The following article was found in the Lowell Tribune on August 16, 1945, (page 1, column 4):
PRAYER SERVICES HELD AT LOCAL CHURCHES
Following announcement of the cessation of hostilities with Japan, by President Harry S. Truman, our citizens gathered at local churches for prayer services. Thanks were given to God for the end of the war, for consolation for those [who] had lost loved ones, and asking for the early return home of boys and girls in the armed forces. May it be that the war to end all wars has forever driven the war lords from the earth.
The following September 13, 1945, Lowell Tribune article (page 1, column 5) tells of the number of men and women from Lake County who served their country during World War II:
SUPREME SACRIFICE IS MADE BY 965 COUNTY YOUTH IN WORLD WAR II
This Area's Contribution to Victory Over Germans and Japanese is Very Heavy
The contribution made by this area, Lake county, to the victory over the Axis powers totals 965 killed in battle, or while in the service of their country.
This represents 2.5 percent of the boys over this region who enlisted or were drafted into the armed forces during the last four years. The honor roll of the boys who paid the supreme sacrifice in the global war against the enemies of democracy covers every battle in which America fought throughout the world. Africa, Italy, France, Germany, Japan and the vast area of the Pacific where American heroism was written in blood are the burial places of the boys who gave their all so that America might live in freedom.
In addition to the 40,000 county men who saw service in the armed services, the Calumet area also contributed other thousands to the merchant marine which kept America's far-flung supply lines to distant battlefields intact.
Still other uncounted thousands served in dangerous industries turning out the sinews of war or in government agencies contributing directly to the war effort.
The Calumet area's death toll began at Pearl Harbor and continued throughout the war as battle after battle was written into the annals of American participation in the conflict.
Virtually every community now is considering some type of memorial for its soldier and sailor dead, with hundreds of corner memorials already dotting the region in commemoration of the neighborhood men and women in service. The entire region is expected to become even more memorial-minded when the official list of dead and seriously maimed is released.
From the January 26, 1950, Lowell Tribune (page 1, columns 3-4):
ATTENTION VETERANS ---
WERE YOU A PRISONER OF WAR?
As you will recall, Public Law 896 of the 80th Congress, provided compensation payable at the rate of one dollar a day for each day of confinement of American prisoners of war, provided that the enemy government who held them in custody did not provide a diet and living conditions of such standards as prescribed by the Geneva Convention. This act did not become operative until this year, since the original law failed to provide funds with which to carry out the provisions of the Act.
The persons concerned by the Act are any persons of the Armed Forces who were held prisoners of war after December 7, 1941, by an enemy government. The deadline date, by which time the application must be made, has been set as March 1, 1951; however, we have been informed by usually reliable sources that such claims will be settled on the basis of "first come, first served." Therefore, it will be to the advantage of any former P.O.W. to file just as soon as possible.
If you were a P.O.W. and wish to apply, please stop in and give us your name and address, so we can procure the necessary blanks and send them out to you.
Post 6841 Veterans of Foreign Wars, Lowell, Indiana