Jeanne Lois Blakeley

Miss Jeanne Blakeley enlisted in the WAVES and left Monday night for New York City, where she will have her "boot" training at Hunter College. She is a graduate of Saint Patrick's High School and has recently been employed in the office of the Eau Claire Ordnance Plant.

Eau Claire WAVES in Yeoman Course at Cedar Falls
Three Eau Claire girls in the WAVES are now in training at the Naval Training School (Yeoman) located on the campus of the Iowa State Teachers College, Cedar Falls, IA.  They are Mary Rita Goethel, 20, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Goethel, 603 Second Avenue; Jean Cordele Elliott, 21, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. V. K. Elliott, 137 Niagara Street; and Jeanne Lois Blakeley, 20, daughter of Mr. J. Blakeley, 205 Fulton Street.

Civilian experiences and “boot training” aptitude tests were the basis for their selection to the specialty school. The yeoman course of study includes shorthand, typing, Naval correspondence, records and forms, and current events. The college-slanted course is complete with physical education and pleasant university social functions.  

Jean Cordele Elliott, 137 Niagara Street, and Jeanne Lois Blakeley, 205 Fulton Street, Eau Claire, WAVES, have been graduated from the Naval Training School for Women Reservist Yeomen at the Iowa State Teachers College campus, Cedar Falls, Iowa. They have been promoted to the Petty Officer rates of Yeoman Third Class.

Jeanne L. Blakeley, Yeoman Third Class, is now on leave visiting her brother, A. J. Blakeley, 1317 Highland Avenue, this city. Yeoman Blakeley received her boot training at Hunter College in New York City and further basic training at Cedar Falls, IA.

Both Jean Elliott and Jeanne Blakeley were enlisted from Eau Claire during one of the Navy drives. Both these girls went to Hunter College for their boot training and then to service school at Cedar Falls, IA. They have been assigned to duty stations in Washington, DC.

Among all the most pleasant things they found in their Navy experience was the fact that the Navy kept them together, which was their desire and enabled them to serve together in the Navy.