Author: Ashley Turner

A Kentucky town honors 66 soldiers lost in Bataan

A little over two months after Bataan, Philippines, fell to the Japanese, the town of Harrodsburg, Ky. will celebrate and remember its 66 soldiers who went missing in action and are presumed to be prisoners of war. Every year on June 16, Harrodsburg celebrates the anniversary of its founding in 1774 by Captain James Harrod and his men from the eastern colonies. But this year, the town will be paying its respects to the men in Bataan. On April 9, the Japanese captured Bataan along with 36,853 U.S. and Filipino soldiers. Among those captured was Company D, the 192nd...

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Mexico Declares War on Axis Powers After U-Boat Attacks

All of North America is now involved in the fight against the Axis Powers. Earlier this week, the Mexican government announced its first ever declaration of war, following the sinking of the Mexican tanker Potrero del Llano by a German U-boat on May 14. From the day the tanker was torpedoed, killing 13 of the crewmen, many Mexicans began calling for vengeance and tensions grew immense. A group of leftist Mexican radicals stormed the German-owned casino Deutsches Haus, calling the owners “servants of Hitler.” They stoned the building, which led to a German youth stabbing a Mexican citizen. At the time,...

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Rubber Shortage Has Widespread Impact

Many families have had to kiss their cars goodbye during the war – or at least their tires.   This is something American citizens are not accustomed to, as rubber imports from the Dutch East Indies easily met the high demanded for the product before the war. “Then the Indian jungles filled up with little yellow men full of rice and evil intentions,” said Fred DeArmond, a writer for Nation’s Business Magazine, invoking common stereotypes about the Japanese. “Tires immediately became everyone’s concern.” Japan’s conquest of the Dutch East Indies early this year took away the U.S.’s rubber supply at a...

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150,000 Women to Enlist in Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps

On March 17, the House of Representatives passed a highly controversial bill that created the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC). The WAAC is a volunteer organization that would allow the nation’s women to serve with the armed forces in non-combatant military duties. The bill, which was proposed by Representative Edith Nourse Rogers of Massachusetts, was passed with two amendments that limited the corps to 150,000 women and permitted Army and Navy nurses to volunteer. The WAAC is seeking female volunteers between 18 and 65 years old to participate in the war effort. These women would volunteer in all nine...

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Los Angeles Blackout Shrouded in Confusion

In the early morning hours of Feb. 25, when darkness shrouded the coast of California, areas from Santa Monica to Long Beach blacked out after an unidentified object was spotted flying over the Pacific coast. At 2:25 a.m., the IV Interceptor Command, a unit of the United States Army air force, ordered the blackout after a slow-moving object was noticed in the dark sky. Spotlights focused on the unidentified object, and upward of 1,400 rounds of anti-aircraft artillery were blasted into the sky, yet no enemy objects were shot down – in fact, the artillery fire had more effect...

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World War 2.0 tries to imagine what the reporting of World War II might have looked like if the conflict were taking place today. Articles are based on information that would have been available to the press at the time, but they are written using contemporary journalistic style. The authors are all students at Seton Hall University, working with assistant professor of journalism Matthew Pressman.