Bettie Pruden Lerdall

Bettie Pruden Lerdall, 96, passed away peacefully in the care of Hospice of the Valley (AZ) on January 14, 2020. She was born on July 21, 1923 and raised in Alameda, CA. On her 20th birthday, she enlisted in the Marines and became a platoon sergeant and drill instructor at Camp Lejeune, NC. Known as…

United States Marine Corps Women Reserve Anniversary

On 13 February 2020, collectively we celebrate the 77th Anniversary of the establishment of the Marine Corps Women’s Reserve (WR). On this day, the first woman to enlist in the WR was Lucille Ellen McClarren. Her active duty starting salary was $50 a month plus a $200 allowance for uniforms. She went to Hunter College…

2020 National Memorial Day Parade

Women Marines Association Seeks Participants for the 2020 National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C. National Parade is Highly Attended, Widely Televised The Women Marines Association is seeking members to participate in the annual National Memorial Day Parade to be held in Washington, D.C., May 25, 2020, at 2 p.m. Active duty, Reserve, retired and…

WMA Giving Tuesday

In 2012 a simple idea of giving back turned into a movement across the globe of generosity. Giving came in all forms you can think of. From random acts of kindness, helping a neighbor to making donations to your favorite organizations. Giving Tuesday is a great time to make a donation to WMA. Your donation…

Elizabeth Whitbeck, early Marine Corps veteran, dies at 98

NOVEMBER 11, 2019 ERIC ROPER – THE STAR TRIBUNE Female uniforms weren’t yet available when Liz Whitbeck enlisted in the newly formed Marine Corps Women’s Reserve in 1943. But she joined enthusiastically, a trait she carried forward later in life as she made her mark on many Minneapolis civic institutions. Whitbeck, a veteran who became known…

Marie’s 90th

Originally posted on Tillman Gilson:
August has been an interesting month to say the least, but instead of discussing politics this week, I’m celebrating the 90th birthday of my mother, Marie. She was definitely ahead of her time – she was a journalist, teacher, and librarian as well as my mother. The most unusual thing…

Women Marines Association Birthday Message

244th Marine Corps Birthday This time of year, all Marines no matter where we are around the globe take this opportunity to stop and celebrate the unique history of our Corps. Whether we are still serving on active duty or we are Veteran Marines, we continue to reach out to renew the ties that bind…

Women Reserves Monument

​ Women Reserves Monument – Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego The Women Marines Association, CA-2 San Diego County is on a mission. It is only with your help that they can bring this monument into reality. They are providing a memorial monument to honor the World War II Women Reserves on Marine Corps Recruit…

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…