Shattuck, S. F., et. al (ed.) / A history of Neenah
The 1940's, pp. 123- PDF (4.5 MB)
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. 123
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