Socha- February 16, 1944
I started out to work this morning on the 5:40 Bus and got to Marcy at 6:45. After taking 3 buses I finally got there. Tomorrow morning I expect to start out at 4:30, walk to Noyest (sic) York, meet Wanda, walk to Highland Theatre and pick up a ride from one of our cooks. Wanda has been doing it for 2 mornings I will try it out. We really should start working at 5:30 and by taking a bus Iím very late. I will give it a try.
Miller- February 8, 1945
Jean is getting along swell, and so is the baby. Itís 8 months old already. You should see her, sheís cute. You asked me how Hawkie is. He was killed in action in Burma last June 28th. Almost a year ago. I couldnít believe it when I heard it. The baby was only 6 weeks old when he died. He never saw the baby.
Thompson-August 10, 1945
About 10:30 this morning everyone at work thought the war was over. Some started throwing things, some kissed and hugged each other and the funny thing, Kate cried. The boss told her to cry if she wanted too. One of the girls said it was fun while it lasted.
Q:Was there any trouble, did any people on the coast complain about having to black out? A: No. As a matter of fact, it was amazing because they said everybody was so willing, they hadÖoh, I canít think of the name of the people that volunteered to go through their neighborhood and be sure that every light was out that faced the ocean or even if they thought something might reflect or shine off of something metallic, they would ask you to turn your light off. I donít ever remember anybody complaining about a sacrifice. We couldnít get sugar and you couldnít get gas, [because] it was rationed. People didnít complain, they really didnít complain and as I say, I never heard of anybody that felt they were having requests made that were unrealistic. They just thought, ďWe donít want any problems, weíre going to cooperate.Ē
At school, we had many drives to collect materials such as tin and newspaper. I was a boy scout and we held many drives. Even after the war we went around with a soldier and collected clothing donations to send the people who had nothing because their home was destroyed during the war. We bought what were called defense stamps. The money from the collected stamps went to the war efforts.
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