women of pearl harbor

I didn’t spot this in time for the anniversary earlier this month, but the photo is fascinating:


credits: Three Lions/Getty images
For more on this, check this article. More information was ferretted out about the picture (courtesy the comment section):

“A crew of women fire fighters, all crews having been chosen from personnel working in the immediate vicinity of the pumper stations. From left to right: Elizabeth Moku, Alice Cho, Katherine Lowe, and Hilda Van Gieson.”Lowe said the wartime photo was certainly not taken on Dec. 7, 1941, the day the Imperial Japanese Navy shocked the United States into joining World War II. On that Sunday morning she was headed to church when the bombing started, and she went ahead anyway because she wasn’t sure what else to do. But she and her friends from the Dole pineapple factory did soon go to work as civilian workers at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, and one of their duties was to fight fires. She said the photo was probably taken at a training exercise during the war. She said she had no idea that her photo was in history books.So the bottom line: These women were female firefighters at Pearl Harbor, the place. To that extent the photo is authentic. But they weren’t fighting a fire when this photograph was taken, and they weren’t fighting any fires on Dec. 7, the day we remember every year on Pearl Harbor Day. In addition to Lowe’s account, there is strong documentary evidence that this is a Navy publicity photo taken to showcase the roles of women during the war. (see here)

For my part, I’m actually pretty well convinced that the second woman from the left is Boomer (BSG)! 😉

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