Military

WWII Camp Lejeune Training

Marine Corps Women Reserves Training Camp Lejeune FREE A MARINE TO FIGHT: Women Marines in World War II by Colonel Mary V Stremlow, USMCR (Ret)   Planners originally thought to use existing Navy resources and facilities for all MCWR recruiting and training, but Marines soon saw the advantage of having their own schools. It wasn’t […]

WWII Bernice Trotter

Bernice Trotter USMCWR By Tim Stanley Tulsa World After four years, Bernice Trotter had long since come to terms with the fact that her brother was gone. But as she stood there with her parents, watching his flag-draped casket being unloaded from the train, it felt almost like she was losing him all over again. […]

Free A Man to Fight

Marine Corps Women Reserve Marine Base San Diego  1943-1946   By Rick Huenefeld and Barbara McCurtis   ‘Free a Man to Fight’ – the  call to arms in  February 1943 when the Women’s Reserve (WR) of the United States Marine Corps was activated.  The first WR reported to Marine Corps Base (MCB) San Diego in […]

What it Means to Be a Woman in the Military

Jamie DePaola, WMA National Board Member, Area 1 Director participated in the panel discussion, “What it means to be a woman in the military” Jamie B. DePaola Served January 1975 to February 1999, both active duty and reserve in the 01 Administrative MOS and retired as a Battalion Sergeant Major for 6th MT, 4th FSSG. Other […]

Portland 2016

Women Marines Association Bridge to the Future The 29th Biennial Women Marines Association (WMA) Convention and Professional Development Conference was held in Portland, OR. The theme, Bridge to the Future, highlighted the host city of Portland, Or., and the great strides women have made in the Corps in the past and our movement forward as […]

The Women Marines Association 2016- 2018 Board

We are pleased to announce the new Board of Directors for the Women Marines Association (WMA). This is such a rich pool of talent that WMA will be reaching new levels in the next two years. These officers will be install in July in Portland, OR., at the Installation Banquet surrounded with family, friends, WMA Members […]

Sgt Sylvia Applebaum Levy

Sgt Sylvia Applebaum Levy USMC 1943 -46 By Barbara Steever My mother was from Philadelphia,  stationed in San Diego and then sent to Pearl Harbor where she was in the radio corps.  To my knowledge, she was among the first group of women Marines to arrive there. The  photo below was actually a publicity shot taken when […]