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Rose Lesslie: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project

Interviewee(s):
Lesslie, Rose
Interviewer(s):
Redman, Sam
Title:
Rose Lesslie: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project
Abstract:
Rose Lesslie was born in Oakland to immigrant parents from Croatia. Her parents soon moved to Mountain View, where she spent much of her childhood during the Great Depression. Her father found a job as a gardener at Stanford University and her mother worked in agriculture, picking and sorting apricots with her children as soon as they could stand. When the war started, she found work at Moffett Field – a major center for military blimp and balloon operations. She describes her hiring as an underage young woman, meeting her future husband at the base, training and working on military blimps. This interview also includes recollections of sexual harassment in the workplace. Her interview details recollections about blackouts, bombing raid safety drills, and Japanese American relocation. Following the war, she briefly relocated to the east coast before permanently returning to California, finding work at Hiller Aircraft where she helped manufacture helicopters primarily for the military.
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:
Lesslie, Rose. "Rose Lesslie: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project." Interview by Sam Redman in 2012. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2012.