Friday, November 15, 2013

Women Marines-- Part 2: BAMs

From Wikipedia.

The first women Marines served during World War I. Opha Mae Johnson was the first woman to enlist in the USMC on 13 August 1918. At first, women were nicknamed Marinettes.

During World War II, the Womens Reserve was officially established 13 February 1943. By the end of the war, some 85% of all enlisted USMC personnel at headquarters were women.

They were often referred to as Lady Marines, though other branches had catchier names for their female personnel like WACs, WAVEs and WASPs. One female reporter came up with the name Beautiful American Marines, or BAMs. It didn't take long for regular Marines to start referring to them as BAMs, Broad Ass Marines.

Oh Well. --GreGen

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