Elfie Larkin – a century of living and still giving

by Chief Petty Officer Sarah B. Foster Oakland, Calif. — At the Oakland Zoo where Elfie Larkin volunteered as a docent for more than 32 years following her World War II service in the Coast Guard and as an educator in the Bay Area, she encountered a surprise late in the afternoon. More than 160 people surrounded the sprightly centenarian at the Snow Building to celebrate her 100th birthday. She was...

Kauai resident, female World War II veteran, recounts service

Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Angela HendersonHONOLULU – Coast Guard Capt. Joanna Nunan, the Captain of the Port, Honolulu, hosted a panel discussion with World War II veteran Lt. j.g. Genni Anderson at Base Support Unit Honolulu, Tuesday. The gathering provided a unique opportunity to hear firsthand the experiences of women serving in the Coast Guard during World War II. The SPARs were...

U.S Coast Guard Reserves celebrates 70 years of service to the American public

SEATTLE – The U.S. Coast Guard Reserves will celebrate their 70th Anniversary on Saturday. To the public, the Coast Guard is a sea-going service whether wearing their Operation Dress Uniforms or Service Dress Blue. But co-existing with the active duty members are a trained workforce with a unique blend of civilian and military education and experience; who maintain the same dedication of service...

Coast Guard veteran visits Coast Guard unit for first time in 65 years

Milwaukee – Grace Wroblewski disposed of her military uniforms many years ago and only kept a few cherished photos and pins from her proud service to the nation during World War II. And although her memories are somewhat clouded decades later, she still smiles as she recalls bits and pieces of the time she served in the U.S. Coast Guard.

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....

This Is Not Your Mothers Coast Guard

Petty Officer Tara Molle wrote an interesting post on the D13 blog Friday evening about a Women’s Leadership Panel Discussion at Coast Guard Sector Seattle. Along with the post, she included two videos. The first was a 1943 Coast Guard SPARS recruiting film, and the second was part of the panel discussion from Sector Seattle. You can read her post here, and view the videos here. var...