Once Upon a Town

Once Upon a Town

Synopsis

During World War II, American soldiers from every city and walk of life rolled through North Platte, Nebraska on troop trains, en route to Europe and the Pacific. The tiny town transformed its modest railroad depot into the North Platte Canteen -- a place where soldiers could enjoy coffee, music, home-cooked food, magazines, and friendly conversation during a stopover that lasted only a few minutes. It provided homesick military personnel with the encouragement they needed to help them through the difficult times ahead. Every day of the war, the Canteen -- staffed and funded entirely by local volunteers from the community of twelve thousand -- was open from 5 a.m. until the last troop train of the day pulled away after midnight. By war's end they provided welcoming words, friendship, and baskets of food to more than six million GIs.

Based on interviews with North Platte residents and the GIs who once passed through, Bob Greene unearths and reveals a classic, lost-in-the-mists-of-time American story of a grateful country honoring its brave and dedicated sons.

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Chapters

  • Chapter 001
    Duration: 05min
  • Chapter 002
    Duration: 06min
  • Chapter 003
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 004
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 005
    Duration: 07min
  • Chapter 006
    Duration: 08min
  • Chapter 007
    Duration: 07min
  • Chapter 008
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 009
    Duration: 06min
  • Chapter 010
    Duration: 03min
  • Chapter 011
    Duration: 06min
  • Chapter 012
    Duration: 07min
  • Chapter 013
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 014
    Duration: 08min
  • Chapter 015
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 016
    Duration: 11min
  • Chapter 017
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 018
    Duration: 08min
  • Chapter 019
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 020
    Duration: 06min
  • Chapter 021
    Duration: 08min
  • Chapter 022
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 023
    Duration: 07min
  • Chapter 024
    Duration: 07min
  • Chapter 025
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 026
    Duration: 11min
  • Chapter 027
    Duration: 04min
  • Chapter 028
    Duration: 11min
  • Chapter 029
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 030
    Duration: 08min
  • Chapter 031
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 032
    Duration: 12min
  • Chapter 033
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 034
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 035
    Duration: 12min
  • Chapter 036
    Duration: 08min
  • Chapter 037
    Duration: 05min
  • Chapter 038
    Duration: 08min
  • Chapter 039
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 040
    Duration: 13min
  • Chapter 041
    Duration: 07min
  • Chapter 042
    Duration: 07min
  • sample
    Duration: 01min

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