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Loretta Perfectus Walsh

First woman to enlist as active-duty Navy

Yeoman, US Navy

Loretta was the first woman allowed to serve as a soldier in any US armed force and the irst female Navy Yeoman.  As a non-nurse, Walsh was the first of 13,000 World War I yeoman females entitled to receive the same benefits and responsibilities as men, including identical pay.

Read more at the following links:

  • Official Navy Article


  • America Comes Alive Article


  • Memorial Bio


  • New York Times Article


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