Free A Marine to Fight: Women Marines in World War II. Col Mary V. Stremlow. USMCR. 1994. 40 pp.
(Paper – http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/623593871)
(PDF pt. 1)
(PDF pt. 2)
Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:
- What roles were women allowed to play in the Marine Corps during World War II?
- In World War II, when were women first brought into the armed services?
- Where can I find biographical details about the first woman to head the Woman Reserves?
- How did families react to women relatives enlisting in the Corps?
- Where can I find photographs and descriptions of uniforms for Women Marines?
- Why could WACs serve outside the United States, but not Women Marines?
A 44 page book whose electronic version is oddly split over two PDF files. Featuring neither table of contents nor index, this pamphlet describes the formation of the World War II era Women Marines, their recruitment, training and placement and eventual partial demobilization. Comparisons to women serving in the Army and Navy are occasionally made. With few first person accounts of life in Women Marines, this work will be more useful for background in World War II era stories. After reading this you’ll be able to correctly assign Women Marines to specialties and duty stations. You won’t make the mistake of placing one at Pearl Habor on December 7, 1941, because there were no Women Marines at that time.
A notable feature of this work is a chart showing the employment by type of duty by Women Marines as of June 1, 1945. In addition, this work has many photographs of women going about training and official duties such as flight mechanics.