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    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.

    World War II Poster: Keep'em Smiling with Letters

    Irena Sendler was a Polish Catholic social worker. During World War II, she was a member of the Polish Underground and the Żegota Polish anti-Holocaust resistance in Warsaw. She helped save 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto by providing them with false documents and sheltering them in individual and group children’s homes outside the ghetto. Despite being tortured and imprisoned by the Nazis, Sendler continued to do all she could to help Jewish children in Warsaw.

    The Honourable Evelina Haverfield founder of the Womens Emergency Corps in 1914 formed the WVR as a uniformed offshoot that same year.It was one of the earliest wartime women's organisations to be founded. The Women's Volunteer Reserve was sponsored by the Marchioness of Londonderry, the Marchioness of Titchfield and the Countess of Pembroke and Montgomery.

    "Due to a shortage of stocking material, many women during the WWII era painted their legs a shade darker and drew a line down the backs of their legs to present the illusion of wearing stockings."

    World War II U.S. Army veteran and Nurse who served in the Battle of the Bulge. Lt. Katherine Flynn Nolan. There are some beautiful articles about her on NPR:

    WWII "Gray Lady" Red Cross #Uniform, #1942-1947, #sanforized cotton dress and hat

    American Red Cross poster for World War I

    World War Two British poster (Winston!!! This makes me happy.)

    American poster, Red Cross, 1918: The Comforter.

    Red Army, 1942

    American WWII poster for the Red Cross "Blood Means Life"


    Vintage US Navy Distinguished Service Cross


    WW II

    Distinguished Service Cross - US Air Force

    American woman in Red Cross nurse's uniform, circa 1917 ~

    WWII ~ A volunteer helps load into an airplane a USO Care Package destined for a lucky overseas service member in Des Moines, Iowa, 1940s.