"Powder To The People" Stories from the Badger Army Ammunition Plant.

"Powder To The People" Stories from the Badger Army Ammunition Plant.

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It was a shock to rural Sauk county, Wisconsin when the U.S. government announced they were building the world's largest ammunition plant there in 1942. The tens of thousands of rural Wisconsin people who worked at the 7000-acre plant played a big role in the outcomes of World War II, Korea and Vietnam. This video focuses on their stories, full of emotion and humor. Some remember when their farms were taken for construction of the plant. Others who were WOWS (women ordnance workers) recall the patriotic esprit de corps of the World War II years. Still others describe explosions that took away loved ones and coworkers. Vietnam era workers recall the protestors who marched to the gates of the plant from Madison. Anti-war activist Karl Armstrong remembers the New Year's Eve he and his brother dropped "bombs" on it. Workers reflect on the plant's role in the peaceful years since Vietnam and express the hope that its deadly products will never be needed again. Many others comment on possible future uses for the decommissioned plant. The video is narrated by Tom Wopat, a nationally known actor who grew up near the plant. DVD, 

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