Obit of the Day: WAVES Goodbye
When Marshall Field’s, the legendary department store in Chicago, was contacted by the Navy to find recruits for their new female branch, Rita McIntosh’s name was immediately brought forward. McIntosh, already a college graduate, was sent to Smith College to for additional training.
She was part of the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) publications office in Washington, DC writing recruitment publications, including the manual above, The Story of You in Navy Blue. McIntosh worked in the office until November 1944.
She spent her after-war career working as a speech therapist in the Upper Durbin School District outside of Philadelphia. She and her husband (he also a Navy veteran) ran an antiques shop out of their home.
She was 94.
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