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DONíT CALL ME ROSIE

 

The Women who Welded the LSTs

and the Men who Sailed on Them

 

a book by Kathleen Thomas

 

In 1941, Winston Churchill realized that if the Allies were to win the war, a new type of ship needed to be designed and constructed.  A ship that could land directly on the beaches of Africa and Europe and discharge troops and equipment.  This ship became the Landing Ship, Tank or LST.

 

But the United States was already at war and there was a shortage of men in the shipyards.  It was the women that went to the shipyards and built the LSTs.

 

These women were not riveters ó  they were welders.

 

These are the stories, remembered 60 years later, of the women welders who built the LSTs and the men who sailed on them.

 

Overview

The book includes women who worked in the shipyards in Pittsburgh; Evansville; Hingham; Jeffersonville; Seneca; Vancouver, WA; and Portland, Oregon.

The men's stories include eye witness accounts of Pearl Harbor, Exercise Tiger, the West Loch tragedy, Leyte, and kamikaze attacks. There is also a chapter on the Korean War LSTs.

The author, Kathleen Thomas, was inspired to write this book because her mother and two aunts worked as welders at the Dravo, Neville Island shipyard in Pittsburgh.

 

Photos

The book includes photographs of the following LSTs: 

 

1        289    470    738    867

170    313    471    742    919

237    349    472    743    922

286    456    642    827    1122

 

Men's Stories

The following menís stories are included in the book: 

LST  

Crewmember 

 

LST  

Crewmember 

 

 

     

LST 25

Cliff Kincaid

 

LST 607

L.F. Grove

LST 48

Ed Neubauer

 

LST 642

Vernon Beard

LST 127

Francis Hillibush

 

LST 742

Richard Arnold

LST 170

Lloyd Pace

 

LST 743

Lester Parker

LST 179

King Richeson

 

LST 830

John Massey 

 

Carlyle Harmer

 

LST 919

Melvin Smith

LST 312

Roger Noreen

 

 

Kenneth York  

LST 313

Peter Maurin

 

 

George Lewis

LST 349

William Johnson 

 

LST 962

Russ Kopplow

LST 477

Carlyle Harmer

 

LST 980

Art Hamilton

LST 507

Adelbert Sickley

 

LST 982

Adrian Albrecht

LST 511

Earl Minard

 

LST 1122

Major Thomas

LST 599

E.J. Goodfriend

 

 

 

        

 Also includes quotes by Dewey Taylor and Hichael Nedeff.

 

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