U.S. Army 1954–1956
Charlotte Lastnik was a civilian secretary for the Army during World War II and talks about going to area hospitals (including Cushing Hospital in Framingham) to interview former POWs. She also talks about life on the home front, from rationing and gas cards to air raid wardens. After the war she worked for several other government agencies before meeting Abraham Lastnik who served as a PFC in a tank battalion in the war. By the time they married in 1960, he was working as a chemist and design engineer at Natick Labs. He would eventually own twelve patents for clothing he designed and tested
Elizabeth Forte enrolled in the Cadet Nursing Corps during WWII. She trained in Poughkeepsie, NY and in hospitals in New York City. She was in Times Square for Victory in Japan Day. She later worked as a public health nurse for the city of Newton, MA.
Like many women of her generation, Lillian Boyd worked in a factory during World War II. Raised in Waltham, Massachusetts, she could walk to the Waltham Watch Company where she worked making radium watches for the troops. Lillian reminisces about what life was like during the Depression, going to chaperoned dances with soldiers stationed in Boston, and the camaraderie with her girlfriends. She expresses the frustration of many women who had to return to the kitchen once the war was over.