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Once Upon a Town

Bob Greene

During World War II, American soldiers from every city and walk of life rolled through North Platte, Nebraska on troop trains, en route to Europe and the Pacific. The tiny town transformed its modest railroad depot into the North Platte Canteen -- a place where soldiers could enjoy coffee, music, home-cooked food, magazines, and friendly conversation during a stopover that lasted only a few minutes. It provided homesick military personnel with the encouragement they needed to help them through the difficult times ahead. Every day of the war, the Canteen -- staffed and funded entirely by local volunteers from the community of twelve thousand -- was open from 5 a.m. until the last troop train of the day pulled away after midnight. By war's end they provided welcoming words, friendship, and baskets of food to more than six million GIs. Based on interviews with North Platte residents and the GIs who once passed through, Bob Greene unearths and reveals a classic, lost-in-the-mists-of-time American story of a grateful country honoring its brave and dedicated sons.

During World War II, American soldiers from every city and walk of life rolled through North Platte, Nebraska on troop trains, en route to Europe and the Pacific. The tiny town transformed its modest railroad depot into the North Platte Canteen -- a place where soldiers could enjoy coffee, music, home-cooked food, magazines, and friendly conversation during a stopover that lasted only a few minutes. It provided homesick military personnel with the encouragement they needed to help them through the difficult times ahead. Every day of the war, the Canteen -- staffed and funded entirely by local volunteers from the community of twelve thousand -- was open from 5 a.m. until the last troop train of the day pulled away after midnight. By war's end they provided welcoming words, friendship, and baskets of food to more than six million GIs. Based on interviews with North Platte residents and the GIs who once passed through, Bob Greene unearths and reveals a classic, lost-in-the-mists-of-time American story of a grateful country honoring its brave and dedicated sons.
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Genres:

History

Description:

During World War II, American soldiers from every city and walk of life rolled through North Platte, Nebraska on troop trains, en route to Europe and the Pacific. The tiny town transformed its modest railroad depot into the North Platte Canteen -- a place where soldiers could enjoy coffee, music, home-cooked food, magazines, and friendly conversation during a stopover that lasted only a few minutes. It provided homesick military personnel with the encouragement they needed to help them through the difficult times ahead. Every day of the war, the Canteen -- staffed and funded entirely by local volunteers from the community of twelve thousand -- was open from 5 a.m. until the last troop train of the day pulled away after midnight. By war's end they provided welcoming words, friendship, and baskets of food to more than six million GIs. Based on interviews with North Platte residents and the GIs who once passed through, Bob Greene unearths and reveals a classic, lost-in-the-mists-of-time American story of a grateful country honoring its brave and dedicated sons.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Fritz Weaver

Length:

6h 5m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:18


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:45


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:02


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

09:19


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

17:21


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

15:56


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

16:25


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

17:26


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

18:43


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

21:09


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

18:39


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

15:40


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

18:00


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

15:10


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

20:08


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

18:00


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

21:29


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

17:36


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

15:07


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

17:37


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

13:47


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

18:50


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

13:02


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

14:58


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

00:20