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Honoring “The Coast Guard Lady”

Stefanie Senkow
February 10, 2022

Ms. Lois BoutonNEW LONDON, Conn – The Coast Guard honors Mrs. Lois Bouton, also known as “The Coast Guard Lady,” upon her passing on January 29,2022 at age 102.

A resident of Rogers, Arkansas, her positive impact on the Service won’t be forgotten. During World War II, Lois enlisted as a SPAR in the Coast Guard Women's Reserve in 1943. As a radio operator, Lois was assigned to Coast Guard Radio Station Cape May, NJ, later to an air station, and finally to the Coast Guard district office in Philadelphia. She was discharged in November 1945 as a Radioman Third Class.

Upon her subsequent retirement from a 30-year teaching career, Lois put her love of the Coast Guard into words—written words to be exact. She embarked on a letter writing hobby, penning thousands of letters to Coast Guard service members and their families expressing gratitude for their commitment. Because of faithful dedication to the welfare of others, her reputation grew and she became fondly known as “The Coast Guard Lady.” She earned many honors and personal visits from Coast Guard members.

  • Coast Guard Distinguished Public Service Award
  • "Spirit of Hope" Award
  • "Honorary Master Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Coast Guard"