MORE PEOPLE IN WWII THAN ANY OTHER TOWN IN THE COUNTRY!
| During WWII Nesquehoning was
one of the most patriotic towns in the Country. On a per capita basis,
Nesquehoning had more people in the armed services than any other town
in the whole United States, (over 1200 men and women.) Many Nesquehoning
families had 4, 5 and even 6 in the service. One of the Countries first
casualties in WWII was from Nesquehoning. Joseph Malatak was killed on
Dec 7, 1941 at Pearl Harbor. Thirty-four people from Nesquehoning lost
their lives in WWII.
| Many newspaper articles were
written about Nesquehoning's participation in WWII, some happy and some
sad. Some articles are about the wounded, fatalities, prisoners of war,
medals received, promotions and many heroic acts preformed by our
One article is about a Nesquehoning
girl that was voted "the most photogenic WAC north of the Rio
Grande" and was chosen to be on a nationally distributed WAC
Another article is about a dog from Nesquehoning
being enlisted in the Army.
One of the articles is from a Nesquehoning
soldier who said his saddest memories are of the days when as bugler for
his company, he played taps over the freshly dug graves of his friends
from Nesquehoning. He said that the soldiers hate their bugler, but not
in his case. When he wanted to wake'em up in the morning he used to play
polkas, they loved him for it.
One of the most horrifying articles is about
the “March Of Death”. Japanese brutality against our heroes that
included, lashings, torture, starvation, shootings and burial of live
men at Bataan.
| This page takes a while to
load because I included the most patriotic song from this era, God Bless
America written by Irving Berlin. The original version was written
during the summer of 1918 at Camp Upton, located in Yaphank, Long
Island. He never used the song and it remained tucked away until 1938.
In the fall of 1938, Berlin decided to write a song about peace. He
recalled his "God Bless America" from twenty years earlier,
altered parts to update popular sentiment, and was introduced to the
world on November, 11, 1938, by Kate Smith.
Some of the articles aren't
in the best condition and may be hard to read. Click on pictures to