United States

Full Name United States of America
Alliance Allies - Major Member Nation
Entry into WW2 7 Dec 1941
Population in 1939 131,028,000
Military Deaths in WW2 407,318
Civilian Deaths in WW2 11,200

Contributor: C. Peter Chen

The United States emerged from World War 1 an isolationist nation. Even though American President Woodrow Wilson was among the main pillars in the founding of the League of Nations, the United States Senate never allowed the North American power, geographically separated from the rest of the world in its views, to join the organization. Overall, the top political leaders of the US feared to become entangled in European politics, or worse, future European wars.

The Great Depression that began with the stock market crash in 1929 brought a difficult period to the United States, while American farmers further suffered from catastrophic dust storms collectively known as the Dust Bowl. President Franklin Roosevelt, elected in 1932, instituted several socialist programs that effectively responded to the economic and social issues that resulted from the depression. As a result, Roosevelt began to earn a deep-rooted respect from the American people.

In the mid-1930s, Roosevelt began to think that "he could buy peace for a generation of Americans, but the more he pondered the character of the regime in Berlin, the more convinced he became that the next U.S. generation would lie at [Adolf] Hitler's mercy." Bypassing the appeaser British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's office, he contacted Winston Churchill directly via telephone and established what was to become one of the most important working relationships during the war. As much as the American people respected him, however, Roosevelt was unable to sway the public to openly support a war against Nazi Germany, but he was able to convince the Congress to support Britain via Lend-Lease. That all changed in Dec 1941 when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and declared war in the United States. With this event, Roosevelt was able to play his political cards and change the American public opinion nearly overnight, changing the isolationist attitude into a patriotic fervor.

World War 2 turned out to be the costliest war in American history in terms of spending, but the spending also played a key part in lifting the United States out of economic depression. The increasing need for war goods not only wiped out the unemployment but also drew women into the work force in large numbers for the first time.

On the political front, gradually during the course of war between 1941 to 1945, United States stepped onto the world stage as a superpower. Her ability to carry on a multi-front war against both Germany and Japan with her expansive industrial capabilities was the main reason.

At the end of the war, United States unleashed two atomic weapons against Japan. President Harry Truman's decision that led to the utter destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki remains a controversial topic until today.

Source: Wikipedia.

People

Abrams, CreightonGillars, MildredO'Kane, Richard
Allen, TerryGillies, BettyOldendorf, Jesse
Arms, ThomasGroves, LeslieOppenheimer, Robert
Arnold, HenryHalsey, WilliamPatton, George
Axton, MildredHarriman, W. AverellPuller, Lewis
Baker, VernonHayes, IraPyle, Ernie
Barbey, DanielHiggins, AndrewRay, Margaret
Basilone, JohnHitchcock, ThomasRing, Stanhope
Baumgartner, AnnHodges, CourtneyRochefort, Joseph
Bennett, DonaldHolden, CarlRoosevelt, Franklin
Birch, JohnHull, CordellRuml, Beardsley
Bong, RichardHunter, CeliaScott, Norman
Bradley, OmarHurley, PatrickSharp, Evelyn
Brett, GeorgeIckes, HaroldShort, Walter
Brooks, EdwardInouye, DanielSimpson, William
Browning, MilesJenkins, SamuelSmith, Holland
Buckner, SimonJohnson, RobertSmith, Walter
Burke, ArleighJurika, StephenSmyth, Henry
Bush, GeorgeKelsey, BenjaminSpaatz, Carl
Byrnes, JamesKennedy, JohnSprague, Clifton
Callahan, DanielKenney, GeorgeSprague, Thomas
Capa, RobertKidd, IsaacSpruance, Raymond
Chen, ArthurKimmel, HusbandStein, Tony
Chennault, ClaireKing, ErnestStilwell, Joseph
Clark, MarkKinkaid, ThomasStimson, Henry
Cochran, JacquelineKnight, JackSultan, Daniel
Craft, AnnabelleKnox, FrankSweeney, Charles
Daghlian, HarryKrueger, WalterTaft, Robert
Davis, Benjamin (Jr.)LeMay, CurtisTaylor, Maxwell
Davis, Benjamin (Sr.)Leahy, WilliamThorpe, Amy
Devers, JacobLee, HazelTibbets, Paul
Doolittle, JamesLee, WillisTinker, Clarence
Doss, DesmondLove, Nancy HarknessToguri, Iva
Eaker, IraMacArthur, DouglasTrue, Arnold
Eatherly, ClaudeManchester, WilliamTruman, Harry
Eddy, MantonMarshall, GeorgeTruscott, Lucian
Eichelberger, RobertMauldin, BillTurner, Richmond
Eisenhower, DwightMcAuliffe, AnthonyVanaman, Arthur
Evans, ErnestMcCain, JohnVandegrift, Alexander
Fletcher, FrankMcNarney, JosephWainwright, Jonathan
Ford, GeraldMerrill, FrankWalker, Walton
Fort, CorneliaMiller, DorisWallace, Henry
Furman, RobertMitscher, MarcWedemeyer, Albert
Gabaldon, GuyMorton, DudleyWelch, George
Gary, DonaldMurphy, AudieWessels, Theodore
Gavin, JamesMurray, GeorgeWhalen, Howard
Gehres, LeslieMurrow, EdwardWilkinson, Thomas
Geiger, RoyNelson, DonaldWilley, John
Geisel, TheodorNimitz, ChesterWinant, John
Gerow, LeonardO'Callahan, JosephYeager, Charles

