Sara Lou (Strader, Townsend) Lightfoot
" Rosie the Riveter "
Mom's WWII Story
March 19, 2014
"Sara Lou (Strader) married Jack Townsend July 31, 1943 when she was 18. They were only together for 2 weeks when he was deployed during World War II. He was lost in the USS Scorpion submarine that went down off the South Pacific, near Japan. He was never found. Sara later married my father, Claude Arnold Lightfoot (brother of Flight 19's William Lightfoot) on May 22, 1946. Here is the article about my mom. In the picture with all the other Rosie's, my mom is in the back row, left. She's holding her riveter wearing white gloves and a blue sweater shirt with a white collar. She was 18 and much younger than the rest of the women. The photo may have come from files at Boeing which used to be Douglas Aircraft in CA later renamed McDonnell Douglas (then Boeing took over). After the war, my father Claude worked at the same factory for 30 years."
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