Army & Navy - NAVY: The First WAVES

In a Navy building across from Arlington Cemetery swiftly labored last week the first ruler of the WAVES, Lieut. Commander Mildred Helen McAfee. Her job: to organize and boss 11,000 Women Appointed for Volunteer Emergency Service. The job was big: Director Oveta Hobby had spent eleven months planning the WAACs, had training well underway at Fort Des Moines. Miss McAfee was starting almost from scratch.

"Miss Mac" is no career-type Amazon. Alert, bright-eyed, jaunty, she leavens a business-like matter-of-factness with quick wit and brisk speech. She is trim, well-dressed, efficient and, as she puts it, she has fallen for the Navy.


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