By Kenneth K. Hatfield
"War is ready patriotism, approximately sacrifice, approximately conquering worry. and maybe so much of all, it is concerning the man in the foxhole subsequent to you, caring for one another, holding each one different, loving one another; a camaraderie so extreme purely males who've been in strive against can ever recognize what it really is like. convinced, such a lot of all, struggle is approximately love."
Heartland Heroes is a suite of exceptional tales from usual women and men who lived via remarkable instances. They resided in areas like Lee’s Summit, Independence, and Kansas urban, but their studies have been greatly like these of global warfare II veterans in every single place. a few have been marines, nurses, or fighter pilots, others have been easily civilians who lived throughout the struggle below the martial legislation imposed at the Hawaiian Islands after the assault on Pearl Harbor.
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The destroyer ﬁred off two torpedoes. Hollingsworth remembers that the noise from the explosions was deceptively mild. “It was more of a thud since it was so large,” he said. “It’s just like ﬁring a gun. The smaller the barrel of the riﬂe, you get a cracking noise. Your sixteeninch guns, your fourteens, it’s just a whoom. . Well, that’s just the way this explosion was. ’Cause you take two thousand gallons of aviation gasoline exploding, it’s just gonna be a whoom. “I didn’t know it till a couple hours later, because the ship did, boy, she came doggone near to a dead halt in the water.
At around the same time Mike met Leon Uris, who was then a radio operator with the Sixth Regiment, Second Battalion of the Second Marine Division. Uris had served in combat on Guadalcanal and Tarawa before being rotated 38 Heartland Heroes home. Mike and Leon worked together in the machine shop, and since both were dating marines, they would often double date. “Me and Leon, we got along real well,” Mike said. After the war, Uris went on to write Battle Cry, a semiautobiographical novel about his wartime experiences with the Sixth Marines, which was later made into a movie.
There they met dance instructor Arthur Murray and his wife, Catherine. “We were the ﬁrst ones [female marines] they had ever met,” Betty said. ” Some of them even cut the rug with Arthur. But not Betty. “No, I was too shy,” she said. When it was time for the women to leave, the Murrays insisted on walking them to the subway to ensure that they didn’t get lost. Betty has a picture of all of them gathered outside the women’s service club. “They were such charming people,” she said. The Third Marine Raider Battalion landed on Guadalcanal ﬁve months after the initial invasion by the First Marine Division in August of 1942.