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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

http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=59573

  • America Comes Alive Article

http://americacomesalive.com/2011/03/03/loretta-walsh-1896-1925/

  • Memorial Bio

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=28491330

  • New York Times Article

http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=F40813FD3F5E11738DDDAB0A94DB405B878DF1D3

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