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Fly into history aboard a WWII bomber [VIDEO]

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Watch this story: Public climbs aboard a WWII bomber

One of only 12 B-17s that can still fly was in Eugene Saturday, flying over many of our heads as it took off from Eugene Airport to give other locals a ride.

The Liberty Belle is what organizers call a “flying museum,” and a great way to pay tribute to Americans who fought overseas during the war.

On Saturday The Liberty Foundation offered public flights aboard this historic plane. Crowds of people both young and old watched the plane take off and land at the Eugene Airport.


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04/11/2010 at 7:04 pm

FDR secretly pushed to get Jews to safety during Holocaust

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Newly uncovered documents reveal that President Franklin D. Roosevelt worked quietly in the late 1930s to find havens for European Jews, contradicting the view that he ignored their plight in the years leading up to the Holocaust.


Roosevelt was “a master politician who tried to carry out some humanitarian steps while juggling political and military considerations,” writes historian Richard Breitman, co-editor of Refugees and Rescue: The Diaries and Papers of James G. McDonald (1935-1945) released today. The book draws on papers at the Center for Jewish History in New York City.

McDonald was chairman of Roosevelt’s advisory committee on refugees. He met Adolf Hitler in 1933 and was convinced the Nazi planned to exterminate Europe’s Jews, prompting him to sound warnings. He later was the first U.S. ambassador to Israel.

Despite FDR’s popularity with Jewish Americans, the influential 1984 book The Abandonment of the Jews: America and the Holocaust argued that he did little to save their European brethren.

Breitman says McDonald’s papers soften that view, showing that in 1938, Roosevelt:

• Cut red tape that kept immigration quotas from being filled, allowing entry for 27,370 Germans — most of them Jews.

• Hoped to resettle millions of Jews from Central and Eastern Europe to other countries, mostly in Latin America. He called an international conference to line up money and support.

• Promised to ask Congress for $150 million to help resettle refugees if Britain allowed more Jews into Palestine and private funds could be raised.

Read more: FDR pushed to get Jews to safety in 1930s

Soldier wounded in Iraq dives into new adventure [Video]

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Great story!

Matt and Tracy Keil are exploring new adventures after a sniper’s bullet left Matt without the use of his arms and legs.

Keil is an Iraq War Veteran who nearly died in Iraq. His injuries left him a quadraplegic.

With his wife Tracy’s encouragement, Matt is facing his fear of the deep.

“I was nervous because I’m not sure how my regulator is going to work if my mask is going to fill up with water. Am I going to start choking on water?” said Keil.

Tracy is a certified diver. Now, she is hoping this could open up a new world for Matt.

“Always chair, couch, bed, shower, that’s it. So this is a nice opportunity for him to spend a little bit of time out of the chair,” said Tracy.

Matt’s volunteer helpers from Craig Hospital eased him around the shallow end of the pool.

One volunteer said it’s an amazing practice in trust. “Imagine you can’t move anything and somebody puts a regulator in your mouth, a mask on your face, and says ‘all right, we’re going to go underwater now,’ that’s trust.”

“Once I got comfortable it just seemed natural, it seemed fun. I was like, let’s go to the deep end right now! I’m ready, I’m ready for it,” said Keil.

“You’re floating in the water and doing something like this let’s you know even though you’re paralyzed and disabled, you can still go out and scuba dive. You can do anything,” said Keil.

Watch this story: Soldier Wounded In Iraq Dives Into New Adventure

Woman makes hundreds of Easter baskets for troops [Video]

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Great story about a great lady!

The assembly line is up and running at Anna Schwass’ Amherst home where she and her friends are busy making more than 1200 Easter baskets for U.S. troops serving overseas.

“They sacrifice a lot and their families sacrifice a lot, and they don’t have the money to send stuff to them, shipments like that. They probably barely have enough to send stuff to the one person that’s out there,” said Schwass, whose brother is an Air Force pilot.

Friends and relatives come to her house at least once a week to help pack everything up.

“Whether people agree or disagree with the war. That’s fine. But we need to support our people over there. These guys and girls give their all, give their best, and they give their lives, so whatever we can do to make their lives a little easier for them we’ll do,” said Elizabeth Reitter.

 Schwass makes and sends the baskets using her own money. Shipping costs around $1200. At Christmas time, Schwass sends trees complete with decorations.

