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Book details
  • Genre:BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • SubGenre:Historical
  • Language:English
  • Pages:330
  • Paperback ISBN:9781736247426

The Forgotten Reapers of World War II

Gallant Jamaicans Help Defeat the Axis Powers

by John L. McHugh

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Overview
From the indispensable onion fields of Elba, New York State, to the glittering orchard of "The Big Apple" - New York City, John McHugh's The Forgotten Reapers spotlights the invaluable role that he and his fellow Jamaican war workers played in saving the crops of World War II America and in maintaining necessary industry and commerce throughout America's cities. Crossing U-boat-infested waters, John and his fellow workers contributed more than just their backs and hands however, but contributed their boldness and sense of equity to American culture. And with the cry, "Boys, this is it! New York City!", many hoped to experience the American Dream in The Big Apple. The author was able to fulfill this dream, when he finished out the war as a war worker in New York City. This memoir captures the work effort and the magic of America as seen from the war workers' perspective. It brings recognition that these workers are not to be seen as mere statistics in the logistics of fighting the war, but as invaluable contributors integral to Uncle Sam's winning the war.
Description
From the indispensable onion fields of Elba, New York State, to the glittering orchard of "The Big Apple" - New York City, John McHugh's The Forgotten Reapers spotlights the invaluable role that he and his fellow Jamaican war workers played in saving the crops of World War II America and in maintaining necessary industry and commerce throughout America's cities. Crossing U-boat-infested waters, John and his fellow workers contributed more than just their backs and hands however, but contributed their boldness and sense of equity to American culture. And with the cry, "Boys, this is it! New York City!", many hoped to experience the American Dream in The Big Apple. The author was able to fulfill this dream, when he finished out the war as a war worker in New York City. This memoir captures the work effort and the magic of America as seen from the war workers' perspective. It brings recognition that these workers are not to be seen as mere statistics in the logistics of fighting the war, but as invaluable contributors integral to Uncle Sam's winning the war.
About the author
John Lambert McHugh was born in his beloved hometown of St. Ann's Bay, Jamaica, West Indies in 1920. A retired printer, John is a lifelong Bible scholar, family historian, world traveler, and former champion soccer player. Until age ninety-eight, John used to jog over two hundred yards daily. But now, at the age of one hundred and three, John has had to slow down a bit, now doing the distance with the aid of a walker. But his steps can be traced back eighty years when, at age twenty-three, he came to America as a war worker, during which time he maintained a diary of his experiences. Those experiences are the basis of this book.