Remembering Heroes Of The Second World War Sixteen million men and women served in uniform during World War II. Today, 1.2 million of those veterans are still alive, but hundreds are dying every day. NPR's All Things Considered is remembering some of the veterans who have died this year.
An inscription on the war memorial.
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Remembering Heroes Of The Second World War

Hundreds of the 16 million men and women who served in WWII are passing away each day.

Herman Boudreau served in the U.S. Army in World War II, then rose to the rank of command sergeant major in the Maine Army National Guard. Courtesy of the Boudreau family hide caption

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Courtesy of the Boudreau family

George Porter, one of the original Tuskegee Airmen, at his home in Sacramento, Calif., in 2007. Porter joined the armed forces in 1942 and served as a crew chief, squadron inspector and flight engineer with the Army Air Forces and the Air Force. Paul Kitagaki Jr./MCT/Landov hide caption

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Paul Kitagaki Jr./MCT/Landov

After serving in World War II, Tad Nagaki returned to Nebraska to farm corn, beans and sugar beets. Courtesy of Mary Previte hide caption

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Courtesy of Mary Previte

On June 5, 1944, Jake McNiece (right) led a group of paratroopers in World War II. After he shaved his head and painted his face before dropping behind German lines for D-Day, the look caught on with his men. U.S. Military hide caption

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