UPDATE: Lincoln woman reflects on World War II hospitality effort

For many troops on their way to serving in World War II, the North Platte Canteen was a piece of paradise.

Rosalie Lippincott of Lincoln said she was 15 years old when she took part in it.

She said it started when a train that was supposed to be carrying troops from the Nebraska National Guard was stopping in North Platte.  Friends and relatives of the servicemen gathered around, bearing food and treats.  But that train was carrying members of the Kansas National Guard instead.

"You know what they decided to do?," Lippincott said.  "They gave it to those Kansas men.  And it made those Kansas men feel so good about it."

From there, they made it a regular thing to greet every troop train that stopped in town, giving them sandwiches, desserts, milk and coffee.

Between December 1941 to April 1946, they served more than 6 million troops passing through town.

"That took a lot of food," Lippincott said.  "But you know what?  The canteen never ran out of food."

She said it didn’t just make the troops feel good.

"Can you think of anything else that a woman would’ve done when she was 15 that just fills her heart with great joy when she’s 91?" she said.

She said she enjoys telling the story so much, it helped her continue with her life, even after her husband died.

She said it’s a story for Nebraska to be proud of.

If you want to hear more of Rosalie’s stories about the North Platte Canteen, she’ll be making a presentation at The Landing at Williamsburg Village on July 23, at 2 p.m.

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Rosalie Lippincott says she was 15 years old when she took part in the North Platte Canteen, which served food and treats to more than 6 million troops passing through North Platte between December 1941 to April 1946.

She says the experience gave her memories that she cherishes to this day.

"Can you think of anything else that a woman would’ve done when she was 15 that just fills her heart with great joy when she’s 91?  I have had so much pleasure from just participating just thinking about participating in that canteen."

Rosalie says it’s a wonderful Nebraska story to tell and that she wants more people to hear it.

She’ll be speaking about it at The Landing assisted living Monday afternoon.

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