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WWII home-front women soared

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Out of chaos comes another great parade! My heart felt thanks to the parade committee, my Jeep guy, our parade escort for Entry Four, and to Jim Holmes for recognizing me at the Armory ceremony. Also, to the great group of young people taking pictures, I believe from the Placer High School photography department. My very special thanks to Lee Lively. The signs were really great, too, Lee! I am extremely proud of the work I did during WWII. I was 17 years old, two days out of Grant Union High School with a course in aircraft engine mechanics when I went to work at McClellan Field in Sacramento. I loved working on all phases of air craft engine repair. I worked from January 1943 to November 1945, then went back for another six years during the Korean War. I was too young to join the service and realized my job at McClellan Field was more important than paper work somewhere, and I sure wasn’t nursing material. The military in those days was pretty much limited for women. Now women can be and do anything they want — even be an aircraft engine mechanic! We home-front women did our jobs well and with a bit of regret from some of us who had to give them up when the guys came home. I really appreciate the people taking time to talk to me and ask questions at the parade and the armory. Last but not least, to my family and friends, the cheering crowd — thanks for an unforgettable day! And it didn’t rain on our parade. BETTY R. SAMSON, Auburn