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Hannah Wattie
Hannah Wattie • 1 year ago

In 1945, when these WACs (Women's Army Corps) shipped out from Britain to France, more than 280,000 women were serving in all branches of the military - the Navy's WAVES, the Coast Guard's SPARS and Women Marines. Their rank and title were the same as the men's; so was the pay. Before the war, only the Army and Navy Nurse Corps admitted women.

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