By Lettie Gavin
Interweaving own tales with old images and historical past, this vigorous account records the historical past of the greater than 40,000 ladies who served in reduction and army responsibility in the course of international struggle I. via own interviews and excerpts from diaries, letters, and memoirs, Lettie Gavin relates poignant tales of women?’s wartime studies and offers a distinct point of view on their growth in army carrier. American ladies in global struggle I captures the spirit of those decided patriots and their occasions for each reader and may be of unique curiosity to army, women?’s, and social historians.
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A visiting Boston newspaper writer reported on Mrs. Erd's efforts to benefit her charges. "The lunch room, recently opened [by her] for the women yeomen, was crowded. . Many of the girls get their breakfast here. . For lunch today there was beef chop suey; breaded veal cutlets and mashed potatoes; these both cost fifteen cents. Then tea or coffee is five cents, and the Page 13 dessert, two kinds of pie or ice cream, is five cents. " Mrs. Erd had complete charge of the female yeomen. "I give all examinations myself and know all the girls personally," she said.
But her simple patriotic act set off a considerable disturbance at home. "My mother just could not believe what I was telling her. She broke into tears and insisted I just could not do that. . I finally succeeded in calming her down when I explained that I would not serve aboard ship or overseas. "33 The young enlistee was assigned to the recruiting office in Bostonher mother needn't have worried. There was plenty of hard work for the Yeomen (F) but plenty of social life, too. Sports were a big part of Yeoman (F) life.
ISBN 0-87081-432-X 1. World War, 19141918WomenUnited States. 2. WomenUnited States History20th century. I. Title. 4'0082dc20 96-38466 CIP This book was designed and typeset in Nadianne and Times by Rhonda Miller. The paper used in this publication meets the minimum requirements of the American National Standard for Information SciencesPermanence of Paper for Printed Library Materials. 48-1948 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 Page v Contents Acknowledgments vii Introduction ix Map xii 1. First Women of the Navy 1 2.