What did you do during the war, Mama? Daddy? etc.

This section will have short stories of how families spent their days during World War II, Korean, and Vietnam.

Family of Peacock & Henderson


Lea Peacock (Ruby Leona Henderson) from Roaring Springs, Texas writes: My husband, Billy Louis Peacock served in World War II, and Korean War and I worked in the Kaiser ship yards in Richmond, California, Richmond Tank Depot in Richmond, California, Naval Base in Newport, Rhode Island, Army Engineers in New Orleans, and Point Molate in Richmond, California. I followed my husband when I could from January 1943 through December 1945.


Families of Patsy Finley Vinson

Conway, Finley, Vinson & Werner

My mother, Mamie Ruth Conway graduated from Bartley-Woods School in 1942 in Fannin county and she went to work for Austin Bridge on Singleton Boulevard in Dallas, Texas making bombs.

My grandmother "Mamaw" Ola Conway, had never worked outside the home and decided to try her hand at making bombs. Well, she lasted two weeks when she became homesick for her 3 smaller children at home at Hail Center in Fannin County, Texas so she went home. Pawpaw John Conway worked on the farm raising crops so the troops could have food.


My dad, Willie Joe Finley, was in 121st Calvary Division of the Army. He was stationed in the Philippines and fought at Luzon. He carried a 50 lb. water-cooled machine gun beside his rifle and other gear. His brother, George Marion Finley also served in Army and served in the Philippines.


My father-in-law, Earnest Weldon "Blackie" Vinson served in the U.S. Navy and was blown off of three ships. One of which was an aircraft carrier.


Ouita Garvin Werner worked in Dallas as one of the "Rosie the Riveter". She was the grandmother of Robert Vinson and mother-in-law of Earnest Vinson.

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