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

By Lettie Gavin

Interweaving own tales with ancient photographs and heritage, this energetic account files the background of the greater than 40,000 ladies who served in reduction and armed forces responsibility in the course of global battle I. via own interviews and excerpts from diaries, letters, and memoirs, Lettie Gavin relates poignant tales of women?’s wartime studies and offers a different standpoint on their growth in army provider. American ladies in global struggle I captures the spirit of those decided patriots and their occasions for each reader and may be of designated curiosity to army, women?’s, and social historians.

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Yeoman (F) Nell Weston Halstead of Chicago recalled being assigned to the file room of the Bureau of Engineering, typing endless excerpts from incoming and outgoing letters. Looking back on her service, she expressed surprise that she "didn't jump down the captain's throat . . just to relieve the monotony. One day it got my goat so completely that I boldly sailed into the captain's officehe was an oldtimer in the Navy, with basso voice and glowering eyeand I told him we didn't like our jobs and we wanted to go to France.

All the Navy slang I learn For my good English I must spurn To my salty ways I'll turnno more. When a gob goes marching by, no more Dare I look him in the eyes on shore, For no longer will he see Just a "sister gob" in me Bound by fellowship are weno more. No! I ain't a yeomanette no more And though I hate the very thought of war, If Uncle Sam should ever say, "I need ten thousand girls today," Would he get 'em? Well, I'll say! And more. Page 17 Notes 1. S. Naval Institute Proceedings (Dec. 1984): 6064.

Here wharf rats nearly as big as opossums scuttled across our path in the moonlight. But it was quite safe. There was very little crime recorded in the city then. " In time, of course, many more young women enlisted in the Navy, and the unique glamour of the uniform seemed to evaporate. Lou MacPherson recalled, "The work was becoming routine; the boys were overseas. " The declaration of the Armistice on November 11, 1918, provided a great deal of excitement for Lou and her friends. "It was so thrilling!

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