Indiana History Part 9

Indiana and World War II (1940-1945)

The Prelude to War

The Second World war consumed the best of a generation.  Around the globe, over 75 million men, women and children died.  Some 17 million Americans served in the United States Armed Forces; almost 400,000 of these were Hoosiers.  A half-million Americans were killed and another half-million were wounded.  of the 400,000 Hoosiers who served during World War II, Indiana lost almost 12,000 of her sons and daughters, while another 17,000 returned home bearing the painful scars of wounds.

The Michiana community participated fully and admirably during World

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    [2] Scoville, Warren C.  Revolution in Glassmaking:  Entrepreneurship and Technological Change in the American Industry, 1880-1920.  Cambrige.  Massachusetts, 1948.

    [3] Madison, James.  Indiana Through Tradition and Change.  Indiana Historical Society.  Indianapolis, 1982. 

    [4] Howard, Timothy.  History of St. Joseph County.  Lewis Publishing.  Chicago, 1907.

    [5] “Onset of the Great Depression.”  http://www.sparknotes.com/

    [6] Ibid.

    [7] Madison, James.  Indiana Through Tradition and Change.  Indiana Historical Society.  Indianapolis, 1982. 

    [8] Ibid.

    [9] Ibid.

    [10] Ibid.