SQ 2016- Louise Shearer
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SubjectMemories of Parents; Veteran; Artifacts; Teaneck, New Jersey; Race Relations; Women's Work; Rationing; Child; France
Louise Shearer, born in 1944 in Teaneck, New Jersey, did not get to meet her father until she was 18 months old. Her father was stationed in the European in places like France and Germany. Due to this situation, Louise and her mother had to live with her grandparents to help take care of Louise. She was raised in a tight-knit Polish family and spent most of her time with her cousins. Her uncle also was a part of the War in the military. He saw more fighting and landed in Normandy two days before D-Day. She has many artifacts that belonged to her parents. She kept her parent's artifacts from their Wedding in 1943 and the love letters sent back and forth from her mother and father during the War.
Louise Shearer discussed her family’s ties to the war. After talking about both her father’s and uncle’s roles in the war, Louise Shearer showed us her collection of artifacts that were left over from her father. These artifacts included: V-Mail from her mother and father, post cards, a wedding license, a leaflet given to the soldiers on their way back home, and an old WWII uniform.