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Today he is virtually forgotten, and while that's understandable, it should be acknowledged Winant was in fact a Nike Jackets Windrunner Women's genuine American war hero, even as a civilian.
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Londoners, however, revered him because they knew he was on their side.
Although he was a Republican, as New Hampshire's governor Winant had courageously supported the controversial New Deal policies of a Democratic president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, believing they were necessary to lift the United States out of the Great Depression.
This is Memorial Day, when Americans honor the sacrifice of their fellow citizens who lost their lives while serving in our nation's armed forces.
he could), Winant remained largely unknown at home.
His reward came when Roosevelt named him ambassador to Britain to succeed Joseph Kennedy, who was openly sympathetic to the Germans.
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Although Roosevelt was unfailingly sympathetic to the British in his public remarks, his reluctance to put his political fortunes at risk discouraged him from taking the steps Winant believed were urgently needed.
At the time, many Americans still believed that Britain and France had duped the United States into joining the fighting in World War 1. And, as unlikely as it might seem today when we know so much about Hitler's practices, some Americans were, like Joseph Kennedy, openly sympathetic to Germany.
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But this is as good a time as any to also remember other Americans civilians who deserve to be honored for their often obscure yet essential contributions to our nation's security.
In his time, Winant was so highly respected that he often was compared to Abraham Lincoln, although, unfortunately, he lacked Honest Abe's famed eloquence.
Were it not for the prominence accorded him in an excellent 2010 book ("Citizens Of London") by historian Lynne Olson, even fewer Americans would know about the critical role Winant played in defense of our nation in World War II.
Winant understood the threat that Hitler represented to the world's democracies so he tried desperately to persuade Roosevelt that the United States urgently needed to rush to the aid of Britain and France.
"Winant walked the streets of London, ablaze from the aerial bombardments, offering assistance to the injured amid the rubble of their homes and stores," one published account noted. "His shy sincerity and quiet fearlessness endeared him to the British people."
One such American should be of particular interest to those of us here in New England. John Gilbert Winant was the three term governor of New Hampshire, the first chairman of the Social Security Administration and director of the International Labor Organization in Geneva.
reluctant to act for fear of offending America's many isolationists and German sympathizers.
There will be patriotic memorial services all over the country as we put our lesser troubles aside and express our gratitude for our country's continued freedom.
to defend itself, especially if Britain's already weakened Royal Navy was unable to come to its former colony's assistance.
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