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Episode 5 of Irene’s Story

Originally posted on Stories from Real Life:
In February 1944, Irene was promoted to Tech Sergeant. A Tech or Technical Sergeant was similar in rank to a gunnery sergeant and other technical ranks with which it shared its insignia. Then in March, she made First Sergeant. By this time, she had 120 women in her…

Episode 4 of Irene’s Story

Originally posted on Stories from Real Life:
Irene outside the Recruit Depot HQ,Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.Note the sergeant’s stripes.Personal photo. In July, Irene became a newly non-commissioned officer – a Sergeant. Her class was composed of 75 Marines: 61 men, 14 women. She was one of the first women in the country to obtain that…

Episode 3 of Irene’s Story

ON MAY 29, 2020 BY MARYJOM2015IN MEMOIR Irene loved the routine and the intellectual stimulation, but her petite stature, at five feet one and one half inches, gave her some grief during her training. Of course, the women were to be issued uniforms, but because her group was the first, there was no readily available inventory. These included both…

Episode 2 of Irene’s Story

Originally posted on Stories from Real Life:
Irene was good with numbers, and worked in the Comptroller’s department at Sharpe & Dohme (now Merck). Her luck came into play here, too. She loved what she did, and had a wonderful boss, with whom she remained friends for many years. Irene worked at Sharpe & Dohme…

Episode 3 of Irene’s Story

Originally posted on Stories from Real Life:
Irene loved the routine and the intellectual stimulation, but her petite stature, at five feet one and one half inches, gave her some grief during her training. Of course, the women were to be issued uniforms, but because her group was the first, there was no readily available…

Her Name Was Irene Helen

Originally posted on Stories from Real Life:
Her family helped establish our country. They fought in the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, the War of 1812 (which Canadians tell us we lost), the Spanish-American War, and World War II. Various family root stocks settled in parts of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania in the…

She Was Ahead of Her Time

Originally posted on Stories from Real Life:
In 1948. President Truman signed the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act. It opened the way for women to be permanent, regular members of all the armed services – including the Marines. My Mom beat him by five years, by becoming one of the first women to be accepted…

WMA KY-1’s Marines: Serving from 1950 to 2021

WMA Winning Colors KY-1Submitted by Phoebe Riner  Marjorie Cox and I are KY-1’s oldest and youngest Marines.  Marjorie joined theMarines at the age of 19, during the Korean War, and I joined in 2010 at 33 after being grantedan age waiver.  Tasked with writing about our Marine service for women’s history month, ourstories are more…