1st. Sgt. Vic Morman served with the 89th Infantry Division in Europe during World War II. His unit was the first American division to liberate a Nazi concentration camp in Germany. photo provided

Sgt. Vic Morman helped liberate Buchenwald Concentration Camp

Former 1st Sgt. Vic Morman, who lives in Lexington Manor Assisted Living Facility in Port Charlotte, Fla., served in the 89th Infantry Division that liberated Auflenlage, part of Buchenwald, the infamous Nazi concentration camp near Ohrdruf, Germany, during the closing days of the war in Europe.

When this picture was taken, Col. John Ripley was the director of Marine Corps museums with headquarters in Washington, D.C. Photo provided

Marine recalls Iwo Jima years after WW II battle

Sgt. Gary Hoffman of Englewood, Fla. who spent time in the Marines half a lifetime ago, contacted me a while back. He’s a Sun reader who likes war stories. Consequently he looks at my column from time to time. More importantly the old Marine e-mailed me a story he liked. I liked it too, so…

Lt. Harley Cox was almost a casualty of war when his Wildcat fighter plunged into the sea in front of the aircraft carrier USS Tulagi (CVE-72) during the battle of the Philippines. Photo provided

North Port man flew a Wildcat off USS Tulagi in WWII

During the Battle for the Philippines in World War II, Lt. j.g. Harley Cox of North Port, Fla. was catapulted off the deck of the carrier USS Tulagi (CVE-72) at the instant the engine of his Wildcat fighter died. He and his plane plunged into the sea in the path of his oncoming flattop.

The victors: Jim Knight, right, holds a bottle of champagne as he stands in front of a Sherman tank with a buddy at the end of World War II in Germany. Photo provided

Jim Knight was a German POW in World War II

Jim Knight went overseas as a BAR (Browning Automatic Weapons) man with Patton’s 3rd Army, 76th Infantry Division, 17th Regiment, Company L. Of all of the actions he took part in two are indelibly etched in his memory. The first is his assault across the Sauer River and the seconds the action which resulted in…

Bob Denton of Charlotte Harbor stands beside a 1st Battalion, 29th Regiment, 6th Marine Division sign bundled up in a parker during the winer of 1945 in Northern China. Photo provided

Pvt. Bill Denton showed up for World War II a bit too late

Pvt. Bill Denton was on a troop train headed from the Marine training base at Parris Island, S.C., to San Diego, Calif., for shipment to the Pacific Theater of Operations when the young leathernecks got word the Japanese had surrendered unconditionally and World War II was over.

Pvt. Bill  Cross at 17 shortly after graduating from British Royal Air Force boot camp in 1940. He now lives with his wife, Gwen, in Holiday RV Park in Englewood. He is 93. Photo provided

RAF Sgt. Bill Cross flight engineer on B-24 in WWII

“We were flying over Rangoon, Burma when we got shot up real bad by Japanese ground fire and the whole crew had to bail out,” Bill Cross of Holiday RV Park in Englewood, Fla. said. “I was a flight engineer on an American B-24 ‘Liberator’ bomber even thought I was in the 159th Bomb Squadron…

This picture of Pfc. Silas Jessup, in full Marine dress uniform was taken just after the war. Photo provided

Marine stretcher bearer tells Iwo Jima tales of life and death

During most of the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima, Marine Pfc. Silas Jessup was a stretcher bearer. He received a commendation from the commanding general of his division for carrying more than 100 dead and wounded U.S. Marines and a Japanese Imperial Marine off the most costly battlefield foot-for-foot in the Corps 231-year…

Gilbert and Phyllis Butson of Oak Forrest condominiums in Port Charlotte are pictured 70 years ago when they were married in the Detroit, Mich. area in 1944 when he was an anti-aircraft gunner on the destroyer Cowell during World War II. Photo provided

USS Cowell helped rescue sailors from USS Indianapolis during WW II

What Gilbert Butson of Oak Forest Condominiums Port Charlotte, Fla. remembers most about the three years he served aboard the destroyer USS Cowell (DD-547) in the Pacific during World War II was the time his ‘tin can” rescued sailors from the ill-fated heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis in the Philippine Sea during the “Great Mariana Turkey…