Louise Widdup was born in 1928 in what was a rural town named Clarksville in Howard County, MD. She was 13 years old when Pearl Harbor was attacked. Her dad had an insurance company before the war, but then worked in a General Motors defense plant during the war. Her mother ran the household which also served as a boarding house for school teachers. She now resides at Heron Point in Chestertown, MD.
In her interview, Louise describes her teachers going off to war, some of whom boarded with her and her family from 1940 to 1945. When discussing school, she speaks about her math teacher who was a pilot that joined the war to fly planes, and her music teacher who joined the Women’s Army Corps. Girls in her school were taken to the Naval Academy. She also discusses men in her college in 1944 who were in ROTC which included her boyfriend. In talking about her family, she discusses rationing, her family’s involvement in airplane spotting, and her husband’s experience with a sniper.