Remembering the Boys: A Collection of Letters, a Gathering of Memories
Remembering the Boys brings to life the correspondence of Western Reserve Academy alumni serving in World War II. In these eloquent letters, most of ... Show synopsis Remembering the Boys brings to life the correspondence of Western Reserve Academy alumni serving in World War II. In these eloquent letters, most of them written to the Academy's headmaster, Joel Hayden, the story of the loneliness of war is told by the men serving on the front lines as well as by those waiting anxiously at home in Hudson, Ohio. Alumni of this distinguished prep school wrote of the boredom, hardships, and dangers of military life. Meanwhile, the students and staff lead a lively, active war effort dedicated to supporting their classmates (and eleven of their teachers) fighting overseas. Under the leadership of head-master Joel B. Hayden, a patriotic WRA modified its curriculum to accommodate early graduation for those approaching draft age and turned over its machine shop classes to fulfill war contracts for local companies. Illustrating these letters is a wealth of photographs of the men and boys of Western Reserve Academy. And with dippings from both the Reserve Record and the Alumni Record and local newspapers as well, Remembering the Boys poignantly captures that extraordinary time . . . and place.