World War II

See If You Can Top This Find in Your Grandma’s House

By on 11.22.10 | 12:46PM

My grandmother turns 100 in January and over the weekend my sister, aunts, uncles and cousins did some massive cleaning of her home in Rhode Island. While cleaning out a drawer upstairs one cousin discovered an apparent souvenir from my late grandfather's World War II service: a hand grenade. My aunts said it was real and they remembered playing with it (?!) in their childhood. The police were called, and the bomb squad showed up too, and the device was taken away for detonation at Fort Devens in Massachusetts.

If any of you vets or weapons experts can identify and explain what this is in a more historical context, please do so in the comments section.

Meanwhile, this might offer some perspective to parents who obsess about bike helmets and BB guns.

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Special Report

Nothing to Hide

By 6.15.09

Did HBO's nude encounter between Churchill and FDR really happen?
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Bear Stearns Collapse Unveils War History Nugget

By on 5.25.09 | 8:11AM

The New York Times has a story today about how Donna Reed's daughter, who worked for the investment company until it collapsed last year, took some time afterward to dig into an old trunk of her mom's memorabilia from the World War II era.
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