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        World War II Stories Video Gallery | World War II Stories

        More than 276,000 Iowans went into military service during World War II. 8,398 never returned. Thousands more who remained at home played major roles in winning the war. The sacrifices of each of these Iowans helped determine the political and social conditions that would exist once the war ended. Iowa Public Television's production of Iowa's World War II Stories preserves some of the memories of those who put their lives on hold in the fight against the Axis powers.

        The Attack on Pearl Harbor | World War II Stories

        The attack on Pearl Harbor (Hawaii) on December 7th, 1941 changed the course of history and triggered the involvement of the United States in World War II.

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        America Responds to Pearl Harbor Attack | World War II Stories

        Within days of the attack on Pearl Harbor, war was declared against what were now being called the axis powers: Germany, Italy, and Japan.

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        American Factories Change to Support World War II | World War II Stories

        The decision by the United States to join World War II required mass production of goods and increased services to support the war effort. Within weeks the country was changing course and companies retooled existing factories to support the needs of the war.

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        Impact of World War II on the U.S. Economy and Workforce | World War II Stories

        Impact of World War II on the Economy and Workforce of the United States

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        Rationing During World War II | World War II Stories

        To help prevent a shortage of food and goods necessary during World War II, the federal government began to ration everything with a strategic value.

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        Experiences of a Female Nurse during World War II | World War II Stories

        As World War II waged on, many women in the United States volunteered to do their part and support our troops by becoming nurses and medical support people in the war.

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        Bataan Death March | World War II Stories

        Following their surrender to Japanese forces at the Battle of Bataan in the Philippines during World War II, tens of thousands of U.S. and Filipino troops were forced to march 60 miles over 6 days. Many died before they could reach their destination.

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        Landing at Omaha Beach: D-Day | World War II Stories

        On June 6th, 1944, Allied troops invaded Normandy France in what would become known as D-Day. A U.S. veteran describes his experience in the the invasion.

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        Tuskegee Airmen Experiences in World War II | World War II Stories

        The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African Americans to fly planes in the U.S. military.

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        A Veteran’s Experience in the Women's Army Corps (WAC) | World War II Stories

        Created during World War II, the Women's Army Corps (WAC) was the women's branch of the United States Army. 150,000 American women served in the WAC during the war.

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        The Last Days of World War II | World War II Stories

        World War II was a long and brutal war lasting nearly four years. Two U.S. Army veterans describe their experiences during the last days of the war.

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