The US Navy Celebrates Women's History Month With Incredible Photos of Female Sailors

Women's History Month is an opportunity to showcase the untold stories of women, both past and present.

The U.S. Navy celebrated the month with a special feature on March 21, a day which marked one century since Loretta Perfectus Walsh became the first female chief petty officer of the Navy in 1917.

Click through the gallery above to see the photos they featured in honor of the day, depicting "100 Years of Deckplate Leadership by Female Navy Chiefs."

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Photo Credit: U.S. Navy/Released


"Female yeomen at the U.S. Naval Hospital, Mare Island, California, 1918." Photo Credit: U.S. Navy/Released

"Seaman 2nd Class Elaine Olsen (left) and Seaman 2nd Class Ted Snow learn to take down a radial aircraft engine block at Naval Air Station, Lakehurst, New Jersey, during World War II." Photo Credit: U.S. Navy/Released

"Specialist (T) 3rd Class Dorothy Knee and Specialist (T) Genevieve Close direct aircraft arrivals and departures from the control tower at Naval Air Station, Anacostia, District of Columbia, in early or mid-1943." Photo Credit: U.S. Navy/Released

"WAVES visit USS Missouri (BB 63) in an east coast port, during the ship’s shakedown period, circa August 1944." Photo Credit: U.S. Navy/Released

"A female Sailor mans her duty station as USS Sanctuary (AH 17)’s lookout on the ship in Hunter’s Point, California, March 1973. The Sailor was one of the fifty women in the Navy assigned to duty on the Navy hospital ship." Photo Credit: U.S. Navy/Released