Dolores Skinner

By excerpt from an essay by student journalist, Jana

Dolores Skinner

Dolores was just 16 years old as she, along with the entire nation, watched as husbands, brothers, and fathers were sent to the front to fight in the deadliest conflict in history. “It was scary,” she says, recalling those years in which ration stamps and blackout drills were common. 

Born in San Francisco, a city that she describes as being “a big, small town in those days,” Dolores did all she could to assist in the war effort. From collecting tin cans, to volunteering as a typist in a nearby US Coast Guard office, Dolores cared about her nation’s cause, even as she feared for the safety of her own loved ones.

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