Want to learn more? Explore the job requirements for a Yeoman during WWII.
Chief Yeoman Navy rating badge.
The duties of a Yeoman have changed somewhat over the years as information technology has transformed the way a Yeoman's job is done in today's modern Navy. The objective, however, is to present the job as it was done during WWII.
Fortunately, there is a great source document on a Yeoman's duties at the website for USS North Carolina (BB-55), a museum ship, located in Wilmington, NC. A battleship had a larger crew than did USS Elmore but the basics of the job requirements are all there. This will give you a good idea of the duties that a Yeomen performed on the Elmore.
Enlisted men who worked in the EX Division office belonged to the Yeoman rating; the Navy's clerical rating. Ten Yeomen were assigned to the EX Division. These included a Chief Yeoman (also known as the Ship's Writer [CY]), one Yeoman First Class (Y1c), 3 Yeoman Second Class (Y2c), 2 Yeoman Third Class (Y3c) and 3 Seamen who were "striking" (i.e. receiving on the job training) to become Yeomen.
Yeoman's work required a thorough knowledge of the Navy's administrative publications including:
Good Yeomen were detail-oriented, and needed good management and organization skills, and had to be able to type accurately and without mistakes, and take short-hand dictation. Duties and responsibilities of EX Division Yeoman included:
Because the USS North Carolina (BB-55) was a combat vessel, Yeomen were not only "paper pushers." When the ship went to General Quarters, Yeoman manned various battle stations. These included:
Moored in quiet dignity and majesty the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, across the river from downtown Wilmington, NC beckons visitors to walk her decks. Envision the daily life and fierce combat her crew faced in the Pacific Theatre during World War II.
From all across our Nation they came, young men who had grown up in the crucible of the Great Depression and now determined to serve their Country in its time of need. These are the men whose stories you will encounter through their oral histories, photographs, and mementos as you experience the Ship and the exhibits.
Step back in time and let history come alive through the crews’ stories. Imagine yourself steering the ship, starting her engines or even firing the guns. JOIN THE CREW and be a part of Battleship history at the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA!
Click on image above to visit the USS North Carolina website