The voices of millions CLICK HERE to read many soldier letters to the canteens
(From the book: THE WEST STREET AMBASSADORS) The Junior Girls Canteen at Troy, Ohio in March 1945. In the rain and night, several girls and their mothers meet a train on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. Snacks were offered from the cart sheltered by the patio umbrella. This is the only canteen in the United States operated by teenage girls. Before it was over, the girls fed over 600,000 troops. -- Cam-Tech Publishing Click here to learn more about this canteen
(From the book: THE WEST STREET AMBASSADORS) This powerful letter was written to the Junior Girls Canteen at Troy, Ohio, after they stood out in near zero temperatures on Christmas Eve 1944, to hand out the treats and gift of a grateful region to total strangers in uniform. Five men wrote their letters of appreciation from the trenches at the Battle of the Bulge in early 1945. -- Cam-Tech Publishing
(From the book: THE COLUMBUS AVENUE MIRACLE) A poem printed on the back of cards given to the troops who stopped by the Bellefontaine Canteen.
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THE WEST STREET AMBASSADORS Nearly 40 of Troy, Ohio's teenage girls operated a community-based free canteen for the soldiers in WWII. The Junior Girls Canteen provided dedicated service to approximately 600,000 soldiers on all passing trains.
Soldiers were provided sandwiches, pecan pies, cookies, coffee, magazines and friendly smiles as their trains paused at the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad station.
Residents of Troy and communities in six counties supported the girls efforts. They s overcame many difficulties which would have discouraged any man or woman had the cause been less worthy, or had the community been less wholehearted. They were dedicated and unsung ambassadors to the many who stood in harm's way in defense of our freedom and liberties. On behalf of a grateful region they expressed gratitude to the many troops.
ISBN 978-0-925436-53-5 • 136 pages • 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 • Soft cover $14.95
THE COLUMBUS AVENUE MIRACLE At Bellefontaine, Ohio, wives of railroad men provided free lunch to every soldier passing through town on the New York Central Railroad. For 45 months around the clock, over 700,000 soldiers were nourished with donated food served by unpaid volunteers on the station platforms.
The volunteer canteen workers’ showed incredible spirit and selfless sacrifice. This became the rallying point for the community. Ladies all over town and in the rural areas made baked goods; pies, cakes, cookies and cooked food without hesitation. Sandwiches were made by the basket full. Sunday school classes, high school and grade school classes, ladies clubs, grange members, farmers, even groups of employees from local merchants and manufacturers stepped forward to help in any way they could. From 1942 to 1946, they served soldiers passing through on furlough, troop trains, hospital trains, and even the P.O.W. trains were humbly served.
ISBN 978-0-925436-50-4 • 176 pages • 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 • Soft cover $14.95
LIMA'S OPERATION KINDNESS Lima, Ohio's, inspiring story of hundreds of dedicated volunteers who fed over four million soldiers and sailors at Lima's railroad stations during WW II, Korea and Viet Nam Wars. This was the longest operating railroad canteen in the United States.
This is a moving portrayal of devoted and selfless giving. Soldiers derived a powerful sense of purpose when greeted with friendly smiles and words of encouragement.
Volunteers greeted thousands of troops daily. They served at track side, overcoming significant difficulties. Supported by donations from eleven counties, they did not allow the supply of scarce items to fail.
The text is laced with stirring letters from appreciative service men and women. Lima’s dedicated track side ambassadors of kindness waved good-byes to those headed to battle and offered thanks to veterans who stood in defense of freedom and liberty from 1942 until 1970. It was Lima’s finest hour!
ISBN 978-0-925436-51-1 • 130 pages • 8 1/2 x 11 • Soft cover $26.95
Next Stop- Dennison! Over 1,300,000 troops stopped at Dennison, Ohio canteen on the Pennsylvania Railroad. They were welcomed with bologna and cheese sandwiches, fruit, candy bars and drinks. It was a profound gesture supported by the citizens of over seven counties.
ISBN 978-0-925436-54-2 • 134 pages • 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 • Soft cover $14.95
Angels at the Station Never before told is the story of 16 canteens in one of the most powerful home front stories to come out of WW II. This is a remarkable story of compassion and dedication by wives, mothers, sisters and entire regions in a profound gesture to meet the troops at several stations around the United States.
ISBN 978-0-925436-54-8 • 262 pages • 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 • Soft cover $28.95