November 29, 2014

What Did You Do During The War Mom?

Yates, Davis and Huntley WW II era

 

Esther Bielmeir Boyd

Photo credit – Kitsap Sun

We live in a military community here in the Bremerton-Port Orchard area, and the history of our county is peppered with those who have worked at the Naval Shipyard.  This week one of our “Rosie the Riveters”, Pat King Harms was in the Kitsap Sun article written by Keeley Smith entitled – Calendar honors Port Orchard resident’s wartime shipyard work.

For the past three years The Washington Women in Trades website has offered for sale “The Rosie Legacy” calendar (I believe they still have some older issues) to the public.  This year’s theme is A Good Hand and Mrs. Harms is the June 2011 calendar girl.

The Moline Sisters

We had a “Rosie” in our family too. My aunt Jeane Moline Davis worked at a Tacoma shipyard as a riveter if my memory serves me correctly.  Aunt Jeane is on the far right in the photo from the WWII era above. My mom, Joan worked in a meat market during the war while my dad (her fiance at the time) was overseas.  Pretty sweet job for mom and her parents considering the meat rationing.  Mom and her coworker would deliver meat to one of the old Seattle restaurants, and they would take their own cut of meat along and the restaurant would cook it for them!  It was my aunt Joyce though that probably had the most dangerous job. She was an Army nurse and served in Europe on the front lines.

Women working at the Naval shipyard here is not just a thing of the past. Their numbers might have dwindled after the war was over, but they have grown again since and they now represent a good portion of the workforce.  These are women who get right down there and slog with their male counterparts in jobs like pipefitter, welder and electricians.

Thank you to Pat King Harms for your service to our country!

Kitsap Veterans Remember Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor attack

Pearl Harbor attack

They Remember

Kitsap County has a large military presence, with many veterans who settled here after their time in service.  Two months ago our local paper, the Kitsap Sun put out a request to the community for Pearl Harbor survivor’s to share their stories.

There was an excellent article in the paper today with some of the veteran’s stories, but their web page has actual interviews of twelve who are still living to enable them to tell their stories. I know watching interviews can be time consuming, but maybe you can watch one or two at a time and come back to watch more.

Thank you to all of our military who have served, or are presently serving.

Personally, I am so grateful to the Kitsap Sun for compiling these stories and sharing them with all of us. As the saying goes, “If we don’t learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it”.  Click on an interview and learn something today. :)  I did!

Lone Sailor Now In Place In Bremerton, WA

Lone Sailor Statue Arrives on Bremerton’s Waterfront

As the daughter of a Navy veteran of WWII, I am happy to see this statue going up on the waterfront here in Kitsap County, WA. Bremerton is a well-liked area for Naval personnel, as well as retirees and their families. Because of our temperate climate as well as a wealth of activities that include ocean fishing, skiing, hiking and any other kind of outdoor activity you can imagine, we have become a sort of destination city and county.

Would you like to show your appreciation for all of our troops serving in the military right now? Head on over to eMOM (eMail Our Military) and see how you can make a difference!

Source: Kitsap Sun news site

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