Eleanor Dare Kennedy

– Greensboro, NC
UNCG student, newspaper reporter

Kennedy gives us the Greensboro story, an unlikely war town filled with hundreds of thousands of soldiers, including Charlton Heston, who came there for basic training and later, assignment. Not only did Kennedy and her college friends volunteer in such efforts as “Bundles for Britain” prior to U.S. involvement, but she worked for the local newspaper as a feature reporter, often covering wartime events like Greensboro’s celebration when the war ended. While she met her future husband prior to his military service, she says she fell in love with him through the letters that he wrote to her. Their future was greatly impacted when his brother was killed and his mother went into a deep depression.