Just an employee doing her job

b2fdc188eed5f3e9094b3eb726881508Helen Filak was one of the many Rosie the Riveters who worked in factories during World War II. Just out of high school, she worked as a welder at American Bridge in Pittsburgh for $1.20 an hour in 1943.

“We were told to go to dock so-and-so, and that’s where we worked,” she said. “You would sit on the ground there and weld ridge after ridge. You had a certain section you had to do, and I would weld my share.” [Filak said]

Filak hadn’t been aboard a combat ship since the war, and her job ended…  but she had the opportunity to tour the LST 325  World War II-era ship during its visit to  Pittsburgh’s North Shore near the World War II monument and Heinz Field.

Read more: http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/9024342-74/filak-war-build#ixzz3lAoeH6qY

 

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About Jennifer Simpson

Writer, marketing consultant, community builder and teacher. Director of DimeStories International, where authors share their 3-minute stories at open mic events and online. Publisher and editor of the I WRITE BECAUSE project. Find out more at http://JenniferSimpsonWriter.com
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