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Great Lakes in Lake County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Women at Great Lakes

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., September 4, 2010
1. Women at Great Lakes Marker
Inscription.
During the astonishing growth of the Navy during World War I, women were, for the first time, accepted into the Navy. These women enlisted into the yeoman rating and were designated with an (F) for female. They served with the aviation unit and with the Public Works departments at Great Lakes. During World War II, a female auxiliary group called Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Services (WAVES) was established to release men for service in other areas. Their jobs were mostly clerical in nature, although that would change by the end of the war. WAVES were assigned to Great Lakes for the first time on November 10, 1942. As World War II progressed, WAVES assumed an increasingly important role. They handled 80 percent of the Navy’s mail, manned communications networks, assumed hospital duties, and became instructors in chemical warfare techniques, aviation gunnery, instrument flying, and parachute rigging.
 
Erected by Naval Station Great Lakes.
 
Location. 42° 18.705′ N, 87° 50.409′ W. Marker is in Great Lakes, Illinois, in Lake County. Marker is on Farragut Avenue near Sampson Road, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in the Historic District of Naval Station Great Lakes. Marker is in this post office area: Great Lakes IL 60088, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Photo on Women at Great Lakes Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 4, 2010
2. Photo on Women at Great Lakes Marker
[Caption reads] 1945 WAVE Band
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Post War Era (here, next to this marker); World War II (here, next to this marker); Great Lakes Athletics (here, next to this marker); Fighting Tradesmen (here, next to this marker); Base Realignment and Closure (here, next to this marker); Wings over Great Lakes (here, next to this marker); Great Lakes History Trail (here, next to this marker); Origins of the Base / Construction (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Great Lakes.
 
Also see . . .
1. Naval Station Great Lakes. (Submitted on November 13, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Great Lakes Naval Museum. (Submitted on November 13, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Women of the Waves. (Submitted on November 13, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Minorities and Women in the US Navy. (Submitted on November 15, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. EducationPatriots & PatriotismWar, World IWar, World II
 
Photo on Women at Great Lakes Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 4, 2010
3. Photo on Women at Great Lakes Marker
[Caption reads] 1951 WAVE Drill Team
Photo on Women at Great Lakes Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 4, 2010
4. Photo on Women at Great Lakes Marker
[Caption reads] WAVE Inspection by LCDR McAfee, Head of Navy Women
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 467 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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