Purple Heart returned to hometown of WWII Veteran

WINK News first introduced you to Brenda Carlson, and the Purple Heart she found, last month. That Purple Heart has since been put into some very special hands and Carlson couldn’t be prouder. Carlson contacted WINK in July in hopes that we’d be able to find the family of Charles W. Crabbe. While she didn’t […]


Normandy commemorates D-Day with small crowds, but big heart

When the sun rises over Omaha Beach, revealing vast stretches of wet sand extending toward distant cliffs, one starts to grasp the immensity of the task faced by Allied soldiers on June 6, 1944, landing on the Nazi-occupied Normandy shore. The 77th anniversary of D-Day was marked Sunday with several events to commemorate the decisive […]

U.S. deports former Nazi concentration camp guard, 95-year-old Friedrich Karl Berger

A 95-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard was deported from the United States and arrived Saturday in his native Germany, where he was being held by police for questioning, authorities said. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency said in a statement that Friedrich Karl Berger, a German citizen, was sent back to Germany for […]

Veteran in SWFL gets ‘deserved’ sendoff after death

The family of a World War II veteran hoped to honor their dad in his native Michigan so that his lifelong friends and fellow veterans could be there, but the pandemic made that impossible. Still, the daughter of veteran Lester Smith and his new friends made sure he got the sendoff he earned. “I said, […]

These American mercenaries were the heroes of China

Consider this job offer: A one-year contract to live and work in China, flying, repairing and making airplanes. Pay is as much as $13,700 a month with 30 days off a year. Housing is included and you’ll get an extra $550 a month for food. On top of that, there’s an extra $9,000 for every […]

WWII fighter planes to soar through the sky in celebration of Independence Day

Saturday in Fort Myers, four World War II fighter planes will soar through the skies in honor of the Fourth of July. Mark Henley, team lead for Team Aeorofield said, “You guys have us for Fourth of July and we’re excited to be here.” The planes themselves are kind of a big deal. “There’s a […]