Category Archive: 1940s

Jul 21

Patton takes Sicily, World War II week by week

George S. Patton dominated headlines as well as Axis troops on Sicily in this edition from July 22, 1943.

Quoting from the Thursday July 22, 1943 Telegram-Tribune: “Lieut. Gen. George S. Patton’s Seventh Army raced virtually at will through the collapsed Axis defenses of central and western Sicily today, carrying the invasion campaign through what British military quarters called the mop-up stage in those regions.”

Jul 14

Sicily invaded, World War II week by week

July 1, 1943 Telegram-Tribune headlines include invasion of Sicily.

If anyone wondered where the Western Allies were moving next early July would provide answers. The Japanese forces were under attack at the Aleutian island of Kiska and the Southwest Pacific base of Munda, In Europe Sicily was under bombardment from sea and air as British and American forces prepared to invade. President Franklin Roosevelt …

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Jul 09

Kursk Tank Battle, World War II week by week

Telegram-Tribune July 9, 1943.

In local news, Marine pilot Lt. George Langston of Atascadero was credited with downing a Japanese bomber in fighting over Guadalcanal. Receipts at the San Luis Obispo Post Office broke an all time record since it became a first class post office in 1921. The January-June period exceeded even the busy holiday season with $54,742.55 …

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Jun 29

Race tensions and bar riot San Luis Obispo, World War II week by week

Race tensions may have led to a fight downtown in San Luis Obispo as reported in this June 25, 1943 Telegram-Tribune.

A San Luis Obispo bar, Dante’s, was the scene of a fight that spilled out into the street that involved up to 200 African-American soldiers. Eventually Sheriff Murray Hathway resorted to tear gas and extra military police were called out from Camp San Luis Obispo. Bar owner Dante Chiesa refused service to men he said …

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Jun 22

Camp San Luis soldiers volunteer, World War II week by week

Telegram-Tribune headlines from June 22, 1943.

A number of Camp San Luis Obispo soldiers volunteered to work in local hay fields. Farmers were short of labor between the demands of the draft and high wages in wartime industries. Detroit was recovering from race riots that had killed 26. One trouble spot had been the Packard Motor Car Co. where white employes …

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Jun 16

Zoot Suit Riots, Los Angeles 1943-World War II week by week

Cartoon from June 16, 1943 comparing Tojo, Hitler and Mussolini to zootsuiters.

Sometimes people look back on a time, remembering the good and overlooking the bad. While the nation pulled together to fight World War II there were some ugly events that showed America was still on the journey to the goal in the United States Declaration of Independence,”that all men are created equal…” According to the …

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May 31

Sea-Ho swimsuits, 1943 fashions

June 1, 1943 Sears advertising.

What do you think of when the phrase “Sea-Ho Swim Suits” comes up? Do you think it is word play on the phrase “Land Ho!” or do you think it is the misogynistic lyric from an seafaring rap star? How comfortable do you think men’s wool swim trunks were? All I can say is the …

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May 27

Attu Invasion, Memorial Day, World War II week by week

May 29, 1943 Telegram-Tribune

Camp San Luis Obispo dedicated the 12,000 capacity Camp Amphitheater on Memorial Day 70 years ago after a formal parade. In San Luis Obispo services began with a 9 a.m. event at the IOOF Lawn cemetery where speaker of the day was Judge Ray B. Lyon. As flags unfurled and bands played at home, American …

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May 19

Camp Roberts Rodeo, Camp San Luis explosives, World War II week by week

German troops were surrendering in Tunisia May 10, 1943 in this newspaper headline from the Telegram-Tribune.

Even a break in training for war could be deadly as seen in this excerpt from a May 10, 1943 story. Col. Hank Partin, of the Lemoore air base, was saved from death or serious injury yesterday in the Camp Roberts rodeo by the quick action of Dogie Davidson, a merchant marine, when he was …

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May 11

Dance regulations wanted in San Luis Obispo, World War II week by week

Headlines from the April 20, 1943 Telegram-Tribune.

High spirited young men heading off to war didn’t always make the best neighbors. From May 20, 1943 Telegram-Tribune Citizens Demand Action of Policing of Dance The San Luis Obispo city council last night acting on a request contained in a petition signed by 36 citizens, arranged with civilian and army authorities that the Saturday …

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