Friday, November 15, 2013

Women Marines-- Part 1

From Women of World War II. I didn't know much about women Marines in the war until I met Madeline Weiner at the Marine Corps Birthday breakfast, so decided to do some more research on them. We had two active duty female Marine officers in attendance as well so women have come a long way in the USMC.

On July 30, 1942, the Marine Corps Womens Reserve was established as part of the Marine Corps Reserves. Their mission as stated was to provide qualified women for duty at shore establishments, releasing men for combat duty.

They were assigned to over 200 different jobs and here is a partial list: radio operator, photographer, parachute rigger, driver, aerial gunnery instructor, cook, baker, quartermaster, control tower operator, motion picture operator, auto mechanic, telegraph operator, cryptpgrapher, laundry operator, post exchange (store) manager, stenographer and agriculturalist.

And, More to Come. --GreGen

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