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Doris Priscilla Adams, U.S.N. WAVES, Discharged 70 Years Ago Today

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Doris Priscilla Adams

Doris Priscilla Adams, later Doris Sabo, aka “Mom,” was rightly proud of her military service. She enlisted on 2 October 1943, when she was 20 years old.

Mom didn’t talk a lot about her military life, but from what she said, she enjoyed it. Boot camp was in Oklahoma in the winter and she wasn’t thrilled with that, but then she was assigned to San Diego, California, which she loved.

Doris Assignment to San Diego
Yeoman in the WAVES

Ridgewood Girl Assigned to San Diego As Yeoman in WAVES

Doris Adams, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon T. Adams of 630 Windemere Avenue, Ridgewood, having recently completed her course of training at the Yeoman School at Stillwater, Oklahoma, has received her rating of Yeoman, third class, as a member of the WAVES,and has been assigned to the Naval Air Base at San Diego, California.

Yeoman Adams enlisted in November 1943 and received her Boot training at Hunter College after which she was assigned to the school at Stillwater. She ahs been appointed to the post of secretary in the liaison office at the San Diego base.

Mrs. adams reports that her daughter’s letters ar highly enthusiastic of her new life. In common with most of the young women in service, she feels her present undertaking to be a most satisfying one.

A graduate of the Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School, Yeoman Adams was employed in New York with A.J. Powers, commercial photographer, before she entered the WAVES.

Doris & Naval Friends in Tijuana
Fun in Tijuana
Doris is second from left.

Mom was discharged from the Navy 70 years ago today, on 20 March 1946.

Doris Adams Navy Separation Paper
Discharge Papers

She finished as a Yeoman, Second Class, and earned the American Area Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. I have no idea what happened to those medals because they weren’t in the belongings that were left when she passed away in 2008.

Doris Adams Discharge ArticleDischarged

Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon T. Adams of 630 Wyndemere Avenue, Ridgewood, who was recently discharged from the WAVES as a yeoman first class (sic). Miss Adams, who has been stationed at San Diego, Calif. will spend the summer at Sebago Lake, Maine, and will enter Stanford University in the fall.

Treasure Chest Thursday: Favorite Photos

Here are three of my favorite childhood photos of my mother, Doris Priscilla Adams Sabo (7 June 1923- 23 July 2008) and her big sister, Annie Barbara Adams (3 August 1921- 30 January 1997).

Barbara and Doris Reading

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These photos were part of a set taken at the same time, in either Massachusetts or Maine, places where my grandfather had often been transferred for his work with Western Union.

By the lightweight looks of the dresses, I’d say these pictures were probably taken in the summer of 1926, when my mother turned three and Aunt Barbara turned five years old.

Both my mother and my aunt loved to read and, although the book was likely a photographer’s prop, they were clearly engrossed in the story book, which made for a beautiful photograph.