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

Once Upon A Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen

byBob Greene

Paperback | May 6, 2003

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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.

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 soldie...
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Title:Once Upon A Town: The Miracle of the North Platte CanteenFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.65 inPublished:May 6, 2003Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:006008197X

ISBN - 13:9780060081973

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“This is a great story of love, country and uncalled-for service in a time of national crisis.”