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Information on any Rosie the Riveters that may have worked on the USS Midway

  • 1.  Information on any Rosie the Riveters that may have worked on the USS Midway

    Posted 07-11-2020 08:37
    The USS  Midway (CV-41) will be celebrating its 75th birthday on September 10, 2020.  It was christened on September 10, 1945, at Newport News Shipyard.

    The MIdway served through Desert Storm in 1992 and is now the most popular ship museum in the United States.

    The Midway was decommissioned before women served on aircraft carriers so when people ask about women and the Midway, we can only respond that women were part of the group that built her.

    If any of you have any information about the women who worked at Newport News Shipyard during WWII and may have been connected with the USS Midway, we would really like to hear from you.

    Thanks,

    Pat Alderman
    USS Midway East Coast Volunteer



  • 2.  RE: Information on any Rosie the Riveters that may have worked on the USS Midway

    Posted 07-11-2020 13:14
    Correction: Tthe Midway was commissioned on September 10, 1945 in Norfolk, VA and christened on March 20, 1945 at Newport News Shipyard.

    Pat

    On Sat, Jul 11, 2020 at 8:37 AM Pat Alderman <pat.alderman@gmail.com> wrote:
    The USS  Midway (CV-41) will be celebrating its 75th birthday on September 10, 2020.  It was christened on September 10, 1945, at Newport News Shipyard.

    The MIdway served through Desert Storm in 1992 and is now the most popular ship museum in the United States.

    The Midway was decommissioned before women served on aircraft carriers so when people ask about women and the Midway, we can only respond that women were part of the group that built her.

    If any of you have any information about the women who worked at Newport News Shipyard during WWII and may have been connected with the USS Midway, we would really like to hear from you.

    Thanks,

    Pat Alderman
    USS Midway East Coast Volunteer






  • 3.  RE: Information on any Rosie the Riveters that may have worked on the USS Midway

    Posted 07-13-2020 10:18
    Wow, mention of Midway brings back memories.

    I was stationed in the Philippines in early 1970s and, regarding women in the service, was on hand when the first women, as all of us believed at the time,  were stationed at NAVCOMMSTAPHIL. Probably 1972. They were 'communicators' as I was and would have have been involved in communicating with ships in the Pacific, South China Sea, and Tonkin Gulf, one of which was the Midway... oh so many years ago.

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    Donald Welch
    Research Librarian
    Amberton University
    (972) 279-6511
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  • 4.  RE: Information on any Rosie the Riveters that may have worked on the USS Midway

    Posted 07-13-2020 10:43
    This great information.  Thanks so much for taking the time to respond.

    Pat





  • 5.  RE: Information on any Rosie the Riveters that may have worked on the USS Midway

    Posted 07-17-2020 10:39
    Not to beat a subject shamelessly, but I was talking with twin - yes, I are one of those - and he told me he'd been paired in a round of golf recently with a man who'd worked for the government, as brother had, was in the Navy, as brother was, and had served on the Midway, as brother had.  Until he related that to me, I clearly had forgotten that brother was stationed on Midway.  We had been sent together to NAVCOMMSTAPHIL but he was a 'ditty-chaser' - or specialist in reading dots and dashes ala Morse - so he spent most of tour in Philippines with one after another of the ships at sea, one of which was the MIdway.   {:>)

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    Donald Welch
    Research Librarian
    Amberton University
    (972) 279-6511
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  • 6.  RE: Information on any Rosie the Riveters that may have worked on the USS Midway

    Posted 07-17-2020 10:46
    Thanks for the follow-up.  I've forwarded your email to librarians who are on the ship and they will probably look your brother up and send you the information they have on him if you don't mind giving us your brother's name.  You can send it to me personally if you do not want to put it on the discussion list.  Obviously, your choice.

     Thanks

    Pat