So much was given up, but as often happens, we learn to persevere and to become stronger because of our sacrifices.
St. Pete mechanic kept fighters flying
By ROBERT N. JENKINS
Draft notice was Ralph Dearmin's ticket to China and the experience of his life.
The human cost
In all, 61 countries with 1.7-billion people, three-fourths of the world's population, took part. A total of 110-million people were mobilized for military service.
War changes fashion
When stockings became hard to get as silk and substitute materials were dedicated to the war effort, women used makeup on their legs and drew seam lines.
Photo gallery: Women and war
Most American women remained as homemakers during the war years. Of women who did work, only 16 percent were in war industries. About 350,000 women served in the military.
Letters: A mother's farewell
I lived on a farm located at the crossroads. I received my orders to report to the Navy. I told my mother not to worry. This was April 1942, and the war would be over by Christmas and I would be coming home.
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As part of the war effort, the government rationed foods. Labor and transportation shortages made it hard to harvest and move fruits and vegetables to market. So, the government turned to its citizens and encouraged them to plant "Victory Gardens." Nearly 20 million Americans answered the call.
Rosie the Riveter
Over 6 million women from all backgrounds, and from all over the country, worked at industrial jobs that challenged traditional notions of women's capabilities and ensured American productivity that helped to win the war. The sight of women outfitted in overalls and wielding industrial tools became an icon that was popularized in the 1942 song, "Rosie the Riveter," providing a nickname for all women who worked in wartime industries.
During WWII, more than a thousand women signed up to fly with the U.S. military. Wives, mothers, actresses and debutantes who joined the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPS) test-piloted aircraft, ferried planes and logged 60 million miles in the air.
During World War II, a select group of young women pilots became pioneers, heroes, and role models...They were the Women Airforce Service Pilots, WASP, the first women in history trained to fly American military aircraft.
Posters on the American Home Front:
World War II posters helped to mobilize a nation. Inexpensive, accessible, and ever-present, the poster was an ideal agent for making war aims the personal mission of every citizen.
America at War: Home Front
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