Just Doing My Job: Stories of Service from World War II
Jonna Doolittle Hoppes. Santa Monica, CA: Santa Monica Press, 2009. 344 pp. Illus. Bib. Index. $24.95.
From Soldiers and spies to factory workers and nurses, these are tales of ordinary men and women who served us well during America's costliest war. Everyone featured herein made sacrifices that are almost incomprehensible today, when even the 9/11 attacks have faded from our feeble public memory.
Bonnie Gwaltney could have been the model for "Rosie the Riveter." She worked at Douglas Aircraft, driving rivets into bomb bay doors eight hours a day, six days a week. As soon as the war ended, she noted that the "amazing opportunities women enjoyed in the workplace were pulled away as quickly as they'd been given. It was a long time before a lot of women started working again." Even so, she enjoyed traveling and supporting the war effort. "I was happy to do my part."