In the second chapter of the book, Stabler opens up with discussing how his mom felt towards him enlisting into the army or navy. Stabler’s mother was concerned with how her son would be treated in the army due to his race and ethnicity. Throughout the chapter, there were instances of racism towards Stabler and others, but overall, his fellow soldiers respected Stabler and treated him like a fellow brother and a fellow soldier. As the chapter continues, Stabler continues to share his stories and hardships on and off the battleground while Smith adds to the narrative by providing background content to understand Stabler’s excerpts more thoroughly.
One part I particularly found fascinating was how many Native Americans volunteered or joined the war. “…on September 16, 1940, more able-bodied American Indians didn’t need to be compelled to defend American soil. Of the over fifteen million people who would eventually serve in the U.S. Armed Forces between 1940 and 1945, 25000 of them-men and women- were American Indians. For every Indian Pressed into service, one and a half, according to government estimates, volunteered… American Indians participation in World War II outranked, per capita, that of any other specialized population in the United States, including whites.” (Smith pg. 1, 3,) I am shocked because of how badly the American Indians were treated by the...
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... that they had a short memorial service for him later, but nothing else was said about his friend. I think that the emotional and psychological aspect of war is the most fascinating yet the most under-researched part of history.
While I understand that some World War II veterans do not like to share painful experiences with others, Stablers lack of addressing issues limits the value of his writing as a historical document. However, the source is accurate even though some may disagree because of Smith’s comments that she adds to his story. However, through a series of interviews and research, Smith’s information is accurate and non-biased. She does not insert her own theory’s of events; she lets the reader think for themselves. The document reveals the highs and lows of the war. It describes in depth the experience’s that the soldiers had on and off the battlefield.
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