A Happy Song

It wasn’t all work and no play for the WAVES in the initial training camps, which opened in fall of 1942.

Here, WAVES at the Stillwater, Oklahoma, Yeoman training school raise their voices in song as they gather around a piano.

The photograph comes from the National Archives.


Stillwater, OK

Yeomen (Navy parlance for secretaries) trained initially at Oklahoma A&M University in Stillwater (Iowa State Teacher’s College in Cedar Falls would later become a yeoman training facility after the Hunter College Boot Camp opened in February of 1943). In this photograph, an unidentified WAVE salutes while standing at attention at the Stillwater training camp.

It comes from the National Archives.