Events Taken Place in United States

Two-Ocean Navy Act19 Jul 1940
ABC-1 Conference29 Jan 1941 - 30 Mar 1941
First Washington Conference22 Dec 1941 - 14 Jan 1942
Internment of Japanese-Americans and Japanese-Canadians1 Jan 1942 - 1 Apr 1949
Second Washington Conference20 Jun 1942 - 23 Jun 1942
Trident Conference12 May 1943 - 25 May 1943
Operation Trinity and Manhattan Project16 Jul 1945
San Francisco Peace Conference8 Sep 1951

Aircraft

A-17B-32 DominatorF6F HellcatP-39 AiracobraSB2C Helldiver
A-20 HavocBF2C GoshawkFR FireballP-40 WarhawkSB2U Vindicator
A-26 InvaderBT-13 ValiantJ2F DuckP-43 LancerSBD Dauntless
A-29 HudsonBTD DestroyerL-1 VigilantP-47 ThunderboltSC Seahawk
A-31 VengeanceC-45 ExpeditorL-14 Super ElectraP-51 MustangSOC Seagull
A-36A ApacheC-46 CommandoL-18 LodestarP-61 Black WidowTBD Devastator
AT-6 TexanC-47 SkytrainL-2 GrasshopperP-63 KingcobraTBF Avenger
B-10C-54 SkymasterL-4 GrasshopperP-66 VanguardTDN
B-17 Flying FortressC-69 ConstellationL-5 SentinelP-80 Shooting StarTDR
B-18 BoloC-75 StratolinerModel 167 MarylandP2YVentura
B-23 DragonCG-4AModel 187 BaltimorePB2Y CoronadoYO-50
B-24 LiberatorCW-21OS2U KingfisherPBM MarinerYO-51 Dragonfly
B-25 MitchellF2A BuffaloP-26 PeashooterPBY Catalina
B-26 MarauderF4F WildcatP-36 HawkR3D
B-29 SuperfortressF4U CorsairP-38 LightningS-43

