Photo #: NH 97532 First Contingent of WAVES goes Overseas Everything shipshape for their last inspection! WAVES about to go overseas put their barracks in perfect order at the distribution center on the west coast. The first contingent of WAVES assigned to duty in Hawaii arrived in Pearl Harbor, January 6, 1945. Quoted from the original caption released with this photograph on 8 January 1945. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command.