Galesburg’s own “Rosie the Riveter” celebrated her 100th birthday Friday with a parade of cars, cards and a big sign people sent her.
As troops went off to fight in World War II, Gertrude “Trudy” McCord stayed behind and worked as a “Rosie the Riveter” in California. McCord assembled B-24 bomber planes in California.
“She says she’s going to die when she’s 100,” her daughter, Lorraine Dundon said to News 8 in 2019.
“Then my daughters were like ‘Well, we got to make this the best year of your life.’”
McCord celebrated her 100th birthday at Seminary Village in Galesburg.