Ships

ABSD-1CrevalleKimberlyPickingSculpin
ABSD-2CroakerKingfishPicudaSea Cat
AlabamaCummingsKitty HawkPikeSea Devil
AlaskaCuttlefishKrakenPilotfishSea Dog
Alaska-classDaceKynePintadoSea Fox
AlbacoreDalyLCI(L)-classPipefishSea Owl
Albert W. GrantDarterLST-1PiperSea Poacher
AmberjackDentudaLST-classPiranhaSea Robin
AnconDenverLaffey (Allen M. Sumner-class)PlaiceSeadragon
AnglerDetroitLaffey (Benson-class)PlungerSeahorse
AnzioDevilfishLagartoPogySeal
ApogonDohertyLampreyPollackSealion (Balao-class)
Archer-FishDolphinLangley (Independence-class)PomfretSealion (Sargo-class)
Argonaut (Argonaut-class)DoneffLangley (Langley-class)PomodonSearaven
Argonaut (Tench-class)DoradoLansdownePompanoSeawolf
ArizonaDragonetLaponPomponSegundo
AsproDraytonLardnerPorpoiseSennet
Astoria (Cleveland-class)DrumLawrencePorterShad
Astoria (New Orleans-class)ElletLeutzePreston (Fletcher-class)Shamrock Bay
AtlantaEngstromLexington (Essex-class)Preston (Mahan-class)Shark (Balao-class)
AtuleEnterpriseLexington (Lexington-class)PrichettShark (Porpoise-class)
AugustaEscolarLexington-classPrincetonSilversides
AustinEssexLiberty-classPringleSims
BaileyFarragutLingPufferSkate
BalaoFieberlingLionfishQueenfishSkipjack
BaltimoreFinbackLizardfishQuillbackSmalley
BangFlasherLoggerheadQuincy (Baltimore-class)Snapper
BarbFlierLong IslandQuincy (New Orleans-class)Snook
BarbelFlounderLouisvilleR-1South Dakota
BarberoFlying FishLuceR-5South Dakota-class
BashawFoxMacabiR-7Spadefish
Bataan (Independence-class)FranklinMackerelRaleighSpearfish
BatfishGabilanMahanRallSpencer
BayaGarMakin IslandRalph TalbotSpikefish
BecunaGatoManila BayRangerSpot
BellGilmoreMantaRasherSpringer
Belleau WoodGoletMapiroRatonSproston
BergallGrampusMarbleheadRaySt. Louis
BesugoGraybackMarcus IslandRazorbackSteamer Bay
BillfishGraylingMarlinRedfinSteelhead
BiscayneGraysonMarylandRedfishSterlet
BlackfinGreenlingMasonRenshawStickleback
BlackfishGrenadierMassachusettsRobaloStingray
BlennyGridleyMauryRockSturgeon
BlowerGrouperMcCallRoncadorSunfish (Gato-class)
BluebackGrowlerMcDougalRonquilSwordfish
BluefishGrunionMcFarlandRunner (Gato-class)Tambor
BluegillGuamMemphisRunner (Tench-class)Tang
BoarfishGuardfishMenhadenS-18Tarpon
BoiseGuavinaMeroS-23Tautog
BonefishGudgeonMiamiS-26Tench
BostonGuitarroMilwaukeeS-27Tennessee
BowfinGunnelMingoS-28Tennessee-class
BreamGurnardMinneapolisS-30Texas
BrillHacklebackMississippiS-31Thorn
BugaraHaddoMissouriS-32Thornback
BullheadHaddockMonaghanS-33Threadfin
BumperHakeMontereyS-34Thresher
Bunker HillHalibutMontpelierS-35Ticonderoga
BurrfishHamiltonMorayS-36Tigrone
CabezonHammannMugfordS-37Tilefish
CabotHammerheadMuskallungeS-38Tinosa
CabrillaHancockNarwhalS-39Tirante
CachalotHarderNashvilleS-40Torsk
CaimanHardheadNatoma BayS-41Tranquility
CaliforniaHaskell-classNautilusS-42Trepang
Canberra (Baltimore-class)HawkbillNehenta BayS-43Trigger
CanfieldHelenaNevadaS-44Triton
CapelinHelmNew JerseyS-45Trout
CapitaineHenleyNew MexicoS-46Trutta
CarboneroHerringNew YorkS-47Tucker
CarpHoeNorth CarolinaSableTullibee
CasablancaHollandO'BrienSaginaw BayTuna
Cassin YoungHonoluluOklahomaSailfishTunny
CavallaHornet (Essex-class)Ommaney BaySaint PaulTuscaloosa
CeroHornet (Yorktown-class)OregonSalmonVictory-class
Charles J. BadgerHoustonPT-classSalt Lake CityVincennes
CharrHulbertPaddleSan DiegoWahoo
ChesterHullPampanitoSan FranciscoWake Island
ChicagoIcefishPanaySan JacintoWaller
ChubIndependenceParcheSan JuanWard
CiscoIndianaPargoSanbornWashington
CobiaIndianapolisPasadenaSand LanceWasp (Essex-class)
CochinoIntrepidPennsylvaniaSaratogaWasp (Wasp-class)
CodIowaPensacolaSargent BayWedderburn
ColoradoIowa-classPerch (Balao-class)SargoWest Virginia
ColumbiaIrwinPerch (Porpoise-class)SaufleyWhale
ConcordIsherwoodPermitSauryWickes
CopaheeJackPetoSavo IslandWisconsin
CorvinaJallaoPetrof BaySawfishWolverine
CottenJohnstonPhilipScabbardfishYorktown (Essex-class)
CowpensJuneauPhoenixScampYorktown (Yorktown-class)
CravenKetePickerelScorpionYoung

Vehicles

CCKWM10 WolverineM24 ChaffeeM3 StuartM6 Gun Motor Carriage
DUKWM2 Half-trackM26 Pershing/M46M36 JacksonM7 Priest
Howitzer Motor Carriage M8 'Scott'M2M3 Gun Motor CarriageM3A1 Scout CarM8 Greyhound
JeepM2M3 Half-TrackM4 High Speed TractorT48 Gun Motor Carriage
Landing Vehicle TrackedM22 LocustM3 Lee/GrantM4 ShermanWC54

