Elma England, Interview by Rebecca Michaud, 14 March 2011
Elma England was raised in Grover, SC sixty miles from Charleston. During the war she moved
to Charleston to work in the Charleston Navy Yard as a welder. At the shipyard, England worked
on the USS Tidewater and she was on board during the destroyer's ceremonial launch on 30 June
1945. As someone who had worked her whole life, she found it easy to make the adjustment to
working at the shipyard. She was laid off after the war and went to work for the phone company.
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