SAN ANGELO, TX - It was a war many fought and died in.
A war where despite their age or gender many contributed for our freedom.
"I just wanted to help out," Adeline Beach, 97, said. "I wanted all my work to be perfect, so that plane wouldn't fall and the war would be over. That's all we wanted. We wanted the war to be over."
Beach had just married and moved to San Diego, Calif. with her husband and began working in the factories during World War II.
She worked on planes many of our soldiers would fly and fight the war in.
"I was always kind of you know thinking, 'gosh I wonder if I can do all that?' she said.
She had to go to school for two weeks to learn how to be an electrician for the planes. She then moved on to working on B24s where she made her mark as a "Rosie the Riveter."
"I had to buck those rivets, an inch apart [makes rivet noise], just like that," she said.
The contributions of women like Beach and many others impressed young kids like Boyd Box.
Box, 86, had brothers who were sent abroad.
At 12 years old he led his local Boy Scout Troop in Kingsville, TX, collecting aluminum, paper and any metal available.
"It was amazing how many people contributed to our victory," he said of the war.
On June 6, 1944 the allied forces landed in Normandy, France.
A day that would be marked as D-Day.
"I remember that day, odd thing, going to my front door after my paper route and my mother announcing that D-Day was here," Box said.
The victory gave Beach and many others hope.
"I was just so happy," Beach said. "I told my little boy, 'Daddy's coming home,'" Beach said.
Beach's happy homecoming was cut short by a letter from her husband.
"I'm not coming home yet, they're keeping me longer because I can speak German and I can be an interpreter here," she said. "I was just so sad."
It would be months before Beach was finally reunited with her husband.
Decades later she still holds fond memories of her past.
"I thought it was wonderful that the ladies had courage enough to get up and get a job to help build planes so the men had to go to the service and fight the war," Beach said.
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