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Honorable Mention, pt. 2

July 17, 2019
WAVES rally, D.C.
Courtesy National Archives

With over ten thousand enlisted women and officers present, the women march over the hill to the Sylvan Theater for their rally on the second anniversary of the WAVES program.

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Honorable Mention, pt. 1

July 12, 2019
Mildred McAfee speech, second anniversary WAVES.
Courtesy National Archives

WAVES Director Mildred McAfee and Naval Commander in Chief, Ernest J. King, start of the ceremonies for the second anniversary of the WAVES program. The rally is held at the foot of the Washington Monument in D.C.

Talk About a Carry-On

July 8, 2019
WAVES packing seabags.
Courtesy National Archives

WAVES Ava Barton and Marcella Fisher are instructed on efficient and proper packing from Lt. Margaret Kuechle. They are preparing for overseas shipment — now that’s gotta be a packing list.

The Ladies with Lady Liberty

July 4, 2019
WAVES with Statue of Liberty.
Courtesy National Archives

In honor of the Fourth of July, here’s a photo of some of the brave women who fought for freedom during WWII with the most recognizable symbol of that freedom in the world: The Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor, New York.

Making Waves in the WAVES

June 29, 2019
First two African American WAVES.
Courtesy National Archives

Lt. Rosamond D. Sells, of the U.S. Naval Reserve, swears the first African-American WAVES into the Navy in New York, New York. Miss Frances Willis and Miss Harriet I. Pickens are sworn in as apprentice seamen.

The Pearls of Pearl Harbor

June 23, 2019
WAVES pose in Hawaii.
Courtesy National Archives

This group of WAVES just arrived to Pearl Harbor. While enjoying their Hawaiian deployment, they are also essential to the function of the U.S.’ largest naval base west of California. Mahalo, WAVES!

Weapons Check

June 18, 2019
WAVE checking 20mm gun.
Courtesy National Archives

Ens. Mary F. Waters, a material officer, examines one of the 20mm guns aboard a ship harbored in Bethleham-Hingham, Massachusetts. Her job is instrumental in the maintenance and upkeep of the Navy’s weaponry and ordnance.