RICHMOND -- A month after their trip to Washington, D.C., the euphoria has not worn off for the former Kaiser shipyard workers who were recognized by the president and vice president on behalf of the women who stepped forward to serve their country during World War II.
Four of the six women who made the trip to the nation's capital were at the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park visitors center on Friday looking at photographs of the trip and discussing the sights they visited as VIP dignitaries invited by Vice President Joe Biden.
Phyllis Gould knows World War II would not have been won without the homefront efforts of women like her and her fellow real-life "Rosie the Riveters." Still, the 91-year-old former WWII shipyard welder told ABC News, "Truthfully, I always thought I would drift through my life invisible to anybody."
Phyllis Gould waited 12 years for the moment when she, one of the six original "Rosie the Riveters," made it to the White House.
Gould, 92, and her five fellow "Rosie the Riveters," who worked in a shipyard during World War II, were invited by Vice President Joe Biden Monday after a decades-long letter campaign by Gould that began when Bill Clinton was in office.
It couldn't have been a more exciting or jam-packed day for Phyllis Gould of Fairfax and four other Rosie the Riveters who Monday met President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden while visiting Washington, D.C.
Gould, 92, worked as a welder at the Kaiser Richmond shipyards during World War II and has been writing letters since 2008 petitioning elected officials to recognize the contributions of Rosies such as herself. Biden invited the Rosies to the White House in October.
The Rosies are finally off to Washington DC to get a "real hug" from Vice President Joe Biden.
The six elderly women from the Bay Area were sent off in style, with Virgin America rolling out the red carpet and donating premium cabin seats for their trip.
Phyllis Gould finally got her hug.
Not just any hug. And not just from anyone.
The 92-year-old Rosie the Riveter had been waiting a long time for the warm embrace she got Monday from Vice President Joe Biden.
"Oh my gosh, it was wonderful," Gould told reporters outside the White House, adding that she and her friends were invited to eat at Biden's home on Tuesday. "He came bursting out of a room and grabbed me. ...And then he hugged everyone. He's such a nice person. And fun."
To anyone who knows Phyllis Gould, it's no surprise that at age 92 she's making news. As a woman who's lived her life with fierce independence and fearlessness, her persistence in gaining recognition in the White House for female World War II defense workers is merely her latest exploit.
Gould is the organizer of a week-long trip to Washington, D.C., for a group of California "Rosie the Riveters," beginning this Saturday.
AFTER WRITING LETTERS to the White House for many years, Phyllis Gould of Fairfax and four other Rosie the Riveters are set to fly Saturday to Washington, D.C. to meet Vice President Joe Biden.
Gould, 92, worked as a welder at the Kaiser Richmond shipyards during World War II and has been writing letters since 2008 petitioning elected officials to recognize the contributions of Rosies such as herself. Biden invited the Rosies to the White House in October. The visit was made possible by a fundraising campaign that began late last year.
RICHMOND — Fundraising efforts have begun in earnest to send five women — including one from Fairfax — who served as defense workers in World War II to Washington, D.C., in April to meet Vice President Joe Biden.
The invitation was extended by Biden in a personal phone call in October after an extended letter-writing campaign of several years by Phyllis Gould, 92, a Fairfax resident who worked at the Kaiser Richmond shipyards during World War II.