Hazel Mears was born in 1937 and was 4 years old when the war started. She went to school in Church Hill where there were no male teachers. Her husband served in the war. She lives with her husband in Centreville, MD.
During the interview, Hazel discusses her uncle in the Army and how that emotionally impacted her and her family, her memories of the rationing of sugar since her mom did a lot of canning, and newspaper articles about her mother-in-law in the war. She also mentions an aunt that worked in a defense plant and another that worked at the Bendix Company in Baltimore. Hazel shares stories of collecting milkweed pods for parachutes and her purchase of war stamps during the war. She reflects on having POWs at her house to help with wheat threshing and pulling corn and how she thought the barracks were not adequate for the POWs. She also mentions her husband’s aunt and uncle who made lifetime friends with POWs.