WAVES Units march on Washington Monument grounds

Title

WAVES Units march on Washington Monument grounds

Description

The WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) were established on July 30, 1942 as a women's reserve corp for the United States Navy. WAVES were restricted to work within the United States. Many worked in Washington in buildings on the Mall, some of which stood where the Korean War Memorial and Vietnam Veteran's Memorial stand today. In 1944, the WAVES held a rally on the Washington Monument Grounds to celebrate the second anniversary of the establishment of the corps. In 1948, a law passed which granted women permanent status in the US armed services, and former WAVES became members of the regular service.

Source

National Archives at College Park. View original.

Date

07/31/1944

Coverage

Original Format

Photograph

Description

The WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) were established on July 30, 1942 as a women's reserve corp for the United States Navy. WAVES were restricted to work within the United States. Many worked in Washington in buildings on the Mall, some of which stood where the Korean War Memorial and Vietnam Veteran's Memorial stand today. In 1944, the WAVES held a rally on the Washington Monument Grounds to celebrate the second anniversary of the establishment of the corps. In 1948, a law passed which granted women permanent status in the US armed services, and former WAVES became members of the regular service.

Date

07/31/1944

Coverage

1920-1949

Source

National Archives at College Park. View original.