War bonds : love stories from the greatest generation

by Hval, Cindy.

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Dormont Public Library Non-Fiction 920 H99
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Call Number  920 H99
America's World War II is most often told through the stories of its great battles, when an entire generation of our young men was suddenly thrust across the oceans to represent the New World in deadly combat against the great powers of the Old. On sea, in the air, and on land our boys fought against totalitarian powers that threatened to overturn the American ideal of liberty for every individual, even civilization itself.

But while often forgotten, America's women participated too. On the home front they were more than willing to share in the hardships of wartime, and in countless cases they fairly lived and breathed with support for our troops overseas. Whether working in factories or taking care of families, rationing or volunteering, their unflagging support contributed more to our victories than has ever been told.

Young people have been falling in love since time began, but romance during a global conflagration brought a unique set of challenges. The uncertainty of the time led to an abundance of couples marrying quickly, after brief courtships. Others grew closer through intermittent correspondence, where the soldier was invariably censored by officers, yet true longing from either side invariably came through. It was the worst time at all to try to have a relationship; yet amazingly, thousands of couples created lifelong bonds.

From blind dates to whirlwind romances to long separations, War Bonds highlights stories of couples who met or married during WWII. Each of the 30 stories begins with a World War II-era song title and concludes with a look at wartime couples in their twilight, as well as when they were so hopeful and young and determined to save the world. Illustrated with photographs from the 1940's as well as current ones of each couple, War Bonds offers readers a glimpse of bygone days, as well as a poignant glimpse of our own.

During history's greatest war it was no time to start a relationship. But many among our young men and women did so regardless, and in this book we see how amazingly the "war bonds" of that World War II generation so frequently endured.
Band of gold
Lady in waiting
The luck of the draw
Have a little faith
Footloose, fancy free and fun
Dishpan hands
From sailor to preacher
Damn Yankee
Globe trotters
Little things add up to love
Pearl Harbor survivors
Brothers and their brides
A seat next to you
Hard to say goodbye
She still wears the pants
The farmer's wife
Pin curls and all
Letters from home
Bicycle built for two
Can't take my eyes off of you
Happy trails
Peg O' My Heart
I've got your number
The short drive home
Preacher's boy and farmer's daughter
The pilot and the WAVE
Laughing through the years
Keeping time
Second look was all it took
The Marine and the sailor
So nice to come home to
Sharing the ride
First kiss
Wings of gold
Romance on wheels.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In 2008, when journalist Hval was sent by her editor at the Spokesman-Review of Spokane, Wash., to collect WWII-era love stories, she did not expect her initial skepticism to give way to admiration, or readers to also fall for the stories. Out of Hval's reportage come 35 moving accounts of couples who married or first met during WWII. Each selection takes its title from a song of the era, such as "Have a Little Faith" and "Little Things Add Up to Love." In one of the most affecting tales, "The Luck of the Draw," we meet an Englishwoman, Violet, who, despite telling her sister not to "get mixed up with an American" as they were "a little too friendly," herself fell for one, Fenton. As with many of the couples depicted here, he shipped out to war not long after their 1944 meeting, but not before successfully proposing marriage; they married the next year, both wearing their uniforms. Each chapter includes photographs of the bride and groom either at the beginning of their unions or just before, as well as more recently; dates are given for anyone who has since passed away. Hval's journalistic style restrains the potential sentimentality, which won't prevent these glimpses of love in the face of war from winning over romantics everywhere. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Man-woman relationships -- Anecdotes.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives.
Publisher 214 p. :Ill.,
Language English
Description Philadelphia : Casemate ; 2015.
ISBN 9781612002903
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