from Minot who were killed during World War II have been identified. The Defense P-O-W / M-I-A Accounting Agency says 23-year-old Calvin Palmer and 21-year-old Wilferd Palmer were among 429 crewmen on the USS Oklahoma who died in the December 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The remains…

Veterans See Memorials Made Because of Their Sacrifices During Honor Flight

WASHINGTON – 88 of our area’s finest veterans are all tuckered out. They are just wrapping up the latest Honor Flight. From the Washington Monument all the way to the Lincoln Memorial veterans are checking out memorials and heading to the Vietnam memorial, Korean Conflict Memorial and World War II Memorial. Day two started bright and early with a police escort to the…