Listen To An Interview With The Last Surviving Union Civil War Veteran

Today (Aug. 2, 2016) is the 60th anniversary of the death of Albert Woolson, a Duluth resident who was the last surviving Union Civil War veteran. Woolson died in Duluth on Aug. 2, 1956, at the age of either 106 or 109 – depending on the source. A ceremony in his honor is planned for…
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68th Anniversary Of D-Day

American troops and supply vehicles splash ashore on the French coast during the D-Day invasion, in the wake of long lines of soldiers already moving inland (visible in the distance) on June 6, 1944. (Associated Press / News Tribune files) Today, June 6, 2012, is the 68th anniversary of the D-Day invasion by Allied troops…
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Remembering Mike Colalillo, Medal Of Honor Recipient From Duluth

Sgt. Mike Colalillo of Duluth phones relatives in December 1945 with news that he’ll be meeting with President Truman later that month to receive the Medal of Honor. (News-Tribune file photo) Mike Colalillo, a World War veteran and Medal of Honor recipient from Duluth, died Friday at age 86. Here is the citation which accompanied…
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70th Anniversary Of Pearl Harbor Attack

Today, Dec. 7, 2011, is the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that launched the United States into World War II. It’s hard to believe that the youngest survivors of that fateful day are now in their late 80s, with most in their 90s. Here is an image of the front page…
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Listen To A 1954 Interview With The Last Surviving Union Civil War Vet

The previous Attic post contained bunches of photos and stories on Albert Woolson, the last surviving Union Civil War veteran who died in Duluth in August 1956, at age 109. Amid the yellowed, brittle news clips about Woolson in the News Tribune archives was a cryptically-labeled cassette tape. I found a cassette player, popped the…
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