The distance from Warren to the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri is approximately 700 miles.
But that wasn't to far to keep Robert Youngquist from finally seeing his work.
Youngquist was one of approximately 250 welders, burners, machinists, fitters and laborers of the Union Boilermakers at the Pittsburgh-Des Moines steel fabrication ship in Warren responsible for the 900 tons of stainless steel, which at the time was the largest use of stainless steel on a single project, that has been the focal point of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial for the last 50 years.
The 900 tons is approximately 80 percent of the arch.
And even though the arch is pushing 50 years old, Youngquist was still thrilled to talk about the part he played.
"I worked for Pittsburgh-Des Moines on the St. Louis arch," he said. "I'm pretty proud of that."
The boilermakers built the arch in sections in Warren. Large base elements were constructed at Neville Island in Pittsburgh while union ironworkers assembled everything on site while other union craftsmen performed the electrical, plumbing, concrete and construction.
Youngquist spoke fondly of a 2012 trip that he took with his family to visit the arch. That trip was facilitated by the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers.
That trip was the first time Youngquist had seen the fruits of his labor.
"I was a burner," he explained, the same kind of work he completed while on the USS Sierra during World War II. "When I got back (from service in World War II), I was in the Pittsburgh-Des Moines. I was proud of working on the St. Louis arch. I burned steel in circles. They had a little machine that I used to burn circles...and different shapes and things."
His grand-daughter, Laurie Maxwell, who went on the trip with him, said that he didn't want to go inside. He just wanted to keep touching it."
"That was quite a thing," he said of the trip.