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Opha Mae Johnson

First woman to enlist in the United States Marine Corps

Private, US Marines

Opha joined the Marine Corps Reserve on Aug. 13, 1918 at 18 years old and was given a category of "F" (for female). In those days women were allowed to enlist but were not allowed to serve in war zones. She may have worked as a secretary, or cook.

Learn more about her at the following links:

  • Encyclopedia Bio


  • Unity America Blog Video



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