World War II

Honor Flight prepares for Veterans ahead of Late April Departure

The Veterans Honor Flight of North Dakota/Minnesota has pre flight event in preperatrion of their departure on April 30th, after a two year hiatus.

MOORHEAD, M.N. (KVRR) — Veterans Honor Flight of North Dakota/Minnesota has pre-flight event in preparation of their departure on April 30, after a two year hiatus. “Well when a lot of these men and women came home and went right to work, especially after world war II. They came home, went to work, raised a family, they never had the…

101-year-old Navy veteran recalls Pearl Harbor attack

David Russell (Fox News)HONOLULU – U.S. Navy Seaman 1st Class David Russell sought refuge below deck on the USS Oklahoma when Japanese bombs began falling on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. But a split-second decision changed his mind, and likely saved his life. “I thought, ‘What am I doing down here?’ I was trained to be an anti-aircraft loader,”…

Former Senator and Republican Presidential Candidate Bob Dole Dies at 98

North Dakota U.S. Sen. Kevin Cramer Pays Tribute to Dole

Sen. Bob Dole & Kevin Cramer (Undated photo)WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans are remembering Bob Dole, a man who defied the odds in war, only to fall short of his ultimate goal in politics. Dole died Sunday. He was 98. After paralyzing wounds in World War II, Dole willed himself to walk again, and ran for Congress with a right arm…

Fargo South H.S. honors WWII Bronze Star recipient

Fargo South High School hosts third annual Veterans Ceremony

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – With Veterans Day Approaching Fargo South High School honored those who served our country. Students vote on a vet to honor every year. Maurice Bonemeyer fought in World War Two, was captured by Germans during the Battle of the Bulge and spent five months as a prisoner of war. He received the Bronze Star and a…

Remains of Pearl Harbor sailor returning to Minnesota for burial

MINNEAPOLIS (KVRR/KFGO) – Nearly 80 years after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor during World War II, the remains of a 22-year-old sailor killed in the attack are returning to Minnesota. Navy Fireman 1st Class Neal Todd of Akeley, Minn. was among 429 sailors killed aboard the USS Oklahoma on December 7th, 1941. Scientists identified Todd’s remains in 2015 using specialized…

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…