Phillip Dresser

– Wilmington, NC
Worker at the Wilmington Shipyard

This Leland native went to work building Liberty Ships at the Wilmington Shipyard in 1942 at age 17. There he worked on anchors, rudders, big booms — anything and everything outside of the machinery room. He saw launches, including the Zebulon Vance, the very first ship to roll off the fast-paced assembly lines. Later Dresser worked on faster and improved Victory Ships.