The Nation at War
Vineyard Gazette
On Wednesday, April 4th, the resolution declaring that a state of war exists with Germany was passed by the U.S. Senate, 82 to 6, after 12 hours of debate. On Friday morning, April 6th, at 3 o’clock, the House of Representatives by a vote of 373 to 50 adopted the resolution. President Wilson has since signed it. The military forces are fast being mobilized, and enlistments are being called for in all branches.
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Hurrygraphs
Vineyard Gazette
President Johnson recently remarks: - “Mercy has been slain. Let us now take care that Justice is not slain also.”
 
Another mercantile firm of New York, has added its proffer of $10,000 toward the half million fund proposed to be offered for the capture of Jeff Davis, which makes $30,000 already proffered.
 
It is proposed to raze Ford’s Theatre, and to raise on its site a monument to President Lincoln.
 
Gen, Halleck has taken command at Richmond.
 
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Vineyard Veterans of Viet Nam Come Home
Andrew J. Shanley
They went to the wall together and cried.
 
“It was like going to meet a friend...and finally saying goodbye.”
 
Henry Decoteau of Vineyard Haven was a career man in the Air Force, not a fellow familiar with tears. But when he and his wife Bette traveled to Washington last week to be part of the National Salute to Viet Nam Veterans, the weight of emotion was almost too much.
 
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On Vietnam Powder Keg
Vineyard Gazette
A wide spectrum of opinion on the knotty topic, Which Way in Vietnam?, was brought to light at a forum on Monday evening at the Tisbury town hall. The forum was sponsored by the Island Turn Toward Peace organization, and ws led by Robert Gussner, Unitarian-Universalist minister of Stoughton.
 
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How Island Will Recall News of Atomic Bomb
Vineyard Gazette
The first atomic bomb was dropped on Japan Sunday, but the Vineyard knew nothing of It until yesterday, and then only through the radio announcements. In the night there was wind and rain, and this morning a heavy fog wrapped the Island, not as impenetrable, however, as that which still shrouds the scene of destruction in Japan. The events have no association except in our own minds, but this is how Islanders will recall the time when the release of atomic energy was made known to the world.
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Will Be Remembered Long by All Mankind
Vineyard Gazette
Vineyarders who turned on their radios this morning heard that Warsaw had been bombed, and that the incredible war of destruction seemed to have begun in Europe. On the Vineyard the northeast storm of the past few days was clearing, the sun coming through the morning clouds, and the air reviving with all the clarity and sweetness of early fall. Since Sept. 1, 1939, will be remembered long by all mankind, it is better for Vineyarders to be able to remember how the day dawned on the Island.
 
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Distant Blazes of War Engulfed Island
Ethan Kelley

For the sheep grazing in pastures above Vineyard Sound, the patches of weathered canvas beating toward Holmes Hole were barely worth a glance away from meals of September grass. Farmers, townspeople and public officials, however, greeted the approach of some four dozen English-flagged vessels with a bit more alarm.

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German Submarine Sinks Edgartown Vessel
Vineyard Gazette

The great war has come quite near to Edgartown people this week in the sinking on Saturday last, Aug. 10th, by a German Submarine, of the fine fishing schooner Progress of this port, Capt. Robert Jackson, one of the most dauntless and successful fishing masters sailing from this place.

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Looking Back on Avengers of World War II
Steve Ewing
In 1945 the late Harvey Ewing was a 21-year-old tail gunner in a torpedo bomber in the South Pacific.
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American War in Iraq Upsets Rhythms of Community Life; Conflict Divides Island Citizens

These are the voices of an Island in a nation at war:

"I don't think we had much choice." - Charles Felder, manager of the Vineyard Haven Yacht Club.

"I honestly don't know of anyone who is supportive or ready for this." - Annelies Spykman, employee at Mocha Motts in Oak Bluffs.

"They should just go in there and take care of business. They let [Saddam Hussein] go the first time, and I think that was a mistake." - Craig Tankard of Oak Bluffs, at the Vineyard Haven A&P.

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