Jacqueline “Jackie” Hinson – “Jackie the Riveter” (1923-2014)

IN HONOR OF THE MANY WOMEN WHO WORKED FOR VICTORY!

Veteran Voices

SONY DSCAs the train approached the station and came to a stop, Jackie and “Sug” stepped out onto the depot ramp in the legendary “Cow Town,” Fort Worth, Texas.  They were excited about the adventure of being on their own in the big city, which was quite a change from the rural life they were used to back in the piney woods of southeast Louisiana.

Jackie and Sug Hinson Jackie (l) and Sug (r) strolling in downtown Fort Worth

It was the summer of 1942 and World War II had engulfed the globe. Sisters Jackie and Sug (as in “Sugar”), my great-aunts, had recently finished training in Rayne, Louisiana to work in the newly built Consolidated Aircraft Corporation plant outside Fort Worth.  They would be helping to build “bombers,” — the new B-24 “Liberator” bomber, as well as the C-87 Liberator Express Transport.

The B-24 was to become the most produced military aircraft…

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About GP Cox

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on July 22, 2015, in Home Front, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 45 Comments.

  1. My Grandfather was on The USS New Jersey in WWII (Navy), and my dad was in the Korean War (Army), they both would have loved this page.

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    • I am sorry that I can not thank them myself for what they did for us. But I can include them in the Farewell Salutes, if you wish – simply give me their basic info as you see it here for other servicemen. I would be honored.

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  2. Ah.. ladies build the famous B24.

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  3. My Jackie’s maiden name was Rivett. We are told that comes from the ancestral occupation of rivetting Knights’ armour

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  4. Great article! Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Again shows the amazing changes that war brought about at all levels.
    (Someone has to say it!) A riveting tale!

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  6. Enjoyed reading the story and love first hand accounts!

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  7. Thanks to people such as Jackie and Sug, plants like these were vital in pumping up the economy in the Fort Worth, Grand Prairie and Arlington area as well as supporting the brave men and women who served and defended our country.

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  8. What a great story. I’m impressed with America for recognizing the natural resource that women were, despite tradition. What a world it was for them!

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    • I firmly believe that working like this helped many of them to survive the years away from their loved ones, by keeping them busy and not imagining the worst every minute of every day.

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  9. And Right in my own backyard – Fort Worth! I’m wondering if the Consolidated Aircraft Corporation is now called, Lockheed Martin – I’m off to read the post.

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  10. That’s quite an inspiring story of them, especially in that era! Off to reading the full version now.

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  11. I can imagine the excitement of the young girls.

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  12. Like Argus, I recall the ‘Rosie the Riveter’ propaganda film. Nice to have a touching personal story to balance that against, and a family recollection as well.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  13. I’m off to read the entire story but thanks for bringing it to us.

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  14. A beautiful real life record of a family’s participation in the war.
    Records like this , are what is handed down through family’s, a family legacy.
    A beautiful story and post.

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  15. Weird that Safari won’t (well, mine doesn’t) give you a ‘Like’ button this time—I had to revisit in another browser to get one.

    (It’s happened before—if you count likes for any reason you may be missing out on some.)

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    • I notice sometimes, the way you enter off of the Reader, the “Like” button is in the top-right of the page. This new-fangled program of theirs will take time for me to get used to too.

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  16. I only remember ‘Rosie the riveter’, I guess they had more than one (but Rosie had a better agent—got more publicity~!)

    As the guy above says, unsung heroes. (Dammit, I’m old and ugly enough to still use ‘heroines’ with a clear conscience) …

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    • The famous “Rosie” was basically a symbol for all the women who worked in a war-related job, but Rose Will Monroe who did work at Willow Run went on to do posters and was asked to star in a movie about “Rosie.” Hero or heroine – they did their part as a team.

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  17. Unsung heroes, in the UK there were many women working in munitions, building panes and tanks..The “Air Transport Auxiliary” makes for an interesting read.

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