The West St. Ambassadors
Troy, Ohio WWII Junior Girls Canteen for Servicemen
By Scott D. Trostel.
Softcover, 136 pages, 5.5x8.5", photos, illustrations. 2006.
"Nearly 40 of Troy, Ohio's teenage girls operated a community-based free canteen for the soldiers in WWII. The Junior Girls Canteen provided dedicated service to approximately 600,000 soldiers on all passing trains.
"Soldiers were provided sandwiches, pecan pies, cookies, coffee, magazines and friendly smiles as their trains paused at the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad station. Residents of Troy and communities in six counties supported the girls efforts.
"They overcame many difficulties which would have discouraged any man or woman had the cause been less worthy, or had the community been less wholehearted. They were dedicated and unsung ambassadors to the many who stood in harm's way in defense of our freedom and liberties. On behalf of a grateful region they expressed gratitude to the many troops."