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.
Undaunted by his dismissal and after another loathsome year of schooling, the
persistent teenager became convinced that by now the Navy really needed him.
Once again, he lied and with forged papers enlisted once more, and for a second
Or the Navy? A gentle push from his mother who had heard that the food was
better in the Navy helped him decide. Two brothers already in the Navy clinched
his decision.28 At Toledo, when Don MacKenzie and his buddy went to enlist,
In addition, some 60,000 women served in the Army Nurse Corps and 14,000 in
the Navy Nurse Corps.1 ChoiCes, ChoiCes, ChoiCes There were almost as
many different reasons for enlisting in a particular branch of the women's services
After graduation Fran was sent to Washington, and she and several other women
who were recruited to take up this work were soon commissioned as U.S. Navy
Ensigns and given special training for their future assignments. As Ensigns ...
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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