Sometimes when I am working on one of the ship's old radios or just looking at electronic devices from the WWII era I am fascinated by them. Each part was hand assembled and wired one part at a time. No automatic robots assembled them or no microscopic parts went into them. Each radio or device starts out as hundreds of individual parts, all of which have to be put together under strict tolerances.
While the men were mostly away fighting the women took up the challenge of making all of this equipment, with which the war would not have been won without. I came upon this photograph of just such a factory that shows exactly what I imagined.
Notice they are working with no air conditioning, no chairs to sit on, probably working 12 hour days and saving food ration stamps to get by. OSHA was not around to tell them that the lead in the solder was not a good thing to work with. Their paycheck was mostly all the recognition they received for their service. They worked quietly in the background and were glad to do their part. Some never even knew what the final part looked like or what it was for.
For the most part, the majority of them have passed on to be with the Creator, being remembered only as a number on a time card long since lost. However, their spirit lives on in the craftsmanship of what they assembled. The fact that the equipment can be brought back to life and is still working is a credit to their hard work. And, when we think of them, we honor them and their efforts.