Indiana in Two World Wars
Published by: Indiana University Press
Fighting Hoosiers: Indiana in Two World Wars tells the compelling, heartbreaking, and breathtaking stories of some of the hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers who served their country during the First and Second World Wars.
Drawn from the rich holdings of the Indiana Magazine of History, a journal of state and midwestern history published since 1905, the collection includes original diaries, letters and memoirs, as well as research essays—all of them focused on Hoosiers in the two world wars.
Readers will meet Alex Arch, a Hungarian-born immigrant who was the first American to fire a shot in World War I; Maude Essig, a nurse serving with the American Red Cross in wartime France; Kenneth Baker, a soldier in the Army Signal Corps, who crawled across French fields (sometimes over and around dead bodies) to lay phone lines for military communications; and Bernard Rice, a combat medic who witnessed the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp in 1945.
Indiana's brave men and women like these have served with distinction in the armed forces since the earliest days of the Indiana Territory. Fighting Hoosiers offers a compelling glimpse at some of their remarkable stories.
Introduction / Dawn E. Bakken
1. Pride, Patriotism, and the Press: The Evolving True Story of the First American Shot of World War I / Greta A. Fisher and Lauren E. Kuntzman
2. On Convoy Duty in World War I: The Diary of Hoosier Guy Connor / Edited by Jeffrey L. Patrick
3. A Hoosier Nurse in France: The World War I Diary of Maude Frances Essig / Alma S. Woolley
4. 'Oatmeal and Coffee': Memoirs of a Hoosier Soldier in World War I / Kenneth Gearhart Baker, edited and introduced by Robert H. Ferrell
5. Recollections of a World War II Combat Medic / Bernard L. Rice
6. A Hoosier Soldier in the British Isles / Lawrence B. McFaddin
7. 'A Fair Chance to Do My Part of Work': Black Women, War Work, and Rights Claims at the Kingsbury Ordnance Plant / Katherine Turk
"Fighting Hoosiers brings the reader into the worlds of ordinary citizens who suddenly found themselves fighting far from home under difficult conditions."~H-NET
"Fighting Hoosiers brings the reader into the worlds of ordinary citizens who suddenly found themselves fighting far from home under difficult conditions. An amazing element of Fighting Hoosiers is not only the completeness of the diaries researched but the memories, such as that of Kenneth Baker of Rochester, Indiana, who, sixty-six years after serving in two world wars, was able to place his experiences on a yellow notepad from memory, which eventually found its way into print for posterity. This is a story of ordinary citizens making extraordinary contributions and a lasting impact on themselves, the lives of their families, and the country they loved both during the war and decades after."~Terry Wettig - AF Air University Global College, H-Net (War)