Never Will We Forget: Oral Histories of World War II
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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Not only were the townspeople excited, even Irv got so excited, he later
confessed, that he got sick and threw up.15 THe ruSH To enliST Word of the
attack on Pearl Harbor was greeted by a rush of men all across the nation to
enlist in the ...
There were slurs, barbed comments, disparaging mutterings for a man not in
uniform, despite the fact that the young man may already have enlisted and was
waiting to be called up. The social pressure was unrelenting for men to enlist.
Just as men rushed to volunteer in the service of their country, women also
quickly accepted the challenge of enlistment in the newly created women's
branches of military service. In all, approximately 400,000 women served in the
military in ...
According to Chris Kittleson, they proved to be very responsible and extremely
happy to be in America and not out risking their lives on the bloody battlefields of
Europe.10 Betty Drake, an Alabamian, enlisted in the Marine Corps believing that
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The Paciﬁc Scene
Tragedy at Sea
German POW Camps
The Softer Side of War
The Lighter Side of War
The Home Front
The Good and the Sad
The Atom Bomb and VJ Day
The Aftermath of War
The Later Years
Japanese POW Camps
Luck Fate Providence and Guardian Angels