A young Navy WAVE in her new Mainbocher uniform and just out of storekeepers school in Bloomington, Indiana, was assigned to duty in Bremerton, Washington, where she learned that the reception awaiting women in the Navy was less than enthusiastic. She had no idea that cold day in 1943 would leave her with searing memories.
WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) at that base were assigned to the chiefs mess hall. She was taking her coffee mug to the dish rack when a brawny chief boatswain's mate accosted her. He reached out and grabbed her arm with a viselike grip and in a roaring voice yelled, "I've been in this damn Navy 20 years and never thought I'd live to see lipstick on my coffee mug!" Since that day, thousands of WAVES would leave their marks on the Navy.