My Secret War: The World War II Diary of Madeline Beck, Long Island, New York 1941 (Dear America Series)

By Mary Pope Osborne

Thirteen-year-old Madeline's diaries for 1941 and 1942 exhibit her studies residing on new york in the course of international warfare II whereas her father is away within the army.

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I believe like Johnny and i've either silently agreed to maintain our romantic emotions towards one another a mystery. not only from the area, yet a little from ourselves, too. Thank goodness. I don’t are looking to begin being concerned approximately my visual appeal or my habit whilst I’m with him. i would like to only hold being my previous self. As for K3F membership information, Johnny insisted that I may be the “colonel,” because it was once my suggestion within the first position. He stated he’d feel free to be the “major. ” the entire different teenagers should be enlisted people, like “sergeants” or “corpo- sixty eight RRD_001-181_r5kp. qxd 4/17/00 1:04 PM web page sixty nine rals,” looking on their age. however the enlisted young children can develop into officers by means of courageous deeds and sturdy works. the following day we’re going to figure out simply what we suggest via “brave deeds” and “good works. ” FEBRUARY 17, 1942 pricey Diary, In my complete existence I’ve by no means had quite a bit enjoyable. Johnny and that i had a gathering this day and determined that our K3F membership will supply little ones issues for doing this stuff: 1. deciding to buy protection Stamps with discounts from allowance 2. Giving allowance to the crimson pass struggle Fund three. promoting warfare Bonds to buddies four. gathering used books for servicemen five. amassing scrap steel for the county’s Salvage for Victory force and women’s silk stockings for use for parachutes and scientific provides 6. Volunteering to aid make first-aid kits for the pink pass 7. accumulating newspapers and binding them into stacks sixty nine 1 2 three four five 6 7 eight nine 10 eleven 12 thirteen 14 15 sixteen 17 18 19 20 21 S 22 R 23 RRD_001-181_r5kp. qxd 4/17/00 1:04 PM web page 70 1 2 three four five 6 7 eight nine 10 eleven 12 thirteen 14 15 sixteen 17 18 19 20 21 22 S 23 R We determined to not contain U-boat patrol within the record of actions simply because we don’t are looking to create a panic concerning the state of affairs. simply the 2 people — “Colonel” and “Major” — will patrol the seashore. FEBRUARY 20, 1942 expensive Diary, at the present time Johnny and that i made our enormous statement to the category. once we defined the K3F membership, teenagers appeared really knocked out via the belief. We wrote at the board: “Victory doesn't come with no rate. ” below that, we indexed our seven rules of what youngsters can do for the struggle attempt. This ended in an important dialogue of what different issues they can do. Bert Lyman steered that membership contributors make indicators to hang out city, inspiring all voters to do the issues on our record. (Bert’s bought a great mind and will simply turn into one in all our first captains. ) Mr. O’Malley acknowledged he could seek advice from the significant approximately us asserting the membership to the entire institution in meeting subsequent week. He stated lets take a part hour each morning to list the “good works” that youngsters report back to us. 70 RRD_001-181_r5kp. qxd 4/17/00 1:04 PM web page seventy one After university, Johnny and that i walked our motorcycles domestic jointly so lets speak. back, neither folks stated something approximately our valentines. We basically spoke of the K3F membership and a bit approximately my dad. yet occasionally Johnny stared at me in a fashion that made me suppose kind of fluttery. I needed to fight to think like a colonel back. FEBRUARY 22, 1942 expensive Diary, All weekend, Johnny and i've saved up our making plans. at the present time we sat on my entrance porch within the chilly and made lists of all our principles.

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