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Olivia Hooker: A SPAR's story

At 98 years old, Olivia Hooker recalled her experiences as one of the first African American female members in the Coast Guard SPAR program during World War II. Hooker is a native of White Plains, N.Y., and received her doctorate as a school psychologist. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ali Flockerzi.



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This work, Olivia Hooker: A SPAR's story [Image 1 of 2], by PO3 Ali Flockerzi, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:10.01.2013

Date Posted:10.01.2013 09:08

Photo ID:1028754

VIRIN:131001-G-AE983-023

Resolution:4288x2848

Size:4.47 MB

Location:NEW YORK, NY, USGlobe

Hometown:WHITE PLAINS, NY, US

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