Photo #: NH 97518 WAVES pass the Word ... Both speedy and accurate are the WAVES who 'man' Naval Communications at Washington, D.C. heart of the Navy's far-flung communications network. Through their hands flow the unending stream of messages attendant upon a Navy at war. Replacing male experts needed at sea or distant bases, these alert, competent members of the Women's Reserve are 'passing the word' for the men behind the guns. Telegrapher Third Class Ida May Rowley ... checks monitor tape. Quoted from the original caption released with this photograph effective 28 July 1945. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command.