Past Features

July 11, 2007 (Vol. 5, No. 10)

A Salute to the WAVES on Their 65th Anniversary

Four WAVES, from left to right, Nancy Castellano, Janet O'Connor, Lenore Libbey, and Olive Fraser
Four WAVES: (from left to right) Nancy Castellano, Janet O'Connor, Lenore Libbey, and Olive Fraser

During World War II, the Lehman campus—then part of Hunter College—became a "boot camp" for thousands of women from across the United States. They were known as "WAVES" (Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service), and this month marks their sixty-fifth anniversary. It was on July 30, 1942 that President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the legislation authorizing creation of this organization within the U.S. Navy. Lehman College joins in saluting these adventurous and patriotic women and in remembering a part of the College's history. In this video, Lehman student Tanisia Morris (Department of Journalism, Communication, and Theatre) interviews four WAVES: Nancy Castellano, Olive Fraser, Lenore Libbey, and Janet O'Connor.

Did you have a relative who served on the WAVES and received training at the Hunter-in-the-Bronx campus? If so, send your story to yeara.milton@lehman.cuny.edu.