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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

JAENN COZ BAILEY PAPERS

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BIOABSTRACT

Jaenn Coz Bailey of Sacramento, California, decoded and filed top secret messages during her service with the U.S. Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) from October 1944 until May 1946.


BIOGRAPHY

Jaenn Magdalene Coz Bailey was born in Fresno, California, and grew up in Sacramento, California. She graduated from C.K. McClatchy High School in 1943 and worked at the California State Library.

Bailey joined the WAVES in the fall of 1944 and attended basic training at Hunter College in the Bronx, New York. In December 1944 she was sent to the Naval Communications Annex in Washington, D.C., where she typed and filed top-secret decoded messages, helped organize a library of classified materials, and delivered dispatches to the White House.

She left the WAVES as a first class petty officer in May 1946 and married Chuck Bailey. They both attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on the GI Bill from 1946 until 1950. They lived in California for several years before her husband was called back into the military for the Korean War and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Bailey remained involved in the Reserve Officer’s Association League and passed away in November 2000.


CONTENTS AVAILABLE ONLINE:
Item
Portrait of Jaenn Coz Bailey, circa 1945
Item # WV0141.6.001
From the Jaenn Coz Bailey Papers
Portrait of Jaenn Coz Bailey, circa 1945
Item # WV0141.6.004
From the Jaenn Coz Bailey Papers
WAVES marching in formation, circa 1944.
Item # WV0141.6.002
From the Jaenn Coz Bailey Papers
Four WAVES laughing, circa 1945
Item # WV0141.6.005
From the Jaenn Coz Bailey Papers
Oral history interview with Jaenn Bailey, 2000
Item # WV0141.5.001
From the Jaenn Coz Bailey Papers

ADDITIONAL CONTENTS:
Correspondence, 1945-1946; Military Papers, 1944-1946; Rain Havelock, ca. 1944-1946.