Here Comes the Stratton

Photo courtesy United States Coast Guard

The United States Coast Guard's National Security Cutter Stratton is coming to Alameda's Coast Guard Island. The ship bears the name of Captain Dorothy C. Stratton, who joined the Coast Guard in 1942 as the first woman in the Women's Reserve of the Coast Guard. Stratton created the name "SPAR" for the Women's Reserve, an acronym made up of the Coast Guard's Latin motto Semper Paratus and its English translation "Always Ready." After she left the Coast Guard, Stratton became the first director of personnel at the International Monetary Fund where she served until 1950. She then worked as national executive director of the Girl Scouts of America until she retired in 1960. Stratton passed away in 2006 at the age of 107. During the July 23, 2010, christening ceremony, First Lady Michelle Obama broke a bottle of Champagne over the Stratton's bow and called the ship "one of the finest women in uniform." The Stratton is due to arrive in Alameda early next year.


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