By Jim Roope, CNN
(CNN) - 91-year-old Florence Mast and 89-year-old Doris Vick served in WWII's US Navy as 'Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Services,' also known as Navy WAVES.
Vick joined the Navy at the age of 20 against her father’s wishes. Since her mother was an Army nurse in WWI though, her father was quickly convinced to give his permission.
[:15] “We were really the first ones to be in the service,” said Vick. “We opened the door.”
Much of Florence Mast's family was already serving when she decided to join. Her father was in the Navy, her brother joined shortly after Pearl Harbor, and her husband was in the Army serving overseas.
When she signed up for the WAVES, Mast wrote her husband to tell him of her decision. She says his response was less than supportive.
[2:11] “Don’t do it. Don’t do it or I’ll divorce you. That was the message. But I wrote to him saying it was too late, I was in the Navy.
They stayed together.
Both Florence and Doris went through boot camp at Hunter College in New York.
[2:57] “We did a lot of marching,” Vick said. “They really walked the hell out of us.”
The two spent the war working in state-side hospitals.
Editor's Note: Here Florence and Doris' story in the SoundCloud player above.