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May 4, 1898

Joy Bright Hancock, a veteran of both the First and Second World Wars, one of the first women officers of the United States Navy is born. 

Joy Bright Hancock, a veteran of both the First and Second World Wars, was one of the first women officers of the United States Navy. She served in the Navy as a yeoman (F) during World War I and worked between the world wars at the Bureau of Aeronautics where, among other achievements, she started Naval Aviation News magazine. After being widowed by two aviators, she overcame her fear of flying by learning how to fly herself.

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Lt. Cmdr Joy Bright Hancock, USNR, photographed circa 1943. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. U.S. Navy Photo

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