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The Greek Soldier Who Became an American Icon in WWII

The unlikely story of the life of Evangelos Klonis reads like a novel of adventure and heroism. It is the story of a Greek man whose photograph became the iconic symbol of the American soldier in WWII. Yet, he died...

Liberty Ships: The “Ugly Ducklings” that Transformed Greek Shipping

Liberty Ships, first built during World War II,  transformed the Greek shipping industry. By Lia Mageira “Your safety altogether depends upon the sea.” Xenophon, 4th century BC, Greek historian and philosopher. During World War II, between 1941 and 1945, a total of 2,711...

Leros Island: The Mecca of WWII Shipwreck Diving

Since 1943, Leros island in the eastern Aegean has been the world's second biggest "museum" of WWII shipwrecks after Normandy. During the past five years, the island has been turned into a go-to destination for diving tourism. The Eastern Aegean...

Greece Makes 11 Historic Wrecks Accessible To Recreational Divers

11 historic wrecks have been declared accessible for recreational diving by Greece's Ministry of Culture and Sports

The Sinking of “Oria” in Greece Was Deadlier Than the Titanic

The sinking of the “Oria” in the Saronic Gulf, Greece in February of 1944 is one of the worst maritime tragedies in history. It cost almost four times as many lives as those taken in the Titanic disaster. The background...

Greece Restores WWII Forts, Honoring Bravery of Greek Soldiers

Greece will honor the bravery of the Greek soldiers who battled against the overwhelming German invasion forces in WWII by highlighting two of the most famous forts along the Bulgarian border. Municipal authorities of the towns of Serres and Drama...

WWII Entertainer, Orthodox Archon Nicholas Royce Dies at 96

Nicholas Royce, an Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate who entertained troops in WWII, died recently in Northridge, California at the age of 96. A professional dancer, choreographer, and philanthropist, Royce was born Nicholas Vlangas in Pennsylvania to Greek immigrant parents...

Gorgopotamos: The Greatest Moment of Greek Resistance to the Nazis

The blowing up of the Gorgopotamos bridge on November 25, 1942 stands as the greatest moment of Greece's resistance during World War II.

The Story of the First Greek-American from Chicago Killed in World War II

Leo Loumbas was the first Greek-American killed in World War II (WWII) from the city of Chicago. His death is memorialized, especially by the Greek-American community, in his home city of Chicago, where services have been held in his honor...

Remains of 32 Greek Soldiers Who Fell in Albania Finally Buried

The burial ceremony of 32 Greek soldiers who fell in Albania during the Greek-Italian war of 1940-41 was held earlier in the week at Aghios Nikolaos Church at the military cemetery of Klisoura. The ceremony was held as part of...