Once Upon A Town

Once Upon A Town

The Miracles of the North Platte Canteen

Large Print - 2002
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North Platte, Nebraska, is a solitary outpost in the vast midwestern plains. But from Christmas Day 1941 to the end of WorId War II, American soldiers rolled through the town on troop trains, en route to their ultimate destinations in Europe and the Pacific. The tiny town transformed its modest railroad depot into the North Platte Canteen -- a place where soldiers could enjoy food, music, and friendly conversation during a stopover that lasted only a few minutes. Every day of the war, the Canteen -- staffed and funded entirely by local volunteers -- provided the weary, homesick soldiers with the encouragement they needed to help them through the difficult times ahead. By war's end, people from a town of just twelve thousand had served more than six million GIs.

In this poignant and heartwarming eyewitness history, based on interviews with North Platte residents and the GIs who once passed through, Bob Greene unearths and reveals a classic, lost-inthe-mists-of-time American story of a grateful country honoring its brave and dedicated sons.

Publisher: New York, NY : Harper Large Print : 2002
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9780060093877
Branch Call Number: LGP978.2 G83o
Characteristics: 280p


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sharonb122 Jul 14, 2013

I knew nothing about North Platte and was glad to be enlightened. This is a piece of history well-worth having been researched and preserved. reading about Union Pacific Bailey Yard was a great surprise near the end. I'm glad each story is written down, but even with the individual differences, it got a little repetitive for me. Wish there could have been more pictures. I enjoy history and Bob Greene made it readable and less intense--I'd like to read more of his.

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