Funeral Services in Ithaca, NY for Coast Guard SPAR, World War II hero

Funeral Services in Ithaca, NY for Coast Guard SPAR, World War II hero
Florence Ebersole Smith Finch (1915-2016)(U.S. Coast Guard photo) BUFFALO, N.Y. – The U. S. Coast Guard will render full honors for a World War II hero who also served in the Coast Guard Women’s Reserve, more commonly known as SPARs, Saturday. Funeral services are being held for Florence Ebersole Smith Finch Saturday at 11 a.m. at Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Ithaca, New York. Ebersole Smith Finch...

Coast Guard honors the passing of a trailblazer

Coast Guard honors the passing of a trailblazer
Members of the Coast Guard Ceremonial Honor Guard carry the casket of Dorothy Kurtz, member of the Coast Guard Women’s Reserve also known as Semper Paratus Always Ready, to her final resting place Monday, Sept. 19, 2016 at Venice Memorial Gardens, Venice, Florida. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael De Nyse Dorothy E. Kurtz, Nov. 8, 1922 – Sept. 12, 2016 By Petty Officer...

Coast Guard holds commissioning ceremony for its newest National Security Cutter, Stratton

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Coast Guard placed the country’s newest National Security Cutter, the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton, into service during a formal ceremony on Coast Guard Island, in Alameda, Saturday. First Lady Michelle Obama joined in the ceremony as the Stratton’s official sponsor, alongside Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert J. Papp and the Stratton’s commanding officer,...

First Lady Christens Coast Guard Cutter Dorothy C. Stratton

WASHINGTON – First Lady Michelle Obama today became the first-ever presidential spouse to christen a U.S. Coast Guard cutter during a ceremony held in Pascagoula, Miss.

Coast Guard to host gathering of World War II women veterans

WASHINGTON — The Vice Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard will host a panel discussion scheduled for Thursday, 1 p.m., 2100 2nd St., SW, room 2415, here, with 10 women who served in the Coast Guard during World War II.

It’s a dirty job and a woman can do it

By Petty Officer Third Class Tara Molle Ponder this fact for a minute. During World War II, the Coast Guard created the U.S. Coast Guard Women’s Reserve, better known as the SPAR’s (Semper Paratus Always Ready). The SPAR’s mission was for women to take over administrative and secretarial positions so they can “release a man to sea.” Women had their roles and that was that....