Mrs. Paul Titus, 77-year-old air raid spotter of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, carries a gun as she patrols her beat, on December 20, 1941. Mrs. Titus signed-up the day after the Pearl Harbor attack. "I can carry a gun any time they want me to," she declared. (AP Photo)In Focus - World War II: Women at War - The Atlantic
Maureen Dunlop leaving the cockpit of a plane she had just flown in 1944. These female pilots of the British Air Transport Auxiliary flew Spitfires, Hurricanes and Lancasters to air bases in England during WWII ~
The story of Louis Zamperini, USC '40, is one of the most fascinating in Olympic history. The Kappa Sigma alum placed 8th in the 5000 meters in the 1936 Berlin Olympics at just 19. After his running career, Zamperini enlisted in the Air Force - only to be taken prisoner by the Japanese Navy after 33 days stranded at sea following a plane crash. He was kept in captivity until the end of the war in 1945, and had been declared killed in action for a year before he returned home.
The most decorated soldier of World War II, Audie Leon Murphy was a legend in his own time. A war hero, movie actor, writer of country and western songs, and poet. His biography reads more like fiction than fact. He lived only 46 years, but he made a lasting imprint on American history.
Soldiers goose-step past the Führer in honor of Hitler's 50th birthday, April 20, 1939. Less than five months later, on September 1, the Third Reich's forces invaded Poland; on September 3, England and France declared war on Germany. The Second World War had begun.