Weapons

105 mm Howitzer M3 Field Gun8 inch Gun M1 Field GunM2 Howitzer Field Gun
105 mm M3 Anti-Aircraft Gun8 inch Howitzer M1 Field GunM2 Mortar Launcher
12 in Gun M1917 Coastal Defense Gun90 mm M2 Anti-Aircraft GunM20 Recoilless Gun
12 in Mor M1912 Coastal Defense GunBrowning Automatic Rifle M1918 'BAR' Machine GunM3 'Grease Gun' Submachine Gun
120 mm Gun M1 Anti-Aircraft GunBrowning M1917 Machine GunM3 Blade
14 in M1910 Coastal Defense GunBrowning M1919 Machine GunM50 Reising Submachine Gun
155 mm Gun M1 Field GunBrowning M2 Machine GunM9 Grenade
155 mm Howitzer M1 Field GunColt M1911A1 HandgunMark 1 Blade
16 in M1919 Coastal Defense GunColt M1917 HandgunMark 2 'KA-BAR' Blade
240 mm Howitzer M1 Field GunJohnson M1941 Machine GunMark II Grenade
3 in M3 Anti-Aircraft GunJohnson M1941 RifleMark III Grenade
37 mm Gun M3 Anti-Tank GunM1 Carbine RifleSmith & Wesson M1917 Handgun
37 mm M1 Anti-Aircraft GunM1 Garand RifleSpringfield M1903 Rifle
6 in M1 Coastal Defense GunM1 Mortar LauncherThompson Submachine Gun
75 mm How M1 Field GunM1 Rocket Launcher 'Bazooka' LauncherWinchester Model 1897 Shotgun
75 mm How M2 Field GunM15 GrenadeWinchester Model 1912 Shotgun
8 in Mk VI Coastal Defense GunM18 Recoilless Gun

Territories, Possessions, and Nations Under the Influence of United States

AlaskaPanama Canal ZoneUS Pacific Islands
GuamPhilippinesUS Virgin Islands
HawaiiPuerto Rico

Facilities

Alamogordo Army Air FieldAirfield
Boston Navy YardShipyard
Burbank Lockheed Aircraft FactoryFactory
Clinton Engineering WorksOther
Detroit Arsenal Tank PlantFactory
Electric Boat CompanyShipyard
Jerome War Relocation CenterPrison Camp
Mare Island Navy YardShipyard
PentagonMilitary Headquarters
Philadelphia Navy YardFactory, Shipyard
White HouseGovernment Building

Photographs

2nd Lieutenant Henry Arnold at the controls of a Wright Type B aircraft, Wright Flying School, Fairborn near Dayton, Ohio, United States, 1911USS Idaho fitting out at the Cramp Shipyard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, circa 1906USS Mississippi (foreground) and USS Idaho (background) fitting out at the Cramp Shipyard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 1907-1908USS Idaho in the Hudson River off Fort Lee, New Jersey, United States, 1909
See all 1082 photographs of United States in World War II





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Visitor Submitted Comments

  1. BILL says:
    20 May 2009 01:20:42 PM

    The P-38 Folding Can Opener was a unsung hero of World War II. It was developed in 30 days by the Subsistence Research Lab in Chicago,Ill. in the summer of 1942. Since its design, it has never been known to break, rust, need sharpening or polishing. The P-38 is also a tool it can be used as a screwdriver or knife. The P-38 was so named because that is the number of times it took to open a c-ration can. I've carried one since 1967 and since then it has opened many a civilian food can when necessary. The P-38 I still carry, is a symbol along with my dog tag of my wartime service. It still has the US stamped on the side.
  2. BILL says:
    25 May 2009 02:03:56 PM

    "An Army marches on its stomach"

    - Napoleon Bonaparte -

    C-rations were designed to be eaten cold, but nothing warms them up faster than placing a chunk of C-4 set afire with the end of your cigarette or cigar.
  3. BILL says:
    25 May 2009 02:13:00 PM

    By 1944 90% of U.S. Government spending went to the War cause.
    Between 1942 and 1945 very few new automobiles were built. All of the major auto makers built Military vehicles and aircraft.
    For example the Kaiser Shipbuilding Co. was able to build the Liberty ship S.S. Robert E. Peary in 4 days, 15 hrs. and 30 minutes. Between 1941 to 1945 18 Shipyards built 2,700 Liberty Ships.
  4. BILL says:
    26 May 2009 05:36:28 PM

    The official Nomenclature for the P-38 can opener is:
    Opener Can, Hand, Folding, Type I. One Each
  5. BILL says:
    12 Jun 2009 03:58:26 PM

    World War II Veterans Diminishing:
    As of September 30, 2008, the most recent date for which statistics are available from the (VA) Dept. of Veterans Affairs, 2,306,000 WWII vets were living. A total of 16,112,566 Americans served in uniform between 1941 and 1945.
    In other words, only 14% of the GI's mobilized by war's end are still alive today.

