Category:World Wars

From Ohio History Central

During the first five decades of the twentieth century, the United States of America became involved in two world wars. World War I lasted from 1914 until 1919, while World War II raged from 1939 to 1945. The United States did not formally become involved in World War I until 1917 and in World War II until 1941. Although delayed, American involvement in both conflicts helped turn the tide of victory to the allies of the United States.


Ohioans played important roles in each conflict. During World War I, a total of 200,293 draftees, volunteers, and Ohio National Guardsmen represented the state in the military. Not all Ohioans were in favor of the war. Numerous conscientious objectors refused to serve in the military, and other pacifists were vocal in their opposition. Despite these objections, most Ohioans viewed support of the war and the United States government as their patriotic duty. During World War II, approximately 839,000 Ohioans, roughly twelve percent of the state's entire population in 1940, served in the armed forces. Ohio civilians also actively participated in the war effort, joining in scrap drives and growing victory gardens. Thanks to the efforts of Ohioans and other Americans, the United States and its allies emerged from both World War I and World War II triumphant.


To learn more about these two important events in Ohio's history, please browse these entries at your leisure.

Pages in category "World Wars"

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