Meet Dorothy M. Croucher: Saginaw Township’s own ‘Rosie the Riveter’
SAGINAW TOWNSHIP, Mich. --On this Veterans Day, we are saluting a Saginaw Township woman who was a riveter.
She was also a cadet nurse during World War II.
Ninety-two years old and as spunky as can be, Dorothy M. Croucher or Rosie the Riveter sits in her Saginaw Township home full of life and full of memories.
Dorothy left her small town of Pinconning for Detroit after graduating high school.
"That's where the factories were and we knew we'd be able to get a job,” said Croucher.
Dorothy with her can-do attitude got a job and went to work in a factory, playing what she calls her part in the war.
"We did a lot of things for the airplanes,” said Croucher.
This firecracker didn't stop at factory work; at 21; she served as a cadet nurse during World War II.
"I got the orders to go to Indiana. Maryann, Indiana; It was a hospital community and there were over 2000 beds,” said Croucher.
There, she soon discovered was also the love of her life.
"So anyway, this guy comes down. He glances at me and I look him, and we turn away you know, bashful. He came down every day after that.”
The rest is history.
Dorothy was married to her late husband, Army Air Corporal Oscar for 70 years.
“Seventy years, and they were good years.”
After years of loving her husband and serving her country, what is this veteran going to do this Veterans Day?
"I think I'm going to spend it with my family quietly,” said Croucher.