|CDR D.I. Council, c. 1964|
In honor of Women's History Month it is hard to think of a more fitting subject related to the Naval War College than Dorothy Irene Council. Captain Council joined the United States Navy in 1942 as an ensign in the newly created WAVES program (Woman Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service). Throughout her career, Council was a trailblazer among women in the Navy. In 1948, with the passage of the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act, she was among the first 288 women officers to be commissioned as a lieutenant in the regular Navy. Later, in 1967 while stationed at the War College, Council became one of the first seven women to be appointed captain. When she retired from active duty in 1972, she was awarded the Legion of Merit and was recognized as the first female line officer to complete thirty years of continuous service in the U.S. Navy.
|Capt. Council Uniform, c. 1972|
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