SPARs Visit Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay

PHILADELPHIA - Three members of the original Coast Guard Women's Reserve are given bouquets of flowers to thank them for making a presentation to the command and crew of Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay here Wednesday, March 28, 2007. The women, (pictured from left) Ann Wikowski, Dorothy Dempsey and Charlotte Bart, made a presentation about enlisting in the Coast Guard Women's Reserve, more commonly known as the SPARs, in 1943. In 1942, the establishment of the SPARs (an acronym taken from the Coast Guard's motto, Semper Paratus - Always Ready) represented the first time women were accepted into the enlisted ranks of the Coast Guard. The women filled shore positions so their male counterparts could deploy overseas in support of World War II. U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Roderig, Sector Delaware Bay

PHILADELPHIA – Three members of the original Coast Guard Women’s Reserve are given bouquets of flowers to thank them for making a presentation to the command and crew of Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay here Wednesday, March 28, 2007. The women, (pictured from left) Ann Wikowski, Dorothy Dempsey and Charlotte Bart, made a presentation about enlisting in the Coast Guard Women’s Reserve, more commonly known as the SPARs, in 1943.

In 1942, the establishment of the SPARs (an acronym taken from the Coast Guard’s motto, Semper Paratus – Always Ready) represented the first time women were accepted into the enlisted ranks of the Coast Guard. The women filled shore positions so their male counterparts could deploy overseas in support of World War II.
U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Roderig, Sector Delaware Bay

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