Miner hero

A portrait of Lt. George Allison Whiteman hangs in Whiteman Air Force Base's visitor center.

A portrait of Lt. George Allison Whiteman hangs in Whiteman Air Force Base’s visitor center.

One of the first heroes of World War II was a Miner. He was also one of the first U.S. casualties of the war during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor 75 years ago. [Read more…]

World War II historian’s latest book looks at the realities of aerial combat

5120u3OCDnL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_“Deadly Sky: The American Combat Airman in World War II,” released in a new paperback edition on Tuesday, Aug. 2, takes an in-depth look at the dog fights that took place in the clouds above the European and the Pacific theaters of World War II. The book shares many personal accounts of American combat airmen between 1941 and 1945.

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New book tells the stories of U.S. soldiers who liberated concentration camps

51PVKf5ZtvL._SX332_BO1,204,203,200_On April 4, 1945, American soldiers from the 89th Infantry Division and the 4th Armored Division seized Ohrdruf, the first Nazi concentration camp liberated in Germany during World War II. Military historian Dr. John C. McManus sheds new light on the experiences of the American soldiers who liberated and witnessed Ohrdruf, Buchenwald and Dachau in his new book, “Hell Before Their Very Eyes: American Soldiers Liberate Concentration Camps in Germany, April 1945.”

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S&T military historian earns National Endowment for the Humanities grant

U.S. Marines on GuadalcanalDr. John C. McManus, Curators’ Professor of history and political science at Missouri University of Science and Technology, has earned a Public Scholar grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to support McManus’ research for a new two-volume history of the U.S. Army in the Pacific and Asian theater during World War II. The NEH announced the award today (Tuesday, July 28).

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S&T students to experience war memories during trip to France

Dr. Audra Merfeld-Langston (left) and Dr. Shannon Fogg are leading a trip to France this summer. Photo submitted.

A group of students from Missouri University of Science and Technology will earn six hours of history and French course credits while they explore the battlefields, museums and beaches of France this spring. They will also share their experiences on a blog hosted on Missouri S&T’s website as part of their grade.

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American Experience at Normandy featured in UMR historian’s new book

University of Missouri-Rolla military historian Dr. John C. McManus has published the second volume in a two-book series that examines the Normandy invasion from the American perspective.

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