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American women in World War I: they also served by Lettie Gavin

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By Lettie Gavin

Interweaving own tales with ancient images and heritage, this full of life account files the background of the greater than 40,000 girls who served in reduction and army responsibility in the course of international battle I. via own interviews and excerpts from diaries, letters, and memoirs, Lettie Gavin relates poignant tales of women?’s wartime reviews and gives a special point of view on their growth in army carrier. American girls in global conflict I captures the spirit of those decided patriots and their instances for each reader and may be of exact curiosity to army, women?’s, and social historians.

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He could handle the toughest crew of men, but a room full of women left him almost speechless. ," a question he asked over and over. He proved to be one of their most considerate, helpful superiors. These memories brought smiles to the Navy women, but there were sad times, too. Yeomen (F) were sometimes notified of the illness or death of parents or the wounding or death of a husband, brother, or sweetheart on duty in the war zones. One of the most tragic cases was that of Yeoman (F) Alice Regina Costello, who, in the space of six months, received death notices for three of her brothers.

Years later, she remembered the funny moments. The young women were taught the manual of arms (although they never fired a gun of any kind) and were sent to various cities for recruiting parades. In Yakima, WA, startled residents saw the Yeoman (F) contingent come marching down the main street carrying light rifleswhile the enlisted men followed carrying the luggage. One of Florence Whetsel's favorite memories was of a red-faced, tobacco-chewing, sea-dog chief petty officer who was placed in charge of her office.

4. Letter from Sarah Story Oxner to Lettie Gavin, April 1, 1989. 5. Mrs. Henry F. Butler, I Was a Yeoman (F), Naval Historical Foundation Publication, ser. 2, no. 7 (Jan. 1, 1967), 3. 6. Excerpt from an address by Ambassador Josephus Daniels at the thirteenth annual reunion of The National Yeomen F in Chicago, September 27, 1939; The Note Book, newsletter published by The National Yeomen F, vol. 4, no. 8 (Sept. 30, 1939): 2. 7. Dessez, 50. 8. Daisy M. Pratt Erd file, newspaper clipping (unidentified, but probably the Boston Globe), included in archival material donated to the Naval Historical Center, Washington, DC.

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