(Special protective clothing. And you thought it was a sex shot!)
Born in the 1910-1920’s, they lived thru the great depression, then were thrown into a world at war. Most have passed now.(Including Floyd, the latest loss, who served in the USN) Out of the 16.1 Million who served about 300,000 died and 671,000 were wounded. The country has about a million left, and they are passing at the rate of 550 a day. Sherry and I had brothers and kin there. Sherry’s brother Lefty, was wounded on Iwo Jima.We all are proud of the men and women who served and sacrificed. Much has been said of them.
However, this post is not about them. It is about the older men, men with handicaps that made them ineligible for service and our WOMEN.
The ones left on the home front who sacrificed under rationing and sparse conditions. Mothers cooked with less grease, meat, coffee and sugar. It was all rationed.
With most of the countries able bodied men off in the Pacific or in Europe and Africa, our Mothers, sisters and wives went to work with a passion. They learned mechanics, welding, flying, riveting and anything it took to get War materials to save our country. Not only in the USA, but Canada and the United Kingdom were under the same strain.
They drove cars with bald tires to work, walked or rode a bus. they worked long hours sweated and many learned that pants and long sleeve shirts served them better than skirts and blouses.
This work force heavily female built over 1,100 ships, 103,000 tanks, 2,383,000 trucks, jeeps, and 325,000 Airplanes.
Our women excelled at ever task. They built the aircraft while others built the engines. then ladies installed them.
And then they flew them to what ever part of the world they were needed in.
They flew fighters and YES they flew the BIG bombers.
They painted them and they blessed them
They filled in where they were needed in the WAR effort.
One could never cover the tasks that were done to support our efforts to be free. Now hold on, some of you younger folks. This was not Iraq, Afghanistan or even Korea or Vietnam. Not belittling either war. BUT IF WWII HAD BEEN LOST WE WOULD HAVE TRULY LOST OUR FREEDOM TO LEADERS WHO HAD KILLED MILLIONS OF THEIR OWN PEOPLE, HOW DO YOU THINK WE WOULD HAVE BEEN TREATED?
Thanks to all ladies in our history who have filled the gap and with very little praise.
How precious is someone who saves lives and says, I was just doing what I should have done, that was the women of the world and our USA~!*******************************************************
Women building the Jeep