| Meda Montana Brendall
Lula Barber, Meta Kres, and Brendall, outside welding shop at the Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyards. Baltimore, Maryland. 1942 [detail]
|World War II, 1939-1946
Nez Perce, ID
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.