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If not for a change in the draft age for World War II Tony Gianunzio might have been on the pitcher’s mound at Wrigley Field 73 years earlier. 

Lake Michigan is famous for its shipwrecks, but at one time, it also held more than one hundred sunken World War II fighter planes. During the war, the United States Navy needed pilots who could take off from aircraft carriers on the Pacific Ocean and attack Japanese fighters. So, over the course of three years, more than 15,000 pilots went through aircraft carrier training on Lake Michigan - including former President George H.W. Bush. 

John Lacko

February 5th is opening night for A Soldier’s Play at Western Michigan University. The Pulitzer Prize winning work by Charles Fuller premiered Off-Broadway in 1981 - starring famous cast members like Denzel Washington and Samuel L. Jackson. At its heart, the play a classic “Whodunnit” about an army sergeant’s mysterious murder. But it’s also about racial tensions among African American soldiers during World War II.

Kalamazoo College

Author Doris Bergen uses the analogy of a house on fire to explain the origins of the Holocaust. 

Amphibious landings in France and Okinawa will be simulated by hundreds of reenactors in Saint Joseph on Saturday.