The end of the Second World War brought many reactions from the people of Minnesota. Minnesota servicemen and women stationed in the Pacific Theater rejoiced at the prospect of finally coming home. On the home front some people cried while others danced.
Parades spontaneously formed on the streets of Minneapolis and St. Paul with children leading the way. Others celebrated more quietly, holding prayer services in local churches. All felt an enormous sense of relief and an unspeakable joy, at the same time remembering those who had given their lives in the struggle.
These are just some of the stories shared in the Minnesota's Greatest Generation Project.
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A Navy Medal of Honor awarded posthumously to James Dennis LaBelle, Anoka, MN, for heroism at Iwo Jima, 1945.
U.S. Army master sergeant's "Eisenhower" field jacket worn by Donald E. Rudolph of South Haven, MN.
Grestest Generation objects currently on-exhibit at the History Center:
Letter from Anne Bosanko Green, stationed at a military hospital in California, to her parents in Minneapolis, dated August 14, 1945.
Letter from John S. Sonnen, stationed with U.S. occupation troops in Germany, to his wife Georgiana, in St. Paul, dated August 14, 1945.
Letter from Georgiana Sonnen in St. Paul to her husband John, serving in Germany, dated August 15, 1945.
Letter from Sailor First Class Eugene Jordan, to his former teacher, Mrs. Palmer of Wilson High School in St. Paul, dated August 26, 1945.