The Story
3:08 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

After World War II, Mother Had Only A Scarf To Recognize Daughter

Sheila (left) and her sister Kathleen before their parents sent them to Boston
Credit Sheila Hutton

As rumblings of the war were heard in England in the late 1930s, thousands of families began sending their children to countries they thought would be safer. So when Sheila Hutton was 7, her parents shipped her from her home in an English coastal town to Boston. Six years later, when the war had ended and she’d become a teenager, she returned and had only a navy blue head scarf for her mother to recognize her.

Also in this show: When Becky Cullinan’s husband was deployed to war for a third time, she wrote a list of things to not say to the spouse of a soldier; and when the U.S. led an invasion on the island of Grenada in 1983, an American medical student used his ham radio to send dispatches of the conflict to family and reporters.

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