Miamisburg in World War II: The Soldiers and Sailors of an American Community

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Small American towns have earned a reputation for coming together in extraordinary ways in times of war, and at no time was this clearer than when the United States offered its support to the Allies in a time of worldwide crisis. In this poignant and nostalgic book, Carl M. Becker reflects on his small town in western Ohio during World War II, presenting the Greatest Generation of Miamisburg—lest they be forgotten—and setting their contribution to the war effort in the context of local, national and international affairs. Spurred by his historian's awareness that a collection of letters printed in the town newspaper during the war years had become an unusual and striking documentary record, Dr. Becker collected the stories of hundreds of the ordinary "boys" who had been sent to serve overseas as extraordinary soldiers and sailors. From the details of daily life in foreign lands to dramatic accounts of fighting at the front, Miamisburg in World War II offers an intimate and revealing portrait of strength of a community and character of its people.
ISBN: 9781596290488
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Ohio
Images: 76
Pages: 194
Dimensions: 7 (w) x 10 (h)
For over thirty years Carl M. Becker was a faculty member at Wright State University in Dayton, where he taught various courses in American history. He is author, coauthor and/or coeditor of more than one hundred books, book chapters, journal articles and biographical essays in reference works; his subjects have included Ohio in the Civil War, professional football, baseball and golf in Ohio, World War II and a variety of other topics, including education, inventions, revivals and more. He served in the United States Army for three years during World War II and was in the campaigns in Leyte in the Philippines and Okinawa.
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