The World War Two Memorial

The World War Two Memorial
Humboldt County Veterans Visit their Memorial

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Irene Gates

During the war, Irene Gates was a Wave stationed in San Francisco.  She was an extremely fast typist and was the first step in getting sensitive information to folks who would then put it in Morse Code to be sent via cable over the Pacific Ocean.  She handled much of the communication from Admiral Nimitz for the Battle of the Midway.  Needless to say, she couldn't tell anyone where she was working or what she was doing.  When the war was over, she was transferred to a position that required her to type officers' discharge papers---13 onion skin copies.  "You don't make a mistake when you have to correct all of those copies!" laughs Irene.

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