Looking Back 73 Years: A Woman Veteran’s Story

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It was 1943 when women were first allowed to join the United States Marine Corps Women’s Reserve.

Abilenian Ellen Webb was just 22-years-old at the time and decided to enlist.

“The Marines was what I wanted to do,” stated Ellen Webb. “So, a friend and I joined and we weren’t sent to camp Lejeune boot camp.”

She first tried her her hand at being a bugler in the corps but it just wasn’t working out.

“They decided to reclassify me as a stenographer which I should have been in the first place.”

She was one of the first to join the reserve division of the corps.

“They treated us very well and made everything as easy for us as they could,” she added. “Of course it was pretty tough because we were doing things we had never done before.”

Now at the age of 95, she keeps herself busy and enjoys spending time with her family.

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