I was gone for 3 1/2 years

It was an experience I will never forget because you leave your home and don't know whether you are coming back. ...

Summary

It was an experience I will never forget because you leave your home and don't know whether you are coming back.

Story

I was 18 years old when Pearl Harbor was bombed. I was in Las Vegas, Nevada, working in the gold mines.

I was 19 when I was drafted to Parowan in the army. I served in the South Pacific. I was gone for three and one-half years. It was an experience I will never forget because you leave your home and don’t know whether you are coming back. I was in several battles in the islands. I was wounded twice and I was glad to get home after spending one year in the hospital to get fixed up.

The only changes at home were that my dad worked at the steel plant in Provo, Utah.

Ration stamps were used for food, gas, tires, etc. It was rough on people, but we needed them very much. World War II was a big war. We had a lot of young people from Parowan in the war.

 

People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.

– George Orwell

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