Saying goodbye to a Coast Guard trailblazer
By Chief Warrant Officer Allyson Conroy, photos by PA2 Brian McCrum
Nov. 13, 2020 —
Capt. Eleanor L’Ecuyer was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery Nov. 12, 2020.
L’Ecuyer enlisted in the Coast Guard Reserve in 1944 and served as a pharmacist’s mate. In 1946 she was honorably discharged and went on to earn a law degree with the GI Bill she earned while serving in the Coast Guard. She then became the first woman to receive an active duty direct commission in the Coast Guard – women were not allowed to attend officer candidate school until 1973.
Thank you for your service, Captain. We have the watch.