Friday, October 12, 2012

Friday Video: WAVES Boot Camp in the Bronx, 1943

Friday, October 12, 2012

Isabella reporting:

A recent Friday Video recalled how even English ladies like the future Duchess of Devonshire helped with the war effort during World War II. This video features women from the other side of the Atlantic: the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service.) The WAVES were a formal branch of the U.S. Navy, and few people today are aware of how many of them - over 80,000 young women from all over the country - did their boot camp training on the Bronx, NY campus of Hunter College. Author Nancy Lynch Castellano was one of the reservists, and she shares her experiences in this wonderful short video, created by the New-York Historical Society.


vintagevisions27 said...

That's a fantastic video. I'm working on a WAVE portrayal for living history events and recently purchased a WAVE uniform on Ebay. Still looking for the hat and correct tie!

Anonymous said...

I am getting a video of making the atomic bomb. Has the site changed the video?
I love reading your blog!

Heather Wilkinson Rojo said...

Great video. I just saw a fantastic exhibit on the WAVES at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu. Also, there were two Pearl Harbor survivors there, signing autographs (one his book) and the other was a nurse! Both had to have been in their 90s, yet still going strong.

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