By Kenneth K. Hatfield
"War is set patriotism, approximately sacrifice, approximately conquering worry. and maybe such a lot of all, it really is in regards to the man in the foxhole subsequent to you, caring for one another, conserving every one different, loving one another; a camaraderie so extreme in basic terms males who've been in strive against can ever recognize what it really is like. convinced, such a lot of all, warfare is approximately love."
Heartland Heroes is a suite of exceptional tales from traditional women and men who lived via remarkable instances. They resided in locations like Lee’s Summit, Independence, and Kansas urban, but their reports have been a great deal like these of worldwide struggle II veterans in every single place. a few have been marines, nurses, or fighter pilots, others have been easily civilians who lived during the warfare lower than the martial legislations imposed at the Hawaiian Islands after the assault on Pearl Harbor.
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In the meantime, the Japanese continued their ground offensive into China and Burma. The Flying Tigers already had been forced to evacuate their base at Rangoon, and by the end of April they had retreated from Loiwing. The Burma Road was now China’s last link to the west, and its defense became the Tigers’ ﬁrst priority. By May 5, a Japanese armored column was on the Burma Road seventyﬁve miles inside China. They were headed to Kunming, and there was no organized army to stop them. If Kunming fell, there would be no central distribution point available to planes ﬂying over “the Hump” (the treacherous route over the Himalayas) from India; supplies for China’s army would not get through.
She also carried depth charges for use against submarines. “When I was in radar, I was in ﬁre control some of the time,” he said. “Your radar was connected from your ﬁre control station down to the [antiaircraft] 31 32 Heartland Heroes guns. ” Every fourth round was a tracer shell, so the antiaircraft gunners could often tell which gun shot down which plane. “I can ’count for about four or ﬁve [downed planes],” Hollingsworth said. In early 1942, the Minnie was assigned to screen the aircraft carrier Lexington from enemy warships and planes.
The guy’s bunk next to me had a piece of shrapnel [embedded] where his head would have been,” Mike said. When Betty enlisted, many of her male counterparts felt women didn’t belong in the marines. But she believed she was just doing her part for the war effort. She was sent to New York for basic training. Since there were no facil- 36 Heartland Heroes ities to train female marines, the women went to navy boot camp alongside the Waves and were housed with them in the dormitories at Hunter College.
Heartland heroes : remembering World War II by Kenneth K. Hatfield