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Escaping a POW Camp in the Midwest

If a soldier is taken as a prisoner of war, they may try to escape to freedom.  That was the case for the Germans living…

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Enemy Soldiers Working the Fields of Home

Imagine the pain of losing a son or daughter who was fighting in a war.  Now imagine hiring one of the enemy soldiers to work…

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A Shortage of Labor at Home During World War II

When young men went to fight in Europe and the Pacific during World War II, many communities were left with a shortage of labor.  To…

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Experiencing World War II In a Unique Way

During World War II, some U.S. communities experienced the conflict in a unique way.  They became the homes for foreign POWs, captured abroad and sent…

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Martial Law Following Pearl Harbor

When we think of Pearl Harbor during World War II, we often focus on just the events of December 1941.  However, for those living in…

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Witness To Pearl Harbor

The December 7th attack on Pearl Harbor cost the lives of over 2000 American servicemen and women.  Over half of those killed that morning were…

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A POW-built Nativity

It was Christmas 1945. German POWs at Camp Algona in Algona, Iowa would be returning to Europe the next year. This was the final Christmas…

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The Balloon Bombs from World War II

It was a foreign attack on the US mainland, yet few have heard the story about Japan’s balloon bomb and the deaths they caused in…

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From Pearl Harbor into World War II

Al Bodenlos can tell you plenty about building airport runways. Of course, most of those he helped build were on surfaces like coral, under the…

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Surviving the Romanians and the Nazis

Paula Neuman Gris, her mother and younger sister had survived life in a forced labor camp at the hands of the Romanians and the Nazis….

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The Holocaust From the Eyes of a Child

Paula Newman Gris was but six years old, but the decision she was about to make could impact her life and the lives of her…

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The Difficult Stories of Surviving the Holocaust

Paula Neuman Gris was but three years old when her family began to be torn apart by the Holocaust.  Although her young memories are few…

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A Holocaust Survivor’s Story

Over the next few days you’ll be hearing from Paula Neuman Gris, a girl of only four years of age who survived the Holocaust.  We…

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Tractors of the War

We may not think of ag equipment manufacturers having much to do with the U.S. military. However, during World War II, most of those companies…

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Now THAT’S a Tractor

If you think those high-tech gizmos on modern tractors are cool, you should check out a John Deere model from the 1940s. It’s equipped with…

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Honoring A Top Secret Mission

The military exercise was top secret.  When this mission was finally opened to the public, the reverend who played the pivotal role in thwarting the…

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The Pastor Who Helped

During World War II the Germans raced against the Americans to be the first to successfully build an atomic bomb.  Interestingly, a Norwegian pastor living…

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The Higgins Memorial

Every Memorial Day we remember are family and friends who have passed.  Many communities will also remember their veterans and that’s certainly true in Columbus,…

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Pearl Harbor Survivor Al Bodenlos

Al can tell you plenty about building airport runways.  Of course, most of those he helped build were on surfaces like coral under the threat…

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Posted in American Countryside Hawaii Pearl Harbor Podcast World War II

A Court-Martial and Pearl Harbor

Sterling Cale acted with bravery and courage during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Why, then, was he going to be court-martialed? He couldn’t believe what…

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