every reference i've read about midway has mentioned civilian workers still on yorktown when she hit the waves to the battle. i've always wondered if they suffered any injuries and if they earned any medals. were they volunteers, or "drafted" into the job? i'm sure if offered a choice, they would have jumped in, but, were they offered a choice? i wonder how many there were and if they had their own post war reunions? the number seems to be a bit flexible. i also wonder about what their special knowledge areas included. i've always marveled at that, kind of like the taxi drivers and the miracle on the marne.
13 years ago