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World War II

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Aug 19, 2020


Newspaper readers in the early 1940s were accustomed to their daily newspaper coverage of war battles and international conflict. World War II affected virtually every aspect of human life. The Fargo Forum was no exception.


On the night before D-Day in World War II, General Dwight D. Eisenhower visited with paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division at a staging-base in England.

Cornelius Ryan passed away on this date in 1974.  Ryan was an Irish journalist and author well known for writing World War II military history.  His most famous books were “The Longest Day” about the June 6th, 1944 D-Day landings on Normandy; “The Last Battle” about the Battle of Berlin; and “A Bridge Too Far” about the ill-fated invasion of the Netherlands called Operation Market Garden.  The Longest Day and A Bridge Too Far were made into major motion pictures. 

Orin Olson

Jul 27, 2018

On this date in 1944, Orin Olson was buried at a nameless cemetery in Italy, a long way from his beloved farm near New Rockford, North Dakota.


Jun 12, 2018

Today, people take antibiotics like penicillin and amoxicillin for granted. But it was just back in 1945, during World War II, that the “wonder drug” called penicillin first came to North Dakota.



The 30th Bombardment Squadron, which would one day be stationed in North Dakota, has its roots in WWI, where it first formed as the 30th Aero Squadron. The men in the unit trained as pilots, but due to circumstances, they became more well acquainted with construction jobs.