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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.

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Flag Day

June 14, 2019

June 14th is Flag Day, the day celebrating the adoption of the U.S. Flag in 1777 by the Second Continental Congress. It was officially established in 1914 via a proclamation by President Woodrow Wilson and was reaffirmed by an Act of Congress in 1949.

Flag Day isn’t an official federal holiday, but it is a state holiday in Pennsylvania (the only state to recognize Flag Day as a holiday).

This photograph shows the retreat ceremony at the WAVES Yeoman School in Cedar Falls. It comes from the Naval History and Heritage Command.

Happy Flag Day!

All Aboard the Mighty Mo!

June 9, 2019
WAVES onboard USS Missouri.
Courtesy National Archives

The USS Missouri, or Mighty Mo as it was commonly referred to, is visited by a group of WAVES in the above photograph. The Mighty Mo is arguably the most renown of the Navy’s WWII fleet, as it was the place of Japan’s surrender at the war’s conclusion.

Interstellar Intent, pt. 2

June 4, 2019
WAVES in spacecraft.
Courtesy National Archives

These students at the NAS in Seattle, Washington are learning their way around a spacecraft prototype. Some out-of-this-world activity for WWII!

Interstellar Intent, pt. 1

May 31, 2019
WAVES studying astronomy.
Courtesy National Archives

In the Trainer Operators and Maintenance Schools at the Naval Station Puget Sound, these WAVES are learning the ins and outs of interstellar travel. During a 10-week course, the women will study the fundamentals of astronomy, like the WAVES studying the Earth’s relation to the celestial sphere in the above photograph.

Memorial Day

May 27, 2019

On this Memorial Day, we offer a salute to the men and women who have served, and those who have died in service to our country.

This photograph, circa 1943, shows WAVES at Hunter College in the Bronx, New York, saluting the flag. It comes from the National Archives.

Stunning Views!

May 23, 2019
WAVE barracks in Virginia.
Courtesy National Archives

Pictured is the Henderson Hall Women Marines’ barracks in Arlington, Virginia. Looks like a fine piece of real estate! The barracks are essential to bonding in any military organization, bringing the feeling of home right to the base.