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11/11/2013 03:40 pm ET | Updated Nov 11, 2013

Joe Biden Calls Phyllis Gould, Original 'Rosie The Riveter,' To Invite Her To White House For 'A Real Hug'

We know that Vice President Joe Biden is keen on making memorable phone calls to mark important milestones, and this Veterans Day was no exception.

On Monday, Biden phoned 91-year-old Phyllis Gould, one of the six original "Rosie the Riveters" that took on male-dominated trades during World War II. Gould had sent the vice president a letter expressing her interest in meeting him, saying a White House visit was the "last biggie" on her bucket list.

"I'd love to have you come to Washington," Biden said on the phone call.

"Well that'd be wonderful!" she replied.

Biden told Gould the story of his 1994 visit to the American cemetery at Normandy Beach, where he met a veteran who said the time-honored Rosies "enabled us to win this war."

"So I just want you to know that even on the 50th anniversary of the landing on Normandy Beach," Biden told Gould, "you had a staff sergeant, retired, who was wounded when he landed, giving credit to the people who deserved the credit -- you, and all the women who did what you did.

"So it would be my great honor to meet you, but I expect a real hug," he added.

"You'll get it," she said.

Listen to the phone call below:

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