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1941: Texas goes to war by James Ward Lee, Carolyn N. Barnes, Kent A. Bowman, Laura

By James Ward Lee, Carolyn N. Barnes, Kent A. Bowman, Laura Crow, Ann Richards

In 1941, whilst the japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and the USA discovered itself in a complete conflict, the folks of Texas rallied to the battle attempt. women and men rushed to affix the militia. those that remained behind—men, ladies, and children—were squaddies at the domestic entrance: They rolled bandages, noticed airplane, educated for air raids, stuffed jobs left vacant by means of carrier males, amassed scrap scrimped and kept and acquired by means of with rationed sugar, meat, sneakers, tires, and gasoline. Texas turned a middle for education and equipping the best battle computing device the area had ever seen.

World battle II replaced Texas from oil and farm animals and cotton to and agribusiness.The expertise that grew out of the war—radar, tv, jet airplane, air con for the masses—made a Texas that had no longer been imagined earlier than 1941. And the Texans themselves replaced, as they left the nation for remote places and for different components of the USA. They left the rustic for the town to paintings in and such a lot may by no means go back to the farm other than in retirement years.

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Texas was a different place in many ways, as Kent Bowman and Clay Reynolds point out in the opening chapters of Texas Goes to War. The war changed our livesmine and most every other Texan. Because of the war, the cotton and corn fields east of little Lakeview were paved over. Runways and hangars and barracks were built, and our little community had a sprawling new neighborWaco Army Air Base. The drone of B-25s and B-26s filled the skies above our house. Because of our proximity to a military base, I was convinced that my little hometown was the prime target of the Japanese.

Kent Adam), 1947. 1984. Logo and Cover Design: Mark Harris Book Design: Laura Crow and Jane Tanner Contents Foreword Governor Ann W. Richards i Introduction James Ward Lee v Acknowledgments ix Remember Pearl Harbor Kent Bowman 1 Gearing up for Total War Clay Reynolds 23 Texans in Combat Denise Kohn 43 Use it UpWear It Out John T. Smith 75 The Words & Pictures of War Carolyn Barnes 97 Texas Minorities Wage War David Zimmermann 117 Women at War Cynthia Guidici 145 Love, Marriage, & the Family Sallie Strange 173 Entertainment at Home & Abroad Dawn Duncan 195 Coming Home Mike Hobbs 217 Index 241 Page i Foreword Texas Goes to War takes me back to my own pre-war childhood in the Central Texas town of Lakeview, where I lived with my mama and daddy in a little two-bedroom frame house on an acre of land.

Many of the men and women who served overseas had got their first experience in the Lone Star State. All this training was not without mishap, however. A pilot in the bombardier training base near Turkey, Texas, flew his plane so rambunctiously that the bombardier trainee was thrown about the cockpit and accidentally hit the bomb-release switch. Score: one bomb dropped into a field, one cow killed. The pilot steered clear of the town thereafter, but he later learned that he was not the only trainee ever to bomb Turkey, Texas.

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