From clerks to combatants: Honoring women Marines

By First Lt. Sharon A. Hyland, United States Marine Corps, Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Public Affairs Officer It was a letter dated August 8, 1918 which bore the subject: “Enrollment of women in the Marine Corps Reserve for clerical duty” that changed the course of history. For women who sought to serve their country in the most honorable way, it was a call to arms and an opportunity to step away from the traditional life of their female counterparts. Female Marines originally only performed clerical duties at Headquarters Marine Corps and various recruiting stations, but within 30 years women were actively serving stateside during World War II, in more than 200 previously male-dominated roles. In the 1940s, the Women’s Marine Reserve held the distinct honor of being called Marines, even while their service sisters assumed monikers of “WAVES” and “WACs”. It was the 17th Commandant of the Marine Corps, Lieutenant General Thomas Holcomb, who asserted that women Marines are Marines and they will be called as such. Nearly 100... ...

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CAPA Golf Challenge at Hampton Hall

By Lanier Laney The weather and facilities were perfect at the recent CAPA Golf Challenge fundraiser at Hampton Hall.  The title sponsor was Waste Management and CAPA really appreciates the company’s support over the past  years. Big “job well done” goes to CAPA’s Executive Director Susan Cato, co-chairs Paul Denning and Cheryl Comes, and Howard Fister, the Waste Management representative on the tournament committee. Ashleigh Whitmore did a very fine job coordinating everything as events director for Hampton Hall Club. The tournament brought in more than $30,000  and all funds go to child abuse prevention programs, parenting classes, and the “Open Arms Shelter” for abused and neglected children. The shelter serves the five county area — Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton, Colleton and Allendale. Here’s a rundown of the winners: • First Place team: Bill Westfall, Ed Saxon, Chris Legare, Al Legare • Second Place team: Jerry Linn, Bob Douglas, Bob Mullen, Ron Grindle • Third Place team: Zane Ferris, Rich O’Connell, Charles Taylor, Brandon Barwick • Golden Circle winner: Bob Mullen... ...

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