    In 2004 a Gallup Poll found that 90% of Americans viewed WWII as a "just war".
    D-Day, a pivotal event of the war, however was largely unknown to many of the young. Of 18-to 29-year olds, only 47% could identify Germany as the enemy nation. Just 40% in that age bracket knew were the invasion of France had taken place. These results are clearly an indictment of the nation's failed teaching of U.S. history, especially our military past.
  6. BILL says:
    12 Jun 2009 08:14:56 PM

    Returning World War II Veterans faced high
    unemployment almost triple the rate for civilians. For the disabled veterans, it was
    even higher. In January 1946 more than 52,000 disabled veterans applied for jobs, only 6,000 got them.
    Many veterans felt, that they were already being forgotten six months after the end of the war. Adding to the many problems were the shortages of housing veterans lived in trailers,converted barracks, barns, even cars
    Many moved in with friends and relatives, married veterans lived with parents, friends
    or in-laws.
    In the fall of 1946 millions of veterans were
    without work (48%) of all ex-servicemen in 1947 felt that their wartime service had left them worse off than they had been before.
    In one 1947 poll indicated that 1/3 of all
    veterans felt estranged from civilian life. With the GI Bill many veterans started to build a new life, a college education was offered to those, who could have never have received one, had it not been for W.W.II.
    Many went on to Trade Schools,others started
    business settled back into civilian life worked hard, had families and enjoyed the American dream.
    During W.W.II 1,300,000 American troops were
    hospitalized "neuropsychiatric symptoms".
    On Okinawa alone the marines suffered 26,000
    psychiatric casualties, some required a short
    hospital stay, and returned to duty, others
    endured symptoms for years.
    Many veterans would live for years with the
    experiences of war and its traumas, that could not be left behind.
    By war's end the Army had admitted over a 1,000,000 "neuropsychiatric" patients to its
    hospitals 40% of discharges had been for NP cases. In 1947 half the beds in VA hospitals
    were occupied by men suffering from
    neuropsychiatric problems, plus the millions
    of men who would live their lives with the
    nightmares, and other symptoms lingered for
    decades.
    Between 1945 and 1947 petitions for divorce flooded the courts, in some cities even
    outnumbering marriages. In 1945 over 500,000
    marriages ended in divorce.
    They fought "the good war" and returned home
    happy and well-adjusted, or so the storyline
    went. In reality it was more unsettling, those W.W.II veterans struggled to adjust to a life interrupted and forever changed by the
    war.
  7. BILL says:
    15 Jun 2009 09:23:02 AM

    The U.S. Army alone suffered 929,307 cases of Battle Fatigue between June and November
    1944.
    This amounted to 26% of all US Combat casualties, In June 1944 alone there were
    10,000 men treated.
  8. BILL says:
    15 Jun 2009 09:34:13 AM

    From 1941 to 1945, 17,955,000 Americans were
    medically examined for service. 6,420,000
    were rejected (35.8%), 16,112,566 did serve
    in the armed forces, a total of (38.6%) were
    volunteers.
    405,399 Americans gave their lives, in the war that cost the United States a total of 288 Billion Dollars.

  9. BILL says:
    17 Jun 2009 09:12:06 AM

    U.S. Personnel during World War II
    Army 8,300,000
    Navy 4,204,662
    Marines 599,693
    Coast Guard 172,952
    Died of all causes 405,399
    Personnel Captured 130,201
    Missing go into the thousands, the exact number,will never really be known.

    Soldiers fall in battle, others die through
    accidents, disease, wounds and become
    disabled and bear the physical and mental
    scars for life.
    All bear the injuries within, that can not be seen. Many Veterans will spent years in Hospitals convalescing.
    Thousands receiving continued medical care for years afterward.

    "In War, there are no unwounded soldiers"
  10. Anonymous says:
    15 Oct 2009 10:45:43 AM

    i want to the exact number of field marshal in the world thanks
  11. Lynda Nutter Creech says:
    25 Nov 2009 12:32:28 AM

    Any information re: my grandfather James H Wilkinson U.S. WWII 1941-1946 dates served as Major? Phone contact 432-275-0552. Thankyou for any info.
  12. Bill says:
    23 Dec 2009 05:58:55 PM

    1940 US Dollars:

    Battleship, $77,000,000
    Large Aircraft Carrier $45,000,000
    Heavy Cruiser $20,000,000
    Destroyer $3,000,000
    Submarine $2,500,000
    Torpedo $12,000

    B.A.R. Browing Automatic Rifle $270.00
    M-1 Semi-Automatic Rifle $60.00
    Anti-Aircraft Gun 3in . $25,000
    Large Howitzer 3.9 in . $28,000

    Light Tank, $40,000
    Medium Tank $45,000

    In 1940 soldiers were paid a few dollars a
    day, that would add to about $4,000 for a
    four-year enlistment.
    Today to maintain one soldier it costs
    $126,000 dollars.

    Show Me The Money:

    What was the money worth?

