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Work It!

August 24, 2019
WAVE modeling new uniform.
Courtesy National Archives

Storekeeper 3rd Class, Sharlene Osler, models the new uniforms for the Women’s Reserve. The new stitches consist of dungaree slacks and a chambray shirt, replacing the present aviation coverall worn by the members of the Reserve.

Classic Computing

August 19, 2019
WAVE checking IBM computer.
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In the above photograph, the WAVE operator of the International Business Machine is seen inputting data into the computer. WWII was seminal in the development of the modern computer, the military was at the cutting edge of computer processing for most of the 20th century.

Oh, How the Times Have Changed!

August 14, 2019
WAVES posing with WWI Veteran.
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Mrs. Sadie Flay Yeomanette of WWI compares her old uniform to that of the WAVES and SPARS of the present conflict during a recruiting tour in Arizona. I think it’s clear who has the better gear of the two.

Hosting a Hospitable Hospital

August 9, 2019
WAVES hospital lecture.
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The WAVES hospital corps schools holds an open house for invited guests on their first anniversary in Bethesda, Maryland. In the above photograph, a lecture on the technique of giving proper care to a bed patient is delivered by Ens. Dorothy Smith — Harriet Stewart has the enviable assignment of playing the patient.

Say Cheese!

August 4, 2019
WAVES photographer taking photo.
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Naval photographer, Ruth Edith O’Brien, is pictured above taking a ‘snap’ of some of the activity at the Naval Air Station in Quonset, Rhode Island. Gotcha!

A Year in Review

July 30, 2019
Knox and McAfee celebrate WAVES anniversary.

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Secretary of the Navy, Frank Knox, and Lt. Comdr. Mildred H. McAfee, celebrate the anniversary of the WAVES program with a group of enlisted WAVES on July, 30 1943. With a year under their belts, the WAVES had cause for celebration – but the war was not over yet.

Aquatic Activities

July 26, 2019
WAVES swimming at WAVES Quarters D.
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These WAVES are celebrating the second anniversary of the founding on July 30, 1944 with some cool R&R. Two may be company, but three make a boat for this backstroking trio in WAVES Quarters D, Washington D.C.

National Ice Cream Day!

July 21, 2019
WAVES eating ice cream, WAVES Quarters D.
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In honor of National Ice Cream Day, here is a WAVE and Navy sailor checking out what the service store has to offer in WAVES Quarters D. Please enjoy responsibly.

Honorable Mention, pt. 2

July 17, 2019
WAVES rally, D.C.
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With over ten thousand enlisted women and officers present, the women march over the hill to the Sylvan Theater for their rally on the second anniversary of the WAVES program.

Honorable Mention, pt. 1

July 12, 2019
Mildred McAfee speech, second anniversary WAVES.
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WAVES Director Mildred McAfee and Naval Commander in Chief, Ernest J. King, start of the ceremonies for the second anniversary of the WAVES program. The rally is held at the foot of the Washington Monument in D.C.