The WAVES Part II

Helen Edgar (Gilbert)

Helen grew up in Trenton, New Jersey, and was part of the first class of enlisted WAVES to train as radiomen in Madison, Wisconsin. She served at Corpus Christie and Pensacola Naval Air Stations. The interview was done in 2007 and 2009.

 

Jean Byrd (Stewart)

Jean grew up in New Jersey and was one of a handful of African American WAVES to enlist in 1945. She became a member of the Hospital Corps and was based a the Naval Hospital at Great Lakes. The interview was done in 2006. Jean died in 2009.

 

(Edna) Jean Clark

Jean was a married teacher in Oregon when she decided to enlist in the WAVES. She ended up as a Link Instructor based at Lake Washington Naval Air Station in Seattle. The interview was done in 2007 and 2009.

 

Laura Patton

Laura grew up in Portland, Oregon, and was in the second officer class at Smith College in Northampton. She was initially based in Savannah, Georgia, as a communications officer and later transferred to Washington, DC. The interview was done in 2007.

Liane Rose (Galvin)

Liane was from Los Angeles and attended the University of California Los Angeles before joining the WAVES in January of 1943. She became an aerographer based in Washington, DC. The interview was done in 2007 and 2009. Liane died in 2011.

Margaret Gay

Margaret grew up in Massachusetts and was in the first class of storekeepers at University of Indiana in Bloomington. She was initially assigned to the Bureau of Supplies in Cleveland, Ohio, and later transferred to Boston. Margaret re-enlisted after the war and ended up being career Navy. The interview was done in 2007.

Pat Connelly

Pat grew up in a small town outside of Green Bay, Wisconsin. She enlisted in the WAVES with a friend in November 1943. They both became Gunner’s Mates; Pat was stationed at Pensacola Naval Air Station. The interview was done in 2007. Pat died in 2010.

Patricia Pierpont (Graves)

Pat was born in Connecticut and when she heard about the WAVES in 1943 she decided she wanted to enlist and become a Machinist’s Mate. She did. Pat was stationed at Pensacola Naval Air Station. The interview was done in 2006 and 2007.

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