stories of the home front during the war years from the people
who lived them. You can't begin to understand WWII and the Korean
War without knowing what "those who wait" went through.
These are their stories.
Margaret Elmslie Whittington, 1942
Mama', I just
met the man I will marry someday!
found my love at Gitmo
I had just returned from one of my
first dances at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base and couldn't
wait to tell my mother.
Margaret Hofman, 1943
"My war started when I was about three
months old." This begins the war-time memories of a
very small child in England during the "Blitz."
Read this very personal story giving some insight into war-time
"London War Child - 1940 "
Coals to Newcastle
She was just 17 when her new husband,
Fred W.Hess Jr., went off to war. His mail got to her late
and all reference to his location was censored out. This
amazing lady never lost her sense of humor or her dedication
to her husband's military organization. She remains President
of the 124th Infantry Regimental Association.
"Sending Coals to Newcastle"
A Walk Up The Avenue
Mary Beth Spoltze
young widow faces
the war years alone.
were not at all sure at the start of the war that we would
prevail, it was a terrible feeling - one I hope never comes
to our country again."
words start a "roller coaster" tale of the horror
of seeing her new husband and her friends go off to war
to the bitter sweet fun of USO dances."
Elementary school student remembers the war.
"We never felt we were sacrificing anything
. . . the country was at war, and we were reared to love
our country" are some of the heartfelt feelings expressed
by Jean Faulk. Jean was in elementary school at the time
of Pearl Harbor and describes some of the times as well
as her feelings about the home front war.
"To these, our buddies, who died in order that American
liberty might be forever preserved. This hall and these
premises are reverently dedicated."
The honor Role
(Names from collage)
This collage memorial of veterans
killed during World War II is displayed in the public library
of Cross Plains, Texas. Cross Plains has a population of
approximately 1,000. The display formerly hung at the Cross
Plains VFW Hall until there were no longer enough members
to keep the doors open. These 28 sons who gave their lives
for the cause of liberty are representative of the thousands
of sons and daughters lost by similar communities across
to John Baum
Southern Belle remembers the war years
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