High Heeled Boots
Leatherneck Magazine Volume 45, Issue 2 Feb 1962
There are several striking differences between the Women Marines’ boot camp and the men’s
ONE OF THE most widely circulated football stories relates that once when Knute Rockne’s “Fighting Irish” were trailing, he stayed out of the locker room throughout nearly all of the 15-minute half-time. Seconds before his battered team was due to take the field, he thrust his flat face through the door and said, “Oops, excuse me. I thought this was the Notre Dame team.”
His humiliated assassins tore doors off hinges raging out to redeem themselves.
It is this fierce, primeval vanity, which others call pride and we call esprit de corps, that has always been the male Marine’s most priceless asset. As it has been our heritage from our predecessors, it will also be-if we are half the men we claim to be-our legacy to our succesors.
Because esprit has been almost literally pounded into us by acid-tongued, knob-knuckled, frosty-eyed men, we find it unthinkable that the same-perhaps even a deeper-love of Corps can be imbued in dewy-eyed young females through a radically different type of initial training.
Yet Parris Island’s Woman Recruit Training Battalion does precisely that.
What mysterious alchemy transforms a confused, awkward 18-year-old girl into a poised, proud young lady in the short span of nine weeks? How close is the woman’s initial training period patterned after the man’s? The answer to these and other questions can be-found at PI, home of the only WM boot camp in the country.
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The Women Marines Association Tackle the New York Jets!
by Jamie DePaola and StacyAnn Castro
Another Win for Women Marines! A team from the WMA Area 1 Marines scored big with the New York Jets!
The Women Marines Association had the honor of being selected to participate in the Taste of The Jets event in New York City on May 18th. The Taste of the Jets is a fundraising event that the NY Jets have held the last 13 years to raise funds to support the New York Jets Foundation to tackle hunger. The attendees enjoyed an evening of mingling with the players, Jets’ Legends, and Flight Crew cheerleaders while sampling delicious cuisine from fantastic NYC restaurants. This year they added a Veteran element and invited the 5 branches of the Military to compete in a celebrity-judged cook off. Each military branch had to put together a team of Veterans, who could cook and present any food item they wanted. Continue Reading »
A Day of Volunteering
One of the newest chapters in the Women Marines Association Queen City, NC-4 located in the Charlotte, NC area has been very busy.
On 29 April they found themselves wielding a variety of new implements. From post hole diggers to shovels to drills they got the job done.
Shining Hope Farms provides services to children and adults with disabilities. Robin Briggs and Christie helped with various tasks such as digging holes for a new fence, landscaping, and building picnic tables. This event was through Charlotte Bridge Home.
Charlotte Bridge Home helps Charlotte-area Veterans successfully transition home after military service by identifying their education, employment and healthcare needs and connecting them to available community, state and federal resources.
About WMA NC-1 Queen City
“Our Charlotte Chapter is comprised of different generations of Women Marines. We host meetings, dinners, and volunteer opportunities on a regular basis. You can be as involved as you like. We welcome everyone”, states NC-1 President Robin Parks Briggs.
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The Building of WMA Area 1
The foundation of the Women Marines Association (WMA) are her members. Our chapters are the mainstay that keep our members always connected.
Area 1 consists of CT, ME, MA, NH, NY, RI, VT, Europe, Middle East and Quebec, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia, Canada. We are pleased to have Jamie DePaola as the area director. Within Area 1 we currently have 2 chapters.
CT-1 NUTMEG CHAPTER. Located in the heart of CT the Nutmeg Chapter has found new purpose as they work to take care of our homeless women veterans. To learn more about the chapter you can contact Jennifer Jackson the chapter president.
Chapter email: CT1@womenmarines.org
Homes for the Brave CEO Vince Santilli, House Manager Karen Jackson along with our Women Marines Association members – Racquel Simeon, Jennifer Jackson, Nancy Chavez and Michelle Haiko Hill after we dropped off more than $700 worth of goods from the female shelter’s wishlist.
MA-1 BAY STATE Located on the outskirts of Boston this chapter is working on revitalization. They are seeking new members who want to be active and enjoy the camaraderie of our sisterhood. Heidi Hurley is the chapter president. Drop her a note to get on their mail list.
chapter email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wonderful Chapter meeting for MA Baystate-1, The Proud Massachusetts Marine MoMs invited our WMA Chapter to a lovely luncheon. Here we shared our history with them. March 2016
Area is currently working on building chapters in NY and CT. For more information you can contact Jamie DePaola at AD1@womenmarines.org. Jamie would love to here from all of our Marine sisters in her area. Get on her mail list and she will assure you are aware of any events in your state. You can find Area 1 on Facebook.
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Col Julia E. Hamblet 1916 – 2017
By Mary Ann Merritt
The Marine Corps is saddened by the loss of one of their iconic Marines. Called to her final duty station, Col Julia Hamblet will now guard the gates as she waits the arrival of our warriors. Her service changed the Corps as she fought to assure more women would advance and take their place equally in the Corps she loved.
