Never Will We Forget: Oral Histories of World War II

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 318 pages

Never Will We Forget deals with the most enduring and moving side of World War II, the personal side. These are the stories of some 400 men and women, who, though they experienced the war in wildly different ways, were all profoundly affected by it. Gleaned from interviews and oral histories, the book reflects the experiences of male and female veterans, civilians on the home front, conscientious objectors, survivors of the torpedoing of the USS Indianapolis and of typhoons, participants in the Normandy Invasion, the Battle of the Bulge, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. Some stories tug at the heart, some foster the shock of surprise, still others reflect the long-held pride in the American war effort at home and abroad. From the first dark stirrings of war through its dusty aftermath, Never Will We Forget captures how Americans lived, felt, and believed during the twentieth century's most brutal conflict.

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Contents

And the War Came
1
Women Serving in the Armed Services and with the Red Cross
18
Operation Overlord
40
Europe
55
The Pacific Scene
72
Tragedy at Sea
86
German POW Camps
100
Liberation
113
The Softer Side of War
161
The Lighter Side of War
173
The Home Front
184
The Good and the Sad
199
The Atom Bomb and VJ Day
210
The Aftermath of War
231
The Later Years
252
Epilogue
277

Japanese POW Camps
129
Luck Fate Providence and Guardian Angels
145
Selected Bibliography
307
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Marilyn Mayer Culpepper is the author of Trials and Triumphs: The Women of the American Civil War and All Things Altered: Women in the Wake of the Civil War. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and is Professor Emerita at Michigan State University.

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