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Veteran Joan F. Hughes

Pharmacy Mate 2nd Class · Navy WAVE · United States Navy · 1943-1945


By the time Joan Fowler-Hughes was 21 years old, she had graduated from high school as well as college. She was seriously involved with a man who was a college graduate as well as a pilot… and deployed to the theater of war in Europe. The man was killed in action.

Joan was grief-stricken. The best thing she felt she could to do keep his memory alive was to try to take his place in service to the country.

Joan and a college friend decided to join the ranks of the Navy’s WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service). The WAVES were established by law to relieve the...

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