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.
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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.READ MORE: Sharon Hill Borough Council Launches Independent Investigation Into Fatal Shooting Of 8-Year-Old Fanta Bility
“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.MORE NEWS: 19-Year-Old Man Killed In Double Shooting Inside Port Richmond Home, Police Say
Wilson was presented Wednesday with a framed photo of the Valley Forge, the ship she worked on so many years ago.