Category: Female Marine

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,…

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…

Overcoming Brand Stereotypes as a Female Veteran

By Tralene Hunston Women have been serving in the U.S. military for more than a century. As the years have passed, female service members’ roles, conflicts and responsibilities have shifted, ultimately progressing opportunities for the female service member. Today, female veterans make up 10% of the veteran population. However, while the female veterans’ population and the opportunities…

Daily Struggles

The Faith to go on. By Sue Kaszynski I have tried writing this blog a few times but it never seemed “right”. It was almost as if I was forcing it. Previously the words just flowed. I have always said the Holy Spirit was guiding me as it was divine words not mine. Tonight seems…

The New Women Marines Association Interim Board

By Rhonda Amtower I am proud to work together with our new 2020-2021 Board of Directors (BOD). Despite the convention cancellation, the outgoing and incoming BODs met yesterday, 5 Sept to conduct the business of WMA. During the outgoing BOD meeting, we closed out final business of this BOD to include the presentation of the…

WINIFRED BAER HODGIN

WWII USMCWR By: Jon D, Hodgin  She was born Winifred Baer on a dairy farm near the small town of Callicoon, New York on August 13, 1922.  She graduated high school and then attended Albany State Teacher’s College, where she obtained a degree in education at the age of 19.  She taught high school for…