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By Kenneth K. Hatfield

ISBN-10: 0826263356

ISBN-13: 9780826263353

"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.

In Heartland Heroes, Ken Hatfield gathers the tales of greater than 80 women and men, whom he begun interviewing in 1984 whereas reporting for a small weekly newspaper in Liberty, Missouri. Hatfield’s first topic was once a marine named Bob Barackman, the uncle of 1 of Hatfield’s coworkers. That interview, which lasted for a number of hours, had a profound influence on Hatfield. He started to become aware of that as a journalist he had a special chance to maintain that small piece of historical past every one veteran incorporates with him.

Hatfield spent the following seventeen years interviewing approximately 100 global struggle II veterans and different participants, however it was once no longer until eventually August 2001 that he determined to assemble the tales right into a publication. The interviewees, so much of whom lived within the Kansas urban region on the time of the interviews, incorporated Jim Daniels, a Grumman Wildcat pilot, who whereas attempting to land at Pearl Harbor at the night after the japanese assault, survived a snow fall of pleasant fireplace, which claimed the lives of 3 of his acquaintances and fellow pilots; Charles McGee, a pilot with 143 strive against missions to his credits, who fought the Germans within the air and racism at the flooring as one of many Tuskegee Airmen; and Dee Nicholson, who was once simply six years outdated whilst the japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and her domestic on Hawaii. She and her father keep in mind what lifestyles used to be like for them and others, together with eastern americans, after that fateful day.

Following the conflict, those brave women and men again to the lives they'd left and attempted to regulate as most sensible they can. Hatfield collects their own memories—the thoughts of the heroes who helped to shield their kingdom within the final international clash this state has noticeable. They loaned Hatfield their medals, commendations, and regimental and divisional histories to aid him record and piece jointly their tales. almost them all downplayed their honors, insisting they'd performed not anything designated. via their tales, Heartland Heroes effectively captures this fading time period for destiny generations.

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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.

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