World War II

5:00 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Two 'Monuments Men' Who Helped Preserve Art During WWII Hailed From Wash. State

Sherman Lee of Seattle, a "Monuments Man" who also served as associate director at the Seattle Art Museum in the late 1940s.
Undated photo via The Associate Press, courtesy of SAM

The movie “The Monuments Men” spotlights a platoon of real-life U.S. soldiers who rescued artistic masterpieces from the Nazis during World War II. 

Overall, there were approximately 350 men and women from 13 nations who fought to preserve art from the ravages of war. Two of them came from Washington state.

Sherman Lee, who was born in Seattle, was an expert in Asian art who served as associate director at the Seattle Art Museum in the late 1940s.

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Veterans Day
3:42 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Blitz, Boats, and Buchenwald: One Seattle Veteran's Story

Norma Strecker with a picture of the Ile de France, the ship that took her across the Atlantic to the European Theater of World War II.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

Norma Strecker’s birthday comes just three days before Veterans Day, and this year, she’s turning 92.

Seven decades have passed since she was serving in the U.S. Army, drawing maps of France to be used by Allied troops in the coming invasion. She spent five months in London, under nightly bombing by the Germans during the so-called “Little Blitz.”

“We would put an overcoat on and go down one block to the Mayflower Hotel, down in their basement. And we’d come up and see blocks burning. But as long as ours was there, well, we went back,” Strecker said.

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12:22 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Tuskegee airman G. Hickman dies in Seattle at 88 

George Hickman sits by a photo of himself in the cockpit of an AT6 trainer plane in then-Tuskegee Army Air Field during an interview on Friday, Jan. 16, 2009, in Seattle.
The Associated Press

George Hickman, one of the original Tuskegee airmen and a longtime usher at University of Washington and Seattle Seahawks game, has died at age 88.

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