Stella Budich and Murat Ozkan

Stella Budich and Murat Ozkan

At the start of World War II, Stella Budich was a high school student in Philadelphia, living on the family farm. Both Stella and her mother decided to work at a nearby aircraft plant to earn extra money and support the war effort abroad. After the war, Firestone Tire and Rubber bought the plant and converted it to a tire manufacturing operation. Stella stayed at the facility and began training war veterans, later working to help create one of Firestone's first workers unions.


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