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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

LUCY PHILLIPS PUGH PAPERS

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BIOABSTRACT

Lucy Pugh (1922-2014) of Bennett, North Carolina, performed sentry and switchboard duties as a member of the Coast Guard SPARS (Semper Paratus-Always Ready) from 1943 to 1945.


BIOGRAPHY

Lucy Pugh was born in Bennett, North Carolina on 14 September, 1922.She graduated from a local high school in 1940 and then went to work at cotton mills in nearby towns of Coleridge and Robbins.

Pugh enlisted in the Coast Guard SPARS in Fall 1943 at a recruiting station in Lexington. She attended basic training in West Palm Beach, Florida, and then in January 1944 was sent to St. Louis, Missouri, where she initially did maintenance work in a machine shop. Pugh was transferred shortly thereafter to sentry duty at the barracks and also performed switchboard and elevator operating duties. In fall 1944 she began work in the 9th District Headquarters, where she performed the same duties until her discharge in the summer of 1945.

Pugh married in 1949. She worked at a mill in Siler City, North Carolina, and then in 1947 went to work for Sears-Roebuck in Greensboro, North Carolina, from which she retired in 1960. She remained active in SPARS reunions. Pugh died in her hometown of Bennett in 2014.


CONTENTS AVAILABLE ONLINE:
Item
Lucy Phillips Pugh and friend in St. Louis, circa 1944.
Item # WV0074.6.001
From the Lucy Phillips Pugh Papers
Lucy Phillips Pugh, circa 1944
Item # WV0074.6.004
From the Lucy Phillips Pugh Papers
St. Louis SPAR basketball team, circa 1944
Item # WV0074.6.003
From the Lucy Phillips Pugh Papers
Oral history interview with Lucy Phillips Pugh, 1999
Item # WV0074.5.001
From the Lucy Phillips Pugh Papers
Lucy Phillips Pugh and friend in photo booth, circa 1944
Item # WV0074.6.002
From the Lucy Phillips Pugh Papers

ADDITIONAL CONTENTS:
The Coast Guard and the Women's Reserve in World War II, 1992; "Women's Military Memorial," The Coast Guard Reservist, November 1997