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Groups sending 'Rosie the Riveter' from Springfield to national convention

Lorette Wedlake worked in a factory making plans and parts for Browning Automatic Rifles in Massachusets during World War II. "They had all the plans and machine directions and all things like that for the BARs during the war," she recalled. (SBG)

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - Lorette Wedlake worked in a factory making plans and parts for Browning Automatic Rifles in Massachusets during World War II.

"They had all the plans and machine directions and all things like that for the BARs during the war," she recalled.

Wedlake went on to a 25-year career in the Navy as a building inspector. Now 88, she lives in Marquis Springfield.

But she's always kept in touch with other women who went to work on the homefront during the water - Rosie the Riveters - and their children, sometimes called Rosebuds.

"They kept our country running," said Derrick Landis, administrator at Marquis, "and in many ways were just as important as the gentlemen that were overseas fighting."

Now Wedlake will have a chance to attend the national Rosie the Riveter convention, thanks to the Vital LIfe Foundation and a group called Wish of a Lifetime.

"I've been all over the country, flying to work one place or another, but never anything so celebrative as this is," Wedlake said. "There will be other people that I know--and they're all Rosies or Rosebuds."

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