Who are these women?
Dear loyal blog followers,
Sorry to have abandoned you for so long. I’ve been traveling, and working on up to three books, leaving little time for research and writing this blog.
One of the topics I’ve been researching is about the WAVES in Hollywood in World War II. This was the Woman’s Navy Reserve, which existed from 1942 to 1946. During that time, not only did young women FROM Hollywood join the WAVES, there were also WAVES stationed in Hollywood, together with the much greater number of Navy men that many of us remembered.
Picture Navy women stationed in the Hollywood Beach Hotel in training as air navigation instructors (together with male ensigns), taking old school buses to Opa Locka air field for their flight training.
Picture Navy women stationed out west at the Riverside Military Academy campus (the third circle), already trained to use weapons from handguns to machine guns, in turn training the young sailors who would be Naval air gunners.
These are my topics.
If you live near Hollywood, come hear me speak about these Navy women on Saturday, December 3, 2016. In this PowerPoint talk I’ll tell what I have learned so far about Hollywood’s connection to the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service in the U.S. Navy.
It surprised even the admirals that women fit into the Navy so quickly. Quoting from the news of Aug. 6 1943, what was originally planned to be mostly an office force expanded into gunnery and blind flying instruction, aerology, aviation ground crew work, and navigation, as well as communications.
My talk is the 4th in the Hollywood Historical Society’s 2016 Lecture Series, held at the meeting room of the Broward County Library, 2600 Hollywood Boulevard, City Hall Circle, beginning at 1:00 p.m. All the talks are free, and refreshments are served.
Dec. 3, 2016, 1:00 p.m., Broward County Library, Hollywood, City Hall Circle
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U.S. Navy WAVES in Hollywood during World War II