On December 17, 1941, just ten days after Pearl Harbor, men of the 134th Infantry of the Nebraska Army National Guard were on their way from Camp Joseph T. Robinson near Little Rock, Arkansas to an unknown destination. Rumor had it that the train would arrive in North Platte Nebraska at 11, but by noon it hadn’t shown up. After another false alarm, the train finally rolled in around 4:30. By this time, at least five hundred relatives and friends of local servicemen showed up at the depot.
Eventually the train arrived and the crowd cheered, but they weren’t members of the 134th. They were Kansas boys. The crowd gave the soldiers the gifts and food that was originally meant for their own sons and wished them off.
The reason that the train stopped in North Platte was because the town was a designated tender point for steam trains. Stopping…
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