HISTORY 1955 - 1973 Vietnam Era
2 March 1959
A New Director for Women Marines
Colonel Margaret M. Henderson served as Director of Women Marines from 2 March 1959 until 2 January 1964.
Presence in Vietnam
The announcement was made and plans were set in 1967 for one officer and nine enlisted women to fill desk billets with the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV), based in Saigon.
November 8, 1967
President Johnson signed legislation giving enlisted women equal promotion opportunity with their male counterparts.
The Names of those who Served
From 1967 to 1973, a total of 28 enlisted Marine women and eight officers served in Vietnam at various times. Pictured Captain Elaine E. Filkins (left) and Sgt Doris Denton (right).
January 27, 1973,
The End of the War
With the signing of the Paris Peace Accords on January 27, 1973, the war in Vietnam was declared officially ended. Not only a war, but an era, was coming to an end in 1973. The draft was replaced by the All-Volunteer Force policy.