Category: USMC

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…

Sgt Mary Frances Danaher Griggs WWII USMCWR

By Gary Griggs Mary Danaher was the oldest of 10 and born in St Joseph Mo on April 3, 1923. After High School she had a boyfriend and a good job. But when war broke out she felt someone in her family should represent the family in the war effort and with her brother not old enough she…

Corporal Germaine Laville

Corporal Germaine Laville   Laville lived in Plaquemine, La., graduated from LSU in 1942 with a bachelor’s degree in education and was a member of Chi Omega sorority. The oldest of seven children, she decided to represent her family in the World War II effort by enlisting in the Marine Corps Women’s Reserve in July,…

Kay Reeb – WMA National Chaplain

Kay Reeb has served as the Senior Naval Science Instructor of the NavyJunior Reserve Officer Training Corps at Curtis High School in Staten Island, NY since 2015.She graduated from South Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and aMaster of Education in Guidance and Counseling and then earned a Master of Divinity…

Dorothy Schmidt Cole, oldest living Marine, dies at 107

BY THÉODEN JANES JANUARY 13, 2021 05:33 PM, UPDATED JANUARY 14, 2021 02:34 P Dorothy “Dot” Cole, who enlisted as one of the earliest female Marine reservists in response to the 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor and was widely celebrated around her birthday in September as the country’s oldest living Marine, died of a heart attack…

Elizabeth Redfern Newberg USMCWR

Mrs Newburg is celebrating her 100th birthday and her family is requesting cards. Please join the Women Marines Association in wishing her a VERY happy 100th Birthday and thank her for her service. Elizabeth Redfern was born in Titus County shortly after the First World War. The family later moved to Marshall, where she attended…