HISTORY

World War I Era

1916

Lucy Brewer

Legend has it that Lucy, disguised as a man and enlisted under the name of George Baker – aboard the USS Constitution during the War of 1812.   

1916

1918

Private Opha Mae Johnson

The Marine Corps' first enlisted woman Marine.

1918

11 November 1918

End of the War

 

By the end of World War I, 305 women had enlisted in the Marine Corps, but all served less than a year. Following the Armistice on Nov. 11, 1918, the armed services immediately began discharging women from active-duty service. 

11 November 1918

1918

The Names Know

This Marine trio were early enlisters in the first Women’s Reserve that served during World War I. Mary Kelly (left) of New Jersey, May O’Keefe and Ruth Spike, of New York City, the youngest of 305 enlistees 

1918