Supporting the Troops Back Home
Besides buying bonds, recycling and growing victory gardens, people on the homefront were cautioned not to talk about troop movements or locations, as you never knew when a spy might be listening, or word would get out on the radio or in newspapers accidentally.
Many of the men who served overseas were gone for two and sometimes three years, not counting the time spent in training camps in the United States. Being apart from loved ones was not easy. Parents of servicemen placed blue stars in their windows for each son they had in the service. If a son died, they placed a gold star in their window. Telephone calls were of course, out of the question, so writing letters was the only way to keep in touch. Soldiers often sent home requests for candy, cookies or even clothing. The government even distributed pamphlets which included tips on how to send a box of cookies to a serviceman

Soldiers Needed

The armed forces had some very clever and artist recruitment posters to encourage people to enlist in the army, navy or other armed forces.

This site was developed by Carole Parsons, a 5th grade teacher at Millbrook Elementary School. This lesson is part of a unit on WW II for the 5th grade Social Studies classes. Students are also working on performing a play based on the attack on Pearl Harbor, reading a WWII novel, and using extensive PowerPoint presentations to provide additional information to enhance the text.


Ruth Patrick Science Education Center

Aiken County Schools (February 2006)

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