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"Okay, Girls - Man Your Bunks!"

Tales from the Life of a WWII Navy WAVE

Paperback (157 pages)
A lively and compelling autobiography of one of the first enlisted Navy WAVES in WWII. From joining the Navy to joining the mile-high club, Helen Gilbert's life was interrupted and forever changed by Pearl Harbor.

"Okay, Girls - Man Your Bunks!"

A lively and compelling autobiography of one of the first enlisted Navy WAVES in WWII. From joining the Navy to joining the mile-high club, Helen Gilbert's life was interrupted and forever changed by Pearl Harbor, and she describes in very straightforward terms how it was to enter a traditionally male world. After serving her country, she struggled to find work and gain acceptance as an emancipated woman in a rapidly-changing world - weathering discrimination, marriage, child-rearing, tragedy, infidelity, alcoholism and recovery. Whether recalling the Depression, WWII, or sharing her thoughts on the aftermath of Sept. 11th and the war in Iraq, Helen pulls no punches. A book chock-full of eyebrow-raising anecdotes and life-affirming stories.

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  • 30 Jul 42: Congress authorizes WAVES as a division of the US Navy
  • 21 Jan 43: 11 graduates of first WAES training course report for duty

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