The People’s Defender: Since many Memorial Day events have been cancelled for 2020, it is still important we remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for this great country we live in. 2020 is an important anniversary in the life of the United States, as it is the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. U.S. Forces killed in action (KIA) in this war, in which the U.S. had the leading role, were 405,399. This does not include those wounded or missing in action (MIA). This is only second in KIA to the Civil War (600,000 plus KIA) in wars that have involved our country.
World War II had two endings; May 8, 1945 and Sept. 2, 1945. V-E Day (Victory in Europe) took place on the May 8 date. The cessation of hostilities in Europe was unofficially declared at 2:45 a.m. on May 7, 1945, with the official signing at 9:20 p.m. on May 8 at at Allied Supreme Headquarters in Reims, France. The Allies accepted this end of hostilities in Europe from the successor to Hitler, Admiral and German President, Karl Donitz. He had become Hitler’s successor, after Hitler’s (supposed) suicide on April 30, 1945. U.S. KIA in the European Theater were 183, 588. MORE