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Posts Tagged: World War II

Lessons from the 1940s – Remember Pearl Harbor

On December 6, 1941, twelve B-17 Flying Fortresses left Hamilton Field, north of San Francisco, bound for their new station on Mindanao in the Philippines. My great-uncle, Roderick M. Stewart, was a second lieutenant with one of the crews. The first leg of their journey would take them to Hickam Field in Honolulu. Weighted down… Read more »

World War II Army Nursing

During World War II, nurses were needed as never before, and tens of thousands of young women stepped forward to serve their country. They served in stateside hospitals, frigid Alaska, Pacific jungles, muddy North Africa, malaria-infested Sicily and Italy, and on the beaches of Normandy. They cared for the wounded and soothed the dying. This… Read more »

Book Beat – Stars in the Night

Do you love fiction set during World War II? Love classic movies? Love a good mystery? If you like any of these, Stars in the Night by Cara Putman is a fun read. Rosemary Shaeffer came to Hollywood to find fame in the movies. She found death. Her sister, attorney Audra Shaeffer, comes to Hollywood… Read more »

Lessons from the 1940s – Freedom from Want

How could I resist this poster for Thanksgiving week? On January 6, 1941, in his State of the Union Address, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared that everyone deserved four fundamental freedoms – freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from fear, and freedom from want. At the time, the Axis dictators stifled freedom of speech… Read more »

Lessons from the 1940s – Save and Invest

The generation that fought World War II on the battlefield and on the Home Front had come through the Great Depression. While we cringe at today’s unemployment figures hovering around 10 percent (as we should), in 1932, 13 million were unemployed – 25 percent of the labor force at a time when most households had… Read more »

Lessons from the 1940s – Teamwork

The brave pilot risking his life for the sake of his country. The soldier and sailor and Marine in combat. These are the people we think about when we think of World War II. Their stories are told in movies and documentaries and books – including mine. But this poster recognizes the truth – teamwork… Read more »

Lessons from the 1940s – No Complaints

They waded ashore in chest-deep water in Algeria and took shelter behind sand dunes. Snipers and strafing fighter planes aimed for them. They ate cold K-rations and dug slit trenches and dealt with fleas, mosquitoes, lice, and flies. And they were women. Lately I’ve been researching nursing in the Mediterranean Theater (North Africa, Sicily, and… Read more »

Lessons from the 1940s – Labor Counts

On Labor Day I thought it was appropriate to honor the vital role of production in the Allied victory in World War II. The United States was well situated to become the “Arsenal of Democracy.” Other than a few random bombings from Japanese submarine-based planes and shellings from submarines, America was free from damage. The… Read more »

Lessons from the 1940s – Let Boys Be Boys

My two sons’ favorite TV show is “Mythbusters.” Why do they like it? The scientific investigation of urban legends? Sure. The quirky characters and offbeat humor? Yep. But the primary reason…”They blow things up!” I don’t get this. I’m a girl. Explosions don’t appeal to me, and all I can think about is those poor… Read more »

Happy V-J Day!

Sixty-five years ago today, World War II came to an end when Emperor Hirohito of Japan signed his acceptance of the Potsdam Declaration demanding unconditional surrender to the Allies. The surrender was announced in the United States at 7pm Eastern War Savings Time. The following day, August 15, was officially proclaimed V-J Day (Victory in… Read more »