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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.

In Heartland Heroes, Ken Hatfield gathers the tales of greater than 80 women and men, whom he begun interviewing in 1984 whereas reporting for a small weekly newspaper in Liberty, Missouri. Hatfield’s first topic used to be a marine named Bob Barackman, the uncle of 1 of Hatfield’s coworkers. That interview, which lasted for numerous hours, had a profound impact on Hatfield. He started to become aware of that as a journalist he had a distinct chance to maintain that small piece of heritage each one veteran incorporates with him.

Hatfield spent the subsequent seventeen years interviewing approximately 100 global conflict II veterans and different contributors, however it used to be now not until eventually August 2001 that he made up our minds to bring together the tales right into a publication. The interviewees, so much of whom lived within the Kansas urban zone on the time of the interviews, integrated Jim Daniels, a Grumman Wildcat pilot, who whereas attempting to land at Pearl Harbor at the night after the japanese assault, survived a snowfall of pleasant hearth, which claimed the lives of 3 of his acquaintances and fellow pilots; Charles McGee, a pilot with 143 strive against missions to his credits, who fought the Germans within the air and racism at the floor as one of many Tuskegee Airmen; and Dee Nicholson, who used to be simply six years outdated whilst the japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and her domestic on Hawaii. She and her father remember what existence was once like for them and others, together with eastern american citizens, after that fateful day.

Following the struggle, those brave women and men again to the lives that they had left and attempted to regulate as most sensible they can. Hatfield collects their own memories—the thoughts of the heroes who helped to protect their state within the final worldwide clash this kingdom has obvious. They loaned Hatfield their medals, commendations, and regimental and divisional histories to aid him rfile and piece jointly their tales. almost them all downplayed their honors, insisting they'd performed not anything distinct. via their tales, Heartland Heroes effectively captures this fading time period for destiny generations.

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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.

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