The post to Hawaii was very desirable for some. And not everyone was selected for overseas duty.
After I was in the service for six months, I could sign up for overseas. My officer was Lt. Jerry Clays and he said, “Dottie, I know you have the time in, but I want a letter from your folks saying it’s OK to go overseas.” He said, “I want a letter from your folks giving permission for you to go overseas.” Well, by the time I got the letter back, and so forth, the war was over and so I never got to go overseas.
– Dorothy “Dottie” Anderson McDowll, WWII WAVE
This photograph shows WAVES leaving on their last stateside liberty before heading to Hawaii in January of 1945. It comes from the National Archives.