Finding the Answers. Are you seeking answers to questions about your family’s female World War II service member or civilian worker?
Women played crucial roles during World War II after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Men felt an obligation to join the military and rushed to enlist. Enlistment and later the draft, required men to vacate jobs on the home front. As a result, women were recruited and trained to take over jobs left by men. The military also began programs for women to volunteer to aid the war effort, or in some cases, join the military as enlisted personnel and officers.
This quick guide introduces you to:
- A brief history of the shift of roles women played at home and in service.
- Histories of the components of each military branch in which women served.
- Army: Women’s Army Corps (WACs) Army Nurses, Army Air Forces – Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASPs) and Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS).
- Navy WAVES – Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service, Navy Nurses.
- Coast Guard SPARS
- Marine Corps Women’s Reserve (MCWR)
- Histories of the civilian organizations in which women served
- Red Cross
- Tips for locating information to begin a search for records with checklists.
Are you ready to start searching for information on your female service member?
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