Cerro Gordo County

Harriet Ann Evans



Mason City Girl Among First WAVES to Serve Outside U.S.

Harriet Ann Evans is Mason City Enroute to Embarkation Point

Harriet Ann Evans, seaman 1/c, who has been acting as hospital corpsman at Bunker Hill, Ind., since December, 1943, is one of 3 WAVES from the naval air station, at Bunker Hill, selected in the first draft of WAVES headed for duty "outside the continental limits of the United States."

Seaman Evans, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L.H. Evans, 248 6th S.E., arrived in Mason City Wednesday to visit her parents until next Tuesday. She entered the service in September, 1943.

Selections were announced by Capt. D.D. Gurley, USNR, Bunker Hill's commanding officer.

Geraldine R. Ambrose of Grand Rapids, Mich., petty officer with the rank of radioman 1/c, and Melanie D. Fiodin, of Denver, Colo., seaman 2/c, who has been working towards a rating as radioman 3/c, also were selected.

The trio will proceed to a west coast port for embarkation to their new duty stations in accordance with recently signed legislation which permits the use of WAVES at foreign stations.

Source: Mason City Globe-Gazette, November 30, 1944 (photo included)

AT HAWAII STATION -- Harriette Anne Evans, seaman 1/c, of Mason City, was in the first continent of WAVES to report for duty outside the continental limits of the United States. With more than 200 others from 40 states, she arrived at the headquarters of the 14th Naval District, Pearl Harbor, for reassignment at Honolulu or at Puunene, Maui. T.H. Seaman Evans entered the WAVES on August 11, 1943, and was previously stationed at the Naval Air station at Bunker Hill, Ind. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L.H. Evans, of 248 6th S.E., Mason City.

Source: The Mason City Globe-Gazette, January 27, 1945 (photo included)