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Buhl High School

“In a time as trying as that in which we are living all institutions and enterprises are hard pressed to carry on with their usual efficiency. Schools are no exception.”

Small town America felt the impact of war too. In the 1945 Wakapa yearbook from Buhl High School in Buhl, Idaho, there is but a single name of a former student listed as killed in action on Iwo Jima - a battle which – in total – claimed nearly 7,000 American lives. However, the graduating class of Buhl High School in 1945 was only 44 students total – 31 girls and 13 boys. In a small setting such as Buhl High School this meant that any losses suffered were likely to be friends or neighbors. Do you think the close knit nature of small town school life was a comfort or a discomfort to those with relatives or loved ones serving overseas?

Buhl High School

From the Collection of The National WWII Museum

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