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Episode 7: The War Years


December, 1941. America responds to Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor by entering World War II.  Like all mill villages across the Blackstone Valley, the Slatersville Mill, a division of the Kendall Company, shifts 100% of their manufacturing to meet the demands of the U.S. military.  As the village becomes "manless," its youth escape through life on the reservoir in camping, skating and the love of hockey, before they too would grow old enough to enter the war themselves.  The origins of the North Smithfield VFW are explored as the stories of four men killed in battle are forever honored, and the letters written home by a young Navyman are preserved and voiced as the brutal war comes to a victorious but costly end.

(68 minutes)

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