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Collection Tier:
Tier 2

Clothing and Accessories
Women's Clothing
Uniforms
World War II ➔ Military Uniform

Identifier:
131164
Description:
This jacket accompanies uniform number 131164 and is from the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Serice (WAVES) of the United States Naval Reserve. It was worn by Anne M. Kleiner from 1942 to 1946 while serving during World War II. It is navy blue and has WAVES insignias on the lapels. It also has Lieutenant ranks on the sleeves. 
Date:
circa 1942 – 1946
Materials:
Wool
Dimensions:
23.5" h 24" w
Current Location Status:
On Exhibit
Source:
Gift Of Mrs. Anthony Kleiner
Makers/Donors
Anne M. Kleiner
Anne M. Kleiner served in WAVES during World War II. In 1943 she was an Ensign and by 1945 she was promoted to Lieutenant Junior. At the end of her service, she had been promoted to a Lieutenant. She was enrolled in the University of Michigan in 1940.

Anne M. Kleiner
Anne M. Kleiner served in WAVES during World War II. In 1943 she was an Ensign and by 1945 she was promoted to Lieutenant Junior. At the end of her service, she had been promoted to a Lieutenant. She was enrolled in the University of Michigan in 1940.

Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service
The Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service, also known as WAVES, was established in 1942 by the U.S. Congress. It was the women's branch of the United States Naval Reserve during World War II. Once created by Congress, the U.S. Navy was allowed to accept women into the Naval Reserve as commissioned officers and enlisted members for the duration of the war. This law paved the way for Public Law 689, which allowed women to serve in the Navy. The creation of the WAVES allowed men to work sea duty while the women replaced them in short establishments. They served at 900 shore stations in the United States and worked in a variety of fields such as administrative, medical, and engineering. 
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Grand Rapids
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