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‘Rosie the Riveters’ speak at Veterans Hall

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Linda Faraday speaks at the Veterans Memorial Building in Suisun City, Thursday. Faraday, along with three other women, spoke about working in industry druing World War II. (Adam Smith/Daily Republic)

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From page A3 | May 23, 2014 |

SUISUN CITY — These four women helped build the ships and planes that America used to win in World War II.

Kay Morrison, Marian Wynn and Linda Faraday of Fairfield and Priscilla Elder of Pinole filled the iconic “Rosie the Riveter” role, doing industrial jobs traditionally done by men as the men fought overseas. They shared their stories Thursday at the Suisun City Veterans Memorial Building.

Wynn, Morrison and Elder worked at the Richmond shipyard.

“While you veterans were on the war front, we were on the home front trying to help you get home,” Morrison, 90, told the gathering. “That was our mission.”

Morrison was a welder and made $1.38 an hour – the same, she noted, as the men in the same position. Women need to make the same amount as men today, she said.

“I worked with a lot of fine people,” she said. “We were all unified. Unfortunately, we are not today.”

Wynn, 87, welded pipes for the ships and got paid $1 an hour on weekdays, $1.50 an hour on Saturdays and $2 an hour on Sundays. The extra pay for the weekend hours helped her support her family.

Elder, 94, came to California from Iowa to work at the Richmond shipyards as an electrician. Meanwhile, her husband served overseas under Gen. George Patton, taking part in such battles as the Battle of the Bulge.

Faraday, 93, learned to fly a small sea plane at the beginning of World War II.

“It made me feel qualified to work on airplanes,” she said, adding she’s not sure why she felt this correlation.

So she went to work on planes for the war effort, installing gearboxes into Grumman Wildcat fighter planes on Long Island. Work went from about 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, with quitting time shortened to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

“Most of our lives were in the factory,” she said.

Wynn, Morrison and Elder were honored in April in Washington, D.C., along with three other “Rosie the Riveters.” Among other things, they had breakfast with Vice President Joe Biden and went to the White House.

Then, in a surprise, President Barack Obama entered the room and sat next to Morrison. Morrison told him that she understood his grandmother was a “Rosie” and Obama said ‘yes’ and that he was so proud of her and that she ended up becoming vice president of a bank.

Morrison could relate. After the war, as the men came home, she could no longer get a welding job. She got a job at Bank of America in Oakland as a bookkeeper and safe deposit clerk and worked her way up to bank manager.

An Internet video and photos show Morrison welcoming Obama to the room with a hug and then a kiss to the lips.

“I hope Michelle forgives me,” she said.

The “Rosie the Riveters” spoke in Suisun City at an event hosted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Simmons-Sheldon Post 2333.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or beberling@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.
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  • Rich GiddensMay 23, 2014 - 7:13 am

    A government that fails to secure its borders is guilty of dereliction of duty. A government that fails to care for our men and women on the frontlines is guilty of malpractice. A government that puts the needs of illegal aliens above U.S. veterans for political gain should be prosecuted for criminal neglect bordering on treason. Compare, contrast and weep: In Sacramento, Calif., lawmakers are moving forward with a budget-busting plan to extend government-funded health insurance to at least 1.5 million illegal aliens. In Los Angeles, federal bureaucrats callously canceled an estimated 40,000 diagnostic tests and treatments for American veterans with cancer and other illnesses to cover up a decade-long backlog.

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  • BobMay 23, 2014 - 9:33 am

    Ladies, if I may say, THANK YOU! For your sacrifices you and yours made to give us what we have today

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