Kane County: The War Years
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The declaration of war in 1917 and the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese on December 7, 1941, stirred the men and women of Kane County, Illinois, to action and service. In World War I, many in Kane County joined the Illinois National Guard 3rd Regiment, 65th and 66th Brigades, and 129th and 131st Infantries of the 33rd Infantry Division. Many of the men also served in the infantry regiments of the 1st Division, known also as the “Big Red One.” They trained for war in places like Camp Deneen in Elgin, Camp Grant in Rockford, and Camp Logan in Houston, Texas. In World War II, Kane County’s men performed on the war’s biggest stages, aiding in Operation Torch, Operation Husky, and the invasion of Normandy. The women of Kane County also served overseas in both world wars as Red Cross nurses and WAVES, and domestically, they worked in factories, supporting in many vital ways.
Arcadia Publishing
: 9781467125703
: Arcadia Publishing
: 04/17/2017
: Illinois
: Images of America
: 192 Black And White
: 128
: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
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Kevin J. Gaffney works for the Office of Chief Counsel, US Department of Veterans Affairs, and has served in the federal government in other agencies. The 1st Division Museum, Cantigny Park, and McCormick Research Center, along with many local historical centers, including in Aurora, Elgin, Geneva, Batavia, St. Charles, and the Camp Grant Museum, provided invaluable assistance in compiling this book.
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