Women do not only serve afloat in the Coast Guard, but they can also hold the highest positions onboard the cutters. While it is normal for women to serve afloat now, this wasn’t always the case and it is something to continue to celebrate! That’s why Coast Guard Cutter Healy stood an all-female watch (to include 10 women) while underway for its second mission of the summer with a crew of 88 aboard, of which 24% is female. This blog will tell you all about why these women serve and what inspires them while they serve afloat.
Tag: women’s history
Since the late 1940s women have been serving and defending our nation with great pride, honor and valor. Ida Lewis, keeper of the Lime Rock Light, was credited with saving 18 lives, though it may have been as high as 36. Army Spc. Monica Lin Brown, a healthcare specialist, became the first female during the war in Afghanistan and only the second female since World War II to receive the Silver Star Medal, the United States’ third-highest medal for valor.
The Coast Guard was saddened by the recent passing of a shipmate who was a true pioneer: Elfie Larkin, a former Coast Guard SPAR and World War II veteran. She was 100. At a time when the U.S. needed “all hands on deck,” Elfie answered the call like so many other American women and enlisted as a SPAR in 1943.
An article in the CGA Alumni Bulletin exclaimed that “WOMEN JOIN THE CADET CORPS” and proudly proclaimed that they were “the first of the armed forces” academies to integrate women into their Corps. Seven hundred women sent in their applications to join the Class of 1980. Photos courtesy of CGA Alumni. Post written by Scott