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Mary Torres: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project

Interviewee(s):
Torres, Mary
Interviewer(s):
Farrell, Shanna
Title:
Mary Torres: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project
Abstract:
Mary Torres was raised in Donora, Pennsylvania in a Russian family. She moved to California to work in the shipyards when the war broke out, where she eventually settled. She talks about her early life, her desire to join the war effort, moving to CA without her parents knowing, getting a job at the McClellan Air Base, moving to Oakland to work as a welder in the Kaiser shipyards in Richmond, California, workplace safety, meeting her husband, raising children, and getting involved with the National Parks Service and RORI.
Subject area(s):
Community and Identity
Commerce, Industry, and Labor
Interview date(s):
2016
Project:
Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front
Rights:
Torres, Mary. "Mary Torres: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project." Interview by Shanna Farrell in 2016. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2016.