Category: Personal Stories

Serving one’s country means something different to each of us.

Career Marines talk life as a dual-serving couple

Military Families Magazine BY: Bianca Strzalkowski The Vanscoyk family in Yuma, Arizona. All photos by Kayla Mattox Photography. Family first, mission always. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Charles Vanscoyk and his wife, Staff Sgt. Alexandra Vanscoyk, are both aviation supply specialists who recently returned to the fleet after completing tours on recruiting duty. The transition has been…

WMA and Covid-19

A Message From the WMA National President Marines, In these uncertain times, we understand the angst and worry many of our members and their families are going through.  Here in Virginia, my husband and I have self-quarantined at home and fortunately, we are not symptomatic and are firm in our belief that we will come…

PFC Brooke L. Jalbert

Molly Marine Awardee Essay Essay by PFC Brooke L. Jalbert PRIVATE FIRST CLASS BROOKE L. JALBERT PLATOON 4028 I was born and raised in Kansas City. My parents raised me and older sister to be confident and independent. We were given the freedom to make our own life decisions. Growing up, my sister was and…

PFC Audrey Huntshorse

Molly Marine Award Recognition Essay Essay by PFC Huntsman “Recruit Huntshorse report to Senior Drill Instructor SSgt Chavez as ordered.” Hearing my name echoed down the squad bay was nothing too out of the ordinary, when I reported in to learn that I had been chosen as platoon 4029’s Molly Marine, was astonishing. I was…

Martha Juanita Greenway-Guin

Remembering Our WWII Marines By Donald E. Williams I would like you to know about my Aunt who was a US Marine during WWII Martha Juanita Greenway-Guin Born:  1 July 1921, Henderson, Vance County, North Carolina Died: 29 October 2008, Henderson, Vance County, North CarolinaShe went by “Juanita” 1946 – Separated – Martha Juanita Greenway separated from the…

10th INF Battalion ~ Classification Platoon

Women Marines ~ 10th INF Battalion ~ Classification Platoon  Honor ~ Courage ~ Commitment My Story by PFC. Phyllis Silva-Keith (H.D. 1958) October 2017 In the 1940’s, when, Col. Julia Hamblet, USMCR, penned: “Once a Marine…Always a Marine…Then, now and always,” little did I know, all these years later, that I would still be living…

High Heeled Boots

High Heeled Boots Leatherneck Magazine Volume 45, Issue 2 Feb 1962 Author:  Clay Barrow   There are several striking differences between the Women Marines’ boot camp and the men’s ONE OF THE most widely circulated football stories relates that once when Knute Rockne’s “Fighting Irish” were trailing, he stayed out of the locker room throughout…