EARLE, Elinor, AerM3c

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Aerographer's Mate 3rd Class
Last Primary NEC
AG-0000-Aerographer's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Aerographer's Mate
Primary Unit
1944-1945, AG-0000, Office of the Assistant Chief of Naval Personnel for Women (WAVES), Women Reserves/WAVES
Service Years
1943 - 1945
AG-Aerographer's Mate

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Home Town
Union City, Ind
Last Address
Born: Union City, Ind.,
Raised: North East, Pa.,
and Lexington, Ky.
Buried: Southgate, Ky.

Date of Passing
Oct 09, 2011
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin Honorable Discharge Emblem (WWII)

 Unofficial Badges 

US Naval Reserve Honorable Discharge

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Last Known Activity

Elinor Southgate-Earle

Miss Elinor "Ellen" Southgate-Earle, 90, formerly of Akron, Ohio, died Oct. 9, 2011 from complications of Alzheimer's disease at Evanston, Ill., where she had moved to be near her brother Tom following the death of her sister Mary Elizabeth in 1992. In 1948 Ellen had joined the Akron Public Library system as a reference librarian, and was head of the Kenmore Branch Library at her retirement in 1981.

Born March 24, 1921 in Union City, Ind., Ellen grew up in North East, Pa., and Lexington, Ky. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Kentucky, she taught high school English for two years before she joined the WAVES, serving as an aerographer in Washington, D.C. After World War II, Ellen obtained a master's degree in English from Ohio State University, and a Library Science degree from the University of Illinois. She was an assistant reference librarian in the Lincoln Library in Springfield, Ill. before coming to Akron, Ohio.

In 1957 to 1959 she was librarian at the U.S. Army Base in Phalsbourg, France. Later Ellen and her sister traveled extensively in England and Ireland pursuing their mutual interest in genealogy. Ellen always loved books and reading; she and her sister had a personal library of about two thousand books. As a young child, her brother Tom recalls, Ellen returned home in tears one day when she realized she would never be able to read all the books in the North East Public Library.

Ellen is survived by her brother, Thomas "Tom" Evans Earle and five nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sister, Mary Elizabeth Earle; and her brother, Edward "Ted" Southgate Earle. Burial was at Southgate, Kentucky. Memorial contributions may be made to your local public library or your favorite educational institution.


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The official title was US Naval Reserve (Women's Reserve).
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World War II
From Month/Year
December / 1941
To Month/Year
September / 1945

Overview of World War II 

World War II killed more people, involved more nations, and cost more money than any other war in history. Altogether, 70 million people served in the armed forces during the war, and 17 million combatants died. Civilian deaths were ever greater. At least 19 million Soviet civilians, 10 million Chinese, and 6 million European Jews lost their lives during the war.

World War II was truly a global war. Some 70 nations took part in the conflict, and fighting took place on the continents of Africa, Asia, and Europe, as well as on the high seas. Entire societies participated as soldiers or as war workers, while others were persecuted as victims of occupation and mass murder.

World War II cost the United States a million causalities and nearly 400,000 deaths. In both domestic and foreign affairs, its consequences were far-reaching. It ended the Depression, brought millions of married women into the workforce, initiated sweeping changes in the lives of the nation's minority groups, and dramatically expanded government's presence in American life.

The War at Home & Abroad

On September 1, 1939, World War II started when Germany invaded Poland. By November 1942, the Axis powers controlled territory from Norway to North Africa and from France to the Soviet Union. After defeating the Axis in North Africa in May 1941, the United States and its Allies invaded Sicily in July 1943 and forced Italy to surrender in September. On D-Day, June 6, 1944, the Allies landed in Northern France. In December, a German counteroffensive (the Battle of the Bulge) failed. Germany surrendered in May 1945.

The United States entered the war following a surprise attack by Japan on the U.S. Pacific fleet in Hawaii. The United States and its Allies halted Japanese expansion at the Battle of Midway in June 1942 and in other campaigns in the South Pacific. From 1943 to August 1945, the Allies hopped from island to island across the Central Pacific and also battled the Japanese in China, Burma, and India. Japan agreed to surrender on August 14, 1945 after the United States dropped the first atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.


1. The war ended Depression unemployment and dramatically expanded government's presence in American life. It led the federal government to create a War Production Board to oversee conversion to a wartime economy and the Office of Price Administration to set prices on many items and to supervise a rationing system.

2. During the war, African Americans, women, and Mexican Americans founded new opportunities in industry. But Japanese Americans living on the Pacific coast were relocated from their homes and placed in internment camps.

The Dawn of the Atomic Age

In 1939, Albert Einstein wrote a letter to President Roosevelt, warning him that the Nazis might be able to build an atomic bomb. On December 2, 1942, Enrico Fermi, an Italian refugee, produced the first self-sustained, controlled nuclear chain reaction in Chicago.

To ensure that the United States developed a bomb before Nazi Germany did, the federal government started the secret $2 billion Manhattan Project. On July 16, 1945, in the New Mexico desert near Alamogordo, the Manhattan Project's scientists exploded the first atomic bomb.

It was during the Potsdam negotiations that President Harry Truman learned that American scientists had tested the first atomic bomb. On August 6, 1945, the Enola Gay, a B-29 Superfortress, released an atomic bomb over Hiroshima, Japan. Between 80,000 and 140,000 people were killed or fatally wounded. Three days later, a second bomb fell on Nagasaki. About 35,000 people were killed. The following day Japan sued for peace.

President Truman's defenders argued that the bombs ended the war quickly, avoiding the necessity of a costly invasion and the probable loss of tens of thousands of American lives and hundreds of thousands of Japanese lives. His critics argued that the war might have ended even without the atomic bombings. They maintained that the Japanese economy would have been strangled by a continued naval blockade, and that Japan could have been forced to surrender by conventional firebombing or by a demonstration of the atomic bomb's power.

The unleashing of nuclear power during World War II generated hope of a cheap and abundant source of energy, but it also produced anxiety among large numbers of people in the United States and around the world.
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Month/Year
January / 1943
To Month/Year
September / 1945
Last Updated:
Mar 16, 2020
Personal Memories

1943-1945: She joined the WAVES, serving as an aerographer in Washington, D.C.

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