Rosie the Riveterby Representative Richard M. Nolan
Posted on 2015-02-11
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Mr. NOLAN. Mr. Speaker, I rise to recognize LaVonne Feichtinger
Ostergaard of Hoyt Lakes, Minnesota. She was one of the thousands of
women throughout America who served as a ``Rosie the Riveter'' during
World War II when she went to work for 50 cents an hour at the Char-
Gale plant in St. Cloud. She operated as a riveter building planes. Her
job was riveting the fuselage and wings on the outside of the aircraft
for planes designed to carry cargo, personnel, patients and mechanized
equipment and to drop cargo and troops by parachute. It was by no means
a clean or quiet working environment. Mrs. Ostergaard never won any
medals for her service, but I call upon all Members to remember how so
many women--from small towns and big cities alike--stepped forward when
they heard the call for workers to serve as riveters, buckers, sanders,
welders, crane operators, bus drivers, uniform makers, bullet makers,
parachute folders, clerical workers, shipyard workers, assembly line
workers, Red Cross workers and more.
These women probably never imagined they would answer the call to do this kind of work, but it was a time in our nation's history when everyone needed to pull together with their motto of ``We pull better if we pull together.'' Those who served on the home front are often unrecognized, as after the war, they quietly returned to the routine of raising children, helping on the home farm or the family business.
According to the American Rosie the Riveter Association, of which Mrs. Ostergaard is a member, they came together for one purpose--to help win the war. They built 80,000 landing craft, 100,000 tanks, 300,000 aircraft, 15,000 guns and 41,000,000,000 rounds of ammunition. It was a massive accomplishment and our nation owes these outstanding women our deepest gratitude.