World War II: News from the War

The families and friends of local WW II servicemen were anxious for any reports about their military “boys,” as they were often called. News came from letters which were written regularly, but delivered sporadically, and from the dreaded government telegrams which rarely held news families wanted to hear. But for most in the community, the local newspaper was the best place to get news. Families notified the newspaper when they received letters or telegrams, and the wire service reports of the progress of the war were reported regularly. This selection of news articles demonstrates the variety of service, patriotism, courage, and sometimes the homesickness of Madison County soldiers.  It includes stories of young men lost to the war as well as service of Madison County women.