More than a half century after the end of World War II, its dwindling ranks of veterans are saluted with memorials and ceremonies. Last June, 32 U.S. veterans received the France's highest award: Legion of Honor. Among them was Lt. Kate Nolan, a combat nurse with the 53rd Field Hospital. She tended the wounded just after D-Day, then through the Battle of the Bulge and beyond. Sixty years after the war, Kate's service to her nation continues. Her son helped troops deal with combat stress in Afghanistan.
In Germany in 1945, Infantryman Vernon Tott helped liberate a slave labor camp. He took some snapshots of the hell he saw at Ahlem, Germany. Fifty years later, Tott rediscovered his photos of the prisoners and spent the last years of his life trying to track them down. One of the survivors, Jack Tramiel, had Vernon's name inscribed on a wall at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.