War Bonds: Love Stories from the Greatest Generation

War Bonds: Love Stories from the Greatest Generation

by Cindy Hval
War Bonds: Love Stories from the Greatest Generation

War Bonds: Love Stories from the Greatest Generation

by Cindy Hval


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America’s World War II is most often told through the stories of its great battles, when an entire generation of our young men was suddenly thrust across the oceans to represent the New World in deadly combat against the great powers of the Old. On sea, in the air, and on land our boys fought against totalitarian powers that threatened to overturn the American ideal of liberty for every individual, even civilization itself.

But while often forgotten, America’s women participated too. On the home front they were more than willing to share in the hardships of wartime, and in countless cases they fairly lived and breathed with support for our troops overseas. Whether working in factories or taking care of families, rationing or volunteering, their unflagging support contributed more to our victories than has ever been told.

Young people have been falling in love since time began, but romance during a global conflagration brought a unique set of challenges. The uncertainty of the time led to an abundance of couples marrying quickly, after brief courtships. Others grew closer through intermittent correspondence, where the soldier was invariably censored by officers, yet true longing from either side invariably came through. It was the worst time at all to try to have a relationship; yet amazingly, thousands of couples created lifelong bonds.

From blind dates to whirlwind romances to long separations, War Bonds highlights stories of couples who met or married during WWII. Each of the 30 stories begins with a World War II-era song title and concludes with a look at wartime couples in their twilight, as well as when they were so hopeful and young and determined to save the world. Illustrated with photographs from the 1940's as well as current ones of each couple, War Bonds offers readers a glimpse of bygone days, as well as a poignant glimpse of our own.

During history’s greatest war it was no time to start a relationship. But many among our young men and women did so regardless, and in this book we see how amazingly the “war bonds” of that World War II generation so frequently endured.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612002903
Publisher: Casemate Publishers
Publication date: 03/05/2015
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Cindy Hval is columnist and correspondent for the Spokesman Review newspaper in Spokane, Washington. Her “Front Porch” column offers humorous, often poignant commentary about life, love and raising sons– not necessarily in that order.

In addition, her stories have been published in numerous magazines and anthologies including seven volumes of the Chicken Soup For the Soul series.

Cindy is the mother of four sons ages 25 to 15 and is owned by two cats, also boys. She and her husband, Derek, recently celebrated their 28th anniversary. Surprisingly, she actually finds cooking for her busy family relaxing. Daily walks provide inspiration and much needed quiet time.
Her idea of heaven is a room full of books and all the time in the world to read them.

Table of Contents


One: Band of Gold
Two: Lady in Waiting
Three: The Luck of the Draw
Four: Have a Little Faith
Five: Footloose, Fancy Free and Fun
Six: Dishpan Hands
Seven: From Sailor to Preacher
Eight: Damn Yankee
Nine: Globe Trotters
Ten: Little Things Add Up to Love
Eleven: Pearl Harbor Survivors
Twelve: Brothers and Their Brides
Thirteen: A Seat Next to You
Fourteen: Hard to Say Goodbye
Fifteen: She Still Wears the Pants
Sixteen: The Farmer’s Wife
Seventeen: Pin Curls and All
Eighteen: Letters From Home
Nineteen: Bicycle Built for Two
Twenty: Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You
Twenty-One: Happy Trails
Twenty-Two: Peg O’ My Heart
Twenty-Three: I’ve Got Your Number
Twenty-Four: The Short Drive Home
Twenty-Five: Preacher’s Boy and Farmer’s Daughter
Twenty-Six: The Pilot and the WAVE
Twenty-Seven: Laughing Through the Years
Twenty-Eight: Keeping Time
Twenty-Nine: Second Look Was All It Took
Thirty: The Marine and the Sailor
Thirty-One: So Nice to Come Home to
Thirty-Two: Sharing the Ride
Thirty-Three: First Kiss
Thirty-Four: Fireworks
Thirty-Five: Wings of Gold
Thirty-Six: Romance on Wheels

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