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WAVES, Farmerettes, and Munitions Workers from the ’40s in Action

The WAVES came from all over the country and served alongside their male counterparts. WAVES stands for Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service and the organization (under the purview of the Navy) was created in 1942 as a way to gain much-needed military personnel. While most WAVES served stateside, towards the end of the war some WAVES were shipped out to the front.

Waves, Farmerettes, and Munitions Workers from the 1940s in Action

Women’s Land Army worker harvests beans in MA, 1944. Via/ U.S. National Archives

Waves, Farmerettes, and Munitions Workers from the 1940s in Action

1941, factory worker takes a break outside the John Inglis & Co. gun plant. Via/ Flickr

Waves, Farmerettes, and Munitions Workers from the 1940s in Action

WAVES at the Hospital Corps School at National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD, 1945. Via/ U.S. National Archives

Waves, Farmerettes, and Munitions Workers from the 1940s in Action

1941. Via/ Flickr

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