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By James Ward Lee, Carolyn N. Barnes, Kent A. Bowman, Laura Crow, Ann Richards

ISBN-10: 0929398297

ISBN-13: 9780929398297

In 1941, whilst the japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and the U.S. stumbled on itself in a complete warfare, the folk of Texas rallied to the struggle attempt. women and men rushed to affix the defense force. those that remained behind—men, girls, and children—were infantrymen at the domestic entrance: They rolled bandages, noticed plane, educated for air raids, stuffed jobs left vacant via provider males, gathered scrap scrimped and kept and bought by means of with rationed sugar, meat, footwear, tires, and gasoline. Texas grew to become a middle for education and equipping the best conflict laptop the area had ever seen.

World struggle II replaced Texas from oil and farm animals and cotton to and agribusiness.The know-how that grew out of the war—radar, tv, jet airplane, air con for the masses—made a Texas that had now not been imagined sooner than 1941. And the Texans themselves replaced, as they left the kingdom for overseas and for different components of the USA. They left the rustic for the town to paintings in and such a lot could by no means go back to the farm other than in retirement years.

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Other pilots who fought in the air were not so lucky and were shot down by the swarming Japanese fighters. One unarmed B-17 accidentally survived when a crew member, taking pictures of the attackers, frightened them, apparently giving them the idea that his camera was a machine gun. A radarman spotted enemy planes headed for Pearl from the east, but the brass dismissed the report because friendly planes from California were expected. This and other controversial incidents led to investigations of American preparedness at Pearl Harbor that destroyed the careers of two high-ranking officers and remains a subject of controversy among military historians to this day.

In 1946 the State Adjutant General directed that a green service ribbon, to be called the Emergency Defense Ribbon, could be worn by men who joined these early Home Guard units. In special recognition of the Royal Irish Regiment for their early entry and prominent role in the development of a state force, a silver shamrock would be attached to the ribbon by ex-members. These men can be very proud of themselves and their early contribution to the development of what is now the Texas State Guard.

Schultz, University Archives, Texas A&M Institute of Texan Cultures Sarah Greene, The Gilmer Mirror Arnold Krammer, Texas A&M University Thanks also to: Sylvia Moreno Tom Shelton and Diane Bruce of the Institute of Texan Cultures Norval Jenkins Emalee Carruthers Ken Uchida Michael Wagner, Museum, Brooks AFB Theresa Spreutels, Fort Clark Springs Association Melvin Sikes Michael Cogswell, Music Librarian, UNT Jim Foster and the staff of the Dallas Public Library, Archives Division Billy Hill Texas Woman's University Staff, Archives Division Dawn Letson, Georgia Bonatis, Texas Woman's University Special Collections Archivists Meg Moring Clyde Shelton, Abilene Frank Ficklin, Granbury Albert Kennedy Mary Nell McGuire Froendhoff Mrs.

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