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Of War and MenWorld War II in the Lives of Fathers and Their Families$
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Ralph LaRossa

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780226467429

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226470023.001.0001

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“Rights” of Passage

“Rights” of Passage

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Of War and Men
University of Chicago Press

This chapter focuses on the return home of American soldiers after the surrender of both Germany and Japan. The War Department devised an Adjusted Service Rating for the returning soldiers, which included the notion of a parenthood credit. Winning the war made Americans fiercely patriotic and deeply appreciative of the men who would be dubbed the country's best and the soldiers themselves also took pride in what they felt they had accomplished. This chapter also discusses how the bravery of the African Americans was repeatedly questioned.

Keywords:   American soldiers, Germany, Japan, War Department, Adjusted Service Rating, parenthood credit, African Americas

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