Pottawattamie County

Ensign Mabel E. Gunderson



Throughout the continental United States some 1,600 girls are helping with the war by serving their country as WAVES. The tasks at which the Iowans are working are typical of the varied and interesting jobs the WAVES are doing to replace men for the fighting front. The national recruiting quota is 1,200 a week and by the end of 1944 the navy hopes to have 94,000 WAVES.


Ensign Mabel E. Gunderson, Council Bluffs, prepares drydocking schedules in San Diego. Previously, only men with sea-going experience held this post.

Source: Des Moines Register, February 20, 1944 (photo included)