90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Here and Now with Robin Young
Public radio's live
midday news program
With sponsorship from
Mathworks - Accelerating the pace of engineering and science
Accelerating the pace
of engineering and science
Monday, November 11, 2013

WWII Story: A Missouri Family That Lost 3 Sons

Three young men from a family in Missouri were killed during World War II. The caskets bearing Frank Wright, Harold Wright and Elton Wright came home one by one and their father, Henry, met them at the local train station.

The caskets were taken to the Wright home and placed in the room where they were born, and they were later buried at Hilltop Cemetery.

The story is described in historian Rick Atkinson’s recent book about World War II, “The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945.”

Here & Now’s Alex Ashlock recorded this conversation with Atkinson about that scene caskets’ arrival in Missouri and the legacy of World War II.

Guests

  • Rick Atkinson, author of “The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945 (Liberation Trilogy).”
  • Penny Wright, granddaughter of Elton Wright.

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

November 24 24 Comments

Jose Antonio Vargas May Soon Become Documented Immigrant

The activist and journalist is one of the undocumented immigrants expected to receive protection from deportation.

November 24 7 Comments

Doctor: Hard-To-Abuse Painkillers Won’t Fix Overdose Crisis

There's a question of whether the new technology of addictive painkillers will help stem the epidemic or help fuel it.

November 21 5 Comments

Students Protest University Of California Tuition Hikes

In spite of protests on University of California campuses, the board voted to hike tuitions by about 5 percent every year for the next five years.

November 20 3 Comments

The Man Behind ‘Mockingjay’

Francis Lawrence describes the rewards and challenges of bringing "The Hunger Games" books to the screen.