WWII;Marshall M. Fowler

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Marshall M. Fowler, Y1c (R)
U. S. Coast Guard
Nantucket, Mass.

8 December 1943

Bryant Alumni Service Club
Bryant College
Providence, R. I.

Dear Fellow Alumnae,

I received the cigarettes so kindly sent by you, and wish to express my thanks. As can be seen by the address, I am able to get back to Providence fairly often, and have visited the college twice since entering the Service. The changes there are as evident as elsewhere, missing faces from the faculty and a change in the atmosphere, due somewhat to the war and indirectly in that there are many less fellows.

For the above reason I judge I am speaking largely to the fair sex, I may be breaking some regulation as I am not in the Recruiting Branch but when some of you are looking around & thinking of what you want to do upon graduation why don't you investigate the Spars. I'm here on Nantucket because I'm needed, but see no reason why a girl couldn't do the work & let me on a ship or some foreign station.

I joined the Coast Guard particularly because of two very good reasons. I like the sea and the Coast Guard also works in peace time. Not that I shall stay in after the war, but the deeds of the Coast Guard in time of peace equal in heroism any of the war time exploits of any service, their war time exploits are a matter of record and indicated by the percentage of casualties as compared to other branches.

All right, I can look out the window of my station & see the ocean, so maybe I should be satisfied--would you be? Just look into it--70 State St. Boston, Mass will get you literature, or go in for an interview.

Thanks again for the cigarettes.

Truly yours
Marshall Fowler
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