“Coming Home”

Definition of REDEPLOY

transitive verb

: to transfer from one area or activity to another

intransitive verb

: to relocate men or equipment also: re·de·ploy·ment


Coming Home

A picture on the cover of LIFE MAGAZINE in August 1945 told it all – a sailor passionately kissing a nurse in Times Square surrounded by thousands of cheering, dancing New Yorkers who had just got the news: The War Is Over. It’s fair to say that the whole nation was jubilant, relieved.

Most homecomings were joyful. Returning veterans were honored, loved. They had done valorous deeds and deserved the hero’s welcome most received. But there were adjustments to be made, even for the happiest reunions. Toddlers had become teens; teens had gone to college, to work, even into the military. Wives and sweethearts had found new careers, some even new partners.

Many veterans returned vastly changed. Some physically because of loss of arms or legs or both; some mentally because of what they had seen and done. Each coming home was an individual’s personal story.

“My hands in bad shape from beri-beri. This letter is incredibly tiring and I must stop frequently to rest…we can truthfully say we’ve come out of Hell into the Promised Land”

SGT Tom Palmer, Bataan survivor


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