Iowa: Victory at Sea

The western Iowa farm town of Red Oak has a proud military history dating back to the Civil War, when the area provided more Union troops per capita than any other in the state. The town has paid dearly for its distinction. During the dark days of World War II, Red Oak lost more than 50 of its sons in battles from Tunisia to Iwo Jima. In proportion to population (then 5,763), it was possibly the highest loss suffered by any town in the nation. Commemorating Red Oak's sacrifice, the Maritime Administration christened...

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