Monday, March 17, 2008

Looking Back at the WAVES

Received this a.m., a marvelous book from my former Morristown N.J. neighbor, Nancy Lynch Castellano: Looking Back at the WAVES: A Chronicle of 90,000 Navy Women of World War II.
In 1944, she enlisted in the WAVES, and did her training at Hunter College in the Bronx, N.Y. She served until her honorable discharge in Feb. 1946. This book relates the genesis of the Women's Reserve of the U.S. Naval Reserve, and some experiences of Nancy and her friends. The photographs, some personal, others from the Lehman College archive, show proud, dedicated young women ready to serve their country. Nancy has collected and presented the data, the photos, the oral histories of these 90,000 Navy women in an interesting and readable format. Congratulations Nancy on a job well done. My sincere thanks to her and the 89,999 other pioneer "sailors".

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