Author: Kimberly Willig

How soldiers are finding education

With no end to the war in sight, it is easy to overlook aspects of life that do not seem to directly affect the war effort. Men as young as 18 are joining the troops overseas, putting off any plans for higher education until the war is over. Yet even the military understands the importance of schooling. Professor John O. Neustadt of St. John’s College has been brought to Fort Meade, Md., to teach a class of 24 privates and officers about classic literature. First on the list: Homer’s “The Odyssey”—a tale about the Greek hero Odysseus traveling ten...

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US military steps in to halt strikes

As strikes across the U.S. slow down the economy, President Roosevelt has chosen to intervene: four times he has ordered the Army or Navy to take over striking factories. In the six months between December of 1941 and June of 1942, there were 1,200 recorded strikes, 270,000 strikers, and 2.3 million work days lost. Looking at war industries only, the numbers decrease slightly, with 581 strikes, 250,000 strikers and 1 million work days lost. Despite the current agreement negotiated by the War Labor Board (WLB) for major industrial unions to halt strikes in favor of contributing to the war...

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American reporters finally gain freedom after time in Tokyo prison

After six months imprisoned by the Japanese, seven American journalists are now reported safe in the Allied territory of Portuguese East Africa due to a successful prisoner exchange orchestrated by the United States. New York Times correspondent Otto D. Tolischus, who was stationed in Tokyo at the time of the Pearl Harbor attack, was one of the seven jailed Americans. He recalled how he was welcomed on the morning of Dec. 8 by four police officers barging into his bedroom with the orders: “Put on your coat; the procurator wants to see you.” He was placed in prison with...

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U.S. scores first major victory against Japanese at Midway

Six months after Japan’s brutal attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. Navy has defeated the Japanese fleet at Midway Island in the Pacific. The battle started on June 4 and lasted four days, after which the U.S. was able to claim victory. Only limited details of the battle are available at this time, however it has been confirmed that three Japanese aircraft carriers have been sunk; another two carriers were reported damaged. Japan also lost three battleships, three transports, four cruisers and several planes. These naval casualties, taken together with the losses Japan has suffered in other recent battles...

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A Sailor’s Story of Heroism and Survival at Pearl Harbor

Guns firing. Bombs exploding. Screams of terror piercing the air. That is what December 7, 1941 sounded like to the men and women in Honolulu, Hawaii. Now, months later, John Anderson of the U.S. Navy recalls his experience aboard the USS Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Japanese attack against the U.S. Navy started at around 8 a.m. Anderson and his brother were stationed on the USS Arizona. When Anderson went to get something to eat, he heard a loud explosion. He remembers turning to someone and exclaiming, “What in the Dickens is that?” One of the...

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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.