Featured in my new collection In Their Own Words: American Women in World War I are some of the “fingerprint girls” of the Navy. Through fingerprint records, they assisted in identifying sailors who were involved in criminal activity or who had deserted. The fingerprint girls included Yeoman (F) Blanche Stansbury of Alexandria, VA. Stansbury married James Randall Caton Jr. (a major in the 155 Depot Brigade in World War I and a partner in an Alexandria law firm with his father), was a member of the American Legion, and is buried in Arlington Cemetery.
Rebecca Sheir, host of WAMU’s Metro Connection, interviewed me about the DC-area women included in my collection In Their Own Words: American Women in World War I. Two passages also can be heard from the book:
• Excerpt, Mary Roberts Rinehart’s 1917 report to Secretary of War Newton D. Baker
• Excerpt, 1918 account of Walter Reed librarian Gertrude Thiebaud