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Near Libertation from a POW Camp

American troops had finally made it to Manila and were attempting to free POWs like Tom Crosby. Just when things seemed hopeful, the tables turned…

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Suffering in a POW Camp

It is difficult to imagine the conditions for POWs like Tom Crosby in the weeks leading up to their camps liberation. Some had already died…

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Living As A Prisoner of War

In January of 1942, eight year old Tom Crosby, along with his brother, mother and grandmother, Americans living in Manilla, were taken prisoner by the…

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An 8-Year Old POW

Life was good for eight year old Tom Crosby, an American living in Manila in 1941. Then December 7th came, and his life changed forever……

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Tunnelling to Pass the Time

Most prison camps wouldn’t want their detainees digging tunnels to freedom, but at Ed’s camp, it was a way to keep the prisoners occupied… SharePrintEmail

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A World War 2 Pilot and POW

Ed believed he was a well informed pilot flying for the United States. Then the German captured him and told him things about himself that…

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A Young WW2 Pilot

Ed Davidson got to cross the Atlantic on the Queen Mary, but his trip wasn’t for pleasure… SharePrintEmail

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A Midwestern POW Camp

They were prisoners of war, yet they were paid for their work; many of them forged friendships with the locals that would last for the…

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Swimming in a Sea of Burning Oil

Stu Hedley may have believed that once he left his ship, the West Virginia, in Pearl Harbor on the morning of December 7, 1941 that…

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Posted in American Countryside California Hawaii Pearl Harbor Podcast World War II

Surviving Pearl Harbor: A First Hand Account

We’ve heard of the events of December 7, 1941 at Pearl Harbor. Today, we meet one of the men who survived aboard one of the…

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Back to Baseball

Jerry Coleman served his country as a pilot during World War II, then returned home to play professional baseball. 1949 marked the first of five…

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Posted in American Countryside baseball California New York Podcast World War II

A Yankee Pilot

It is difficult to fathom the changes that took place in everyday life in the United State, yet alone Hawaii, after December 1941. Sports took…

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Posted in American Countryside baseball California New York Podcast World War II

Waiting to Join…

Jerry Coleman was a high school senior when the Japanese hit Pearl Harbor. He was drafted the very next year, but not by the military….

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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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A Witness to the Beginning of World War II

Al Bodenlos was in Honolulu on the morning of December 7, 1941. Like many people there, he didn’t immediately realize the story that was beginning…

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An Eyewitness Account of Pearl Harbor

Al was about to witness the most realistic military training exercise he had ever seen. As he got closer to the action, he quickly realized…

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German Prisoners of War Going to Church

Sunday was a day of worship in Hampshire, Illinois…both for the American residents and their friends, the German POWs. The American Countryside is brought to…

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Learning English from a German POW

When John Fenzell was struggling with English at his Illinois elementary school, he got a tutor…a tutor that just happened to be a German POW….

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Delivering the Paper to a German POW Camp

John Fenzell, like many young boys, delivered papers growing up. However, some of his customers happened to be German POWs picking crops in Illinois. Today’s…

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Midwestern POW Camps in World War II

During World War II, young working men left the Midwest to fight for their country. In some cases, it was the enemy soldiers that came…

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