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“Remember Pearl Harbor Day” program by Historical Society

December 5, 2018
From Kennan Seda , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Another chapter in Tama County's history of the Second World War is now complete. William "Bill" Kvidera from rural Toledo was the first from Tama County to be killed in World War II. On November 16, 2018 he was laid to rest in St. Paul's Catholic Cemetery in Traer where his parents and three brothers rest too. He was a carpenter's mate third class assigned to the U.S.S. Oklahoma (BB-37). This battleship suffered extensive damage and then capsized during the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, U.S. Territory of the Hawaiian Islands on the morning of Sunday, December 7, 1941.

The Tama County Historical Society is again the site of "Remember Pearl Harbor Day." A program (roughly 30 minutes) will begin at 3 p.m. and will be repeated at 6 p.m. so that those at work or school can join us too. This day which lives "in infamy" is dedicated to everything WW II including stories from the home front.

This year also marks the 75th anniversary of the hemp plant just east of Traer where over 4,000 acres of hemp were grown beginning in 1943 to aid the war effort. Prisoners of War also are included in our county's history as their labor was used to win the war.

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Feel free to bring photos, postcards and stories from your family to share.

The Tama County Historical Museum and Genealogical Library is located at 200 N. Broadway in Toledo. The open house, 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., includes a 30 minute program at 3:00 p.m. which will be repeated at 6:00 p.m. All copying (normally 35 cents per page) will be free compliments of the Sons of The American Legion in Tama.

Volunteers will be available to help you start your research on area veterans from all wars.

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Additionally, on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m. the movie "A Place for Heroes" will be screened at the Wieting Theatre in Toledo. This movie which was filmed in Tama County six years ago is free and open to the public.

For more information, call the museum at (641) 484-6767.



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