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Today in World War II History—May 27, 1942

US poster, 1943, honoring Dorie Miller, recipient of the Navy Cross for his actions at Pearl Harbor

US poster, 1943, honoring Dorie Miller, recipient of the Navy Cross for his actions at Pearl Harbor

80 Years Ago—May 27, 1942: Czech resistance fighters shoot German Gen. Reinhard Heydrich in Prague, deputy chief of the SS and Deputy Protector of Bohemia and Moravia; he dies June 4.

German Gen. Erwin Rommel launches an offensive against the British at Gazala, Libya.

Doris “Dorie” Miller becomes the first African-American to receive the Navy Cross, for actions at Pearl Harbor.

Guide Dogs for the Blind is founded in Los Gatos CA, to help returning servicemen.

Movie premiere of Prelude to War, the first of Frank Capra’s Why We Fight propaganda films.

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