Fields of Battle: Pearl Harbor, the Rose Bowl, and the Boys by Brian Curtis

By Brian Curtis

In the wake of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the 1942 Rose Bowl used to be moved from Pasadena to Durham, North Carolina, out of worry of jap assaults at the West Coast. It is still the single Rose Bowl video game to ever be performed outdoors of Pasadena. Duke college, led via mythical trainer Wallace Wade Sr., confronted off opposed to underdog Oregon nation university, with either groups getting ready for a grueling struggle at the soccer box whereas their recommendations wandered to the battlefields they'd quickly be on.

As the gamers and coaches ready for the sport, the United States was once getting ready for warfare. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British major Minister Winston Churchill met to debate the Allied approach in Europe; a dialogue that will swap the lives of the men and males at the box in Durham.

Finally, on New Year’s Day 1942, less than darkish grey skies and coffee rain, the 2 groups clashed at the gridiron in entrance of a crowd of 56,000, enjoying the most unforgettable video games in historical past. presently later on, a few of the gamers and coaches entered the army and could quick turn into brothers at the battlefield. Scattered world wide, the lives of Rose Bowl contributors may intersect in unbelievable methods, as they served in Iwo Jima and Normandy, Guadalcanal and the conflict of the Bulge. 4 gamers from that Rose Bowl online game could lose their lives, whereas many extra have been critically wounded. in a single strong come across at the battlefield, OSC’s Frank Parker stored the lifetime of Duke’s Charles Haynes as he lay death on a hill in Italy. And one OSC participant, Jack Yoshihara, a Japanese-American, by no means had the opportunity to play within the online game or serve his state, as he used to be despatched to an internment camp in Idaho.

In this riveting an emotional story, Brian Curtis sheds gentle on a little-known slice of yankee heritage and captures in gripping element an intimate account of the teamwork, grit, and resolution that happened on either the soccer fields and the battlefields of global battle II. It was once a online game created through infamy and a conflict fought by means of traditional boys who did the extraordinary.

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