BY CAROLE TERWILLIGER MEYERS
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
The City of Richmond does not leap to mind when considering World War II heroes, but it, and many of its citizens, were just that.
Its well positioned waterfront location, combined with a deep-water harbor and abundant work force, made it the ideal spot to ramp up production of ships to fuel the war effort.
When visitors to a national park in California ask Betty Soskin what it was like on the home front during World War II, she doesn't have to consult the history books. She lived it.
Produced by Robert Garrova
Marian Sousa didn’t have to look very hard for her first job.
The U.S. government hired her right out of a drafting class at UC Berkeley and Sousa became a draftsman at Shipyard Number Three during WWII.
KQED's Forum First Person series learns from Ranger Betty Reid Soskin about her work at the Park. Listen to the full episode here!
93-year-old ranger Betty Soskin started her career at the age of 85, and gives guided tours at the Rosie the Riveter, World War II Home Front National Historical Park. TODAY's Sheinelle Jones reports.
The oldest national park ranger in the US tells us why she's proud of the second world war home front park in Richmond, just across the bay from San Francisco...
I settled in the greater Bay Area as a six-year-old in 1927. When I graduated from high school in 1938, my two opportunities for employment were working in agriculture or being a domestic servant. At that time, labour unions weren't racially integrated and, during the war, I worked as a clerk for the segregated boilermakers' union.
This episode of the Park Leaders Show felt like I was talking to history. Betty Soskin is the oldest park ranger in the United States. Betty is 93 years old.
Yes, that is impressive. But even more impressive is Betty did not become a park ranger until she was 85 years old.
There are now more than 2,000 additional artifacts to check out at the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park.
With the idea that small items can help explain the big picture, the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park on Friday announced the addition of more than 2,000 artifacts to its collection.