Coast Guard honors first Black woman guardsman

The U.S. Coast Guard honored a local hero today. They dedicated a $12.3 million dollar project to the first African-American woman coast guardsman Dr. Olivia Hooker.

She was born in Oklahoma but grew up in Columbus. She graduated from the Ohio State University and served in World War II.

After her service, Dr. Hooker returned to the Buckeye state to become an educator for over 20 years where she was a professor. She retired at the age of 72 and died in 2018 at the age of 103.


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