Once Upon A Town

Once Upon A Town

The Miracle 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 : HarperCollins, c2002.
Edition: 1st Harper large print ed.
ISBN: 9780060093877
0060093870
Branch Call Number: LGPRINT 978.2 Greene 2002
Characteristics: 280 p. ;,23 cm.

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JCLLynnW Mar 04, 2014

This is a fascinating true story about the North Platte Canteen provided by volunteers for soldiers going oversears on troop trains during WWII. Recommended for reading aloud to seniors and as a tribute to WWII veterans and to the volunteers who served them.

Bob Greene reveals the story of the North Platte Canteen. During World War II volunteers from North Platte Nebraska met every troop train giving welcoming words and home made food to over 6 million GIs.


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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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