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The Magic Carpet That Brought Everybody Home - WWII - Veterans' Tales
(Courtesy of our Vietnam War combat vet, Mike Collins, this is how my Dad got home in ’45.) The U.S. military experienced an unimaginable increase during World War II. In 1939, there were 334,000 servicemen, not counting the Coast Guard. In 1945, there were over 12 million, including the Coast Guard. At the end of the war, over 8 million of these men and women were scattered overseas in Europe, the Pacific and Asia. Shipping them out wasn’t a particular ...