Buono was employed as an explosives operator at Picatinny
Arsenal in New Jersey during the war. Encouraged by Rosie the Riveter ads and a promise
of decent pay, she and others like her, often without sufficient
training, worked with gunpowder (black powder)
and in the production
of ordnance fuses in a dangerous environment where safety
issues were always a concern.
Ms. Buono’s greatest sense of achievement during those years
was contributing to the war effort at home while others were
serving abroad. The physical and mental challenges
of living during that time taught her that women had the
freedom of choice to become more than housewives and
employment lasted until a reduction in force terminated her
employment when the war ended.