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Musical Women Marines - The Marine Corps Women's Reserve Band in World War II
By Rita Ellen Stone and
Bonnie Smallwood Medin
Originally published, 1981
104 full-size pages Including 25 photographs from public and private collections.
The amazing history of a unique group of young women who left families and friends to join the Marines and "free a Marine to fight!" Bonnie Smallwood Medin was one of these women who enlisted in the Marine Corps and traveled from all parts of the United States to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
Rita Ellen Stone writes their story -- how they conquered basic training and were formed into a full-time professional musical organization by three Marines from the all-male (at the time) United States Marine Band -- the "President's Own." The women's Marine Corps band only existed for two years, 1943-45, at a time when women in the military were needed to fill the ranks of men, even musicians, who were sent overseas to fight in Europe and the Pacific.
A wonderful story for any musician!