Joan Angel, author of “Angel of the Navy,” sends birthday greetings to the Cedar Falls boot camp on its first anniversary in Fall 1943. Her book was used as a recruitment tool during World War II.
Strike up the band! July 30, 1944 would be the 2nd anniversary of the WAVES, and the Navy sent out dozens of photographs to mark the occasion. We’ll take a look at some here on our blog in the days leading up to the anniversary.
This photograph comes from NAS Seattle, where the WAVES drum corps is marching to celebrate the day. It comes from the National Archives.
WAVE Gladys McCullough shows 2 visiting WAVES to NAS NOLA how a PRY gun turret works during the station’s open house for the WAVES second anniversary in 1943. It comes from the National Archives.
Visitors to the WAVES’ open houses were sometimes other WAVES. In this photo from the National Archives, visiting WAVES are shown how to prepare a “prop” for service, during the second anniversary celebrations at NAS New Orleans in 1943.
The open houses held in connection with the WAVES’ anniversary were designed to show people the extent of the work the women were doing. In this image, a WAVE shows her visitors the dental equipment. WAVES worked in Naval dental offices during the war. The photo of the second anniversary celebration at NAS New Orleans comes from the National Archives.
In this photo from the National Archives, two enlisted WAVES at NAS NOLA pack a parachute during an open house held as part of the WAVES 2nd anniversary celebration in 1942. Everyone in the audience is paying close attention to the audience, except for the little girl in the lower right, who noticed the presence of a camera.
Imagine being WAVE Harriet Stewart! She’s the woman on the hospital bed (lower right) under covers , playing “sick” for a demonstration during the open house at the first anniversary of the WAVES in 1943. The open house for invited guests by the WAVES hospital corps school. Ensign Dorothy Smith is addressing the class on the technique of giving proper care to a bed patient is delivered. The photo comes from the National Archives.
The WAVES anniversary celebrations offered more than just cake, marching and excursions for the women. WAVES also did informational displays for visitors during the anniversary, such as this in this National Archives photograph, where WAVE Anna Martinez shows visitors a photo mural made at NAS NOLA during open house on the WAVES second birthday in 1943.
This is the closest many WAVES got to being on board a ship during the war. WAVES weren’t allowed to serve overseas until early 1945, a year and a half after this image was taken. It’s of WAVES on an excursion out of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. The photo comes from the National Archives.
Another 1st WAVES anniversary nautical celebration in 1943, launched from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. A little different from the boast used in the Olympics, no? The photo comes from the National Archives.