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Bayside, Queens: WWII Homefront History

The community of Bayside was in an unusual position during World War II: At the same time that many of its own young people were leaving home for military service, the town also played host to a steady stream of soldiers in and out of the U.S. Army base at Fort Totten.
The items in this collection reflect the dual nature of the Bayside homefront, illustrating the community's pride in and support for its sons and daughters serving in distant lands along with its hospitality toward those stationed at the fort. Highlights include photos of Bayside's Honor Roll of hometown heroes, audio recordings of one resident's recollections of wartime, and remembrances of service members enjoying furlough time at McElroy's Tavern.
This gallery was curated by Queens Memory Outreach Coordinator, Lori Wallach, who also conducted the research, digitization, and interview featured here.
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