In December of 1942 my mother read about the Coast Guard’s interest in recruiting women to service in the SPARS. I thought it was a good idea so I enlisted in February 1943 and left Boston in the first group of 14 women the Coast Guard recruited. The Coast Guard didn’t expect the response and they were not ready, so we were sent to Hunter College in New York to train with the WAVES. After a month in New York we were sent to Ohio A&M College in Stillwater, OH. I was sent back to Boston and put in recruiting. Recruiting was a special assignment and they had no place to put me so I had special permission to live at home. I traveled the five New England states and would be away at least a month at a time, living in the New England states.
I served three years in the Coast Guard from 1943-46 and it was a wonderful experience traveling the New England states. Thank you for thinking of me on this project. I had so many happy experiences and loved being a SPAR. Everyday was a memorable, proud moment.