Once Upon a Town

Once Upon a Town

Author Bob Greene Duration: 6:06:17 Narrator Fritz Weaver Publisher Harper Collins USA Favourites Listen preview preview
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Synopsis

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 twelve thousand -- was open from 5 a.m. until the last troop train of the day pulled away after midnight. By war's end they 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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  • Chapter 001

    Duration: 05min

  • Chapter 002

    Duration: 06min

  • Chapter 003

    Duration: 09min

  • Chapter 004

    Duration: 09min

  • Chapter 005

    Duration: 07min

  • Chapter 006

    Duration: 08min

  • Chapter 007

    Duration: 07min

  • Chapter 008

    Duration: 10min

  • Chapter 009

    Duration: 06min

  • Chapter 010

    Duration: 03min

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  • Chapter 013

    Duration: 10min

  • Chapter 014

    Duration: 08min

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    Duration: 09min

  • Chapter 016

    Duration: 11min

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  • Chapter 019

    Duration: 09min

  • Chapter 020

    Duration: 06min

  • Chapter 021

    Duration: 08min

  • Chapter 022

    Duration: 09min

  • Chapter 023

    Duration: 07min

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  • Chapter 025

    Duration: 09min

  • Chapter 026

    Duration: 11min

  • Chapter 027

    Duration: 04min

  • Chapter 028

    Duration: 11min

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    Duration: 10min

  • Chapter 030

    Duration: 08min

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  • Chapter 032

    Duration: 12min

  • Chapter 033

    Duration: 09min

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    Duration: 10min

  • Chapter 035

    Duration: 12min

  • Chapter 036

    Duration: 08min

  • Chapter 037

    Duration: 05min

  • Chapter 038

    Duration: 08min

  • Chapter 039

    Duration: 10min

  • Chapter 040

    Duration: 13min

  • Chapter 041

    Duration: 07min

  • Chapter 042

    Duration: 07min

  • sample

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