Center Assists Veterans with Finances and Entrepreneurial Training—Scholarships Available



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Helen McLaren


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 was up for Chief when the war ended, so they froze rates, but didn’t discharge me. I then processed the young 18-year-old males who were joining the Coast Guard.

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.

By Helen McLaren, Westwood, Massachusetts www.mass.gov/veterans


Directory: veterans -> docs
docs -> The Bay State Patriot a publication of Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services Volume 2, Issue 2
docs -> The Bay State Patriot a publication of Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services Volume 3, Issue 1
docs -> Women Veterans’ Network Newsletter Spring 2006 Welcome Home Bill Expands Veterans’ Benefits
docs -> Women Veterans’ Network Newsletter September 2003 New Bill to Broaden State’s Definition of Veteran
docs -> Dvs welcomes Its New Secretary of Veterans’ Services for the Commonwealth, Coleman Nee
docs -> Women Veterans’ Network Newsletter Fall 2006 What Is a Veterans’ Agent?
docs -> Keynote remarks Women Are Veterans Too! November 8, 2007 by Elizabeth and Theresa O’Dorherty Heidi Kruckenberg, emcee
docs -> The Bay State Patriot a publication of Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services Volume 3, Issue 2
docs -> Women Veterans’ Network Newsletter March 2004 Help Pr


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