Archive | April 2016

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Changes to the Corps

Women Marines  – Changes to the Corps Drill Instructor Reunion Speech by MSgt. Brenda Moore (ret) When I was recruited in 1977, I was told by my recruiter that a Woman, was only 1/2 of a quota so they needed 2 women to make 1 quota. Pretty sure he wasn’t happy when I didn’t bring a friend […]

Biking Across America

Biking Across America BY: Kristi Black Today, we are pleased to announce that one month from now, Kevin and I will start out on a new adventure! It really hasn’t hit us yet because we are still in Ecuador, and will be here until the end of April. It is true though, and ready or not, it’s […]

WMA Chapter Clippings

WMA Arizona and California Chapter Clippings AZ-1 Arizona Roadrunner   On February 11, 2016, Bettie (Pruden) Lerdall made a special visit to Southern California to spend time with Beatrice Ruth “BJ” (Zimmerman) Strong, her bunk mate from recruiting training in 1943. Their friendship, forged during their initial Marine Corps training, has lasted more than 70 […]

Helen Laukes 1923 – 2016

Helen H. Laukes WMA Past National President Helen H. Laukes, WMA Past National President (1988-1992) was born on December 4, 1923 in Evanston, Illinois to Marie and Anthony Hamen. She passed away on 1 February at Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, IL. Helen worked for Illinois Bell until she enlisted in the United States […]