18 Hidden WWII Stories America Wants to Bury

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Explore America’s lesser-known World War II history, from inspiring achievements to painful injustices, through these significant but often overlooked sites. Ready to uncover the full spectrum of America’s wartime past?

1. Manzanar National Historic Site, California

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Once an internment camp for over 110,000 Japanese Americans during WWII, Manzanar is now a somber reminder of the consequences of wartime fear and racial prejudice.

2. Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park, California

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This park celebrates the contributions of women workers during the war, highlighting the social shifts and the empowerment of women in the workforce.

3. Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, Alabama

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Visit the training grounds of the first African American pilots in U.S. military history, whose excellence challenged racial discrimination and helped initiate integration in the armed forces.

4. Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial, California

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Memorializes the 320 victims of the Port Chicago explosion, most of whom were African American sailors, and spotlights the racial injustices of naval operations during the war.

5. Minidoka National Historic Site, Idaho

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This site marks one of the internment locations for Japanese Americans, preserved to honor the resilience and contributions of the internees under harsh conditions.

6. Camp Hale-Continental Divide National Monument, Colorado

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Explore the former training ground of the 10th Mountain Division, elite ski troops who trained in harsh conditions and played a pivotal role in the mountainous regions of Europe.

7. Hanford Site, Washington

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Once a top-secret site for the Manhattan Project, Hanford was instrumental in the production of plutonium for nuclear weapons, including the bomb dropped on Nagasaki.

8. The Presidio of San Francisco, California

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Home to the Western Defense Command, which played a crucial role in the internment of Japanese Americans. Today, it serves as a museum highlighting its mixed legacy of military strategy and civil rights violations.

9. Wendover Air Base, Utah

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Visit the training site for the crew that dropped the atomic bombs on Japan, a pivotal yet controversial part of WWII history.

10. WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Hawaii

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Includes several sites like Pearl Harbor, which offer insight into the events of December 7, 1941, that led the U.S. into World War II.

11. Los Alamos, New Mexico

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Explore the birthplace of the atomic bomb where scientists raced against time to develop a weapon that they hoped would end the war sooner.

12. Great Basin National Park, Nevada

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Formerly a military training area for bomber crews, this park now offers insights into the war’s impact on remote regions of the U.S.

13. Fort Ontario Emergency Refugee Shelter, New York

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This shelter was the only U.S. location to officially house Holocaust refugees during the war, a unique historical site with a story of sanctuary amid global conflict.

14. Italian Chapel, Camp Concordia, Kansas

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Built by Italian POWs held at Camp Concordia, this chapel stands as a testament to the human spirit under captivity and the complex relationships between captors and captives.

15. German POW Camps, Algona, Iowa

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Visit the site of a major POW camp where German soldiers were held. The camp is now an educational center exploring wartime ethics and the treatment of POWs.

16. Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, Washington

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This memorial marks the first site of forced evacuations of Japanese Americans on the West Coast, providing a poignant reflection on civil liberties during wartime.

17. Pueblo Chemical Depot, Colorado

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Formerly a training base for bomber crews, this site sheds light on the less glamorous but crucial aspects of military training and munitions storage.

18. Moab Isolation Center, Utah

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This lesser-known site was once a remote detention area for particularly troublesome Japanese Americans, revealing the harsher aspects of the internment policy.

Delving Into the Shadows

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These sites encourage us to delve deeper into the complexities of America’s WWII history, challenging us to learn from both the valor and the hardships of those times. As you visit these places, consider the broad spectrum of experiences and the enduring lessons they offer for future generations.

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