Marina Metevelis

Rosie the Riveter / TCC Educator

Marina Metevelis answered the call to defend the United States as one of the iconic bandanna-clad Rosie the Riveters. Marina was sixteen when Pearl Harbor was bombed in 1941—an event that inspired her to apply for a job at the Wichita aircraft plant where the B-17 Flying Fortresses met the wings that carried them into battle. She became a Rosie the Riveter her senior year in high school. When Marina was a kid, she spent summers in Tulsa visiting her uncles. They were 32nd Degree Masons…and so were the oil barons. During those visits, she met all of the oil barons—thus her knowledge of Tulsa’s history and the tunnels in its historic downtown. She became a tour guide through those famous tunnels in 1992. Marina was also a librarian at Tulsa Community College (TCC) and later served as Director of The Heritage Center at TCC.

Marina was born in Wichita, Kansas in 1924.

Interview with Marina Metevelis

Program Credits:
Marina Metevelis — Interviewee
John Erling — Interviewer
Mel Myers — Announcer

Honest Media
Mel Myers — Audio Editor

Müllerhaus Legacy Website Team
Douglas Miller — Art Director
Mark DeMoss — Webmaster
Laura Hyde — Upload Coordinator

Date Created: October 20, 2011

Date Published: March 21, 2018

Notes: Recorded by John Erling in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Digital Audio Sound Recording, Non-Music.

Tags: President Harry Truman, KKK, Amelia Earhart, Boeing, Aviation, B-17, Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Burch Mayo, Waite Phillips, Skelly, Oral Roberts, Harry Sinclair, Tulsa Community College, Tulsa Junior College, World War II (WWII), Pearl Harbor (December 7, 1941), Rose the Riveter