Pamela Janet Eldredge was born on February 5, 1924, in Port Chester, New York, her father, Sanford, was 31, and her mother, Hellen, was 28. She had two older sisters Helen and Margaret and a younger brother Sanford. In Rye her family lived at 3 Pine Lane anf they were members of the Church of the Resurrection. .
Pamela was a Rye High School Graduate, Class of 1942. She enlisted and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Pamela enlisted on May 4, 1944 when she was 20 years old and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Pamela Eldredge Joins WAVES
Miss Pamela J. Eldredge has been accepted by the WAVES as an apprentice seaman and is now stationed at Hunter College, New York, for boot training. Her brother, Cadet Sanford Eldredge, Jr. , will be graduated next month from the Admiral
Billiard Naval Academy, New London, Conn. Their parents are Mr. and Mrs. Sanford Eldredge, 3 Pine Lane.
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The WAVES served in 900 shore stations in the continental United States. Initially, they were prohibited from serving on ships or outside of the country. In September 1944, the Congress amended the law by allowing the WAVES to volunteer for service in the territories of Alaska and Hawaii. Hawaii was the only overseas station staffed with the WAVES on a permanent basis. The officers were employed in such professions as doctors, attorneys, engineers, mathematicians, and chaplains.
Most enlisted WAVES worked in jobs traditionally performed by women, such as clerical work, health care, or storekeeping. A few took over jobs typically held by men, in occupations like aviation machinists, aviation metalsmiths, parachute riggers, control tower operators, radio operators, yeomen, or statisticians.
Pamela Janet Eldredge married Anthony Wells in Rye, New York, on September 20, 1947, when she was 23 years old. They had two children during their marriage. She died on April 27, 2000, in Ithaca, New York, at the age of 76.