Enormous sacrifice on the battlefields and tireless effort on the homefront—Pittsburgh answered the call to duty after the news of Pearl Harbor
hit local airwaves that infamous afternoon. With its high enlistment rates and booming war industries, the city was instrumental in the Allied victory. Duquesne University professor Joseph F. Rishel has compiled the memories of seventeen residents who lived through the war years, from GIs serving overseas to real-life Rosie the Riveters who kept the mills and factories in operation. With stories of daring in all theaters of combat and hardships
at home to recollections of schoolchildren collecting scrap metal, USO dances and wartime sweethearts, Pittsburgh Remembers World War II
celebrates the city’s perseverance and patriotism.
Pearl Harbor, the home in Hawaii of the American Pacific fleet, was attacked by surprise by Japanese aircraft on December 7, 1941. World War II was fought between the Allies and the Axis powers between 1939 and 1945.