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Once Upon a Town
Once Upon a Town

Once Upon a Town

Bob Greene
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288 pages
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English
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Once Upon a Town

Bob Greene
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In search of "the best America there ever was, " bestselling author and award-winning journalist Bob Greene finds it in a small Nebraska town few people pass through today— a town where Greene discovers the echoes of the most touching love story imaginable: a love story between a country and its sons. During World War II, American soldiers from every city and walk of life rolled through North Platte, Nebraska, on troop trains en route to their ultimate destinations in Europe and the Pacific. The tiny town, wanting to offer the servicemen warmth and support, transformed its modest railroad depot into the North Platte Canteen. Every day of the year, every day of the war, the Canteen— staffed and funded entirely by local volunteers— was open from five a. m. until the last troop train of the day pulled away after midnight. Astonishingly, this remote plains community of only 12, 000 people provided welcoming words, friendship, and baskets of food and treats to more than six million GIs by the time the war ended. In this poignant and heartwarming eyewitness history, based on interviews with North Platte residents and the soldiers who once passed through, Bob Greene tells a classic, lost-in-the-mists-of-time American story of a grateful country honoring its brave and dedicated sons.

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Publisher
HarperCollins
Year
2009
ISBN
9780061751271
Topic
History
Subtopic
World War II

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