Formation of the US Marine Corps Women's Reserve
Reported By WOC H.McMahon
The USMC Women's Reserve was formed on February 13, 1943, with the law activating it having been signed by Franklin Delano Roosevelt by July 30, 1942. While these women were at first opposed by other members of the USMC, as they showed results and began freeing up more and more marines to fight in WW2, their detractors gradually became supporters, with even the Commandant of the Marine Corps at the time eventually coming around and seeing them as true members of the USMC.
The first commander of the Women's Reserve was Ruth Cheney Streeter, who would go on to become a Colonel and become the first woman to earn the legion of merit for the services she rendered to the USMC as commander of the Women's Reserve.
We should take this day to celebrate all the servicewomen who once stood and still stand side by side with those who are more represented by the culture of the United States itself, aiding them in their fights along with ensuring that those that come after them may be more successful than they could ever be.