World War II lasted 6 years and involved over 25 countries. It has been noted that it “spread death and devastation throughout most of the world to an extent never before experienced.” Indeed, by one estimate, the war cost the lives of over 19 million people. However, the consequences of World War II cannot be fully grasped by looking at statistics. It is only in the details of the lives of those who lived it, that we can truly grapple with the effects of a global war.
Here are the experiences of individuals whose lives were changed forever by service or circumstance.
Col. Forrest Hull, MD
Dr. Hull’s career in service.
Rudolf Bock, MD
A WWII refugee in China.
George Kambara, MD
Dr. Kambara and the fate of Japanese Americans in WWII.
Sir Harold Ridley, MD
Sir Ridley’s discovery and WWII airplanes.
Col. Thomas Tredici, MD
The last retired WWII pilot.
Charles Schepens, MD
A secret life in the Resistance.