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From the Archives…Life Boats and Lifesaving

In November 1942, at Daytona Beach, Florida, selected members of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) stationed at the 2ndTrainingCenter were appointed to the Life Guard Corps to guard the beaches allotted to the women for swimming and relaxing in their off-duty hours.

The training center command asked the Red Cross to give the women instruction in the surf as many of them had never worked in the ocean. Bert Powell, captain of the Daytona Beach Red Cross Life Saving Corps, directs a lifeboat team on a practice pull out to sea. Photo by Hod Lewis/American Red Cross, 1942

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