    $4.00 US Dollars 1.00 British Pound
    $1.00 US Dollar 2.50 German Reichmarks
    $1.00 US Dollar 3 to 4 Japanese Yen
    $1.00 US Dollar 5 to 28 Russian Rubles
    $1.00 US Dollar 37 French Franc
  13. Bill says:
    2 Oct 2010 02:24:04 PM

    World War II brought many changes to American
    life, the men went to war, the women went to
    work.
    This is one area where WWII brought perminent
    change in American homes.

    After World War II the United States became a Superpower, its Military crushed the Axis
    powers, total defeat upon Germany, Japan and
    Italy.
    Much of Europe and Asia had been divested by the war. Millions had died, and millions were
    homeless. It would take decades to rebuild
    much of Western Europe, and Asia a new type of struggle would take place, a Cold War
    between the two Superpowers the USA and the
    USSR, that would last for almost fifty years.

    Returning GI's wanted a better life, the WWII
    Generation were hardened by poverty and
    deprived of the security of home or job, the
    creation of the "American Dream" started in
    Post-war America.
    Jobs were hard and difficult to get millions
    of GI's had to live with friends and family
    millions were unemployed, it was a difficult time, but slowly the system started to retool
    from wartime production to civilian consumer
    goods.
    Items that were hard to buy during the war,
    became avilable again. During the war women
    made up 36% of the work force, many returned
    home others continued working. Many of those
    women married and started families between
    1946 to 1964 78.2 million babies were born
    GI's bought homes went to collage under the
    GI Bill this fueled economic growth never
    seen before.

    Moving out of the cities to create the new urbanization with the increased demand to buy
    cars and other vehicles and home appliances
    and other consumer goods. Returning Veterans
    built carrers and good paying jobs, and a
    standard of living not seen in the rest of
    the world.

    To be continued..
  14. Bill says:
    3 Oct 2010 03:36:13 PM

    Before we start correction # 13 last paragraph.

    (Returing Veterans buit careers and good paying jobs, and a standard of living not seen in the rest of the world.) Sorry, I
    misspelled career.

    THE HOMEFRONT:

    The United States came out of World War II
    without damage to its cities and heavy industry. Some people got rich from the war-
    time boom, but many simply continued to work
    until final victory.
    For many who left small towns to work in the
    factories, they never returned, same for the GI's that passed through the West and East
    Coast many would return after discharge, and build a new life.

    BUY NOW PAY LATER:
    IN AMERICA EVERYBODY OWES EVERYBODY

    The begining of the credit card era started
    after WWII, before WWII credit was not easy
    to get, and available only to the wealthy and they were issued by banks.

    Most Americans had to save and pay for the item in cash. Banks and Department Stores
    started to issue credit cards. After WWII, and for the first time many Americans could buy items on the easy payment plan.
    As the years passed the credit cards were issued in the millions, and became the new standard of living for many Americans.

    When the war ended many industries retooled
    from war production to consumer goods when
    jobs became available, people had money to
    spend wartime shortages were a thing of the
    past. Americans went on a spending spree never seen before.

    DETROIT GOES TO WAR:

    In 1942 a Ford Super DeLuxe Sedan sold for
    $825.00 More than 150,000 Plymouths went to
    the last buyers in 1942.
    Automobile production ended, and all civilian
    cars were sold to the Government and used by
    the armed forces and officials.

    Automakers turned out $29,000,000,000 thats
    Billion worth of military equipment.
    The end of the war found many Americans able
    to buy civilian products from war-time work
    and many wanted cars. Did you know...in 1946 the average car was now nine years old.

    POWER TO THE PEOPLE:

    With the end of the war, the first post-war
    cars rolled off the assembly line in July of
    1945.
    They were a retool of the 1941-1942 models
    but they were available the first Ford V-8
    Super DeLuxe Sedan's sold for $1,322.00
    Sure they were warmed over models, but to
    the car-starved Americans they were ready to
    snap them up.
    More than 28,000,000 vehicles are registared
    2,155,924 were built in the 1946 model year.
    Some 82,000,000 tires are produced in 1946
    alone. In 1947 auto production reached over
    3,000,000, in 1949 over 6,000,000 everybody
    wanted wheels.
    The price went from $1,205.00 for a Chevy to
    over $3,000.00 for a 1946 Cadillac, even used
    car prices were high, after all it was a
    sellers market.
    At the start of the war December 7, 1941 the entire US Auto Industry the largest heavy
    industrial manufacturing center in the world
    went from building cars and trucks, to tanks, trucks, jeeps, engines, airplanes and
    all other types of military equipment, this was done, within one year.
    By 1943 the United States was out producing Germany, Japan and Italy together! retooling
    back to civilian goods took just as fast by
    the late 1940's and early 1950's about every
    house in America had a telephone,automobile,
    electrical appliances,and other labor saving
    devices, even early model television sets.

    It was a time of one income families many
    women left the wartime work force, married
    raised the baby boom generation.

