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U.S. Sen. Tom Udall is presenting 90 oral histories his office collected from New Mexico veterans to the Library of Congress

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Death by numbers: How Vietnam War and coronavirus changed the way we mourn

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Shad Thielman, California State University San Marcos


(THE CONVERSATION) At some point in late April, COVID-19 claimed the life of its 58,221st victim in the United States. We do not know the victim’s name or the exact time of death, but the death was significant: It meant that the coronavirus had claimed more American lives than the entire Vietnam War.


That conflict, which lasted from 1955 to 1975, resulted in the deaths of 58,220 Americans. COVID-19 surpassed that number in less than four months.


Much like the nightly death counts that took place during the Vietnam era, the grim figures of the current crisis can obscure the fact that those who have perished were human beings, mourned by those they leave behind.

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Quarantine leads military expert to story behind WWI photo

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — All he wanted was a little COVID-19 distraction, but the century-old photo of a military chaplain took an Albemarle County man on a 102-year time trip to a different state during a different deadly pandemic.


The sepia-toned photo of a man in a World War I-era uniform sits in a swivel frame meant for a tabletop. His round face sports an enigmatic smile and his round-rimmed glasses peer from beneath the brim of an officer’s cap topped with a U.S. Army insignia badge.


Across the mat, in expansive and fluid cursive, is the inscription “Florence, May God Bless You.” It is signed “Regis Barrett, OSB, Chaplain, U.S. Army.”

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'Fear kills:' WWII vets recall war, reject panic over virus

On the 75th anniversary of the allied victory in the World War II, veterans in ex-Soviet countries are reflecting on the lessons they learned during the war that help them to cope with a new major challenge — the coronavirus pandemic

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'We just did our bit:' WWII vets recall war 75 years later

Seventy-five years after World War II ended in Europe, former soldiers who endured mortal danger, oppression and fear during the war are remembering the battles they fought and where they were when the war ended

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WWII veteran walks the walk for fundraising on V-E Day

British veteran George Sutherland turned a determined walk into his own parade on Victory in Europe Day

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Volunteers put faces to names of Americans in WWII cemetery

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WWII vets to join Trump at VE Day ceremony

Eight World War II veterans will join President Donald Trump at a wreath-laying ceremony Friday to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of the war in Europe