The young people of San Diego had an experience of World War II that was much different from their parents.  Not only did many fathers leave to fight overseas, but a lot of mothers took war jobs and were often gone from home for long hours. Food, clothing, and shoes were suddenly rationed, air raid sirens abruptly sounded day or night, and even activities at school were modified to provide training to help in the war effort!

Through letters, school newspapers, and official records you’ll learn about actual experiences of San Diego’s children and their life on the home front during World War II.