Loretta Perfectus Walsh (22 Apr 1896 - 6 Aug 1925) became the first American active-duty Navy woman, and the first woman allowed to serve as a woman, in any of the U.S. armed forces other than as a nurse, when she enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserves in 1917. 12 days later, WWI was declared. She became the first woman Navy Petty Officer, Chief Yeoman, and was the first of 13,000 yeoman females entitled to receive the same military pay and benefits.
Quartermaster 2nd Class Shelby Croy plots the ship's course during a simulated underway on the bridge aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman. The crew certification process is the first in a series of certifications and evaluations required for deployment. #AmericasNavy #USNavy #Navy navy.com