Episode 1: “We Gave Them the Food From Our Mess Kits.”

World War 2 veteran Pasquale D’Ambrosio of the Army’s 96th Division

With Pasquale D’Ambrosio, Army

During the deadliest conflict in human history, people around the world found ways to feed each other.

Ep 1: Nov. 11 2019

On this first episode of Service, World War 2 veteran Pasquale D’Ambrosio of the Army’s 96th Division shares how the Great Depression and natural disasters affected his Keane, New Hampshire community even before the United States joined the war in 1941. Then, we follow as the draft, Pearl Harbor, and immediate loss at the start of the war followed him into adulthood. Also, why he loved military food, how the drop of the atomic bombs might just have spared his life, and what he saw of hunger in the South West Pacific theater.

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Behind the Episode:

Listen to FDR’s Radio Address on Selective Service Registration Day and read the transcript at DocsTeach. (Video below.)

Read Navy records about Pat’s brother, Michael D’Ambrosio, and his ship, the John Carter Rose.

Learn more about President Truman’s decision to drop the atomic bombs and the planned Operation Downfall in this NPR report (audio, 8m), this short article at We Are the Mighty, or this lengthier chapter in a book on Army history.

Read President Truman’s Statement Announcing the A-Bombing of Hiroshima, August 6 1945

Learn more and view captivating photos of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Before and After the Bombs, by Madison Horne at History.com

Learn about the history of Gold Star Families from the USO.

Curious about canning and food preservation? Dig into the history, mechanics, and how-to with help from our friends at Serious Eats.

Learn more about farming in the 1940s and Victory Gardens at LivingHistoryFarm.org.

Listen to President Roosevelt’s Radio Address on Selective Service Registration Day, 10/16/1940 International Business Machines Corporation Collection National Archives Identifier: 2174332


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