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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

JANE G. MOREY ORAL HISTORY

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BIOABSTRACT

Jane G. Morey (b.1922) of Beverly, Massachusetts, served as a Coast Guard SPAR at the New York City Merchant Marine Inspection Unit from September 1943 until March 1945.


BIOGRAPHY

Jane G. Morey was born in 1922 in Salem, Massachusetts, and grew up in Beverly, Massachusetts. After graduating from Beverly High School in 1941, she attended business school and worked in a five-and-dime store. Morey joined the Coast Guard SPARs (from "Semper Paratus-Always Ready") in September 1943 and went to six weeks of basic training at Lake Worth in Palm Beach, Florida, and twelve weeks of yeoman school at Lake Worth. Morey was assigned to the Merchant Marine Inspection Unit in New York City, where she performed administrative duties. In December 1944, she married Harlis Morey, a navy chief. Morey became pregnant and was discharged in March 1945.

Morey’s husband continued in the navy until 1958, and the family lived in Guantanamo, Cuba; Norfolk, Virginia; Newport, Rhode Island; and Beverly, Massachusetts. They had three sons, who all retired from the air force, and one daughter. After retirement, Morey and her husband lived in Portsmouth, Virginia. Harlis Morey died in 1973, and Jane Morey later moved to Wilmington, North Carolina.


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Oral history interview with Jane Morey, 1999
Item # WV0114.5.001
From the Jane G. Morey Oral History