    WHAT DID YOU DO IN THE WAR DADDY?

    For the returning Veteran his wartime
    experiences will be with him for the rest of his days, he survived did the best he could
    defending the nation and was part of the
    "GREATEST GENERATION" with hope for a better
    life for his and all men's childern, looking
    at his son, and thinking:
    If this was the last World War,I mean really the last one, you would really get youself
    a break.

    "If there be trouble, let it be in my day so
    that my child and every man's child may live
    in peace"

    -Thomas Payne-


    "REFLECTIONS OF A BABY BOOMER":
    WHY I REMEMBER

    The milkman delivering dairy products.

    The iceman who still delivered blocks of ice
    to people who still had ice boxes!

    The policeman who really walked his beat.

    The Helms Bakery truck selling all sorts of goodies.

    The Goodhumor ice cream truck. Let me tell
    you, orange cream ice cream to this day, reminds me of childhood.

    The Jewel mobile department store, were you
    could order by catalog, just about anything.

    The door-to-door salesman.

    Corner news stands. And the paper boy.

    Going to Sears with my parents, and the
    parking lot attendent showing you were to
    park.

    Going to the gas station, and watching the
    servicemen really pump the gas, check air in
    Dads tires, check the oil and wash the windows, and Dad knew everbody by name.

    My brother and I answered with a Mr. or Mam, with a yes Sir or no Sir and good manners
    Respect for God and Country and respect for yourself.

    During the summer, the water company would
    turn on the fire hydrant.

    All your friends knocked at the kitchen
    screen door, all the salesmen knocked at the
    front door.

    Just about everybody knew one another.

    Ride on the streetcar to downtown, and going
    downtown on Friday nights let me tell you it
    was lit up like Christmas time.

    Saturday mornings bacon & eggs and orange
    juice for breakfast, And all my childhood favorites.
    Rin, Tin Tin, Sky King, Howdy Doody, Cartoons
    all day. I'm glad I had such a childhood.

    When I was in Catholic School we started the
    day with the pledge of allegiance and a prayer, and wore uniforms.

    For this baby boomer, I've reached a standard
    of living higher than my Parents, but they led the way, and over came the obstacles.
    Both are now deceased, they were honest and
    hard working and that trait has followed with me throughout my life.

    "I LOVE YOU MOM & DAD"


    Thank you ww2db for allowing me to post my
    comments, both Historical and Personel

    Best wishes,

    Bill











  15. Bill says:
    10 Oct 2010 02:47:31 PM

    SWORDS INTO PLOWSHARES...

    Where Did All Those Airplanes, And Other
    Military Equipment Go?

    After World War II the United States disposed
    of millions of dollars worth of Military
    Equipment. Aircraft that were brand new, were
    flown from factories to storage and salvage
    yards.
    Many of these aircraft never took any crews into harms way, or fired a shot in anger
    those aircraft served the nation, they were
    there if needed.

    Thousands of aircraft were scrapped,cut up, torn apart,blown up,melted down into aluminum
    ingots.
    Parts that were salvaged kept other aircraft
    serviceable and used, until those aircraft were disposed of, or given to South American
    Nations or other friendly Countries.
    The bombers and fighters were scrapped first
    scrap dealers bought surplus aircraft for
    pennies on the dollar, others were sold at
    almost give away prices.

    B-17 Bombers sold for $13,700, Trainers for
    $500, P-38 sold for $1,200 to $2,500 dollars
    The scrap metal and other materials were
    collected and recycled for civilian use.
    The metal went into new cars, trucks and
    other machinery. Building material for new
    housing, aluminum siding and other fixtures
    and those neat 1940s early 1950s metal lawn
    furniture, and thousands of other peace
    time consumer goods.

    The scrapping of wartime equipment looked
    like a waste, the men who flew and serviced
    them were no longer needed, the war was over!
    many started new lives with the hope of a
    better future.
    There is also waste in war. And freedom isn't
    free and if its not worth fighting for, then
    nothing else is. Those salvage and scrap
    yards, with the thousands of airplanes and
    other military equipment, is the result of
    the war effort. It is the untold story of the
    hundreds of thousands of men and women, who
    worked in the factories 24 hours a day,
    7 days a week, 365 days a year to see the
    final victory.

    Free people everywhere must always remember
    that "Tyranny Never Sleeps" its good against
    evil and good must be very, very careful.

    After Japan's surrender thousands of aircraft
    were gathered and bulldozed into piles of junk and burned items that could be used were
    salvaged, for peacetime use.
    The Japanese aircraft industry was forbidden to build any aircraft and other wartime
    industries started to rebuild for peacetime
    and started to provide the basic necessities
    of life.
    Many post-war air forces salvaged German and
    Japanese aircraft and used them into the
    1950s, but like the WWII aircraft, they to
    were scrapped when later and better aircraft
    became available.

