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1917: Yeomanettes

Yeomanettes in Newport

Newport, Rhode Island housed, hosted and trained thousands of Yeomanette from 1917 to 1919. The lived on the base and worked at the Supply Office for the Second Naval District. Yeoman (F) came to Newport for training at the Yeoman School before being sent to their war time assignments. 

Women stationed in Newport served in naval clerical billets, freeing up men to go to war, but they also worked to support intelligence and torpedo development as translators, telephone operators, camouflage designers, fingerprint experts, and assemblers of delicate torpedo parts at Naval Training Station and the Goat Island Naval Torpedo Station.