“Life seemed much more simple when I was growing up,” said mother, reflecting back on her youth during WWII.
“People were so much more modest. I had a job at Bergstrom Air Base in Texas…[she was in the WACs]; we would show movies to the soldiers who were going overseas. Some of the movies reminded them not to talk to people about where they were going… ‘Loose lips sink ships’ was the phrase.
“And there were some awful movies such as ‘Kill or Be Killed’…it showed them that they had to be on-guard…and they couldn’t hesitate. Of course, it is an awful thought – that you had to kill someone before he killed you. And then there were the movies about social diseases…I don’t remember what we called them then…but these were training films that warned the boys that they might catch a disease overseas if they weren’t careful. But we weren’t allowed to show those movies…we weren’t even allowed to see them.
“To tell you the truth, it was so long ago I can’t remember very accurately. And it was such a different world; I can barely believe it existed. It seems unbelievable now…I can barely believe I lived through it.”
for The Daily Reckoning Australia