Helen 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.