World War II

Women of History Statues

I am a WAC

I am a WAC, a member of the Women's Army Corps. I served in the U.S. Army during World War II (1941-1945) in every theater of the war. Originally established on May 15, 1942, as the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) to help with the war effort and free men to fight, we soon reorganized as the Women's Army Corps (WAC) on July 1, 1943. Now we were full-fledged members of the U.S. Army. 150,000 WAACs and WACs served in World War II and 162 died during the war.

I am a WAVE

I am a WAVE (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Services). I served in the U.S. Navy during World War II (1941-1945). Our mission was to free men for combat duty. On July 30, 1942, the U.S. Congress authorized a Women's Reserve in the U.S. Naval Reserve. We were all volunteers. We were assigned stateside and in Hawaii. Approximately 81,000 WAVEs served in World War with seven dying in the line of duty.

I am a Marine

I am a Marine in the United States Marine Corps. SEMPER FIDELIS! I served during World War I (1917-1918) and World War II (1941-1945). Our mission was to replace fighting male Marines for overseas duty. Approximately 305 female Marines served during World War I and 20,000 during World War II. To date, eight Marine women have been killed in combat battles and many more wounded.