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80-G-47025 Frances Wills Harriet Ida Pickens

Photo #: 80-G-47025  Frances Wills Harriet Ida Pickens
Description: Photo #: 80-G-47025 Frances Wills(left) and 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, now in the collections of the National Archives.
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