McAfee, Mildred, CAPT

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1942-1945, Women Reserves/WAVES
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1942 - 1945

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Sep 02, 1994
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Captain McAfee died on 2 SEP 1994, in Randolph, New Hampshire at the age of 94.

12 March 1945 Time Magazine Cover:

Time Magazine Article: Miss MAC

"Being a woman is interesting, but it shouldn't stop you from being a person."

-Mildred H. McAfee

Related Links:

The U.S. Naval Historical Center's webpage on WWII era WAVES

A website dedicated to WWII Women's History: Blitzkrieg Baby

Women In Military Service For America Memorial
Other Comments:
  • The first Director of the Navy's Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service(WAVES/Women's Reserve)
  • The first woman to be commissioned as an officer in the US Navy.
  • The first woman to receive the Distinguished Service Medal
Civilian Career Highlights:
  • 1923 became Acting professor of economics and socialogy at Tusculum College.
  • 1926 became Dean of Women and professor of Sociology at Centre College.
  • 1932 became the Executive Secretary of the Associate Alumnae of Vasser College.
  • 1934 became the Dean of Women at Oberlin College.
  • 1936 became the President of Wellesley College.
  • 1945 after resigning from the US Navy she returned to her job as President of Wellesley College and remained their till retirement in 1948.
  • After retirement, she continue various church and civic work to include: UNESCO delegate, Director of the New York Life Insurance Company, The National Broadcasting Company(NBC), Radio Corporation of America(RCA), and the Ford Foundation's Fund for the Advancement of Education, and later co-chaired the National Women's Conference in Civil Rights.
  • Captain McAfee received more than 30 honorary degrees for her achievements.
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Last Updated: May 13, 2007
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Miss Mac served as the first director of the Women's Reserve / WAVEs.

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23 Members Also There at Same Time
Women Reserves/WAVES

Metz, Helen, (1942-1945) [Other Service Rank]
KAY, Esther, LTJG, (1942-1945) Lieutenant Junior Grade
Kulp, Nancy Jane, LTJG, (1943-1945) Lieutenant Junior Grade
SCHERER, M. Frances, LT, (1943-1947) Lieutenant Junior Grade
SENSKA, Frances, LTJG, (1942-1946) Lieutenant Junior Grade
KAY, Esther, LTJG, (1942-1945) Ensign
Koch, Bebe, PO2, (1942-1945) Petty Officer Second Class
Cornwell, Ida, PO1, (1943-1945) Seaman First Class
Freid, Bernice, PO2, (1944-1946) Seaman First Class
Morson, Edith, ENS, (1944-1946) Seaman Second Class
Ward, Elva, PO3, (1942-1945) Seaman Second Class
Wittich, Helen, PO2, (1943-1946) Seaman Second Class
McAfee, Mildred, CAPT, (1942-1946) OFF 290X Lieutenant Commander
Marley-Somerville, Kathleen, LTJG, (1943-1945) OFF 00X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Collins, Winifred, CAPT, (1942-1962) OFF 120X Ensign
Barr, Ann Marie, (1942-1946) YNT Other Service Rank
Knight, Helen Dabney, PO2, (1941-1945) YN YN-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Scheckler, Lillian May, PO2, (1943-1946) YN CYN-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
KEARNS, Geraldine Mae, PO3, (1943-1945) YN YN-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
McCARR DAVIS, Harriet, PO3, (1942-1946) YN YN-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Williams, Virgilia, PO3, (1944-1945) PhM PhM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
EARLE, Elinor, PO3, (1943-1945) AG AG-0000 Seaman First Class
Levin, Irene, PO2, (1943-1945) SN SN-0000 Seaman Recruit
ROY, Bertha, PO2, (1944-1948) HM HM-0000 Hospitalman Recruit

McAfee, Mildred, CAPT, (1942-1946) OFF 120X Lieutenant Commander
Office of the Assistant Chief of Naval Personnel for Women (WAVES)

EARLE, Elinor, PO3, (1943-1945) AG AG-0000 Petty Officer Third Class

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