April 22, 1896

Loretta Perfectus Walsh, the first American active-duty Navy woman is born.

Loretta Perfectus Walsh became the first American active-duty Navy woman, the first woman to enlist in the U.S. Navy, and the first woman allowed to serve as a woman in any of the United States armed forces, as anything other than as a nurse, when she enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve on March 17, 1917. Walsh subsequently became the first woman U.S. Navy petty officer when she was sworn in as Chief Yeoman on March 21, 1917.

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(Original Caption) Uncle Sam’s first woman naval recruit. Miss Loretta Walsh was sworn in march 21st at Philadelphia as a Chief Yoeman in the United States Navy. She will do Clerical work. Her first duty was to enroll a man in the coast defense reserve. She said she felt like “George Washington”. She is assigned to duty at the Navy home in the Quaker City. Miss Walsh is eighteen years old and resides at 734 pine Street. she compelled to pass rigid examination required of applicants for enlistments.

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