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Broehm, Barbara / World War II through the eyes of Manitowoc's homefront youth
(December 2000)

World War II through the eyes of Manitowoc's homefront youth,   pp. [1]-30


Page 29

Broehm 29 
The people also had difficulty staying focused on the war. Not everyone had
a 
relative in combat, and few could remain, as enthusiastic about the seventh
bond drive as 
they were about the first. As the initial wave of patriotic emotion passed
and victory 
grew more certain, people became more focused on personal concerns. America
was 
ready for the war to end. 
Manitowoc greeted VJ with great enthusiasm. The August 15, 1945 Manitowoc
Herald-Times headlines read "World in New Era of Peace." Within
minutes after the 6 
PM announcement from Washington D.C., thousands of people jammed Manitowoc's
downtown streets. According to an article in the Manitowoc Herald-Times:
"Factory 
whistles and boat sirens boomed out. Church bells rang. People ran from their
homes 
firing guns. Some even shot off fireworks left over from the Fourth of July."1'
Sailors 
and soldiers led impromptu parades up and down the streets. Young women kissed
them 
until their faces were smeared with lipstick. Bands playing war tunes marched
through 
the town. Some World War I veterans played Bohemian music as youngster polkaed
in 
the street. 112 
"I was there with my family," said Howard, "we parked by the
North Eighth 
Street Bridge. We sat on top of the car and watched the people." Howard
adds that his 
family's joy soon turned to sadness. He said, "We heard on the radio
that the 
Indianapolis had been sunk. My cousin Melvin was on, the that battleship.
Out of 1200 
I "City and County Celebrates Over Ending of War," Manitowoc Herald-Times
15 August, 1945, 
1. 
112 "City and County Celebrates Over Ending of War," Manitowoc
Herald-Times 15 August, 1945, 
1. 


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