US Marine corporal
Seventy years ago this week, Minnie Spotted Wolf became the first Native American woman to enlist in the United States Marine Corps Women’s Reserve.
Born and raised on a ranch near White Tail Creek, about 15 miles from Heart Butte, Montana, Spotted Wolf stated that growing up doing such ranch work as “cutting fence pots, driving a two-ton truck, and breaking horses” seemed to prepare her for the rigors of Marine Corps boot camp, which she was quoted as saying was “hard, but not too hard.”
This service picture of Minnie Spotted Wolf is from the correspondence files from the Blackfeet Indian Agency (Record Group 75) in the National Archives at Denver, where you can find the photographs of many other Blackfeet who served in the U.S. Armed Forces during WWII.
Image: Minnie Spotted Wolf, Record Group 75, Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, ARC 7329402
Mortar damages on a Huey.
"Leatherneck Fire Team Phrasebook"
Reserve Training - Assaultmen with Company B, 1st Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment fire, a Shoulder Launched Multipurpose Assault Weapon (SMAW) towards an enemy bunker during a training exercise at range 410A at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., June 18. Range 410A allows Marines the opportunity to work on small unit leadership by completing a series of obstacles that involve a platoon size element. It is part of Integrated Training Exercise (ITX) 4-13, a cornerstone of the Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Program, it is the largest annual U.S. Marine Corps Reserve training exercise; helping establish best practices, refine planning guidance and baseline requirements for future Reserve units.
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. John M. McCall) by United States Marine Corps Official Page http://flic.kr/p/f1Rsfe
Suppressive Fire - U.S. Marines assigned to Company L, Battalion Landing Team 3/2, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, provide suppressive fire during a platoon attack exercise during Exercise Eager Lion 2013, in Al Quweira, Jordan, June 17, 2013. Exercise Eager Lion 2013 is an annual, multinational exercise designed to strengthen military-to-military relationships and enhance security and stability in the region by responding to modern-day security scenarios. The 26th MEU is deployed to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility as part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group. The 26th MEU operates continuously across the globe, providing the president and unified combatant commanders with a forward-deployed, sea-based quick reaction force.
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Juanenrique Owings/Released) by United States Marine Corps Official Page http://flic.kr/p/eUgfXB
The Battle For Marjah