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  • Service branch: Coast Guard--SPARS
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    • [SPAR cadets drill, circa 1945]

    • 1945
    • Coast Guard SPARs, in a formation of 3 lines, march in unison during drills at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut. Helene Lawrence appears to be front left. The caption on the back reads:"Marching with the same precision as...
    • WV0457 Helene Lawrence Papers, 1939-1965
    • [Coast Guard SPAR winter blue uniform, circa 1943]

    • 1943
    • Coast Guard SPAR enlisted winter blue uniform, including tailored navy blue wool blouse with distinctive rounded collar with SPARs insignia, four blue plastic Coast Guard buttons, and embroidered Coast Guard shield on lower right sleeve, circa...
    • WV0001 Women Veterans General Textile Collection
    • Don't be a spare'be a SPAR [circa 1943]

    • 1943
    • Fold-out pamphlet for the Coast Guard SPARs provides a brief description of the jobs that SPARs could perform during World War II and the qualifications for enlisted SPARs and officers. Includes detachable form that could be mailed to the SPAR...
    • WV0002 Women Veterans General Printed Materials and Video Recordings Collection
    • SPARS - serve with women's reserve - U.S. Coast Guard [circa 1943]

    • 1942
    • Recruiting poster for the Coast Guard SPARs, circa 1942. Illustration by J. Valentin features a saluting SPAR imposed over imagery of a pioneer woman with a rifle defending her Conestoga wagon.
    • WV0002 Women Veterans General Printed Materials and Video Recordings Collection
    • Facts about...SPARS [1944]

    • 1944
    • Black-and-white illustrated recruiting brochure that provides detailed descriptions about the benefits of joining the SPARs. Topics include the purpose of the Coast Guard; the meaning of "SPAR" and how women fit into the Coast Guard; uniforms; pay;...
    • WV0002 Women Veterans General Printed Materials and Video Recordings Collection
    • [Portrait of three SPARS,1944]

    • 1944
    • Virginia Van Dongen (top) and two fellow Coast Guard SPARS from the Atlantic City station pose in 1944.
    • WV0015 Virginia Van Dongen Papers
    • [Receiving Pay Office staff, 1945]

    • 1945
    • Receiving Pay Office staff, in dress blues, pose at the U.S. Coast Guard base in Manhattan Beach, NY. Pictured are (back row:) Joe Darafy[?], Smokey Rhodes, Harold Garland, John Hood, Abner Annis, Kenny Engel; (front row) Mary Giles, Betty...
    • WV0006 Mary Angelyn Giles Kelly Photographs
    • [Coralee Burson Davis, 1944]

    • 1944
    • Full-length portrait of Coralee Burson Davis in the Coast Guard SPAR blue enlisted service dress uniform, garrison cap, and handbag, taken in 1944.
    • WV0222 Coralee Burson Davis Papers
    • [Diary of Jenice M. Klee, 1943]

    • 1943-1945
    • Jenice M. Klee served in a clerical capacity for the United States Coast Guard SPARS program during the Second World War. Her diary spans the period from January 1, 1943 to December 23, 1945. It is primarily concerned with Klee's social and work...
    • WV0279 Jenice M. Klee Diary
    • [Portrait of Laura Avis Gibson, 1944]

    • 1944-11
    • Portrait of Laura Avis Gibson taken while she was stationed at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., in November of 1944. She wears the SPARs blue service dress uniform with matching garrison cap.
    • WV0327 Laura Avis Gibson Papers
    • [SPARs aboard a boat, circa 1945]

    • 1945
    • Helene Lawrence (left), a male Coast Guard officer, and two fellow SPARs are pictured at the helm of a small boat flying a variant of the U.S. Coast Guard Ensign flag, circa 1945. The Coast Guard personnel are identified as Gans, Nuess, and Garus.
    • WV0457 Helene Lawrence Papers, 1939-1965
    • Oral history interview with Lucy Phillips Pugh, 1999

    • 1999-05-06
    • Primarily documents Lucy Pugh's early life and her service with the Coast Guard SPARS (from Semper Paratus-Always Ready) during World War II.


      Pugh discusses her life before the war, including her father's general store; playing...
    • WV0074 Lucy Phillips Pugh Papers
    • Oral history interview with Jane Morey, 1999

    • 1999-11-03
    • Primarily documents Jane G. Morey's early life and her service in the Coast Guard SPARs from 1943 to 1945.

      Morey discusses her love of reading; early aspirations to be an antiquarian; knowledge of the war in Europe during high school; and...
    • WV0114 Jane G. Morey Oral History
    • Oral history interview with Coralee Burson Davis, 2001

    • 2001
    • Primarily documents Coralee "Coco" Burson Davis' service in the Coast Guard SPARs during World War II, including her involvement in the play and musical Tars and Spars, and her acting career and personal life after the war.

      Davis describes...
    • WV0222 Coralee Burson Davis Papers
    • Oral history interview with Irene Parsons, 2005

    • 2005-08-02
    • Primarily documents Irene Adelaide Parsons' service in the U.S. Coast Guard SPARS from 1943 to 1946, and her thirty years of service with the Veterans Administration.

      Parsons discusses her education at Brevard College and Woman's College,...
    • WV0311 Irene Parsons Papers
    • Oral history interview with Laura Gibson, 2005

    • 2005-08-19
    • Primarily details Laura Avis Gibson's service with the Coast Guard during World War II, in addition to her youth on a farm and her work at Burlington Industries.

      Gibson briefly recalls her childhood on a farm in Randolph County and then...
    • WV0327 Laura Avis Gibson Papers
    • Oral history interview with Bonnie James Baxter, 2005

    • 2005-08-31
    • Primarily documents Bonnie James Baxter's service in the U.S. Coast Guard SPARs during WWII."

      Baxter briefly discusses her youth, various office jobs she held before entering the service, recruitment posters, and her reasons for enlisting...
    • WV0329 Bonnie James Baxter Papers

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