Texas History Topics

World War II and the World it Made

Texan Leadership on the National and World Stage

December 7, 1941—a day that transformed the world and a day that saw Texas step onto the world stage as a leader in World War II. During the war, Texas was home to more than 100 major military installations. Over 1 million military personnel came to the state to train, and almost 1 million Texans served in uniform. Lone Star natives including Dwight D. Eisenhower, Sam Rayburn, Chester W. Nimitz, Doris Miller, José M. López, and Oveta Culp Hobby rose to lead the nation in both government and the military. Sweetwater, Corpus Christi, and Crystal City became places that most Americans recognized. The world, the nation, and Texas, changed forever because of World War II. Join the march through history to learn how and why.

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