World War II Home Front

On Aug. 15, 2015, Elinor Otto, 95, an original “Rosie,” stands next to the newly dedicated Rosie the Riveter Memorial statue (left) at Marina Bay Park in Richmond, California. Elinor was a riveter during WWII and then returned to the job she loved in 1951. After riveting every C-17 delivered to the U.S. Air Force (USAF), she was laid off in 2014 at the age of 94 so she retired. She set the record for the longest working Rosie the Riveter! In 2017, Elinor was awarded the Air Force Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award and took her first ride in a C-17. (Photo: Redwood Educational Technologies).

Cornelia Fort (1919-1943): WAFS Pilot

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Photo Above: Cornelia Fort (U.S. Air Force photo) Nov. 17, 2021 – Early on Dec. 7, 1941 in Honolulu, Hawaii, Cornelia Fort, 22, was doing...

July 15, 1941: First Contract for the Jeep is Awarded

STORY SNAPSHOT 1. On July 15, 1941, Willys-Overland signed a contract with the U.S. Army to make vehicles. The Army needed a four-wheel, small truck...

March 31, 1941: Rosie Begins Riveting

STORY SNAPSHOT On March 31, 1941, 25 women began their skilled jobs at a Vultee airplane factory, a factory making planes for the U.S. Army...

Tuskegee Airmen Defined by Excellence and Extraordinary Perseverance

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STORY SNAPSHOT • Harold Brown was born in 1924 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. ...

The Mold in Dr. Florey’s Coat was Penicillium

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STORY SNAPSHOT Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in England in 1928. It was a substance produced by the mold, Penicillium. He was a doctor at St....

Betty Bishop Attends “Miss Betty” Dedication

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STORY SNAPSHOT Betty Webster graduated from high school in 1943 in Tidioute, Pennsylvania. As soon as she turned 18 years old, she boarded a bus...

USS Iowa Construction Marked Early Days of the Arsenal of Democracy

Four mighty, Iowa-class battleships were built during World War II. First authorized in 1938 through the Second Vinson Act passed by Congress,...
Hand sanitizer production line at Coppercraft Distillery in Holland, Michigan (Photo: Courtesy of Coppercraft Distillery)

Full Force of American Spirit – and Spirits – Hitting COVID-19

March 26, 2020 - Businesses large and small are stepping up to help solve shortages of vital medical equipment and supplies needed by...

Meet Irene: from Holocaust to Hope and Her Journey to America...

STORY SNAPSHOT Irene Hasenberg was born in Berlin, Germany on Dec. 11, 1930. John, her father (Pappi), served in the German military during World War...

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Commemorative Air Force – Airbase Georgia