Grand Haven in Ottawa County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
U.S. Coast Guard Women's Reserve
Created 23 Nov 1942 by Public Law 773
Signed by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, World II • Women. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #32 Franklin D. Roosevelt series list.
Location. 43° 3.612′ N, 86° 14.313′ W. Marker is in Grand Haven, Michigan, in Ottawa County. Marker is on South Harbor Drive just north of Sherman Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Marker is embedded in the walkway beside the front entrance ramp at the U.S. Coast Guard Station. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 601 South Harbor Drive, Grand Haven MI 49417, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hopley Yeaton (a few steps from this marker); Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Coast Guard Cutters on the Great Lakes (about 500 feet away); Shipwrecks and the Coast Guard / The Escanaba (about 500 feet away); To The Enlisted Men of the United States Coast GuardEscanaba Park (about 600 feet away); In Memory of the Coast Guard Men and Women (about 600 feet away); Escanaba Memorial Park (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grand Haven.
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1. United States Coast Guard (USCG) Women's Reserve (Wikipedia). SPARS was the World War II women's branch of the USCG Reserve. It was established by the United States Congress and authorized the acceptance of women into the reserve as commissioned officers and at the enlisted level, for the duration of the war plus six months. Its purpose was to release officers and men for sea duty and to replace them with women at shore stations. (Submitted on July 28, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. SPARS: The Coast Guard & the Women's Reserve in World War II. Although the Coast Guard had done many jobs since 1790 without taking women into its enlisted or officer ranks, the onset of a world war changed the course of history for women in all the armed services. When World War II came, the Coast Guard and the other services found themselves in great need of more men at sea and more troops on foreign soil. They acknowledged that filling U.S. shore jobs with women would allow more men to serve elsewhere and hasten the war effort. (Submitted on July 28, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 31, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 28, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 57 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 28, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.