On 7 July 1948 the first six enlisted women were sworn into the Regular Navy. These Navy WAVES in the Naval Reserve were the first to transfer to the Regular Navy.
Shown in this photo Rear Admiral George L. Russell, USN, (Judge Advocate General of the Navy) swears in the first six women while Secretary of the Navy John L. Sullivan, far left, looks on. Captain Joy B. Hancock, Director of the Womans Reserve, is at far right.
The first six enlisted women are:
Front row: (left to right)
Chief Yeoman Wilma J. Marchal, USN;
Yeoman Second Class Edna E. Young, USN;
Hospital Corpsman First Class Ruth Flora, USN
Second row: (left to right)
Aviation Storekeeper First Class Kay L. Langen, USN;
Storekeeper Second Class Frances T. Devaney, USN;
Teleman Doris R. Robertson, USN
NHHC Collection NH 106756