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The Morning Brew: Memories of war

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Thursday, we look at memories of World War II.

Memories of War

Memories of War, an ongoing project by The Oklahoman's Matt Patterson, seeks to recreate the turbulent times of war as they unfolded. 

Take a look at the stories he's told so far. And check below to see how you might be able to contribute. 

The first Oklahomans to die

Oklahomans died at Pearl Harbor, the first salvo in what would become a 4-year-journey into war. But then the draft began.

When rationing arrived in Oklahoma

By the beginning of 1942, the initial shock of Pearl Harbor and the United States' entry into World War II were beginning to fade, and the hard realities of wartime life were beginning to set in.

Oklahoma's pacifists

Oklahoma's Mennonite community objected to violence in the 1940s, just like those communities do now. They are, and were, conscientious objectors.

Censoring the weather

Loose lips sink ships, and the Germans can't

know it's cloudy.

Love finds a way through a war and a blizzard

The war stopped a lot of things during the years the world suffered through it, but it couldn't stop romance and one long-standing family tradition.

Oklahoma remembers U.S. on the brink of World War II

As 22-year-old Dow Meek stood on the deck of the USS Saratoga sailing off to war on Dec. 8, 1941, his mind carried him to dark places.

'Memories of War' project
seeks readers' help

Seventy-five years ago on Dec. 7, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor prompted America's formal entry in to World War II, a conflict that would transform the nation and along with it Oklahoma and its people.

Almost 5,500 Oklahoma service members would die in the conflict. Those who survived the battles are either long-grayed or gone now.

To commemorate this landmark anniversary, The Oklahoman presents the series “Memories of War,” which will include photos, videos, archival accounts, interviews and other elements that seek to recreate those turbulent times as they unfolded.

More than anything, we want to tell your stories, to share your memories. To do that, we need your help.

Do you have photos, letters, diaries, mementos or a good tale you'd like to share with our readers related to World War II? If so, drop us a line at mpatterson@oklahoman.com or poconnor@oklahoman.com.

Also, visit the Memories of War special coverage page for all content related to this project.

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Juliana Keeping

Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award... Read more ›

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