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10 Week Course

July 8, 2014


WAVES learned all sorts of things during the 10-week course in celestial navigation, which began in 1944. Here, Waneta Miller learns how to handle a sextant, an arced device used to measure distances between objects and altitude in navigation.

The photo comes from the National Archives.


Celestial Navigation

July 7, 2014


In 1944, the Navy began a new specialty: celestial navigation for Link trainer instructors. The 10-week course was held at the NAS Seattle, Washington.

In this photo, Ruthe Ingerslew, Patricia Baldwin, and Sally King study the earth’s rotation to, as the Navy put it, “the celestial sphere” (aka the stars).

It comes from the National Archives.

A Salute

July 6, 2014


A salute to end this Fourth of July weekend from WAVE Ruth Meyer.

The c. 1943 photograph comes from the National Archives.

Statue of Liberty

July 5, 2014


WAVES on liberty from boot camp in the Bronx, New York, visit the statue of liberty, c. 1943. It seemed an appropriate photo this Fourth of July weekend. Hope your holiday is fabulous!

The photograph comes from the National Archives.

Happy July 4th!

July 4, 2014


WAVE Mary Elizabeth Ways strikes a patriotic post in the 1943 photograph.

We we you and yours a happy and safe holiday!

July, 1943

July 3, 2014


Each month training facilities published their own newsletters. This is the July 1943 verision of Iowave, the base newsletter for the yeoman training facility at Iowa State Teachers College Cedar Falls.

It comes from the archives at the University of Northern Iowa.


July 1943

July 2, 2014


The July, 1943 edition of the WAVES Newsletter honors the WAVES 1-year anniversary.