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All Aboard the Mighty Mo!

June 9, 2019
WAVES onboard USS Missouri.
Courtesy National Archives

The USS Missouri, or Mighty Mo as it was commonly referred to, is visited by a group of WAVES in the above photograph. The Mighty Mo is arguably the most renown of the Navy’s WWII fleet, as it was the place of Japan’s surrender at the war’s conclusion.


Interstellar Intent, pt. 2

June 4, 2019
WAVES in spacecraft.
Courtesy National Archives

These students at the NAS in Seattle, Washington are learning their way around a spacecraft prototype. Some out-of-this-world activity for WWII!

Interstellar Intent, pt. 1

May 31, 2019
WAVES studying astronomy.
Courtesy National Archives

In the Trainer Operators and Maintenance Schools at the Naval Station Puget Sound, these WAVES are learning the ins and outs of interstellar travel. During a 10-week course, the women will study the fundamentals of astronomy, like the WAVES studying the Earth’s relation to the celestial sphere in the above photograph.

Memorial Day

May 27, 2019

On this Memorial Day, we offer a salute to the men and women who have served, and those who have died in service to our country.

This photograph, circa 1943, shows WAVES at Hunter College in the Bronx, New York, saluting the flag. It comes from the National Archives.

Stunning Views!

May 23, 2019
WAVE barracks in Virginia.
Courtesy National Archives

Pictured is the Henderson Hall Women Marines’ barracks in Arlington, Virginia. Looks like a fine piece of real estate! The barracks are essential to bonding in any military organization, bringing the feeling of home right to the base.

P-Mail!, pt. 2

May 22, 2019
WAVE training passenger pigeon.
Courtesy National Archives

In the above photograph, WAVE Ethel Haberman fixes a message on to her latest trainee and preps it for takeoff. If only it knew it was carrying the weight of the war upon its wings.

P-Mail!, pt. 1

May 18, 2019
WAVE training pigeons.
Courtesy National Archives

Messenger pigeons were an invaluable form of communication during the first and second World Wars. It was crucial that these birds be highly trained, highly motivated, and highly fed!