Remembering World War II

Two sisters, cousins of Dick McMichael, Kathryn McCune and Louise Crevelin, remember why they felt directly involved in World War II. For one reason, their brother was in the war

"My only brother was in Africa and in Europe. He was in the second wave that went in on Omaha Beach. He did survive the war, thank God," Louis Crevelin told the News Leader.

Both women had husbands in the Army during the war. That was one of the reasons they were happy when soldiers were invited into their home for dinner on the weekends.

"It was really beuatiful the way people opened their homes and their hearts to soldiers," Kathryn McCune said. She went to U-S-O dances three times a week.

"Howard Bus took us to Fort Benning. We danced at the 9th Street USO, which is a parking lot now, and the 12th Street YMCA. They had live bands from Fort Benning. These were young men, 18, 19, who thought it was so good to have someone to talk to. You'd look at them and think tomorrow they might be gone. And they should have something like that now."
They remember food, tire, gasoline, rationing, but no one complained. They said it was small sacrifice, considering what was happening to their loved ones engaged in combat.
Both said we need to find ways now to show our service people our support. "Give them respect. Let them know we appreciate what they are doing. My heart goes out to the families of those who were killed in Pakistan," Louis said.