Jul 3, 2021
Thank you for listening to War As My Father's Tank Battalion Knew It, a podcast about the 712th Tank Battalion in particular and World War II in general. I'd like to give a shoutout to Naval Air Station Wildwood, which invited me to exhibit at their recent Wings & Things event, and also to the Reading, Pennsylvania World War II Weekend. Which brings me to today's episode. At Wildwood, a visitor to my display asked if any of the episodes were about the Great Depression. I said no, but the next episode will be. So today you'll hear from Dan Diel, the son of a sharecropper who earned a battlefield commission despite having only an eighth grade education; Tim Dyas, a prisoner of war who credited the Great Depression with helping him survive the starvation of prison camp; Dona Schmidt, who traveled with her family from Texas to California at the height of the Dust Bowl; Kay Brainard Hutchins, who was in Florida when the real estate Boom went bust; John Ray Lemons, whose family had to move every 30 days when the rent was due; John Knox, who couldn't afford a Monopoly set so he borrowed a friend's set, got some cardboard and made his own; and Bob Rossi, who flashed back to a tragic fire in Jersey City when he saw a friend at an intersection during the Battle of the Bulge.
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