Aviation foundation gets collection kept by one of base's first Woman Marines

Published: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 09:27 AM.

Boot camp lasted 25 days.

“However, they deftly managed to pack about 50 days of arduous and intensive training, both mental and physical, into that short period of time,” Snow wrote. “We usually had sixteen-hour workdays, six days a week.”

The training worked. Snow’s outfit, Platoon 1, 5221, had been called “the Black Sheep of the Company” but they had been drilled into perfection.

“When the WRs in Platoon 1 marched in review, they looked like puppets on a string,” Snow wrote.

While Snow was part of the first group of women on the air station, within a year there were about 3,100 at Cherry Point and its outlying air fields.

Snow became the secretary to the commanding officer for the base. After her discharge from active duty in 1946, she held that position as a civil servant through 1967. She then transferred to Fort Huachuca, Ariz., to work as a program analyst until her 1979 retirement.

Geri Weeks, of Independence, Iowa, is Snow’s niece and is the person who gathered her aunt’s papers. Weeks sent the collection to Marine Corps historian Alan Stiner, who has placed it on loan with the aviation foundation.

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