Tag Archive: Massachusetts

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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Ensign Wills and LT(jg) Pickens Enjoy Lunch

Ensign Wills and LT(jg) Pickens Enjoy Lunch

Ensign Frances Wills (left) and Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Harriet Ida Pickens enjoy lunch following their graduation from the Naval Reserve Midshipmen’s School (WR) at Northampton, Massachusetts, circa December 1944. Pickens, who’d been a public health administrator prior to joining, and…
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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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First African-American WAVES Officers Congratulate Each Other

First African-American WAVES Officers Congratulate Each Other

Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Harriet Ida Pickens (left) and Ensign Frances Wills congratulate each other after being being commissioned as the first African-American WAVES officers, December 1944. They were members of the final graduating class of the Naval Reserve Midshipmen’s School…
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WAVES Officers Marching to School in Cambridge

WAVES Officers Marching to School in Cambridge

WAVES Officers march to school in Cambridge, Massachusetts, circa 1943. They are marching on Garden Street, through its intersection with Chauncy Street. Beginning in January 1943, women were trained as Navy Supply Corps officers at Harvard University and Radcliff College,…
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