WORLD WAR II
After interviewing my Grandpa, William Herman, I found out what it was like during the time of World War II. My Grandpa was able to tell me some basic facts about life through the war. World War II took place during the time of the Great Depression. My Grandpa was thirteen years of age and in the eighth grade.
World War II started in October of 1941. My grandpa was at the age where he didn’t have much knowledge of the war. His mind was off doing many other things. He was busy with chores on the family farm, homework, and playing with his friends in his free time. Most of the farm work before the war was done mainly by my Grandpa, his parents, and siblings. At the time there was a shortage to help man farms because of all the Americans going into the service.
My Grandpa had eight siblings. He had six brothers and two sisters. Five of his brothers were drafted in to the service, four of which were in the army and one that was in the Coast Guard. My Grandpa’s brother Ben was the first to be drafted in to the war. Ben went in to service at the age of 24 in April of 1941. George was the next to go in to the service. He went in at the age of 22 in October of 1941. Two months after George was drafted, Ed was drafted at the age of 26. Then the following spring of 1942, my Grandpa’s twin brothers, Jim and Joe, went in to the service at the ages of 19. His brother Stanley was unable to be drafted in to war because of injury. Stanley went to Detroit instead to work in a war plant. Most of my Grandpa’s brothers saw action during the war. His two sisters, Eva and Ann Mae, stayed home to take care of the farm and the rest of the family at home. My Grandpa was unable to be drafted because he was too young.
However, my Grandpa wishes that he could have gone in to war and fought for his country like his brothers did. He thought of the risks that he would have faced and the dangers his brothers were facing at the time. It discouraged him in some ways because he...