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 14 "Anchors Aweigh," and the boat slid down the ways and dropped off into the water with a tremendous splash. 46 "My dad was an employee of the shipyards so the family was allowed to watch the launching from the parking lot across the river."47 "I can recall," says a twelve-year- old homefront boy, "the gigantic splash... the wave from the launching was so huge that we got wet sitting on the opposite bank.,4' Harlan adds, "A mighty cheer rose from the crowd as the submarine hit the water... whistles were blowing throughout the Yards. It was a proud day for Manitowoc.'49 This event was featured in the May 18, 1942 edition of Life magazine: "Sub Hits water Sideways in Navy's First Major Launching on Great Lakes. "50 "It wasn't until my dad saw the article in Life magazine that he realized the significance of the event," comments Karl. He adds, "People came from a thousand miles away to see the event, and my family lived only seven miles away! After the magazine article my dad took us to the launches. They were always at 12 Noon, and we were always amazed how far people traveled to see the submarines."51 The launching of the Peto was also shown on newsreels to millions of Americans across the United States. Without television, newsreels were "our view of the war," noted Betty.52 In black and white, the children saw scenes from air, land and sea battles. 46 Nelson, 45-46. 47 Shirley Schnill, interview by Barbara Broehm, 20 November 2000. 48 Howard Schmill, interview by Barbara Broehm. 49 Harlan Demsien, interview by Barbara Broehm. SO "Sub Hits Water Sideways in Navy's First Major Launching on Great Lakes," Life 18 May, 1942, 21. 51 Karl Kappelman, interview by Barbara Broehm. 52 Betty Wilsman, interview by Barbara Broehm, 19 November, 2000.
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