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Barbara Lansford Meier

The Gray Lady service began in 1918 at the Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C. Women volunteers acted as hostesses and provided recreational services to patients, most of whom had been injured during WW I. The women wore gray dresses and veils as uniforms and the soldiers affectionately called them "the gray ladies." The service did not become officially known as the Gray Lady Service until after World War II (1947). The term "Gray Ladies" refers to American Red Cross volunteers.

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c. 1942-1947 Mercantile Uniforms, New York:WWII "Gray Lady" Red Cross Uniform/American Red Cross Volunteer Outfit. AKA Hospital and Recreation Corps. Uniform. The gray and white thin striped cotton dress and additional pieces of the white epaulets, white collar, gray matching belt and cap are all separate pieces. The American Red Cross Volunteer pin is pinned on the chest pocket above the large red cross embroidered patch. This one is dated 1942; the year they removed the veil from the cap.

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Princess Elizabeth poses in uniform while being taught to drive military vehicles in 1945. During World War II, the princess joined the Women's Auxiliary Territorial Service at the rank of second subaltern, and did her wartime duty as a driver and mechanic. #diamondjubilee

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