Agnes Moore

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“When I became a welder I never thought it would lead to so much recognition at this stage of my life.”

-Agnes Moore
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Agnes displays a souvenir canvas bag with the “We Can Do It” slogan that was adopted by people working on the war effort back in the 1940’s. Note photo of Agnes with President Obama in the background.

 

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Agnes is shown displaying her Certificate of Congressional Special Recognition as well as a photo of her with some other “Rosies” in the Oval Office with President Obama & VP Biden.

 

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Agnes collected a lot of commemorative medals during her whirlwind visit to Washington DC in April of 2014. One of the highlights of her visit was having a meal with VP Biden and his wife in their home.

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2,751 Liberty ships were built in the early stages of WWII. Many of them came out of four ship building yards in Richmond, CA. Henry J. Kaiser (builder of the Hoover Dam and the Bay Bridge) took charge of the project. Using new manufacturing techniques these vessels could be produced in about 3 weeks. One of the biggest changes was to replace much of the riveting with welded seams. This new practice of welding decreased labor costs and required fewer skilled workers. This is where the “Rosies” came in. Nick-named “Ugly Ducklings”, the original ships were designed and used to carry supplies to help England in the war effort. They were later used to carry troops as well. The names of the ships were chosen by any group which raised war bonds worth $2 million or more. Most bore the names of deceased people.

All photos courtesy of Hetta Malone – Resident of Rossmoor Walnut Creek

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