It was in 1943 when Dorothy Turnbull headed to boot camp at Hunter College. While she was there, they tried to discover what she could do in the Navy.
They interviewed you and tested you and did all of this with us. And marched around, and I enjoyed that. So as I would be interviewed, I realized I couldn’t say I wanted, I was – I was good in numbers, but I sure didn’t want to go to bookkeeping or storekeeping, or whatever they called it. I couldn’t imagine myself as selling anything or that storekeeping, you see (laughs). That’s what I thought it was. All I could do was talk and tell them about things I believed in. So they decided that that’s all I could do, and that’s what a recruiter does.
This photograph of Dorothy’s boot class comes from the collection of Dorothy Turnbull Stewart.