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Stalag 7a, Moosburg Bavaria
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Private Tom Kanno was born in Idaho Falls on July 21, 1914 and resided with his family in Ogden and Huntsville.  The parents later relocated their family to the Los Angeles area. He enlisted in the army on January 16, 1942, only six weeks after Pearl Harbor, joining the famed 442nd Division (see post ‘You […]

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Weber County ‘Rosies’
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Why were so many defense installations placed in Utah?  According to ‘Utah History to Go’ there was an expectation that at some point Japan would strike the west coast.  Locating military resources inland was an effort to prevent significant losses.  The location of Weber and Davis Counties was an important factor.  The transcontinental railroad and […]

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Help Wanted!
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Not long after the war started and servicemen begin to leave for training and the front, Weber and Davis Counties began to feel the huge shortage of workers that would go on for the duration of the war.  The two counties had four major military installations:  the Utah General Depot (2nd Street), the Ogden Arsenal […]

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“You fought prejudice and won”
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This is part of American history that I will never understand.  In February 1942, just two months after Pearl Harbor President Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066.  The order relocated all persons of Japanese ancestry, both citizens and aliens outside of the Pacific military zone.  The objective was to prevent ‘espionage’ and to ‘protect persons of […]

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The First Days of War
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It didn’t take the nation or Weber County long to brace themselves for war.  On December 8th President Roosevelt addressed the nation.  “December 7, 1941, a day that will live in infamy.”  He went on, “As commander in chief of the Army and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense…No […]

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“Eight Brothers Served”
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There are many instances of two, three and even four Weber County brothers serving together in the war.  On Sunday, January 23, 1944 this article about Mabel Hislop was in the Standard Examiner. At this time she had six sons in the service.  Although it’s hard to see, she is standing by her six service […]

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The First Casualty
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Before the news even reached the United States, Weber County had their first casualty.  Most Utahns had to check a map to find Pearl Harbor. One family didn’t.  Ensign Howard Deal Merrill, a graduate of the Naval Academy was stationed aboard the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor.  It would take several days for the news to […]

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Weber County Boy Makes Good
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I have to confess I had never heard of J Malan Heslop before I started this project, but he was a well-known and very respected photographer of World War II.  He later served as managing editor of the Deseret News. J was born in Taylor to Jesse and Zella Malan Heslop on June 18, 1923. […]

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The day before…
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Saturday, December 6, 1941 in Ogden was like any other early December day. The headlines of the Standard Examiner reported on the visit of Japanese Diplomats to President Roosevelt.  He was concerned over the growing Japanese forces in Indo-China.  The war in Europe was going badly for the Allies and the Germans were getting closer […]

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Sugar Rationing
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When the Philippines fell to Japan early in the war the supply of sugar was greatly diminished.  In addition, in order to feed the troops it became even more scarce. War time rationing began with sugar in May of 1942 only five months after Pearl Harbor.  Every person in the family was eligible for 1/2 […]

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