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Download Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (649 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bob Greene Narrator: Fritz Weaver Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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During World War II, American soldiers from every city and walk of life rolled through North Platte, Nebraska, on troop trains, en route to Europe and the Pacific. The tiny town transformed its modest railroad depot into the North Platte Canteen, a place where soldiers could enjoy coffee, music, home-cooked food, magazines, and friendly conversation during a stopover that lasted only a few minutes. It provided homesick military personnel with the encouragement they needed to help them through the difficult times ahead. Every day of the war, the Canteen, staffed and funded entirely by local volunteers from the community of 12,000, was open from 5 a.m. until the last troop train of the day pulled away after midnight. By war's end it provided welcoming words, friendship, and baskets of food to more than six million GIs.

Based on interviews with North Platte residents and the GIs who once passed through, Bob Greene unearths and reveals a classic, lost-in-the-mists-of-time American story of a grateful country honoring its brave and dedicated sons.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Christine | 2/6/2014

    " I like the story behind the book, but felt like the writing was monotonous and the same story could have been told in half the number of pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lyric Payne | 1/30/2014

    " Inspiring story and the author told it in a unique way, flipping from past to present. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Susan | 1/17/2014

    " A great book to read if you are from Nebraska or have an interest in WWII. These ladies that ran the canteen were very self-less. We could all learn from them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kathy | 1/11/2014

    " This is one of my absolute all-time favorite true stories. Every page is proof the people working together can make a miraculous difference in the world. "

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