WWII:  From Homefront to Warfront
  Rita Washburn
 


Rita Washburn


Branch: Civilian

Occupation: Elwood Ordnance Plant

Place of Birth: Coal City, IL

 

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Rita Washburn 2008 Photo

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Rita Washburn House they lived in Bay St. Louis Mississippi during the war

Rita Washburn House they lived in, in Bay, St. Louis, Mississippi during the war

 

 

Rita Washburn Current picture of the house they lived in Bay St. Louis Mississippi during the war

Current picture of the house they lived in, in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, during the war

 

 

 

 
               
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1:00

On her husband enlisting in the Navy

  14:00

Discussing scarcity during the war and making due with what they had

 

  25:45

Discussing her husband's life and work after WWII

 

 

4:00

Describing what life was like having a husband in the military

 

17:10

On her husband playing baseball while in the service

 

29:40

On the war years being a time of constant anxiety

5:00

On moving to Mississippi to be near her husband's base

17:40

Describing her husband's duties in the Navy

33:00

On her husband's personality

 

7:55

Describing how she met her husband

 

21:10

Discussing her work at the Elwood Ordnance Plant

36:40

Recounting stories of her husband seeing friends while he was in the service

 

9:00

On where she lived during the war

 

22:10

Discussing the explosion at the Elwood Ordnance Plant

 

40:00

On having a child while her husband was in the service

12:30

On what it was like living near a Naval Base

24:35

On her husband returning from the service

 

41:30

Thoughts on the WWII years

 

 

 

 

 

43:15

Recollecting some stories her husband told her about his time in the Navy

 

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Video Highlights

Living near her husband's naval base

 

 

Items being scarce and money being tight during the war

Working at the Elwood Ordnance Plant and the big explosion that occured

 

Constant tension and uneasiness during the war

What it was like living through WWII

 

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