Second World War: Effects on Our Family

Texan talks about his family getting along during the Second World War.

| Good Old Days


My mother, Ellen Miller (Albany, Oregon), wrote to me about the effects of the Second World War on our family. She said, "On the day World War II started we were living in a tiny apartment in Yakima, Washington. Donnie was just two months old, and Dad was working at an old cannery. I remember the next day, people were out frantically buying anything that might be rationed eventually. 

Sometime in the spring of 1942, Dad went to work for E.I. Dupont out of Hanford, Washington. We had no idea what they were planning. It was all very hush-hush. Dad's job was driving an Army stretch-out bus transporting high-level officials from meeting to meeting in Washington and Oregon. After that job ended, Dad was working again in the cannery. After Jerry was born in 1943, Dad went to work at the Hanford works as a carpenter.

Dad was always told he couldn't volunteer for the service because he was a Canadian citizen, but in June of 1944 he was drafted and signed up for the Marines. He left Yakima on Friday, June 24. His mother was very ill at the time. When it was discovered his mother was near death, the Marines sent Dad back - he had gotten as far as Seattle. He arrived home to see his mother on Monday morning before she passed away.

The boys in the service all came home for the funeral - Dick, his older brother, came from the Canadian Army; Doug from the Navy Seabees; Lee from the American Army; and of course, Dad.



After the funeral all the boys went back to their various bases. Dad's next trip home was in September for boot camp leave.

It was a busy time with three little ones, and it was not easy on the tiny allotment check we received, but we survived, and all the boys from our family came home safely. (In spite of the fact that Dad was in the first wave of Marines to reach Japan.)






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