Hancock, Joy, CAPT

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Primary Unit
1946-1953, Women Reserves/WAVES
Service Years
1916 - 1953
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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
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Date of Passing
Sep 25, 1986

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Last Known Activity:

  • After her retirement from the Navy, she married VADM Ralph A. Ofstie, then Commander, US Sixth Fleet.

  • Following his death in 1956 Capt Hancock spent time in the Virgin Islands, the Washington D.C. area, and in her home town of Wildwood, NJ, running the family business William H. Bright Real Estate and Insurance Company, along with helping her brother run the Wildwood Yacht Basin, as well as managing family-owned real estate.

Other Comments:

  • One of a few American Women to earn their wings in the 1920's by obtaining her Private Pilots License.

  • In 1922, during Capt Hancock's broken service she was hired as a cilivian by the Bureau of Aeronautics, her duties including editing the Bureau's "News Letter", which later evolved into the magizine "Naval Aviation News", being its first Editor in Chief.

  • She was instumental in getting a reluctant Congress into authorizing the Women's Reserve of the US Naval Reserve, later nicknamed the WAVES.

  • Capt Hancock served as a liaison to then LCDR Milred McAfee, Director of the WAVES, because McAfee and her adviors came from educational and professional worlds, they knew very little about the Navy. They found Capt Hancock's expertise invaluable. With a background as a Yeoman(F) in WWI, a Navy Wife, and as a civilian in the Bureau of Aeronautics, she was the only WAVE leader with a clear idea of how the Navy operated.

  • During her tour at the Chief of Naval Operations, she held the position of Deputy Chief of Naval Operations(Air).

  • In 1946 she became the Assistant Director(Plans) of the Women's Reserve (WAVES) and later promoted to Director of the Women's Reserve.

  • During WWII women's service in the Military was considered as temporary. When Congress passed legislation in 1948 allowing women permanent standing in the regular Navy, it was largely do to the untiring efforts of one woman - Captian Joy Bright Hancock. Then Secretary of the Navy Robert B. Anderson later acknowledged her role: "More than any one individual," he wrote in a letter to Capt Hancock, "you are responsible for the establishment of the WAVES as a component in the Navy. Your Ideals, energy, and enthusiasm are continually reflected in the intregration of women into the regular Navy."

  • One of two WAVES eligible to wear the World War I Victory Medal.

  • Her first two marriages ended with tragady. Following WWI she married LT Charles Gray Little who died in the crash of airship ZR-2 in 1921. Her second marriage ended when husband LCDR Lewis Hancock Jr lost his life in the crash of the USS Shenandoah (ZR-1) in 1925.

  • Namesake for the Joy Bright Hancock Organization at the US Naval Academy.


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Last Updated: Dec 16, 2007
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Godfrey, Arthur, CDR, (1920-1966) [Other Service Rank]
Godfrey, Arthur, CDR, (1920-1966) [Other Service Rank]
MacMillan, Donald Baxter, RDML, (1918-1954) [Other Service Rank]
Tunney, James Joseph, CAPT, (1918-1945) [Other Service Rank]
Leahy, William Daniel, FADM, (1899-1949) Admiral
Yarnell, Harry Ervin, ADM, (1897-1944) Admiral
Butler, Henry, VADM, (1891-1944) Rear Admiral Upper Half
McCRARY, Frank, CAPT, (1897-1936) Captain
STEELE, George, CAPT, (1896-1932) Captain
WHITE, Newton, CAPT, (1907-1939) Captain
Gould, Erl Clinton Barker, RADM, (1917-1953) Lieutenant Commander
DAVIS, Noel, LCDR, (1914-1927) Lieutenant
Ingalls, David Sinton, RADM, (1917-1959) Lieutenant
Michelson, Albert, CDR, (1869-1881) Lieutenant
Wead, Frank, CDR, (1916-1944) Lieutenant
Loomis, Alfred, CAPT, (1917-1945) Ensign
Lesinski, Jr., John, AS Other Service Rank
Bright Hancock, Joy, CAPT, (1918-1953) Chief Petty Officer
Jefcoat, John, PO1, (1934-1944) Petty Officer Second Class
Sullivan, George Thomas, PO2, (1937-1942) Petty Officer Third Class
Barclay, McClelland, LCDR, (1938-1943) Special Agent
Beaumont, Arthur Edwin, CDR, (1933-1945) Special Agent
David, Albert Leroy, LT, (1919-1945) Midshipman
McFarland, Ernest, LCDR, (1917-1919) Special Agent
James, Bill, SR, (1900-1905) Airman
McClelland, Thomas, ENS, (1924-1941) Seaman Apprentice
VALLEE, Hubert, SR, (1917-1917) Seaman Apprentice
Strauss, Joseph, ADM, (1885-1938) OFF 00X Admiral
Elliott, Middleton Stuart, VADM, (1896-1942) OFF 210X Rear Admiral Upper Half
McNair, Frederick Vallette, CAPT, (1903-1942) OFF 00X Captain
Foster, Paul Frederick, VADM, (1911-1946) 00 00X Commander
Tisdale, Ryland Dillard, CDR, (1911-1942) OFF 00X Commander
Lawler, Robert James, CDR, (1917-1942) 00 210X Lieutenant Commander
Adams, Harry Atherton, LT, (1893-1941) 00 00X Lieutenant
Mann, Calvin, LT, (1923-1945) OFF 612X Lieutenant
Semple, Robert, LCDR, (1906-1943) OFF 616X Lieutenant
SULLIVAN, William, LCDR, (1918-1945) OFF 00X Ensign
Buck, Kenneth Jennings, PO1, (1921-1943) 00 00E Other Service Rank
FRYE, William, LCDR, (1921-1952) AN Other Service Rank
Galbraith, Sidney Lemuel, S1c, (1917-1944) 00 00E Other Service Rank
Gaul, George, CPO, (1915-1943) 00 00E Other Service Rank
Krakosky, Wallace George, PO3, (1933-1943) 00 00E Other Service Rank
Luke, Vernon Thomas, PO1, (1915-1941) 00 00E Other Service Rank
Schiller, Arnold August, CPO, (1918-1946) 00 00E Other Service Rank
Turner, Lyle, LCDR, (1906-1945) WO WO Boatswain (WO)
PITZER, William, LCDR, (1934-1966) HM HM-8452 Warrant Officer
Greiner, Kenneth Frederick, LTJG, (1935-1942) 00 Naval Aviation Cadet
Eiben, Joseph, CPO, (1913-1945) TM TM-0000 Chief Torpedoman
Graham, Merritt Dayton, CPO, (1918-1942) TM TM-0000 Chief Torpedoman
Eadie, Thomas, LT, (1905-1946) GM GM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Gordon, Duff, CPO, (1917-1941) ME ME-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Trojakowski, Wadsworth Caesar, CDR, (1917-1942) PhM PhM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Turner, Walter Kemper, CPO, (1917-1945) YN YN-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Bedard, Leo Joseph Isaie, CPO, (1928-1942) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Furr, Oscar Harry, PO1, (1919-1942) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Johnson, Ole Daniel, CPO, (1932-1942) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer 1st Class
Bidelot, Albert Raphael, PO1, (1935-1943) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Booze, Asbury Legare, PO1, (1928-1941) BM BM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Hammerschmidt, Paul, PO1, (1912-1944) MM Petty Officer Second Class

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