First Female Marine - Opha May Johnson

First Female Marine - Opha May Johnson

On August 13, 1918, Opha May Johnson enlisted in the Marine Corps.

In 1918, as World War I was coming to an end, the number of male Marines deployed overseas led to the Marine Corps allowing women to enlist for the first time, filling the vacancies (primarily administrative) left by the deployed Marines. On August 13, 1918, approximately 300 women enlisted in the Marine Corps reserves, with Opha May Johnson being the first. Her first duties were as a clerk at the Headquarters of the Marine Corps (HQMC) in Arlington, Virginia, managing the records of other female reservists.



Sale on Marine Corps T-Shirts at the EGA Shop

CHECK OUT OUR HUGE ARRAY OF EGA DESIGNS!

CLICK TO SHOP NOW

The Eagle Globe & Anchor is as classic as Marine Corps iconography gets. Get one of these timeless designs now!

EGA Shop, purchase Marine Corps Clothing and Support Our Troops at the same time!
Marine Parents and the Marine Corps
Recruit Parents
Whats After Boot Camp
After The Corps
a Place to Connect& Share®
Team Marine Parents has Marine Corps Marathon Bibs
Warrior Support Team
Gold Star Legacy
Luminary Initiative