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At the Helm at Smith

September 30, 2012

Captain Herbert Underwood, who was the chief commanding officer of the Smith College training facility for WAVES Officers. He was a graduate of the Naval Academy who the Navy recalled from retirement during World War II specifically to help coordinate and train the new WAVES.

He took to his new duties with humor and creativity and by all accounts was highly respected by the women he supervised. After handling one unusual request (the marriage between two Navy officers) he noted: “Uncharted waters. Proceed with caution.”

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