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Happy Holidays from The Mariners' Museum Library!

Season’s greetings from the Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation!

Three Women’s Army Corps (WAC) personnel, Cpl. Helen Dent, Pvt. Louise De Sorcy, Cpl. Beth Haddow, present a Christmas wreath on December 14, 1944 at Newport News, VA during World War II.

Christmas Kiddie’s Party for children of enlisted men and officers at Norfolk Army base, HRPE, December 23, 1944. Photo shows Christiane Elizabeth Baxter daughter of Sgt. Chas E Baxter, Mary Jennings, daughter of Lt. Col Jennings, Port Ordnance Office; Santa Claus; and Diane and Joan Kachmerik, daughters of Capt.. Michael Kachmerik.

Santa Claus, impersonated by Mrs. Gene Williams of Newport News, Virginia made a visit to the station hospital, Camp Patrick Henry, Virginia on December 21, 1944. Cpl. Davis O’Shea gets a piece of chocolate cake from Santa.

Shown are WACS of the 2nd War Company, Norfolk Air Base, Barracks A, HRPE, seated around a Christmas tree with their mascot dog. Shown are: Pfc. Esther Olseen, Sgt. Natalie Smith, 1st Sgt. “Bed-Check”, T/5 Mary Smith, Pfc. Lois Laughlen, Pvt. Cory McGovern, Cpl. Ann Weathers, T/5 Ruth Ballard, Pfc. Mary Pfau, T/4 Mary Sofka and Cpl. Amy Bastiani.

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