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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

BONNIE JAMES BAXTER PAPERS

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BIOABSTRACT

Bonnie James Baxter (b. 1924) of Clearwater, Florida, served in the Coast Guard SPARs (from Semper Paratus-Always Ready) from 1944 to 1946.


COLLECTION SUMMARY


BIOGRAPHY

Bonnie James Baxter was born in Dunedin, Florida, on 15 February 1924, and grew up in Clearwater, Florida. After graduating from Clearwater High School, she worked various clerical jobs and volunteered with the USO before enlisting in the Coast Guard SPARs on February 26, 1944.

Baxter went through basic training in Palm Beach, Florida, followed by four months weeks in storekeeper school, from which she graduated in August 1944 with a 3rd class rating. She was then stationed at Constitution Wharf in Boston, Massachusetts, where she remained until being discharged in 1946 as a storekeeper 1st class.

After leaving the service, Baxter worked at Central Motor Lines, a trucking firm owned by Cannon Mills. She and her husband eventually settled in North Carolina.


CONTENTS AVAILABLE ONLINE:
Item
Portrait of Bonnie James Baxter, circa 1944
Item # WV0329.6.001
From the Bonnie James Baxter Papers
Portrait of Bonnie James Baxter, circa 1944
Item # WV0329.6.002
From the Bonnie James Baxter Papers
Portrait of Bonnie James Baxter, circa 1944
Item # WV0329.6.003
From the Bonnie James Baxter Papers
Portrait of Bonnie James Baxter, circa 1945
Item # WV0329.6.016
From the Bonnie James Baxter Papers
Four SPARs in photo studio, 1944
Item # WV0329.6.007
From the Bonnie James Baxter Papers
SPARs in exercise suits at Palm Beach, circa 1944
Item # WV0329.6.008
From the Bonnie James Baxter Papers
Volunteers for Victory soldier canteen, Palm Beach, 1944
Item # WV0329.6.009
From the Bonnie James Baxter Papers
Bonnie James Baxter beside tree, circa 1944
Item # WV0329.6.010
From the Bonnie James Baxter Papers
SPARs at Statue of Liberty, circa 1945
Item # WV0329.6.012
From the Bonnie James Baxter Papers
Two SPARS at WAVES recruiting station, circa 1945
Item # WV0329.6.013
From the Bonnie James Baxter Papers
Oral history interview with Bonnie James Baxter, 2005
Item # WV0329.5.001
From the Bonnie James Baxter Papers
Bonnie James Baxter in white service dress uniform, circa 1944
Item # WV0329.6.004
From the Bonnie James Baxter Papers
Bonnie James Baxter in blue service dress uniform, circa 1944
Item # WV0329.6.005
From the Bonnie James Baxter Papers
Bonnie James Baxter in working uniform, circa 1944
Item # WV0329.6.006
From the Bonnie James Baxter Papers
Bonnie James Baxter on Boston Common, 1946
Item # WV0329.6.014
From the Bonnie James Baxter Papers
Bonnie James Baxter in snow at Boston Common, circa 1946
Item # WV0329.6.015
From the Bonnie James Baxter Papers

ADDITIONAL CONTENTS:
Photocopies of scrapbook.