1945: ”Two Negro SPARS pause on the ladder of the dry-land ship ‘U.S.S. Neversail’ during their ‘boot’ training at the U.S. Coast Guard Training Station, Manhattan Beach, #Brooklyn,
NY. They are recent enlistees and have the ratings of apprentice seamen".
In front is SPAR Olivia Hooker and behind her is #SPAR
Aileen Anita Cooks. [More incredible information on these two women to come!] Via #NationalArchives
History of SPARs:
November 23, 1942, legislation was passed creating the Coast Guard Women’s Reserve, also known as the SPARs. The #SPARs
('Semper Paratus' Always Ready) were created to allow more men to be sent overseas, while the women tended to duties back home. More than 10,000 women volunteered to become SPARs between 1942 and 1946. The average enlisted applicants were single, 22 year old high school graduates, while the average officer applicants were single, 29 year old college graduates.
On October 20, 1944 the #CoastGuard
allowed African-American females to enlist, and, if properly qualified, to earn the chance to become officer candidates.
Information via the U.S. Coast Guard #USCG