Monthly Archives: September 2011

Leadership Lost

“Big, who had been a nurse before her children were born, went back to her profession when the war started and there was a shortage of nurses, since many had joined the Army Nurse Corps. She did volunteer work at … Continue reading

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Radio Days

“In 1945 the Air Base was taken over by the Air Transport Command, so there were no more cadets coming in. The boys stationed out there were flying planes to the war zones and many of them were combat veterans, … Continue reading

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Holding Down the Home Front

“We had a lot of good restaurants then. Of course, there were no fast food places. We had Carnaggio’s, two Giardina’s, the Alice Cafe, Crystal Grill, Hamburger Cafe, Serio’s, the Midway Hotel Blue Room, Post Office Cafe, Smith’s Cafe and … Continue reading

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War and Prosperity

“Many local girls found husbands at the base. A group was organized called the Military Maids. We all joined, but I never did go much to any of the USO or Base Functions. The Military Maids were carried on buses … Continue reading

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Daring Young Men in Their Flying Machines

“Some of the boys were so young and had never been away from home. They were here so briefly, and you wonder what happened to all of them. I am sure many were killed because most of them went overseas … Continue reading

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A Home Away from Home

“The town immediately began making plans for entertainment for the many men stationed at the Air Base and at Camp McCain in Grenada. The USO opened in a building on Howard Street, and the American Legion Hut opened on weekends. … Continue reading

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Everyday Patriotism

“There were scrap drives all the time with everyone collecting metal and paper and other scarce items. The Boy and Girl scouts and other organizations were always having drives and contests to see who could collect the most. Patriotism was … Continue reading

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