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It has been thoroughly enjoyable for those of us who have worked on this project. The stories, photographs, and memorabilia we received from the women who worked in the Weather Bureau during World War II stirred many emotions. They were heartwarming, enlightening, entertaining, and educational. We sense a closeness to those who responded and admire each one. Our original objective was to try and find ten women to interview. We did have some telephone conversations, but mostly gathered information through the mail. The response we received was overwhelming. Through a chain reaction, we were able to send correspondence to nearly 70 people; approximately one-half (34) responded.

The primary focus of this project was to document the experiences of women in the Weather Bureau during World War II. A few responses were received from women who worked immediately after the war, and those have been included since they are representative of the times. Most photographs in this document were provided by the women themselves; however, a few were obtained from the National Archives.

From the personal perspective of the principal author, when reading the narratives of the women in this document, I kept reflecting on things my mother told me about when I was growing up. She also had the same "hard working ethic" as the women in these stories and was of the same era. She worked, but no, not for the Weather Bureau. In many cases, I even related some of my own experiences with those of these women. I thank each of you for sharing part of your life. As you read each narrative, we hope you will also feel a kinship to these people, as did those of us working on the project. Although the narratives follow the same general format, we have done only minor editing to improve clarity. Editorial comments within the text are indicated by brackets. The restriction on alterations was done because we wanted each individual personality to be reflected in this final preserved document of Weather Bureau history.

Kaye O'Brien
Gary K. Grice

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