Molly Marines P Co 11Sept2013
The city of New Orleans dedicated the first United States monument of a woman in service uniform: “Molly Marine” on 10Nov, 1943. A local recruiter commissioned the statue to help recruit women during World War II. For female Marines around the world, Molly has come to represent the countless significant contributions women have made to the Corps. She proudly stands for endurance, the book she holds records our history, the binoculars allow her to see into the future and she looks up steadfast facing all that comes her way. Molly has become a symbol of Esprit de Corps for all women Marines. Before graduation from boot camp, the recruits are asked to name one fellow recruit within their platoon who best exemplifies being a Marine. Here, we celebrate two of our newest sisters.
PFC Civilianna M. Dudock, P Co, PLT 4030
11 September 2013
“Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely. Whatever is commendable-if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise – dwell on these things.” Philippians 4:8
Unconditional compassion and dedication, determination, unselfishness, and a heart set on the success of others are what I believe makes a Molly Marine.
I conduct myself in a professional manner through my actions and words. I try to maintain good posture, to have self-respect and to avoid profanity as there is no need for such language. With a humble heart I reach out to the other women in my platoon. I help build their confidence with words of construction (e.g. push yourself to succeed) and give praises in their success. If another recruit, regardless of platoon, is in need of help (e.g. repeating a command, unloading gear, a lack of confidence etc.) I am willing to put them before myself.
My father having served eight years in the Marine Corps, instilled in me the Corps’ values from the moment I was able to appreciate intangible ideas/values; from honor, courage and commitment to motivation, dedication and determination. My mother, a preschool teacher, taught me to see the potential in everyone. She educates children with special needs, to speak, read and write at a level other educators deemed impossible.
Throughout my life, I strived to uphold these values. I understand others watch me and because of this I know I must be an honest individual if I am made to be an example. My parents raised me to understand that nothing in life will ever be given, but earned through honest, good, hard work. As long as your all was given, the reward was earned.
The title of a Molly Marine made me realize that my actions and the way I carry myself were observed and my goal to uphold the values set in my life are being successfully upheld. I will continue to better myself and will continue to be an example for my fellow Marines. Being the Molly Marine has set an even higher standard to be the best I can be and to be there for others in their times of need.
PVT Aria N. Hollingsworth, , P Co, PLT 4031
11 September 2013
Coming to Parris Island, I found myself curious about anything and everything I saw or experienced. One thing that always caught my attention was the statue of a female Marine near the Peatross Parade Deck. The statue was incredibly motivating and I was interested in the history behind it. Then one day, my Senior Drill Instructor spoke about Molly Marine and what it meant. She mentioned having an individual from the platoon to hold this title and it was a real surprise and honor to find out I had this opportunity. It was a blessing to hear my peers chose me to represent the platoon in such a positive manner.
When it came time to ship to Parris Island, I gave myself a goal to maintain my personality. I did not want to forget who I was just because I was going to boot camp. I knew that earning the title United States Marine was what I really wanted. I knew that being a Marine was more than being tough and physically fit. The Marine Corps demands on the body physically, however it also demands on the heart through Core Values, Esprit de Corps and the fourteen Leadership Traits. The most important traits to me are Loyalty, Courage and Unselfishness. I work hard to sharpen my strengths and improve my weaknesses while keeping in mind the entirety of the platoon and the Marine Corps.
Always giving one hundred percent while working for others is the heart of being the “Molly Marine”. The individual who earns this title is a team player. A Molly Marine does not necessarily have to be the Guide or Squad Leader to represent the platoon. They know their strengths and weaknesses and seek to better themselves and others. They are role models who know how to lead but also know how to follow. And most importantly the Molly Marine upholds the legacy of those before her and creates chapters to be treasured by those to come. That is the Molly Marine I will be. I want to maintain the legacy and motivate my fellow Marines, civilians and all others.