A Girl from NJ Remembers the War Years


How can I remember so much?

Lynne Coppoletta  b. 1940

I was born in 1940 in Newark and then moved to Union  where the memories of the war click in. How can I remember so much?

Lynne, mother Helen, brother Eugene

The dark green light blocking shades.
Daddy’s head lights half blocked.
The running board and rumble seat.
The excitement in the streets on VE and VJ day.
Mixing the ‘butter’ at my neighbor’s house. (Don’t know what we used)
Saving the ‘tinfoil’ from gum wrappers.
Party lines at Unionville 2 5057 J
Mom giving me twenty five cents to walk to the store (Heavens, she’d be in jail today) for a few slices of bologna.
Johnny ride a pony – hide and seek – kick the can – sleigh riding on the street in winter – freedom to roam all over the neighborhood.
My first portable radio – looked like a big lunch box.
Climbing and falling out of many trees…..guess I was a real tomboy.

Oh, and I do remember going to the old, old, Newark airport to mail packages to my Uncle Joe who was a cook (chef) in the Navy in the Pacific. (I still have his hat from 1939.) I remember all the things he brought home….a piece of a Japanese Zero, a hand grenade, a bloody Japanese flag.


Lynne at 2 1/2 years old

Wow, as I said I born in 1940. It’s now 2017. That’s a lot of years!





1 thought on “A Girl from NJ Remembers the War Years”

  1. Love your comment about the games we used to play, Johnny ride the pony, kick the can. Roaming around with our friends all day, unsupervised by our parents. You’re right, parents would be arrested today for allowing their kids the freedom we had as kids.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to Top