Author: Keaghlan Brady

Airmen rescued after three weeks at sea

Not many people can say that they have read their own obituary. Captain Edward V. Rickenbacker, Colonel Hans C. Adamson and Private John F. Bartek were all assumed to have died after their plane disappeared on Oct. 21, 1942. It turns out their bomber ran out of fuel and crashed into the Pacific Ocean. The three men, members of the U.S. Army Air Force, were rescued after three weeks of floating on a life raft. They were accompanied by a fourth passenger, Sergeant Alexander Caczmarczyk of Torrington, Conn., who died from exposure several days before their rescue and was...

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Somewhere I’ll Find You

The new film “Somewhere I’ll Find You,” starring Clark Gable and Lana Turner, begins on October 2, 1941, 64 days before the attacks on Pearl Harbor. Gable plays Jonny Davis, a newspaper journalist who works alongside his brother Kirk “Junior” Davis (Robert Sterling). Jonny and Junior have just returned from Europe, where they were reporting on the ongoing war. They were “kicked out” of Germany because they were going to report that Germany and Japan were planning to attack the U.S. in the near future. Jonny and Junior write about this and trick their editor into publishing the piece....

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U.S. ships torpedoed by enemy submarine off Virginia

Virginia Beach patrons were horrified and awestruck earlier this month as they witnessed an enemy submarine attacking two U.S. merchant ships just a few miles from the coast. The first attack occurred shortly after 5 p.m. and the second followed about 30 minutes after. Thousands of beach goers lining the shore looked on as Coast Guard surf boats towed to shore life boats from the first ship attacked. Bombing planes, a Navy blimp and a half dozen naval surface ships quickly arrived on the scene searching for the underwater enemy. They dropped numerous bombs and depth charges in an...

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World War 2.0 tries to imagine what the reporting of World War II might have looked like if the conflict were taking place today. Articles are based on information that would have been available to the press at the time, but they are written using contemporary journalistic style. The authors are all students at Seton Hall University, working with assistant professor of journalism Matthew Pressman.