* Editor’s note: It’s been more than 70 years since the bombing of Pearl Harbor catapulted the United States into World War II. The war, of course, touched every person in America in some way, and Yolo County was no exception. But as the years pass and people of that era die, the memories begin to fade away.
In a series launching today and continuing through next Sunday, The Davis Enterprise takes a closer look at how World War II affected our community and our region. Although we were far from any battlefront, there were compelling changes here:
* With the students and faculty at war, the UC Davis campus trained U.S. Army Signal Corps soldiers;
* Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle’s Raiders reportedly practiced their aircraft carrier takeoff techniques at the Yolo County Airport for their famous Tokyo raid;
* Clarksburg was the site of a German prisoner-of-war camp; the prisoners were pressed into service in Yolo’s farm fields;
* Local Japanese-Americans were sent to internment camps, leaving their homes and businesses behind;
* And, of course, local boys and men went to war, fighting in Europe and the Pacific while their families kept things going on the home front.
Follow along with us this week as we step back in time …