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 records the historical past of the greater than 40,000 ladies who served in aid and army 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 stories and offers a distinct point of view on their development in army provider. American girls in international battle I captures the spirit of those decided patriots and their occasions for each reader and may be of particular curiosity to army, women?’s, and social historians.

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S. women Page 3 stepped forward to serve. They were, in fact, eager to participate in the national effort. And they served so well that serious consideration was given to commissioning some of them as Navy officers. The war ended, however, before such promotions were realized. There were few requirements for the first female yeomen. A woman had to be between eighteen and thirty-five years of age, of good character and neat appearance. The Navy preferred high school graduates with business or office experience but did not require a college education.

Naval hospital at Bremerton, WA, and was stationed there until the war ended fourteen months later. In the process, she became, at nineteen, the youngest woman chief petty officer in the history of the Navy, serving as an aide to the commander of the Puget Sound Naval Hospital. At Bremerton, there were good and bad times for Miss Fitzgerald. The worst was watching many of her friends die in the 1918 Spanish influenza epidemic. 26 As the epidemic swept the country and around the world, the Yeomen (F) at every post volunteered to care for thousands of afflicted military and civilians.

One suffrage leader, Harriot Stanton Blatch, commented joyously. "American women have begun to go over the top. " Esther V. " Many believe the Great War produced that special race of women. Now, nearly eighty years later, their voices call out for their story to be told, related here, by the women themselves. S. secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels made military history. And he also solved the tremendous manpower shortage that plagued the Navy in the spring of 1917 as the United States prepared to enter the war in Europe.

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