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Today in World War II History—June 12, 1942

US Navy pilot Lt. George H.W. Bush, WWII (US Navy photo)

US Navy pilot Lt. George H.W. Bush, WWII (US Navy photo)

75 Years Ago—June 12, 1942: Anne Frank receives a diary for her thirteenth birthday.

On his 18th birthday, future president George H.W. Bush graduates from high school and enlists in the Navy, although he’d already been accepted at Yale.

US B-24 Liberator bombers flying from Egypt attack Ploesti in first US strategic mission of war in the European-African-Middle East Theater.

US 100th Infantry Battalion activated, composed of Japanese-Americans from Hawaii.

Brothers of Valor Monument in Honolulu, HI, commemorating the 100th Infantry Battalion and other Japanese-American units in World War II (Photo: Sarah Sundin, November 2016)

Brothers in Valor Monument in Honolulu, HI, commemorating the 100th Infantry Battalion and other Japanese-American units in World War II (Photo: Sarah Sundin, November 2016)