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"You wouldn't believe the prayers that were said down there for our boys." (Video interview, 48:35)

   Meda Montana Hallyburton Brendall
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Lula Barber, Meta Kres, and Brendall, outside welding shop at the Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyards. Baltimore, Maryland. 1942 [detail]
War: World War, 1939-1945
Service Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Status: Civilian
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As a single working mother during World War II, Meda Brendall could only read about the war in the Baltimore newspapers or watch newsreel reports when she went to the movies. That is, when she had time to go to the movies, for Brendall worked seven days a week as a shipyard welder. She took pride in her work, calling it a real art, and she took even more satisfaction out of knowing its significance in helping America to win the war. Her son, Paul Steppe, is also featured on this site, under Buddies, for his time as a Marine infantry corporal serving in Korea.

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Welding as an art. (01:32) Discipline as a working woman. (00:35) Taking her work seriously because it could mean saving a life. (02:56)
Dealing with an ill-mannered female colleague. (00:48) Getting recognized for her dedication. (02:06) Early interest in welding; its low social status. (03:26)
Women showing the world what they could do. (01:30) Dedication of workers to the war effort; volunteering to work with seniors. (04:04) Living on a tight wartime budget. (03:07)
Taking care of her elderly son. (03:02)  
  
 
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