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Mary K. Cohen: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project

Interviewee(s):
Cohen, Mary K.
Interviewer(s):
Dunham, David
Title:
Mary K. Cohen: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project
Abstract:
Mary Cohen describes her childhood in the Bronx during the Depression and her experiences doing home front war work during World War II as a riveter for Grumman in New Jersey. She recounts her siblings’ disabilities and the deaths of her parents after working in difficult times. Mary recalls the start of the war, rationing, her work alongside her sister as a riveter. Mary moved to California during the war and joined the Army, serving as a recruiter. Near the end of the war, Mary worked on B-29s in Arizona, continuing her lifelong love of airplanes and flying.
Subject area(s):
Community and Identity
Commerce, Industry, and Labor
Interview date(s):
2012
Project:
Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front
Rights:
Cohen, Mary K. "Mary K. Cohen: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project." Interview by David Dunham in 2012. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2012.