Getting the News

The Navy put out newsletters to keep the WAVES up to date. The newsletters at first started out quite simple – just a copied sheet or two of paper with a few sketches – but ultimately the publications became quite polished, featuring in-depth articles, photographs and even comics.

This newsletter was published in January of 1945. It was a national publication that was designed to go out to all WAVES regardless of where they served. The photo on a cover shows a WAVE working with sailors who are learning how to use pressurized masks for high-altitude flying.

The national newsletter focused on news of interest to any WAVE. But individual bases also put out newsletters, with location-specific information.

This newsletter is held in the Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project at the University of North Carolina Greensboro.


  1. Sareen R. Gerson says:

    I wrote for The Conning Tower as a WAVE member of the 15th Regiment at Hunter. Do you know where copies may be?

    Sareen R. (Epstein) Gerson

    1. Wow – what a great assignment as a WAVE! I’ve seen copies at Smith College, University of North Carolina Greensboro’s Betty H. Carter Women Veteran’s Historical Project ( and Radcliffe’s Schlesinger Library when doing research. Unfortunately, Lehman College (formerly Hunter College) really doesn’t have much in their archives. Kathleen (HH director).

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