An adventure in unity
The 1940s were hard years in America, but I wish I had been alive during the war to experience the shared unity and sacrifices not only of those who went abroad but also families here at home.
Because I was born the year after the armistices were signed in Europe and Asia, I have no memory of ration cards. While sorting through boxes as my wife and I prepared to move from Asheville to Waynesville a year ago, however, I came across ration books from both the first and second world wars with my grandparents’ names and signatures on the front. Howard and Myrtle Swits were born in the 1880s on farms near Rockford, Illinois.
Along with a career as a director of Boy Scouts and YMCAs throughout the Midwest, grandfather also led a United Service Organization (USO) program in Chicago during World ...