On November 10, 1943, the city of New Orleans dedicated the first United States monument of a woman in service uniform: “Molly Marine.” A local recruiter commissioned the statue to help recruit women during World War II. For female Marines, Molly represents the countless contributions female Marines have made to the Corps. She has become a symbol of esprit de corps for all women Marines. Just before graduation from boot camp, the female recruits are asked to name one woman within their platoon who best exemplifies esprit de corps.
Pvt Hershberger, Plt 4011, P Co
Chosen by her platoon 31 Mar 2010 as Molly Marine
“We are the select few in the Corps who strive for excellence and perfection… being a Molly Marine is about making a huge impact with out even trying to or expecting recognition for it.”
Pvt Porter, Plt 4010, P Co
Chosen by her platoon 31 Mar2010 as Molly Marine
“I try to have pride and I never fail to do my best… I am not perfect myself, but I accept my deficiencies and continue to motivate and give my all to make myself as well as everyone else, a better Marine. I have strived to be that sister that they can talk to and know that she will always be there… I am on my way to becoming the best Marine I could possibly be.”