The real "Rosies". Kay Thackston, left assembled C-47 & C-54 cargo ships in Chicago while Helmi Juntunen Mc Hardy readied P-47 Thunderbolts for the wartime skies. Both worked long hot days in unairconditioned assembly plants taking salt pills to stay hydrated. Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
With literally 100s of WWII vets and their families on hand throughout the day, Pinscher's was the seat of not just an iconic contest but of living history too. With vets ranging to over 90 years old, authentic stories of the D Day invasion with its horrors, the brutal conditions at the Battle of the Bulge and the sweltering atmosphere of wartime factories where real ''Rosie the Riveters' assembled our machines of freedom were shared.
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