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Parris Island hosts celebration of 4th Recruit Training Battalion 32nd Anniversary and Women’s Centennial

MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT Parris Island, S.C. – MCRD PI will host a series of events Nov. 1 – 4, 2018 celebrating the 32nd Anniversary of 4th Recruit Training Battalion and the centennial marking 100 years of women serving in the Marine Corps.

Schedule of events is as follows:

·         Nov. 2

–          7:45 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Marine Corps Color Ceremony and performance by the MCRD PI Band

–          9 a.m. – 10 a.m. Recruit Graduation for Companies O and M

–          1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Tram Tour of Parris Island (Meet at Parris Island Museum)

–          2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Walking Tour of 4th BN (Meet at building 933)

–          12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Library of Congress Veterans History Project Interviews

(Contact Christina Welsch at 317-366-8489 or cwelsch-copeland@tcl.edu to schedule an interview)

·         Nov. 3

–          3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Marine Women Uniforms 1918 – 2018 Pageant  (All Weather Training Facility)

–          5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Warrior Dinner: Social Hour (Invitation Only) (Bldg 933)

–          6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Warrior Dinner: Meal / Slideshow (Invitation Only)

·         Nov. 4

–          6 a.m. – 7 a.m. 4th BN Field Meet Registration (Bldg 933)

–          7 a.m. – 8 a.m. Field Meet: 3-Mile Fun-Run (4th BN PT Field)

–          8 a.m. – 9 a.m. Field Meet: Strength Competition (Push-ups, Pullups, Ammo-Lifts, Flexed Arm Hang)

–          9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Field Meet: Obstacle Course Competition

–          9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Field Meet: Tug-of-War

–          9:45 a.m. – 10 a.m. Awards / Closing Remarks

Media interested in covering this event should contact 1st Lt. Bryan McDonnell at 843-228-3710 or by email: Bryan.McDonnell@usmc.mil.

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Celebrating 100 years of Service

Celebrating 100 years of Service

First Women Enlist In The Marines

US #1013 was issued to honor the role of women in the armed services.

On August 13, 1918, Opha Mae Johnson became the first woman to enlist in the US Marine Corps Reserve.

According to legend, the first American female Marine may have been Lucy Brewer. Stories claim she disguised herself as a man and snuck aboard the USS Constitution during the War of 1812.  However, there is little evidence to support that claim.

US #1013 – Fleetwood First Day Cover.

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Moving Forward

Moving Forward

100 years and Counting

By Rhonda Amtower

Rhonda Amtower

Rhonda Amtower WMA National President 2018 – 2020

What a fabulous celebration we experienced at our recent Biennial Convention and Professional Development Symposium as we commemorated 100 years of women’s service in the Marine Corps.  We turned the corner on a historic and successful 100 year run as women in the Corps. During the convention we recognized the incredible achievements and history that we as Marines have made during the last 100 years.  WMA is a key part of promoting and preserving that history, having been a part of this for 58 of the 100 illustrious years.  Just like Opha May Johnson is a key part of our legacy of the history of women in the Marine Corps, WMA too plays a key role in that legacy and we can all step up and be like Opha May, be the first, open more doors to pave the way for women in the future.  Whether we be Veteran Marines or on active duty we can all play a part in making history today for our future of tomorrow.

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2018 WMA Convention Courtesy Resolutions

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2018 COURTESY RESOLUTIONS

WHEREAS THE FOLLOWING INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANIZATIONS HAVE CONTRIBUTED SIGNIFICANTLY TO THE WOMEN MARINES ASSOCIATION (WMA) AND THE 30TH BIENNIAL WMA CONVENTION AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SYMPOSIUM; AND

WHEREAS THE 2018 CONVENTION IS DEDICATED TO THE WOMEN MARINES’ 100-YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION AND TO ALL WOMEN WHO HAVE SERVED IN THIS LEGACY; NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT

RESOLVED THAT THE ASSOCIATION WISHES TO EXPRESS OUR GENUINE AND HEARTFELT GRATITUDE TO:

  1. THE MAYOR OF WASHINGTON, DC, THE HONORABLE MURIEL BOWSER, FOR HER GREETING TO THE WOMEN MARINES ASSOCIATION IN HONOR OF THEIR 100 YEARS OF SERVICE;
  2. THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA GOVERNOR, THE HONORABLE RALPH NORTHAM, FOR PROCLAIMING WOMEN MARINE CENTENNIAL WEEK AND FOR TAKING THIS OPPORTUNITY TO HONOR WOMEN MARINES PUBLICLY WITH BOTH A LETTER OF WELCOME AND A CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION;
  3. THE DIRECTOR OF THE MAYOR’S OFFICE OF VETERANS AFFAIRS, WASHINGTON, DC, MR. ELY S. ROSS, FOR A LETTER OF WELCOME;
  4. THE GOVERNOR OF MARYLAND, THE HONORABLE LARRY HOGAN, FOR CONGRATULATING AND WELCOMING THE WOMEN MARINES TO THE GREAT STATE OF MARYLAND THROUGH HIS PROCLAMATION;

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WMA Area 1 News

The Women Marines Association

Area 1 News

Submitted by Jamie DePaola

 

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What a great time we had at the National Convention in Washington, D.C. to celebrate 100 years of women in the Corps!  We had over 30 hard – charger Marines representing all six chapters from Area 1. Most were new to WMA so we arranged to sit together at the banquets and get to know one another as a team.  It was a very unique and memorable opportunity, indeed.  We also combined forces for a PX table and enjoyed more camaraderie. Continue Reading »

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Peg Brady WWII Marine

A 97-year-old Syracuse woman remembers her time in the U.S. Marines: ‘I just loved it’

One of the first female Marines looks back at the job she loved

 

 

 

Liverpool, N.Y. — The moment that changed Peg Bandy’s life was 80 years ago.

But she remembers it like it was yesterday.

She was watching an uncle pack up to go on a military training expedition during World War II. I want to do that, she said.

“He said, ‘Well Margaret, they’ll never let women in the military. So you can forget about that,'” Bandy recalled.

He was the first person she went to see after she completed boot camp with the U.S. Marine Corps Women’s Reserve during World War II.

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Bea Arthur, US Marine

Bea Arthur, US Marine

 

BY: Kali Martin

April 12, 2018

Bernice Frankel’s Official Military Personnel File reveals a Golden Girl’s WWII service history.

Before she took to Broadway stages and became a beloved Golden Girl, Bernice Frankel, better known today as Bea Arthur, joined thousands of other women paving the way for women in the armed forces. Details of her time as a US Marine can be found in her Official Military Personnel File (OMPF) available from the National Archives. Housed at a massive facility in St. Louis, Missouri, these military records hold a wealth of information on individuals.

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