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From Public Documents Masterfile:
See the main guide as well.
See main guide as well. Sometimes items are listed under "Military", sometimes under "Women", and some resources are applicable for different branches of the military. It is up to the researcher to choose which to use.
"U.S. Military Women in World War II: The SPAR, WAC, WAVES, WASP and Women Marines in U.S. Government Publications" by Laurie Scrivener. Journal of Government Information, Vol. 26, No. 4, pp. 361–383, 1999
Focus: A double agent spy during WWII, for the Norwegian Resistance and the British SIS. Credited with helping to sink the Bismark.
Open document for recommended sources.
Focus: An exhibit highlighting and analyzing the triumphs made and tragedies endured by civilian women in the air force who became known as the WASPs.
This is not all the legislation that impacted WASPs, but a selection.
Most items can be found in the Connecticut State Library (CSL) Regional Federal Depository Program (FDLP) collection.
Whenever possible, links go to freely available online items.
CSL also has subscription databases that have much of the information.
When using GovInfo.gov or Congress.gov, there will be links to related documents. Unless there is a compelling reason to include them or they are not online, they will not be listed here. Contact us if you need them.
September, 1939 military plan to have women as auxiliary and not of military status.
January 1942 "In January 1942, Rogers added an amendment to her bill that would grant women the same military status and benefits as men. Bitterly contested in Congress, the bill only passed after it was decided that women would not be given military status, and on 15 May 1942 President Roosevelt signed Public Law 77-554 establishing the Women Army Auxiliary Corps" Source "My Best Soldiers"
July 1942 PL 77-689 - WAVES and Marine women's corps were established. Secretary of Navy Frank Knox wanted Navy women to have military status.
November 1942 PL 77-773 SPAR established (Coast Guard) with military status. June 28, 1943 The USCGA was the first US military academy to accept women.
WFTD & WAFS formed. They later merged into WASPs - as civil service employees.
July 1, 1943 PL 78-110 WAAC become WAC with military status
HR 4219 introduced to give WASPs military status, but it was defeated.
"In January 1943, Congresswoman Rogers and Oveta Culp Hobby, Director of the WAAC, drafted a bill which was endorsed by General Marshall and introduced into Congress. Even though military status was again contested in the House, the bill eventually passed, and President Roosevelt signed Public Law 78-110 on July 1, 1943..." Source "My Best Soldiers"
Army & Navy Nurses Corps moved from auxiliary to military status.
December 1944 WASP ceased to exist
WASPs were not a women's corps, but civil service employees
President Truman signed executive order desegregating the U.S. armed forces.
Focus: Project X-ray, scrapped WWII super weapon using weaponized bats
These are some examples. See also the History Guide.
Kris Abery has a list of resources
These are some examples.
Focus: Our documentary is about how the American Tin Can Sailors held off against the Japanese army for eight hours during the battle off Samar.
Also see the general guide for History Day resources for Military, especially WWII. Many of these books are on broader topic than Samar - use the books' indexes to locate relevant information within them.
These are only a few examples. Also look at the general History Day guide.
In the past we found a tremendous amount of information on this topic in the Wilbur Cross papers.
See History & Genealogy Unit
Use our newspapers and other databases to find articles.
These are a few examples; this is not meant to be comprehensive.
Many of the resources are not online.
Also check the general History Day guide, as links might not be repeated here.
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