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It's Over

We asked readers to tell us where they were and how they reacted to the news that World War II had ended. And what a response we got!

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I talked with my parents who were married shortly after the war ended and these were their thoughts.

My mother was working at the Defense Depot in Ogden, Utah, making items to be sent overseas to the servicemen. When she heard the war was over, she was really happy but then the thought hit her: "I'm going to be out of a job."

My father was serving in the Army/Air Corps as an airplane mechanic in the Philippines. I am sure after so many months of service he was gratified to know the war was over, but his first thought was: "I'm going home."

In the months after returning from the Philippines, my father was still looking for work after several small part-time jobs. My dad went back into the military and served 22 years honorably. I look back and after having served during the Vietnam era, I can understand the overwhelming feelings and stories that stay hidden because they are too graphic to bring up.

Larry D. Anthon



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