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Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen
by Bob Greene

Published: 2003-05-06
Paperback : 278 pages
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In search of "the best America there ever was," bestselling author and award-winning journalist Bob Greene finds it in a small Nebraska town few people pass through today—a town where Greene discovers the echoes of the most touching love story imaginable: a love story between a ...

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In search of "the best America there ever was," bestselling author and award-winning journalist Bob Greene finds it in a small Nebraska town few people pass through today—a town where Greene discovers the echoes of the most touching love story imaginable: a love story between a country and its 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 their ultimate destinations in Europe and the Pacific. The tiny town, wanting to offer the servicemen warmth and support, transformed its modest railroad depot into the North Platte Canteen.

Every day of the year, every day of the war, the Canteen—staffed and funded entirely by local volunteers—was open from five a.m. until the last troop train of the day pulled away after midnight. Astonishingly, this remote plains community of only 12,000 people provided welcoming words, friendship, and baskets of food and treats to more than six million GIs by the time the war ended.

In this poignant and heartwarming eyewitness history, based on interviews with North Platte residents and the soldiers who once passed through, Bob Greene tells a classic, lost-in-the-mists-of-time American story of a grateful country honoring its brave and dedicated sons.

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by nanbfree (see profile) 03/14/17

 
  "Once Upon A Town"by dtyree (see profile) 03/14/17

An easy read about a community that came together to serve soldiers traveling to go serve in the war. We were lucky to have a leader who lived in Nebraska during that time and she brought us maps and told... (read more)

 
  "Once Upon a Town"by heidibook (see profile) 06/22/16

The author tried to make a book out of Once Upon a tTown that should of been a short story or an article in a magazine.

 
  "Great Subject Matter"by SSBrown (see profile) 08/02/13

The subject matter was an excellent topic for our group (great discussion matter), but all agreed the book was poorly written.

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