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Drafted The 1940s brought forth a huge battle otherwise known as World War II Millions of men were killed because they risked their lives fighting for their country Many families were extremely affected by the outcome of this war While millions of people were being drafted to fight there were many who opposed On September 1 1939 Germany invaded Poland and within days England and France declared a war on Germany Throughout the next couple of weeks Great Britain Canada Australia South Africa and India joined in on the war On September 3 1940 the United States transferred 50 overage destroyers to Great Britain and in return got year leases on sites for air and naval bases in the British possessions of Bermuda Bahamas Jamaica and Newfoundland In October of 1940 the United States adopted peacetime compulsory military service for the first time in its history On December 7 1941 the Japenese attacked Pearl Harbor hawaii This two hour attack came without warning and killed more than 2800 people Eight battleships were sunk and most of the United States planes were destroyed Following this attack the Japenese declared war against the United States and Great Britain Haines 2 On January 1 1942 the twenty-six nations which were then at war joined in a declaration in which they pledged united efforts and no separate peace until victory was gained In a Pawcatuck Connecticut John Lombardo age 30 and Ida Lombardo age 22 had no idea what was in store for them They both grew up in this quiet town and were extremely close to both families In the midst of drafting millions of United States men and women into the war my great uncle John Lombardo refused John was called for induction in the armed forces on January 10 1942 but refused He had religious beliefs which went against killing Therefore he had no choice but to stand up for his
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