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Ensign Wills and LT(jg) Pickens Packing After Graduation

Ensign Wills and LT(jg) Pickens Packing After Graduation

Ensign Frances Wills (right) helps Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Harriet Ida Pickens pack her suitcase, following their graduation from the Naval Reserve Midshipmen’s School (WR) at Northampton, Massachusetts. They were the Navy’s first African-American WAVES officers and graduated with the Northampton…
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First African-American WAVES Officers to Graduate

First African-American WAVES Officers to Graduate

Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Harriet Ida Pickens (left) and Ensign Frances Wills, photographed after graduation from the Naval Reserve Midshipmen’s School (WR) at Northampton, Massachusetts, in December 1944. They were members of the school’s final class, and were the Navy’s first…
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