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Explore the history, culture, science, nature, architecture, and stories that link the iconic spaces in the National Mall and Memorial Parks to our nation and its people. The articles collected here are produced by NPS staff at the National Mall and Memorial Parks.

The Nine Lives of a Soviet Tank Commander: Vasily Bryukhov's Service During World War Two

December 29, 2013 Posted by: Michael A. Balis

A Soviet tank soldier's remarkable experience fighting the Nazis in World War II helped the Allies win the war.


The G.I. Bill of Rights - Reward and Investment

November 09, 2012 Posted by: David Rappel, Park Ranger

With war plants shutting down and laying off workers and millions of veterans looking for jobs, would depression return? President Franklin Roosevelt called on Congress to provide educational assistance, unemployment insurance, and other benefits to veterans of World War II.


A People at War: The Soviet Soldier in World War II

June 08, 2012 Posted by: Michael Balis, Park Ranger

The World War II Memorial honors allies who helped us defeat the Axis nations.


Aw, Nuts!

December 16, 2011 Posted by: Paul O'Brian, Park Ranger

The Battle of the Bulge developed as the Germans encircled the town of Bastogne, Belgium. One of those Americans who remembered those cold, snowy days, and who also received a copy of the famous offer of surrender of Bastogne, was my father, Thomas R. O’Brian


Japanese Blood, American Patriot

May 14, 2012 Posted by: Mike Townsend, Park Ranger

Reflections on Jimmie Kanaya, a Japanese American, and a decorated veteran of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.


Honoring Service and Sacrifice

May 01, 2012 Posted by: Paul O'Brian, Park Ranger

Park Ranger Paul O'Brian reflects on the World War II Memorial and his family in the World War II era.


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