WAVE Patricia Farrington Siegner was based in Hawaii when the war ended:
At the end of the war I came off, we first went to this bar and had a drink (laughs) and then went onto the night watch. After we got off, we were required, mind you, having been on duty all night and watch, to be on regimental review! And I thought, “What in the world is this? It’s the end of the war!” Then they suddenly got very GI, what we called all-Nav. We used to call it all-Nav. We had to stand regimental review and we thought it was ridiculous.
This photograph is of a group of WAVES from Oregon stationed in Hawaii during World War II. It comes from the National Archives.