Category Archives: World War II

My grade-school memories of WW II

The war’s aftermath

The end of world war II  made a problem for our family: Andy Peterson, whose house we were renting, returned from California and wanted his house back. We were staying at the lake at the time, but we had to … Continue reading

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It’s over!

World War II dragged on for over three years. Day after day stories came back about massive battles with huge loss of life. Mothers got telegrams when their sons were killed in action, and they hung gold stars in their … Continue reading

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A World War II casualty

In the early 1940’s my grandmother’s next door neighbors had a son about my age named Dickie.  I used to play with Dickie sometimes when we visited grandma.  Dickie had an older brother named Norman, who was in the army … Continue reading

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194

The National Guard unit in Brainerd was known as the 194th Tank Battalion, but we who served in the unit just called it ‘194’. Originally known as the 109th, its unit number was changed to 194 when it was federalized … Continue reading

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Wally Anderson, war hero

Our little church in Brainerd had 28 men in military service during World War II. We gave thanks to God when all of them came back safely. To my knowledge the only church member that sustained a significant wound was … Continue reading

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My cousins in World War II

Two of my cousins, Mother’s nephews, were in the military during World War II. Cousin Bill Olson was a Naval Aviator. He trained on Hellcats but never saw combat. When his unit was deployed, Bill was selected to undergo night … Continue reading

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World War II on the radio

At the lake I listened to the radio a lot. I got to know all the characters in all the soap operas: Ma Perkins, The Guiding Light, Our Gal Sunday. At eleven o’clock, “It’s high noon in N’Yawk, and time … Continue reading

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Life during World War II

Summers we spent at the lake, which was fifteen miles from Brainerd. Gasoline was rationed, so we could only drive to town once a week, except in emergencies. To save gas, speed limits on the highways were reduced to 35 … Continue reading

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Dad goes to war, and comes back

Dad got a letter from the government to report to Fort Snelling in St. Paul for a physical examination and induction into the Army Engineers. He was told that as a professional engineer he would receive the rank of reserve … Continue reading

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I get sick, and Pearl Harbor is bombed

In the autumn of 1941 we moved from the lake into a rented house in southeast Brainerd. I had to attend a different school from the previous year. As expected, I guess, the kids in our neighborhood took their time … Continue reading

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