Helen Tuttle Boulton Fargo was a Navy Nurse who admirably served overseas during World War II at Fleet Hospitals in the South Pacific. She was born in 1919 in the small farming town of Colusa, California. Graduating from high school in 1937, she matriculated to UC Berkeley where she was nicknamed ‘Tut,’ a name that stuck for life. Transferring to Stanford, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Nursing in 1943. Following graduation, she joined the Navy and was commissioned as an Ensign in the Nurse Corps. She served at Fleet Hospital 105 in New Caledonia and Fleet Hospital 108 in Guadalcanal. At these posts, Tut compassionately treated service members involved in some of the most decisive battles in the South Pacific. After the war, she was assigned to Naval Hospital
Treasure Island, until leaving the Navy in 1946.
Before the Navy sent her overseas, she met Thomas Arthur Boulton, a 1943 United States Naval Academy graduate. Their relationship continued long distance and they married after the war in 1947. Once married, three children were added to the family – Thomas Arthur in 1948, Barbara Ann in 1949, and Keith Tuttle in 1952.
In 1957, Tom was tragically killed in an aircraft carrier landing accident. The accident left Helen with three small children to raise on her own. Remaining firm in the belief that ‘the kids’ needed a father, Tut stayed in Coronado. Two and a half years later, Tut’s close friend introduced her to Captain William (Bill) B. Fargo, a 1939 Naval Academy graduate. Helen and Bill were married on October 3, 1959.
Tut’s Naval lineage ran deep – she was the daughter of a World War I Naval Aviator, Ensign Darwin Tuttle; the wife to two Naval Officers, Commander Thomas Boulton and Captain Bill Fargo; and mother of two Naval Officers, Captain Keith Fargo and Admiral Tom Fargo. Helen Tut Fargo loved her life in Coronado where she enjoyed family and many close friends. Tut played golf and bridge and enjoyed gardening and traveling. She died in Coronado on October 14, 1997. Tut’s life story exemplified her dedication to her family, the Navy, and Coronado.