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School actively participated in war collection effort

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Rudy Elizondo
July 30, 2014 | 3,507 views | Post a comment

In past articles, I have written of many activities that our school participated in to help in the war effort during World War II. We collected newspaper, iron, and aluminum. We sang in school band concerts to collect money for the war effort.

Price of admission was purchase of war bonds or war stamps. Students were asked to purchase one war stamp per week. Our high school bused us to surrounding farms to help harvest crops since able-bodied men were in the service. Our Boy Scout troop assisted in the display of a miniature Japanese submarine captured in Hawaii. We also planted and tended a victory garden next to our Scoutmaster’s home a few blocks from school.

We learned the songs of all the services: the songs of the U.S. Army (the U.S. Army Air Corps was part of the Army; Congress had not created the U.S. Air Force yet), the U.S. Marine Corps, the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Navy (“Anchors Aweigh”), and also our national anthem and our state song, “Texas, Our Texas.” No, it wasn’t “The Eyes of Texas.” We even learned the song, “There’ll Always Be an England.”

We once attended an assembly in the high school auditorium where a visiting Royal Air Force pilot told us about England’s involvement in the war. On another occasion, we attended an assembly to hear a sailor speak of his experience in a Navy submarine. He spoke of how a sailor had required an emergency appendectomy without the assistance of a doctor and with the use of galley knives. He survived.

Three cheers for the Red, White, and Blue.

Rudy Elizondo is Julia Castro’s nephew and formerly of Floresville.

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