World War II era WAVES
Recruiting and training



This page features views related to the recruiting of the Navy's World War II era WAVES, and provides links to views of their training.

Additional images of World War II WAVES Training

Overview of WAVES of World War II Overview and Special Images


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Photo #: 80-G-40692

"WAVES and SPARS Day", New York City


New WAVES and SPARS take the oath of enlistment in a ceremony held in front of New York City Hall, 8 February 1943.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives.

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Reproductions may be available through the National Archives

 
Photo #: 80-G-47025

Frances Wills
(left)
and
Harriet Ida Pickens

Are sworn in as Apprentice Seamen by Lieutenant Rosamond D. Selle, USNR, at New York City.
In December 1944, they became the Navy's first African-American "WAVES" officers.
Photograph released 16 November 1944.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives.

Online Image: 89KB; 590 x 765

Reproductions may be available through the National Archives

 
Photo #: 80-G-47027

Harriet Ida Pickens


Is sworn in as an Apprentice Seaman by Lieutenant Rosamond D. Selle, USNR, at New York City.
In December 1944, she became one of the Navy's first two African-American "WAVES" officers.
Photograph released 16 November 1944.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives.

Online Image: 73KB; 590 x 765

Reproductions may be available through the National Archives

 
Photo #: 80-G-40624

WAVES recruiting activities


Ensign May Herrmann talks to two young women concerning enlistment in the Navy Women's Reserve, at the Officer Procurement office, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 30 October 1942.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives.

Online Image: 107KB; 740 x 615

Reproductions may be available through the National Archives

 
Photo #: 80-G-360797

U.S. Naval Training School, Women's Reserve, The Bronx, New York


Twin sisters Ann Louise Budnick and Jule Louise Budnick talk with a WAVE, while en route to commissioning ceremonies for the school, located at Hunter College, 8 February 1943.
Note WAVES poster in the background.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives.

Online Image: 108KB; 610 x 765

Reproductions may be available through the National Archives

 


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