Magazine article America in WWII

New Teens Meet Old Teens

Magazine article America in WWII

New Teens Meet Old Teens

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Do YOU WANT TO HEAR A GREAT STORY? One that sums up the heartache GIs felt as they served their country far from home? Here it is:

It was a Christmas Eve during World War II and Fireman 1st Class Albert Ginolfi was on the USS Philadelphia. He was bringing troops back to America from France. As he approached the shore, he recognized the skyline and buildings of Jersey City, New Jersey. Jersey City was his hometown and he was heartbroken that he couldn't be with his family on Christmas Eve. He was so close to all of his family and friends, but he could not get liberty because it was wartime.

The next morning, his ship left to go back to France. As he pulled away, he looked back and saw America getting farther away. He wondered to himself if he would live to see it again.

The story comes from Jaclyn Bennett, a student in an honors US history class at Hopatcong High School in Hopatcong, New Jersey. She got the story directly from Mr. Grinolfi, whom she listed as a friend on the War Stories form she submitted.

Bennett's teacher--James I. Marino--is a charter subscriber to America in WWII and was the author of "Prelude to Pearl Harbor" in our February 2006 issue, an article about Japan's 1937 attack on the USS Panay. Recently, Marino sent me a packet stuffed with War Stories forms completed by his students, including Bennett.

"When I saw the War Stories questionnaire in your magazine, it was the catalyst for a research project," Marino wrote me. …

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