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The First Four: Women Chief Petty Officers:  WWII

1943 Raising the flag for the first time at U.S. Naval Training School (WR) in the Bronx, NY
Caption: 1943 Raising the flag for the first time at U.S. Naval Training School (WR) in the Bronx, NY

The First Four: Women Chief Petty Officers: WWII

 by James L. Leuci, MCPO, USN (Ret)

The pamphlet discusses recruitment of women in the Navy during World War II and the first four Chief Petty Officers appointed in the spring of 1944.  



To download the pamphlet please click on image above. 


Biography of James L. Leuci, ITCM, USN (Ret.)


Jim Leuci served in the Navy and Navy Reserve for forty-two years before retiring in May 2016. He was attached to Navy Reserve unit that supported the Navy History and Heritage Command between 2005 and 2016. He was recalled to active duty, for over two years, in 2014 to support the Navy Reserve Centennial.

Over the years, he has written articles on naval history that have appeared in All Hands Magazine, The Naval Reservist Magazine (TNR), and the Chief Petty Officer 365 Development Guide. He is the author of “A Tradition of Change CPO Initiations to CPO 365” and “Navy Women in Ships- A Deployment to Equality 1942-1982.” He was also a lead contributor for “Ready Then Ready Now Ready Always” a book on the history of the Navy Reserve as well as another book published by the U. S. Navy Memorial titled “History of the Chief Legacy of Excellence.”

Jim is also retired from NASA Langley Research Center where he was employed as a Computer Engineer for 30 years. He retired from NASA in January 2014 to in order to return to active duty with the Navy. Today, he still works as a volunteer at the Hampton Roads Naval Museum Annex on Naval Station Norfolk presenting naval history and heritage programs to active duty Sailors in support of Sailor 360 and CPO 365 Phase 2 education.

Jim and his wife Susan have been married for 39 years and reside in Hayes, VA, in Gloucester County.





Published: Tue Mar 30 12:24:03 EDT 2021