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Shattuck, S. F., et. al (ed.) / A history of Neenah

The 1940's,   pp. 123-[142] PDF (4.5 MB)

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                   THE 1940 8s
                     b-V CHARLOTTE McINTYRE
"Pearl H/arbor"
N         EENAH FAMILIES had been to churches in the morning, had
           finished dinner, and were quietly reading the Sunday
           papers, when voices interrupted every radio program
           throughout the country with the news which was to
change the lives and activities of everyone for nearly four years. The
day was December 7, 1941-
  Company 1, local unit of the Wisconsin National Guard, which had
left in October of' 1940 for what was to be a year's training, was at
Camp Beauregard and Camp Livingstone, Louisiana. Some of the
original members had been transferred to other units. Less than five
months from that December 7, they were in a long gray convoy of
ships that slipped out of California ports onto the Pacific, off to war
against the Japanese. A short sixteen months before these men had
been playing football, basketball, softball, swimming in the new pool,
sailing on Lake Winnebago, drinking cokes at the corner drug store.
By Thanksgiving of 1942 they would be learning jungle fighting the
hard way, against experienced Japanese jungle fighters. But they
were to push on until they recaptured the Philippines.
  Other Neenah men already in Service through the Selective Service
Act, which had come into existence in 1940, found their training now
stepped up. It was in earnest, and many were to see service in the
European theater of operations on sea, land and in the air in the
fight against the Nazis.
  Nearly 1,7oo Neenah men saw service throughout the years of the
war. Some were prisoners of war in both theaters of operations; some
were to give their lives.

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