Uniform, Military pin
1944 Approximate
Coast Guard SPAR Uniform Pin. Material: metal. Size: 1" square x 5/16" D. Description: gold toned metal shaped into two crossed anchors, centered with a shield and disk and raised border printing: "semper paratus" (always ready) and "United States Coast Guard 1790"; threaded post on reverse side with a removable cap. Part of U.S. Coast Guard SPAR Uniform that includes: cap, garrison cap, blouse, shirt, skirts, slacks, belt and service crests.
Waseca County Military - U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, SPAR. Dorothy Hodgkins was a SPAR, a member of the women's reserve of the U.S. Coast Guard. ("SPAR" - s(emper) par (atus) means "always ready" and is the motto of the U.S. Coast Guard. From 1943-45, she worked with public health doctors & nurses in sick bay & the dental clinic. She was stationed in St. Augustine, Florida at a Coast Guard training station. Later she was located in Washington, D.C. at Coast Guard headquarters. See donor gift agreement for more biographical information on Dorothy Hodgkins Gigeay.