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O'Neil Dillon and Ruth Hoffman: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project

Interviewee(s):
Dillon, O'Neil
Hoffman, Ruth
Interviewer(s):
Redman, Sam
Title:
O'Neil Dillon and Ruth Hoffman: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project
Abstract:
Born and raised in the Chicago area, Ruth Hoffman graduated from University of Chicago with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. In this interview, she discusses traveling to Iowa via bicycle before moving to Richmond, California to work in the Kaiser Shipyards, where she starts off as a welder only to become a teacher and eventually director of the Maritime Childcare center. She also discusses the work-environment of the shipyard, her experiences in the childcare center, the innovation of the shipyard health plan, and her life after WWII. O’Neil S. Dillon was born July 12, 1940 in Los Angeles. While his parents worked at the Kaiser Shipyards, he would stay at the childcare center under the care of Hoffman. Dillon also discusses his mother’s involvement with the Women’s Garment Movement, his father’s UC education, and his own pursuit of a career in Medicine.
Subject area(s):
Community and Identity
Commerce, Industry, and Labor
Interview date(s):
2011
Project:
Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front
Rights:
Dillon, O'Neil and Ruth Hoffman. "Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project." Interview by Sam Redman in 2011. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2013.