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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 20:59 pm 
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I am currently reading a book by an American citizen who served in the Royal Navy during WW2. In fact there were several who chose to volunteer their services before the US went to war.
However I have just been asked by an American lady if there were any US citizens who joined the WRNS? I have not heard of any and although there was the WRCNS from 42 on, I did wonder if anyone knows of any US ladies that joined the Wrens?


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2012 9:06 am 
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Hi Tony, I've never heard or read about any US Ladies being in the WRNS.

One of the regs regarding joining the WRNS was that you were a UK citizen.

I know many US men joined the British forces and also members of the US forces were loaned to the UK on training duties.

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Some ex-pats did, but then they were still technically British citizens, just living or working in the US. They may have become American citizens after the war though.

They also joined the ATS and WAAF.


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Not just WRNS, but US women joining the ATS and WAAF. Did that really happen and if so, would they have worn titles designating them American?


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i have an uniform of American volunteer in Royal Canadian Air Force Women's Division
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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2012 0:50 am 
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Thanks, and I just spoke to someone else who confirmed Americans, though rare, in the ATS.


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Hi,

my boyfriend came across this photo a while ago, showing two American ATS girls:

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WOW ! Thats a rare picture Pauline thanks for sharing....the US ATS lance jack wearing the SHAEF patch is a definate oddity....is she wearing US trousers and a brit BD ?

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That is a boody interesting pic


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Definately standard ATS BD, really good photo!

Re WRNS it seems odd that there are those great colour photos of women in WRNS ratings kit with various titles -certainly Poland and Norge.

I guess it's because they were displaced persons and their own services were re-formed here?

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Thanks for all the replies, still not sure if there were any Americans in the WRNS though. I did read that up until America entered the war because they were neutral and had a Neutrality Act it was actually illegal for an American citizen to volunteer to fight for a foreign foreign power. They risked a prison sentence and losing their US citizenship if they did so. So it was doubly fantastic so many chose to join the conflict in it's early stages. Many crossed the border into Canada as 'tourists' and then joined the RAF or Navy there.
It's surprising to see US citizens in the ATS at a late stage of the war, I wonder why they didn't join one of the US womens corps?


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I have a book by Larry King that has a story of an American woman who was raised by adoptive parents in Wales. She joined the WAAF. So, it is not impossible that an American woman may have served in the WRNS.


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