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Although written in 2008, this journalistic treatment of the World War II Canteen at North Platte, Nebraska, is worth the time and a tribute to what a small town (although really not small by Nebraska standards) can do when people are motivated, caring, energetic and committed.
Readers will be astounded by the amounts of food and love gathered, prepared and given to the soldiers who came through North Platte on trains bound for the points that would take them to the war all over the world. Frightened, homesick soldiers who 50 years after the end of the war fight back tears when recalling those few minutes at the Canteen.
George Dawson, U.S. Army Air Corps, drafted in 1943, student at City College of New York, one of the six million soldiers greeted with food and good will at the North Platte Canteen wrote many years later: “Who were we on that train? We were the hope of the world at that moment. We were all the same. We all wore the same uniform. We were ‘our boys.’ We were their boys.”
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