History Class, Podcasts, World War 2

A Real-Life “Rosie”

Image courtesy of the Library of Congress, original link here.

While Allied troops served around the globe in the Second World War, civilians served at home in dozens of ways—building and repairing ships, sewing uniforms, producing food, and keeping the factories going. In particular, the needs of the Home Front transformed the lives of many women, opening up a wide variety of employment opportunities.

A new museum exhibit just opened locally featuring artifacts related to the American Home Front sent up from the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. I’m already planning out how I can carve a visit into my current hectic schedule!

For today, however, I have a story of the Home Front to share with you told in the voice of someone who served on it.

Milka Bamond was a fairly typical young American woman when the Second World War shook her world. The daughter of immigrant parents, she was raised to value the liberties of her country, and when the chance came to help support the war effort, she took it.

Our American Stories shares an interview with her in which she tells about her wartime experiences, as well as what life was like after the war—as she and others like her had to adjust to a world that was forever changed.

Here is the link to Milka Bamond: The Real-Life”Rosie the Riveter.

Her story is about 38 minutes long, and well worth the listen. I hope you enjoy it if you get a chance to check it out!

10 thoughts on “A Real-Life “Rosie””

      1. Thanks for sharing your grandpa’s story. Wow! He was a man with some extraordinary gifts. I’m always impressed by people with those ‘engineer’ minds and that ability for precision.

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  1. I often wonder how that generation coped. Of course, they had no choice, but you do’t read too much about people whinging – they just got on with it. My mother had to move because my grandmother’s house got bombed, my father went overseas to fight and didn’t see my mum for several years, my uncle arrived in Singapore just in time to be taken prisoner by the Japanese – and these weren’t exceptional people. Well, they were to me – but you know what I mean. Millions of ’em, all over the world.

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    1. I think that’s why they’ve been dubbed “The Greatest Generation”- that attitude of taking what happened and carrying on is something that I know I hope I’d have in those situations, but I just can’t imagine…

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