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Blast from the Past

  • Blast from the Past: A Victory for the WAVES

    It was on this day in 1942 that the ‘Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service’, also known as the WAVES officially became a WWII division of the U.S. Navy as authorized by the U.S. Congress. Composed entirely of women, the WAVES were entitled to hold the same rank and rating, be subjected to the same military discipline and earn the same wages as their male peers. In just one year the WAVES had boomed into a 27,000 woman strong division working mainly in the administrative, medical, communications, intelligence and science fields. Although initially not permitted to serve aboard combat ships, aircrafts or beyond the barriers of the United States, the WAVES represented a brand new era in the liberation of women within service and today marks the momentous anniversary of that move. They even had a catchy ditty which we at Cockpit USA have been humming to ourselves all morning!

    WAVES of the Navy

    WAVES of the Navy,

    There's a ship sailing down the bay.

    And she won't slip into port again

    Until that Victory Day.

    Carry on for that gallant ship

    And for every hero brave

    Who will find ashore, his man-sized chore

    Was done by a Navy WAVE.

  • Blast from the Past: July 26 1941

    In retaliation to Japan’s taking of French-Indo China, then American naval base Cam Ranh followed by a British base in Singapore, President Franklin Roosevelt made a bold move of pay back by seizing all Japanese assets in the U.S. transferring all financial, import and export trade operations to do with the opposition to the control of the government with criminal penalties for anyone violating this order. With Britain hot in Roosevelt’s footsteps, only three years worth of oil reserves and a gigantic loss of 88% of its imported oil, these actions led to a debilitating aftershock to Japan and became another momentous twist in the proceedings of WWII, making today yet another historic day in the Cockpit USA calendar!

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