Jack Authelet opens our 2015 – 2016 season!

Foxborough historical society opens the 2015 – 2016 season with World War II observance: Foxborough in World War II

What better time to look back at the most traumatic event in our history?  World War II officially ended in August of 1945, seventy years ago.

Our nation called, our community answered.

December 7, 1941. It is doubtful that anyone who heard the radio broadcast that morning of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor ever forgot where they were, what they were doing, who they were with the moment they heard the news that American forces had been attacked.  The United States was going to war.

From that moment on, everything would be geared to the war effort.  No matter what you had been doing, regardless of what you had planned, whatever you had been dreaming about, it was put on hold.  Winning the war became the focus of the nation, and if it couldn’t be won over there, it would be fought over here.

The response of the people of Foxborough when their nation called was one of the most remarkable chapters in local history, and it will be told by Town Historian Jack Authelet as he shares the stories of ordinary people who rose to such extraordinary heights, many going off to war themselves, others flocking to defense plants to help make the implements of war, and virtually every man, woman and child doing something or going without something they believed would help the war effort.

Foxborough exceeded its quota in every War Bond drive, and enabled the nation to purchase two PT Boats as well as 10 fighter planes for the war effort.

The uncertainty of the draft, the reality of rationing, the loneliness of separation, prayers for the return of loved ones who served in every theatre of the war and a VTY newsletter (Very Truly Yours) to keep the troops abreast of what was going on at home while they were away became realities of daily life with the nation at war.

As Allied forces turned the tide of war, the Homecoming Parties began, much to the delight of everyone, and the town started working on its memorial to honor those who fought and died in the conflict.

The 5th War Bond drive went over the top, and members of the Foxboro War Finance Committee received a citation on the Common in front of the large sign promoting the drive. Members (from left) were Corodon Fuller, chairman; Earle Sullivan, publicity; David Forrest, community solicitation; George Dudley, signs; Wendell Dodge, display design; F. Monroe Perry, motion picture division; Albert Hutchins, merchants division; Louise Inman, women's division and Alfred Sheehy of the Treasury Dept. who presented the citation. (Foxborough Historical Commission archives)

The 5th War Bond drive went over the top, and members of the Foxboro War Finance Committee received a citation on the Common in front of the large sign promoting the drive. Members (from left) were Corodon Fuller, chairman; Earle Sullivan, publicity; David Forrest, community solicitation; George Dudley, signs; Wendell Dodge, display design; F. Monroe Perry, motion picture division; Albert Hutchins, merchants division; Louise Inman, women’s division and Alfred Sheehy of the Treasury Dept. who presented the citation. (Foxborough Historical Commission archives)

The program, with abundant illustrations, will be presented at the Foxborough Historical Society on Tuesday, September 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Boyden Library (lower level) at the corner of Bird and Baker Streets in Foxboro center.  Parking is available under the library, on nearby streets and against Foxboro common.  (Please do not park in the Aubuchon lot.)

Meetings of the historical society are free and all are welcome.  For further information, call Patrick Lyons, 508-543-3728.