World War II era WAVES - Meals and Eating



As with housing, the WAVES had an impact on Navy food. After it was noted that the traditional hearty service meals had an unhealthily expansive effect on women's physiques, Navy dining facilites were encouraged to add a broader selection of lower-calorie fare to the menu.

This page features views of World War II era WAVES' mealtime activities.

Images of World War II WAVES' Quarters & Meals


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Photo #: 80-G-K-3207 (Color)

Seaman 2nd Class Verona Livingston, USNR(W)

Stops for a helping of dessert from Ship's Cook 2nd Class William Barry, as she goes through a "chow" line at Naval Air Station, Norfolk, Virginia, during World War II.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives.

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Photo #: 80-G-K-14976 (Color)

WAVES trainees at "chow"

At Naval Training Center, Norman, Oklahoma, in February 1943.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives.

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Photo #: 80-G-1011869

Enlisted WAVES


Enjoy a meal at their mess hall, 22 September 1943.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives.

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Photo #: 80-G-297437

Ensign Frances Wills
(left)
and
Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Harriet Ida Pickens

Enjoy lunch following their graduation from the Naval Reserve Midshipmen's School (WR) at Northampton, Massachusetts, circa December 1944.
They were members of the school's final class, and were the Navy's first African-American "WAVES" officers.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives.

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Photo #: 80-G-27885

WAVES in New York City


Enlisted WAVES dining at their New York apartment hotel, 1943.
The menu bears the address: Hotel Bedford, 110 E. 40th Street. Its date is January 4, 1943.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives.

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Reproductions may be available through the National Archives

 


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