Saturday, May 29, 1943
Nineteen-year old Vera Anderson, a former waitress turned welder, won a national women’s welding championship. A pretty blue-eyed blonde, she represented the young women moving out of traditional Home Front roles. The war in Europe was nowhere near over but, given the success against the Japanese at Attu, everyone was calling for a new campaign in the Pacific. Memorial Day 1943, the second since America went to war, would be somber. It was a fitting time to call on more women to enlist in the war effort either on the Home Front or the fighting fronts.