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West Sacramento is 25 years old! See How we became a City panel discussion and some of our past and present

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History of the I Street Bridge.
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WWII Veterans and Our Journey

This is an on-going display project through June 2012. Not only does it honor those WWII veterans from Broderick, Bryte and West Sacramento, it also honors those veterans that later moved here. If you have names, photographs or memorabilia to share, please fill out the form near this display and send it to the West Sacramento Historical Society-WWII Project, P.O. Box 1202, West Sacramento, CA 95691 or call (916) 374-1849.

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WWII Veterans and East Yolo

During World War II the economy in East Yolo improved with increases in farm production and river exports to meet wartime demands. In addition, major employers in the area such as the State Box Company, the Rice Grower's Association rice mill and Leinberger's slaughterhouse had plenty of work. To support the war effort, some found work at local military bases, Bay Area shipyards or found work in other industries. Most farmers were exempt from the draft, but during harvest time farms were short of workers because able-bodied men and women were in the armed services or had left for higher paying industrial jobs.

Before Germany declared war on the United States a Russian-American Society was organized in Bryte by the local Russians. The Society held parties to raise money to buy medical supplies for the U.S.S.R. and Great Britain. To save valuable resources for manufacturing war material, including fuel conservation, the government instituted a rationing program. This included the rationing of food. Citizens were encouraged to plant "Victory Gardens" to grow fruits and vegetables.

At the beginning of the war the U.S. government closed Japanese-language schools and many Japanese-Americans were relocated to camps. As the war progressed, many young Nisei Japanese (children of immigrants who were born with American citizenships) volunteered in the U.S. military. After the war only a few Japanese families that were forced to relocate returned to East Yolo.

 See the interactive slide show of this Journey.

January 25, 2012

From War to the Pacific to the White House
Lcdr Theodor E Robinson, USNR and author talks about his 1943 eyewitness experience in saving Lt. John F. Kennedy and crew of PT Boat 109 during World War II. City of West Sacramento Community Center, 1110 West Capitol Avenue. 1:00-3:00 pm.
 See the flyer

December 7, 2011

Four West Sacramento WWII veterans were interviewed by Good Day Sacramento, recalling memories of their time in service during the war. Left to right: Ernie Cumbra, Lou Mariani, Chuck Warner and Walter Smith.
 See more photos.

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