Category: Conflicts

Sergeant Major Grace Carle

Grace Carle  Sergeant Major of the Women Marines By Sharon Tutt It became a customary tradition for some women Marines to include in their nightly bedtime routine a chant for a particular hard charging Devil Dog’s name as inspiration.  She was the last Sergeant Major of the Women Marines, one of the oldest Women Marine…

Women Marines Reserve Band

Women Marines Reserve Band by Colonel Mary V Stremlow, USMCR (Ret) Probably the most colorful of all the Women’s Reserve units was the Marine Corps Women’s Reserve Band formed in November 1943 by Captain William F. Santelmann and trained by members of the Marine Band. Prominent music schools and colleges were canvassed for candidates and…

The History of Operation Caring Friends

Operation Caring Friends (OCF) was started in 2002 as a way to send our servicemen and women “a taste of home”.  Its main focus has been to take care of those who get little or no support from home.Mary and Jeff Merritt first started this venture a few boxes at a time when few were…

E. Louise Stewart, MCWR

Who’s that pretty lady on the magazine cover? By Sabrina Messenger You may recognize this highly glamorized iconic picture on the cover of the May 1943 issue of a popular general interest magazine of the time called Collier’s.  Her face shows up on a lot of USMC related merchandise, including t-shirts, mugs, and computer mousepads. …

Marine Corps WWI 100% Girls

By Sabrina Messenger Who were the 100% Girls of World War One?      Nowadays, you see a lot of percentage numbers thrown around by either the media or political activists. Some recent examples? Occupy Wall Street slogan: “We are the 99 %”. A recent Presidential candidate spoke of people whom he labeled as the…

Marines Won’t Let Women in the Infantry Until at Least 2015

By Dan Lamothe Marine Corps Times Staff writer The Marine Corps won’t allow women to serve in the infantry until at least 2015, according to a new plan outlining how the service will conform to a landmark Pentagon decision allowing female troops into ground combat units. Each of the services and U.S. Special Operations Command…

Native American Woman Marine Barbara Beltran Steele

This Marine Was One of ‘A Few Good Women’ The U.S. Marine Corps prides itself, and rightly so, on the “few good men” in its ranks. But let’s not overlook the “few good women” who have played, and are playing, vital roles in the realm of Leatherneckdom. I know of one such person, a Prescott…

Molly at the Museum

  The Molly Marine was dedicated on Nov. 10th, 1943 at the height of World War Two. Molly was commissioned by a local Marine recruiter, Marine Tech Sergeant Charles Gresham, with the goal of helping to recruit women during wartime. Molly was the first monument dedicated to women who had or were serving America. Enrigues Alferez a well…

Michigan Marine Helps RCT

By Sgt Ned Johnson CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan— Before a deployment, Marines train with their units, establish relationships and build camaraderie. But one Marine prepared for her deployment with one unit, but was transferred to a different unit once she arrived here. Cpl. Sasha Savage, a supply noncommissioned officer with Regimental Combat Team 7, deployed with…

General Motors Supports our Active Duty and Veterans

General Motors has supported the military for nearly a century, starting before WWI Nearly 60,000 GM employees have served in the US military, including 28 who are deployed right now  Today GM employs nearly 5000 veterans including Chairman and CEO, Dan Akerson In June of this year, GM and the GM Foundation announced our contribution  of…