Grave marker effort for the AEF’s Helen Hagan.


Hagan in YMCA uniform

Since my blog post on Helen Hagan (1891-1964)—composer, pianist, and AEF entertainer—I was stunned to learn that she lies in an unmarked grave in New Haven’s Evergreen Cemetery. Please consider joining the effort to obtain a marker for her grave that will recognize her achievements, and spread the word.

• Listen to Hagan’s Concerto in C Minor

Update, 3-25-16. The grave marker effort has surpassed its fund-raising goal, reaching a total of $1605. Thanks to all who so generously contributed. A dedication ceremony is envisioned for fall 2016.


No. of WWI Navy women, by state.


Yeomen (F), Washington, DC. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Div.

The graphic I have produced below (or download here) shows American women who served in the World War I Navy by state. The top five states/territories are New York (2329), District of Columbia (1874), Massachusetts (1324), Virginia (1071), and Pennsylvania (1067). The total of Navy women in all states/territories is 11,859 (but note discrepancy in Maryland’s number).