Born in Michigan in 1924, Dolores “Tooken” Richardson Cade earned her nickname while working the photo booth at the United Service Organizations (USO) in Detroit. She met a sailor who gave her a bracelet etched with the word “Tooken” to signify their engagement. Married in 1944, they were parents to four sons by the time they moved to Georgia in the 1960s.
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Topics: Women in War, Pearl Harbor, The USO, Rationing, Military Training
Born in the East End of London in 1932, Alan Davies was evacuated to the English countryside during World War II because of German air raids. As an adult Davies worked for the Air Force Exchange Service on an American military base in Germany. After transferring to the United States with his job, Davies retired in 1993.
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Topics: Start of War, War in Europe, Winston Churchill, Victory Celebrations
Born in Texas in 1919, Lee Foringer married at the start of World War II and moved to Long Beach, California. When her husband joined the Army Air Corps, she found a job at Douglas Aircraft as a riveter building B-17s and B-19s. Foringer continued to work after she became pregnant with her first child. After the war she worked as a buyer for women’s dress shops.
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Topics: Pearl Harbor, Arsenal of Democracy, Women in War, War in the Pacific, Prisoner of War, Victory Celebrations
Born in 1930, Edna Hicks grew up in Harrow, a suburb of London that sustained considerable bombing from German planes during World War II. After the war Hicks got a job at a post exchange on a military base and met an American pilot. They married in 1956 and lived on six bases in the United States before retiring to Warner Robins, Georgia.
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Topics: Start of War, War in Europe, Women in War, Rationing, Victory Celebrations, After the War, Postwar America
Louvinia Jordan was born on a farm in North Carolina in 1922. During the Second World War, Jordan became a cryptographic clerk or “codebreaker” in the Signal Corps and deciphered top secret Japanese codes. After the war she married a veteran of the Pacific War and worked as a bookkeeper for a newspaper.
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Topics: Women in War, North vs. South, War in the Pacific, Victory Celebrations
Born in 1921, Bettye McCubbin grew up in Kansas City. She left college to work for the United States Employment Service and later got a clerical job with Pratt & Whitney, a manufacturer of airplane engines. After the war McCubbin wrote for the Kansas City Star and married her high school sweetheart, a World War II pilot. They moved to Georgia in 2004.
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Topics: Arsenal of Democracy, Women in War, The USO, Postwar America
Born in Rome, Georgia in 1921, Mary McJunkin quit school to care for her younger siblings after her mother’s death. At 20, she married a serviceman who was transferred to a military base in California. McJunkin worked the night shift at an airplane factory outside Los Angeles. She followed her husband to bases around the country until he went overseas in 1944.
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Topics: The Great Depression, Arsenal of Democracy, The USO, Women in War
Born in Forsyth County, Georgia in 1918, Jessie Moss took a job at Bell Aircraft Corporation during World War II. She worked on a team building fuselages for B-29 bombers. When her husband returned from fighting in the Pacific, Moss paid for the construction of their first home with money saved from her job at Bell Aircraft.
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Topics: The Great Depression, Pearl Harbor, Arsenal of Democracy, The USO, Women in War, North vs. South, Postwar America
Born in Lineville, Alabama in 1927, Jane Tucker moved to Savannah to get a job at Southeastern Shipbuilding Corporation during World War II. She became a rod welder and made $1.20 an hour. After the war she attended Northwestern University and became a dental hygienist. In 2010 she started the Rome, Georgia, chapter of the American Rosie the Riveter Association.
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Topics: The Great Depression, Pearl Harbor, Arsenal of Democracy, Rationing, The USO, Women in War, North vs. South, Postwar America
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