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US Naval Women's Reserve - The WAVES - World War II

Women Accepted for Vounteer Emergency Service or WAVES was part of the United States Naval Reserve during World War II. Established by Congress in July 1942, it authorized the US Navy to accept women into the Naval Reserve as commissioned officers or enlisted personnel.

The GG Archives has collected a number of books, brochures, and other ephemera on or about the WAVES and women serving in the United States Navy from World War II onwards.

Facts About The WAVES and SPARS

Facts About The WAVES and SPARS

The WAVES is an organization of women whose job is to replace Navy men at shore stations. The SPARS is an organization of women whose job is to replace Coast Guard men at shore stations. Discusses where you will serve, how you will live, Pay, and "Navy blue uniforms designed by the famous stylist Mainbocher to flatter every figure." (1943)

Serve Your Country InThe WAVES or SPARS

Serve Your Country InThe WAVES or SPARS

To every woman who wants a part in winning this war

Never in history have American women been offered such a chance to serve their country. Never has there been such an urgent need for their service. (1943)

Story of You In Navy Blue (The WAVES)

Story of You In Navy Blue (The WAVES)

The story of you in Navy blue is the story of the thousands of other women who serve their country and their flag as part of the United States Navy. (1944)

WAVES Quarters D

WAVES of Quarters D : Pass In Review

Lavishly illustrated brochure created in 1945 provides an incredible photographic record of the WAVE activities and life in Washington DC at WAVES Quarters D. The Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service were definately a "Pass in Review." (1945)

Women's Reserve Separation Information Pamphlet

Women's Reserve Separation Information Pamphlet

A job accomplished, a victory won. As WAVES have accepted their responsibilities as citizens in a nation at war, so may they contribute their efforts to the fullest in building a world at peace. Good luck and Godspeed. (1945P

Welcome to the Navy - Women at Orlando Naval Training Center

Welcome to the Navy - Women at Orlando Naval Training Center

This 1978 brochure offers a glimpse of life at the Orlando Naval Training Center in the late 1970s before women were allowed to serve on most ships except for submarines. (1978)

WAVES

1946-05 WAVES News Letter

The May 1946 issue of the WAVES News Letter marks the publication of the thirty-sixth and final issue. Published by the Women's Reserve office in BuPers since April 1943 for the information and interest of all WAVES.

May 1946 Final Issue (NAVPERS 15,002)

Front Cover, Great Lakes USNTC "The Compass" 1954 Company 23W.

1954 Bainbridge Company 23W Boot Camp Book (WAVES)

  • Company Commander: M. Carver, RM1
  • Women Graduating: 38
  • Date Graduated: 27 September 1954
  • Supplemental Content: Listing and Photographs of WAVE Instructors at Bainbridge NTC.
Front Cover, Bainbridge USNTC "The Portal" 1955 Company 18W

1955 Bainbridge Company 18W Navy Boot Camp Book (WAVES)

Company Commander: E H. Walther, DKCA

Women Graduating: 71

Date Graduated: 3 October 1955

Extras: Photos of Boot Camp Life for the WAVE Company 18(W); Newspaper Clipping of Honor Medal Winners Listing Honormen for Companies 332-361 and 18(W); Photo of Capitolie A. Sutton, SR, Co. 1955-18(W) Receiving Honor Certificate; and Photo of Presentation of American Spirit Honor Medal to SR C. A. Sutton, USN.

 

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