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WAVES personnel at the bow of Missouri, Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia, United States, during her shakedown period, 19 Aug 1944

Caption   WAVES personnel at the bow of Missouri, Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia, United States, during her shakedown period, 19 Aug 1944 ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States National Archives
Identification Code   80-G-K-4563
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WAVES: Women in the WW2 US Navy   Main article  Photos  
Missouri   Main article  Photos  
Photos on Same Day See all photos dated 19 Aug 1944
Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 7 Aug 2007
Licensing  Public Domain. According to the US National Archives, as of 21 Jul 2010:
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1. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
15 Sep 2009 05:42:36 PM

Any flag, ensign, streamer, or rag flying off a Navy ship means something. Where it is flown means something too. This photo shows the US Navy Jack, flown at the head of the ship (that’s the front, not the toilet) when the ship is not underway and the Captain is aboard, for captains the rank of Captain or lower. If the captain is of flag rank (Admiral level) or more commonly when an Admiral is aboard, the Admiral’s flag (solid blue with large white stars the same number as worn by the Admiral) is flown at the head when not underway. (The Admiral’s flag is flown at the highest point of the vessel when underway – hence the term “flagship”). The USN Jack is the canton (star field) from the National ensign, so the Jack in this photo has 48 stars while later Jacks had 50 (in May 2002, the USN reverted to the Rattlesnake Jack for the duration of the War on Terrorism).

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WW2-Era Place Name Norfolk, Virginia, United States
Lat/Long 36.8798, -76.3289
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"No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. You win the war by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country!"

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