Once Upon a Town (Google eBook)
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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Review: Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte CanteenUser Review - Chad - Goodreads
This book was awesome! Mr. Greene does a wonderful job in bringing this piece of history back into the present. North Platte was what America was and is all about. The stories (both during WWII and ... Read full review
Review: Once Upon a TownUser Review - Peggy Fegler - Goodreads
It was a good book. On the surface it is about a small town in Nebraska. During World War II, a canteen was opened in the North Platte train depot. As servicemen traveled across the US, their train ... Read full review