Today in World War II History—Aug. 3, 1942 POSTED: Thursday, August 3, 2017 by Sarah Sundin Lt. Cdr. Mildred McAfee, USNR, Director of the WAVES, WWII (US Navy photo) 75 Years Ago—Aug. 3, 1942: Lt. Cdr. Mildred McAfee is named the first director of the WAVES, becomes the first female officer in the US Naval Reserve.