Broehm, Barbara / World War II through the eyes of Manitowoc's homefront youth
World War II through the eyes of Manitowoc's homefront youth, pp. -30
Broehm 7 seriously ill during this time." As a result, this teenager juggled caring for ill parents, going to school, and running the household. Through the National Youth Administration (NYA) she found a job. "I took classes at te vocational school, and I got a job at a transportation company. I replaced a guy who had gone into the service.. .I was only sixteen at the time." She said that if it weren't for the war, she would never had gotten the job. "My job sure helped out my family financially.'16 Overall, these individuals feel that they had to grow up too fast and lost years that should have been happy and carefree. Another group of homefront boys and girls remember the war as a time of rewarding adventures. "I feel guilty saying this," reflects a homefront boy, "but those years were probably the best years of my life!" Manitowoc was a "booming" place during the war with the war industry. People had jobs and finally some money to spend. He adds, "With military personnel stationed in town, Manitowoc was included on the entertainment circuit. Performers like Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, and Lawrence Welk all came to Manitowoc." 17 Regardless of different backgrounds and personal dilemmas, all agree that the attack of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 united Americans in a common cause. Men and women who were children then, remember precisely where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news about the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor. For many, time stopped at that moment in what psychologists call "flashbulb memory:" the 16 Louise Zigmund, interview by Barbara Broehm, 12 November 2000. 17 Howard Wilsman, interview by Barbara Broehm., 19 November 2000.
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