East Texas in World War II (Images of America Series)

East Texas in World War II (Images of America Series)

by Bill O'Neal


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Texas made a remarkable contribution to the American war effort during World War II . Almost 830,000 Texans, including 12,000 women, donned uniforms, and more than 23,000 Texas fighting men died for their country. America's most decorated soldier, Lt. Audie Murphy, and most decorated sailor, submarine commander Sam Dealey, both were Texans. Texas A&M, an all-male military college, placed 20,000 men in the armed forces, of which 14,000 were officers--more than any other school in the nation, including the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, the supreme commander of Allied Forces in Europe, was born in Denison in northeast Texas. Adm. Chester Nimitz, commander in chief of the Pacific Fleet, was born and raised in Texas. Almost 1.5 million soldiers, sailors, and fliers trained at scores of Texas bases. Texas oil fueled the Allied war effort, while Texas shipyards and defense plants provided a flood of war machines and munitions during the war effort.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738584645
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 10/12/2010
Series: Images of America Series
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Author Bill O'Neal has taught history at Panola College in Carthage since 1970. He is the author of more than 30 books, and in 2007, he was selected as True West Magazine's best living nonfiction writer. His father was a veteran of World War II. Through his college students, O'Neal has collected several hundred interviews from World War II veterans.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 Texas Enters the War 9

2 Bases in East Texas 15

3 Texas Heroes 33

4 Texas Aggies at War 53

5 The T-Patch Division 73

6 Texans at Sea 87

7 The Home Front 101

8 POW Camps in East Texas 113

9 Where to Go and What to See 121

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