Read more, watch this story and find out how you can help Anna: Amherst Woman Makes Hundreds of Easter Baskets for Troops

Airman serving country now finally U.S. citizen [Video]

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I absolutely love this story!

When Regina Trivette moved to America at the age of 14, she thought of the country as the “land of milk and honey.”

She moved from the Philippines with her father and brother to join her mother, who was already here.

“I always wanted to come to America, but never in my mind did I think that I would be an American citizen,” Trivette said.

In fact, Trivette would wait years for that to happen, first following in her husband’s footsteps by joining the Air National Guard.

“After being a military spouse for a while, I’ve decided, you know, I’m tired of you leaving me, I’d like to go and join the fun, and I’ve had fun ever since,” Trivette said.

For three years, Senior Airman Trivette served her country while not being able to claim it as her own. That was the case until Wednesday

Trivette took an oath of U.S. citizenship along with about 245 other people from more than 60 different countries.

“It’s like a rebirth, just totally brand-new day, and it’s a world of opportunities out there for Americans,” she said.

Trivette’s husband, Thomas, and other fellow airmen from the 134th Air Refueling Wing at McGhee Tyson were there to support Trivette.

“She’s obviously cared enough about this country to serve in her nation’s military, so taking this final step of becoming a naturalized citizen is just a huge – a big day for Regina and a big day for us to come support her,” Major Jason Brock said.

Trivette says she’s always felt like an American, so her life won’t change much. However, now she can call it official, and now she can vote.

“I’m just proud to be an American,” she said. “I can actually say that now. I’m proud to be an American, and I’m proud to fight for the country, I really am.”

Read more and watch this great story: Airman serving country now finally U.S. citizen

Wheelchair athlete featured on Cheerios box [Video]

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This guy has the best attitude. You should watch the video.

Former Marine and wheelchair athlete Jake Hipps is among twelve athletes now featured on Cheerios boxes.

Hipps autographed dozens of Cheerios boxes for fellow vets and his co-workers at the Buffalo VA Hospital.

Hipps, a Vietnam-era vet, lost his ability to walk after a shooting in 1994.  Shortly thereafter, Hipps began competing in the National Veterans Wheelchair Games.  He holds four national records in field events and won three gold medals and one silver medal at last year’s competition.

Hipps has also competed in skiing events, basketball, and bowling competitions.  He’s currently learning to SCUBA dive.

Read more and watch that story: Local Athlete Featured On Cheerios Box

A life of giving: Guardsman saves lives during Katrina and in Iraq [Video]

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U.S Navy Captain Robert Lansden recently dropped in on a kindergarten class in Basra, Iraq.

“I want to thank them for being such beautiful children,” he told a translator.

The children may not realize it, but Lansden played a vital role in the rebuilding of their classrooms.

For Lansden, a naval reservist, it’s been an unlikely journey that began on August 29th, 2005. The day Katrina hit his hometown of New Orleans, Lansden was captain of the U.S.N.S. Pollux, a merchant marine ship docked on the riverfront for repairs.

“I knew the city,” he recalled. “I was from there. I knew the high ground from the low ground.”

The Pollux happened to be marooned in New Orleans as Katrina roared ashore, undergoing repairs. Its engines were out, but it was loaded with several hundred thousand gallons of diesel fuel and fresh water. In a city that could not function, the Pollux was an island of modern convenience.

“I saw my own city destroyed,” Lansden remembers, “and I worked really hard to help bring that city back up.”

Only miles from the Pollux, the situation at West Jefferson Medical Center was in sharp contrast. For days, the hospital staff and patients suffered with no electricity and no running water.

Seemingly out of nowhere, Robert Lansden showed up at the hospital, offering help.

“I was blessed to have that ability and to have ridden through the storm, to already be there,” he says.

Lansden got permission from his navy bosses to share his supplies: diesel, water, even the ship itself. Dialysis machines and close to a dozen dialysis patients were actually loaded up from West Jeff and driven to the Pollux.

After the Katrina experience, Lansden volunteered for duty in another country in need of rebuilding. Today, he is director of CMOC, the U.S. Army’s Civil Military Operations Center, which rebuilds roads, schools and public buildings in some of the most dangerous areas of Iraq.

Read more and watch this great story about a great man — a true hero: La. National Guardsman saves lives during Katrina and in Iraq