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Women in Wartime: Photographs

In honor of Women's History Month (March 2018), learn more about the history of women who have served their countries.

WWII Photographs

Original Caption: WAAC Capt. Charity Adams of Columbia, SC, who was commissioned from the first officer candidate class, and the first of her group to receive a commission, drills her company on the drill ground at the first WAAC Training Center, Fort Des Moines, Iowa.

"Hospital Apprentices second class Ruth C. Isaacs, Katherine Horton and Inez Patterson (left to right) are the first African-American WAVES to enter the Hospital Corps School at National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD."

Sp (G) 3/c Florence Johnson and Sp (G) 3/c Rosamund Small, the first WAVES [Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service] to qualify as instructor on electrically operated 50-caliber machine gun turrets, walk to the target range, Naval Air Gunners School, Hollywood, Florida.

Original caption: American Indian women too have joined the fighting forces against Germany and Japan. These three are members of the U.S. Marine Corps. They are [left to right] Minnie Spotted Wolf of the Blackfeet, Celia Mix, Potawatomi, and Violet Eastman, Chippewa.

Welder -trainee Josie Lucille Owens plies her trade on the ship.

"Line up of some of women welders including the women's welding champion of Ingalls [Shipbuilding Corp., Pascagoula, MS]."


All photographs are from the National Archives.