SQ 2016- Gloria Bennett
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SubjectTeenager; Blackouts; Franklin Delano Roosevelt; School; YWCA; Letters; D-Day; Atomic Bombs; Asbury Park, New Jersey
Gloria Bennett was a teenager during the War in Asbury Park, New Jersey. As a teenager, she attended school and remembers how the war affected her school. Many of her male friends, including her boyfriend for a short time, being sent overseas to fight. She worked to help bring income home for her family and she remembers working late into the night and trying to walk home in blackouts. Her brother-in-law was drafted into the Army and it was hard on her sister and her baby niece. Her sister and Gloria wrote letters to him and sent over packages. During the War, Gloria was a part of the YWCA and would go to large house to eat and dance with the soldiers to try to entertain them and take their minds off of the War that they would soon be a part of.
Gloria Bennett remembers her time as a teenager in New Jersey During the war. She recalls the the changes at school from men disappearing to them discussing their opinions of the war. She can remember the day her brother-in-law left and her having to step up to help her sister around the house and with her baby. Her fondest memory is attending parties at the rich families' houses and entertaining the soldiers by eating wit them and dancing with them. She vividly remembers the night that she had to walk home at night after a long shift at work in the pitch dark because it was during a blackout drill. She had to find the building across the street from her work and follow the wall of the building to get down the street to her house.
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