Captain Joy Bright Hancock, USN (1898-1986)
Later, Mrs. Ralph A. Ofstie



Joy Bright Hancock returned to the Bureau after attending Foreign Service School and obtaining a private pilot's license. For more than a decade before World War II and into the first year of that conflict, she was responsible for the Bureau's public affairs activities. In October 1942, she was commissioned a Lieutenant in the new Women's Reserve (WAVES). She initially served as WAVES representative in the Bureau of Aeronautics and later in a similar position for the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Air), rising to the rank of Commander by the end of the War.

In February 1946, Commander Hancock became the Assistant Director (Plans) of the Women's Reserve and was promoted to WAVES' Director, with the rank of Captain, in July of that year. She guided the WAVES through the difficult years of Naval contraction in the later 1940s and the expansion of the early 1950s, a period that also saw the Navy's women achieve status as part of the Regular Navy. Captain Hancock retired from active duty in June 1953. The next year, she married Vice Admiral Ralph A. Ofstie and accompanied him on his 1955-56 tour as Commander, Sixth Fleet. Following her husband's death in late 1956, she lived in the Washington, D.C., area and in the Virgin Islands. She died on 20 August 1986.

This page features portrait views of Captain Joy Bright Hancock and provides links to informal images of her.

Additional images of Joy Bright Hancock Informal Views


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Photo #: NH 94945-A

Yeoman First Class (F) Joy Bright, USNRF


Photographed in February 1918, while serving tn the Office of the Naval Superintendent of Construction, New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey.

Courtesy of Captain Joy Bright Hancock, USN (Retired).

NHHC Collection

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Photo #: 80-G-40428

Lieutenant Commander Joy Bright Hancock, USNR


Photographed circa 1943.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

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Reproductions of this image may also be available through the National Archives photographic reproduction system.

 
Photo #: 80-G-435203

Captain Joy Bright Hancock, USN
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Assistant Chief of Naval Personnel for Women

Photographed circa 1951.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

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Reproductions may be available through the National Archives

 
Photo #: NH 49392-KN (Color)

Captain Joy Bright Hancock, USN

Portrait by David Komuro, Washington, D.C., circa 1953

Courtesy of the Navy Art Collection, Washington, DC.

NHHC Collection

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Photo #: NH 93599-KN (Color)

Captain Joy Bright Hancock, USN

Portrait in evening dress uniform, by David Komuro, 1955.

Courtesy of the Navy Art Collection, Washington, DC. Donation of Captain Joy Bright Hancock.

NHHC Collection

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