    Some aircraft were captured and returned to
    the USA for testing and evaluation, many
    were later scrapped in the late 1940s and
    early 1950s.
    A few were placed in storage with the hope of
    preserving them, for future generations,some of the aircraft, are the last of their kind.

    Luftwaffe aircraft were scrapped and pushed
    into piles of junk by bulldozers destroyed
    until nothing remains.
    Like the Japanese airplanes some Luftwaffe
    aircraft escaped destruction advanced jet and
    rocket designs,and other wartime aircraft
    were shipped back to the USA for testing and
    evaluation. Most were later scrapped, but
    others were also placed in storage for future
    generations, but most were destroyed.

    Italian aircraft were scrapped and captured
    by the Allies for testing and evaluation.
    Many of the same aircraft that fought on the
    side of the Axis, fought with the Allies
    after Italy's armistice, many continued to be operational into the 1950s

    Many can be seen today in museums throughout
    the world, others have been found, salvaged
    and restored to flying condition, some have
    been built as repoductions, others rebuilt
    from two or more aircraft to create one flying example.

    Did You Know...

    After the war, a captured Junkers Ju 290 Transport flew from Paris, France to the United States for tests at Wright field, Ohio.
    The aircraft was later scrapped in 1946.

    **** **** **** **** **** ****
    History is lived forward but it is written in
    retospect. We know the end before we consider
    the begining.
    And we can never wholly recapture what it was
    like to know the beginning only.

    -CV Wedgewood-

    The Thirty Years War
  16. Bill says:
    16 Oct 2010 08:08:46 PM

    Did You Know...

    The scrapping of wartime Japanese aircraft
    continued well into 1946 and into 1947!
    Over 17,000 planes were scheduled to be destroyed, plus hundreds of aircraft left
    on Pacific Islands and other support
    equipment.

    Did You Know...

    In 1946 a Nakajima Ki-84 single-seat (Frank) IJAAF fighter plane was restored after WWII
    and flown at 427mph and 20,000 ft. However,
    most of the captured Japanese aircraft that
    were shipped to the USA, were later grounded
    due to shortage of spare parts.

    As a child growing up in Los Angeles in the
    1950s, I remember seeing a Mitsubishi J2M3
    (Jack) at that time, it was just a playground
    adventure. The single-seat Navy fighter was located at the playground in Griffith Park, California.

    It was later given to the Ontario Air Museum
    now called the Planes of Fame located in
    Chino, Calif. The fighter was restored, but
    it dosen't fly.

    When I visit the museum, and look at the Jack
    it realy reminds me of childhood remembering
    how I sat in the cockpit and played airplane.
    and other childhood adventures.
  17. Bill says:
    8 Dec 2011 07:42:30 PM

    DESIGN FOR WAR, DESIGN FOR PEACE:

    After World War II the United States was the
    greatest militay power on earth, it had crushed the armed forces of Nazi Germany,
    Imperial Japan and Fascist Italy.
    The war was over the GIs were going home to
    created a better future, but what happened to
    the machines of war.

    THE SCRAPMAN COMETH: TODAY HE'S KNOWN AS A
    RECYCLING ENGINEER

    During WWII the U.S. produced over 294,000
    aircraft, 21,583 were lost in the U.S. alone
    in training flights, test flights, ferrying
    from one base to another.
    43,581 were lost en route to overseas operations, never firing a shot in anger at the enemy or dropped a bomb. Between 1945 to
    1947 war surplus aircraft were scrapped or sold.

    THE PRICE IS RIGHT:

    Trainers sold for 1,500 and as low as 450 dollars, P-38s 1,200, P-51s 3,500, B-25s for 8,200, B-17 13,700, B-24 13,000, C-46 and
    C-47s sold for 2,000 or as low as 800 dollars
    you gotta remember this was in 1940s dollars
    when you could still buy something with it.

    THE BIG MELTDOWN:

    The first 4,871 aircraft declared surplus
    for scrap were sold for $1,838,798.19 they
    were melted down into aluminum ingots for shipping. By 1947 most of the scrapping was finished, work continued into 1948, and into the early 1950s. The scrapping was done all over the country everyone was getting into the recycling business, and business was good.
    So where did all the aluminum go, it went into those pots & pans, tosters, those neat looking 1950s lawn chairs and tables, new stoves and refrigerators and other home appliances, thousands of consumer goods, new automobiles, trucks and other new farm machinery.
  18. walley says:
    7 Apr 2012 02:02:18 PM

    i think in the early 1960 the uss sea fox came to vancouver bc and was open for a tour i know that because i took that tour.i often wonder what happened to it after.
  19. Anonymous says:
    10 Feb 2013 12:57:52 PM

    wow

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