Julia Estelle Hamblet was born May 12, 1916 in Winchester, Massachusetts to Martin and Marcia Coburn Hamblet. She was the youngest of 3 children and the only daughter.
After graduating from the Hartridge School in Plainfield, New Jersey she attended Vassar College and graduated in 1937 with a degree in economics. Col Hamblet continued her education getting a Master’s Degree from Ohio State University in 1950. She had actually traveled to England in 1946 intent on gaining her Master’s from the London School of Economics. A letter would soon change that part of her history.
Julia Hamblet Vassar 1937
After graduating from Vassar she was employed by the United States Information Service. Forgoing a job offer to Australia she decided to follow in the footsteps of her two brothers, one with the Army Psychological Warfare branch and the other as a Naval aviation ground officer, she wanted one member of the family to represent the Marines. She would later recall, “It was a time when everyone wanted to do what they could do for their country. I had been very fortunate in my life, and I just wanted to give back. I wanted to do what my country was asking me to do.” On 15 March 1943 she became among the first woman officer candidates in the Marine Corps Women Reserves. Training took place at Mount Holyoke College for six weeks where these women from all over learned basic military rules and regulations along with military courtesies. On completing the course, she was commissioned a first lieutenant in the Women’s Reserve, 4 May 1943. She was selected as adjutant to Colonel Katherine A. Towle (then a captain), at the Women’s Recruit Training Center at Hunter College in New York. Shortly afterwards she got her orders to Camp Lejeune, NC where she would oversee the women’s training battalion. Col Hamblet was then transferred to Camp Pendleton where she was promoted to Captain and she worked as the Executive Officer of the Women Marine Reserve Company. She assisted with the training other officer candidates in Quantico between 1943 and 45. She served as the Director of the Marine Corps Women’s Reserve from 1946 to 1948 and as Director of Women Marines from 1953 to 1959, retired from active service, 1 May 1965, with the rank of Colonel. She was awarded the Legion of Merit upon retirement for “outstanding service as planner, administrator and leader of Women Marines throughout a distinguished career which encompassed every major assignment in the women’s program. Continue Reading »
Remembering Col Julia Hamblet
by Rhonda Amtower
It is with a heavy heart but with much pride and respect I write these farewell words to honor the memory of Colonel Julia E. Hamblet. I had the distinct honor and privilege in getting to know her the last couple of years as we both lived in Williamsburg, Virginia.
She was so humble as we spoke of her accomplishments and yet so excited and proud to hear of what the women of the Corps are doing today. She still believed in being recognized as a “woman” Marine without taking away the distinction of us all serving as U.S. Marines.
We laughed as we recalled similar experiences like “junk on the bunk” inspections or not sleeping inside the sheets after being able to make the bed so taut that a quarter would bounce off of it. Some things just never change. We celebrated the Marine Corps birthday and the Anniversary of the Women’s Reserve with much fanfare and singing of the Marines Hymn. She always managed a swift salute and a hearty Semper Fi!
We spoke of WMA and she was so proud to be a member and to be recognized with having the Julia Hamblet Award being presented in her honor at the annual Marine Corps Heritage Foundation dinner. She loved all of the birthday and Christmas cards she received adding a special feeling in her heart knowing she was remembered by so many. She was thrilled when I presented her one of our WMA throws which displays the WMA logo. She used it often and appreciated not only the physical warmth it brought her but also the warmth of remembering what that WMA logo stood for. Honor, Courage, Commitment, and the significance of having served as a woman Marine.
We in WMA always talk about the importance of visiting with members who are elderly or infirmed to bring them caring support. I can attest firsthand the pleasure my visits brought her but I don’t know which of us appreciated the visits more as we shared memories of our time in the Corps. It was awe inspiring to be in her presence and to know that we shared that unique bond of having served in our beloved Corps.
Here’s to you Colonel Hamblet, fellow Marine, mentor and yes special friend. I will remember you always. Thank you for allowing me to share such precious moments together and instilling in me an increased love of Corps and Country. Semper Fidelis Marine!
Women Marines: 25th Anniversary
reprinted from the Marine Corps Gazette Vol 52 Issue 2
Author: Pat Meid
A time to reminisce but even more to look at a new generation of Women Marines making its own contributions, blazing new trails, and serving with distinction.
ALTHOUGH women traditionally tend to be chary and somewhat imprecise when it comes to acknowledging birthdays, an entirely different situation exists this year with Women Marines.
For on 13 February 1968 they are joining their Director, Col Barbara J. Bishop, and her staff, in observing the 25th anniversary of the Women’s Reserve established in 1943. Approximately a Marine division of American women enlisted within the next 16 months under the impelling wartime call, “Free A Marine To Fight.” Continue Reading »