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

By Lettie Gavin

Interweaving own tales with old images and heritage, this energetic account files the heritage of the greater than 40,000 girls who served in aid and armed forces accountability in the course of international conflict 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 viewpoint on their growth in army provider. American ladies in global conflict I captures the spirit of those made up our minds patriots and their instances for each reader and should be of unique curiosity to army, women?’s, and social historians.

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The Army, however, accepted her, and she served at military postal facilities in Michigan and California. 32 Four days before the United States entered the Great War, nineteen-year-old gertrude "Trudie" French was sworn into service at the Boston Navy Yard. "I was very impressed and thrilled as I placed my hand on the Bible and repeated the Oath of Allegiance," she recalled. But her simple patriotic act set off a considerable disturbance at home. "My mother just could not believe what I was telling her.

32. Author interviews with Bernice Duncan Smith Tongate, Retsil, WA, 19871988. 33. Gertrude S. French Howalt, "My Experience as a Yeoman (F), USNRF WWI 191720," unpublished memoir, 19781979, 2. 34. Howalt memoir. 35. Letter from Agnes Carlson Lukens to Lettie Gavin, June 29, 1987. 36. Dessez, 23. 37. The Note Book, 2. 38. This poem appears in Helen Dunbar McCrery Burns's scrapbook, loaned by Charles Southern, Sequim, WA. Page 19 The photo on this page has been moved to the back of the book Page 20 The first photo on this page has been moved to the back of the book The second photo on this page has been moved to the back of the book Page 21 The first photo on this page has been moved to the back of the book The second photo on this page has been moved to the back of the book Page 22 The photo on this page has been moved to the back of the book Page 23 The photos on this page has been moved to the back of the book Page 24 The photo on this page has been moved to the back of the book Page 25 2 Women Marines Although the United States Navy enlisted some 11,000 women to help in the war effort of 19171918, the Marine Corps was not so quick to utilize the additional assistance offered by the country's female citizens.

They gave us uniforms just as fast as they could get them made. Oh, I had the neatest suit you ever saw. We had white shirts, and they were the devil because you always had a ring around the neck. "3 The numbers of female yeomen increased rapidly over the next few months, reaching a peak strength of more than 11,000 in 1918 and providing a huge pool of talent from which the Navy could draw. Today, when women work in many traditionally masculine professions, it may be difficult to appreciate the courage and independence of the women who volunteered for Navy service in 1917.

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