By CBS3 Staff

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A member of the Greatest Generation was honored Wednesday for her efforts during World War II. Ninety-nine-year-old Ruth Wilson returned to Dry Dock 5 at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for the first time since the end of the war.

Wilson was one of 600,000 African-American “Rosie the Riveters.”

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Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, she became a sheet metal specialist at the Navy Yard, helping build the U.S.S. Valley Forge aircraft carrier.

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“American women, most decidedly, but for all women, it opened doors because women didn’t work then. they would’ve never thought of doing it until World War II. Today is like a homecoming, so excited to see. Everything is different, but I’m back at Dry Dock 5,” she said.

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Wilson was presented Wednesday with a framed photo of the Valley Forge, the ship she worked on so many years ago.