Tom Grove, prisoner of war survivor, tells the story of being in his second prison camp, and hearing bombing way off in the distance, and how the noise of artillery got louder and closer, along with small arms fire. It was Easter Sunday, 1945, and they knew that they were finally going to be delivered. Easter Monday morning, the American tanks came in, knocked over fences and towers, they were delivered.
Guy G. Wright, prisoner of war survivor, recalls that when the war ended on the 13th of August, they were told to stay in the camps until they were liberated. He wasn't liberated until the 10th of September. They had been promised help but it never got there, so they were mad at the United States. They had an axe to grind, so there was no real jubilation on their part.
- Along with the rest of the world, the United States and South Carolina experienced economic instability during this period. As a result, political instability and worldwide conflict consumed the world in the 1940s. Following World War II, the United States emerged as a world leader through political policies and economic growth.
- This indicator was designed to promote inquiry into military and economic policies during World War II, to include the significance of military bases in South Carolina. This indicator was also developed to foster inquiry into postwar economic developments and demographic changes, to include the immigration of Jewish refugees following the Holocaust.
- This indicator was constructed to facilitate inquiry into how economic conditions prompted an evolution of fiscal and monetary policy featuring significant turning points. This indicator also supports inquiry into the laissez-faire policies of the 1920s, the balance of free markets and government intervention of the 1930s, and the command economies during World War I and World War II.