Linda Maye Adams

Soldier, Storyteller

Women of Pearl Harbor – 75 years


When I was growing up, I remember headlines on December 7, honoring the loss of lives at Pearl Harbor.  Now it largely feels like an afterthought, getting a passing mention if it’s a slow news day.  I got to see the memorial back in the early 80s, when I visited Hawaii.  I could see the very top of the wreck just under the surface and oil bubbling up.

And we always heard the stories about the men who were there.

Not the women.

I didn’t know there were women, until I saw this article.

“The women had to be single. The minute they were married, they were out the door,” Woll said, noting that the need for more nurses eventually led to a rule change. “In 1943, that was the first time you could marry and still legally be in the military — until you had your first child. Then you’re out again.”

Times really have changed!

2 Comments

  1. Thanks for reminding us of our history.

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  2. Lisa

    That’s a fascinating article- loved the letter!

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