Hamerschlag,  Vera

Hamerschlag, Vera

Female 1910 - 1990  (79 years)

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  • Name Hamerschlag, Vera 
    Born 17 Oct 1910  New York, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Education Abt 1915 
    • lived in a convent after their mother died
    Census 1930  New York, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Riverside Drive, Hamerschleg, Vera
      Age: 19
      Year: 1930 Birthplace:
      Roll: T626_1556 Race:
      Page: 23B State: New York
      ED: 434 County: New York
      Image: 0444 Township: Manhattan Relationship: Daughter
    Travel 13 Jul 1931  Hamilton, Bermuda Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • with Adele, Name: Vera hamerschlag
      Estimated Birth Year: 1911
      Age: 20
      Gender: Female
      Port of Departure: Hamilton, Bermuda
      Ship Name: Veendam
      Search Ship Database: View the Veendam in the 'Passenger Ships and Images' database
      Port of Arrival: New York, New York
      Nativity: New York
      Line: 17
      Microfilm Serial: T715
      Microfilm Roll: T715_4996
      Page Number: 180
      Birth Location: New York
      Birth Location Other: New York
    Directory 1933-1934  New York, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • clk r 210 Riverside Dr apt. 9N
    Military
    • U.S. Coast Guard
    Travel 7 May 1947  Manila, Philippines Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Name: Vera Hamerschlag
      Departure Date: 7 May 1947
      Age: 36
      Birthdate: abt 1911
      Gender: Female
      Race/Nationality: American
      Airline: Pan American Airways
      Flight Number: Nc 88881
      Port of Departure: Honolulu, Hawaii
      Port of Arrival: Manila, Philippines
      Microfilm Roll Number: A3392_6
    Occupation
    • Theatre Founder
    Social Security Number
    • 112-01-5293
    _UID A7AF1F4168D348059533EB81CFC09D37D59F 
    Died 27 Feb 1990  Jackson, WY Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I23  Buyer, Stier and Related Families
    Last Modified 25 Aug 2008 

    Father Hamerschlag, Royal P.,   b. 31 Jan 1876, New York, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jul 1951, Jackson, WY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Mother Steinbrink, Julia,   b. Abt 1877, New York, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Feb 1915, New York, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 38 years) 
    Married 11 May 1908  New York, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Marriage certificate 11 May 1908  New York, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • #9010
    _UID 100A8F0309B444D3BBA1C61D1F14F6412923 
    Photos
    210 Riverside Drive
    210 Riverside Drive
    New York, NY
    Family ID F30  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Cheney, David Edward,   b. 9 Oct 1916,   d. 23 Mar 1995, Jackson, WY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 10 Jan 1948  Wilson, Teton Co., WY Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    _UID 9FFD5CD39F284CB1A4060EA641CC27FC1D6D 
    Children 
     1. Living
    Last Modified 12 Feb 2002 
    Family ID F31  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 17 Oct 1910 - New York, NY Link to Google Earth
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    Link to Google MapsDirectory - 1933-1934 - New York, NY Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsTravel - 7 May 1947 - Manila, Philippines Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 10 Jan 1948 - Wilson, Teton Co., WY Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 27 Feb 1990 - Jackson, WY Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
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    vera_hamerschlag.jpg

    Documents
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    The Coast Guard and the Women's Reserve in World War II
    The Coast Guard and the Women's Reserve in World War II

  • Notes 
    • The Coast Guard & the Women's Reserve in World War II
      by PA2 Robin J. Thomson

      In 1943, headquarters decided that loran monitoring stations in the continental United States should be crewed by SPARs. The SPAR operators were to stand watch 24 hours a day. This job entailed recording measurements every two minutes of the radio signals transmitted from two shore-based stations. The signals were picked up by a receiver-indicator installed on ships and planes, enabling them to calculate their exact position.

      The new concept of women in loran that was proposed by headquarters became a reality when the Coast Guard established its first loran station crewed with women in Chatham, Mass.

      Following a two-month loran operations and maintenance course at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, LTJG Vera Hamerschlag was assigned as the commanding officer of the Chatham station.

      "Later, 11 enlisted SPARS were assigned to a one-week course in operations only," Hamerschlag said. "The selection of these SPARs was unique, to say the least. Loran was so hush-hush that not even the training officer had any conception of what the duties of these SPARs would be, nor what their qualifications should be."

      The SPARs assigned to Chatham were volunteers with a sense of adventure for an unknown job.

      When Hamerschlag reported to Chatham, it was crewed 100 percent by men. Within one month, it was turned over to 100 percent SPARs, except for one male radio technician. This sole technician joined his shipmates in overseas duty six months after the SPARs took over.

      Hamerschlag was not only the CO of the 50- by 30-foot station, she was the operations officer, engineering officer, medical officer, barracks officer, personnel officer, training officer and even the captain of the head for the 11-SPAR crew.

      In the station building, which provided sleeping quarters, a recreation room, office space, an operations room, a repair shop and sleeping space, Hamerschlag and her crew became experts in plumbing, coal heating and emergency generators.

      "I remember the feeling I had when I looked at the 125-foot mast for the station's antenna and wondered which SPAR would climb the rigging if something went wrong," Hamerschlag said. "I asked the CO I was replacing who took care of it. His nonchalant answer was not to worry since nothing would happen to it short of a hurricane."

      Chatham's head SPAR said esprit de corps kept the unit together.

      "The human element of the work kept it from getting dull and routine for the operators," she said. "The thought that we were participating in a system that was playing such an important part in winning the war gave us a feeling of being as close to the front lines as it was possible for SPARs."

      Loran Station Chatham is believed to have been, at that time, the only all-woman station of its kind in the world.

  • Sources 
    1. [S682] Social Security Death Index.

    2. [S540] Notebook of Edith Michael Buyer.

    3. [S337] International Genealogical Index, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (FamilySearch.org), Film Number: 6142814, [Q:3].