Sherley Mae White (b. 1923) served in the Women's Reserve of the Coast Guard (SPARs) from 1943-1945. She served as a drum major for the SPARS marching band at the Biltmore Training Station in Palm Beach, Florida. She later transferred to the Coast Guard Base in Ketchikan, Alaska.
May 2010 oral history interview, a scrapbook about her time in service in Palm Beach, Florida and another scrapbook about her time the Coast Guard Base in Ketchikan, Alaska, insignia, patches, medals, ribbons, newspapers, 2 copies of The Bowsprit. photographs, correspondence, souvenirs, sketches, and military papers.
White was born on 18 May 1923 and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana.The Women's Reserve of the Coast Guard (SPARS) accepted her for service on 25 May 1943, and subsequently sent her for initial Boat Training at the U.S. Coast Guard Training Station, in Palm Beach, Florida. The SPARS promoted White to Seaman Second Class after she completed training. White remained at Palm Beach Training Station and performed duties with the SPARS marching band as band major. She also played clarinet and oboe. She was promoted to Boatswain’s Mate Second Class on 22 March 1945. The Coast Guard closed down Palm Beach Training Station in spring of 1945, and White departed on 10 April 1945 with orders for duty at the Coast Guard Station at Ketchikan, Alaska. After leave and in-processing in Washington State, she arrived on 19 May 1945. On 28 August 1945, White was promoted to Boatswain’s Mate First Class, the rank she held until separation. After the war ended, White departed Alaska on 14 November 1945 for discharge at St. Louis, MO.
After her service she earned a B.A. in English from Mills College in Oakland, California in 1950. She later worked for the Girl Scouts of the USA, as a fundraiser for the Crippled Children Society in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, as an alderman in Elon, North Carolina, and at the library at Elon Unversity.