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The Ohio Women who Changed History as Marines During WWI

WWI Era Women Marines March in Parade

On August 12, 1918 — with just a few months of World War I remaining — the United States Marine Corps Reserve officially began accepting applications from women for the first time. Of nearly 5,000 applications from women around the country, the Marines selected only about 300. Three of those women — Ouida Okey of Graysville in Monroe County, Mildred Cowell of Marietta and Mary A. Williams of Youngstown — were from Ohio. Read about the exploits of these Ohio women veterans.