This blog post provides information on Camp Lejeune and images of female soldiers working, marching, and socializing there after it was integrated from an all-male Marine Corps base. Many of the images include the experiences and memories of Mary C. Davenport, a member of the United States Marine Corps Women’s Reserve. The photo caption reads: Picture postcard of a Women’s Reservist working on machines during training in the sheet metal shop at Camp Lejeune, N.C., during WWII. A Reservist is someone who is on standby for active duty in the military.
Citation: Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Women’s Reserve Postcards, WWII 42, WWII Papers, Military Collection, State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh, N.C., accessed from “Camp Lejeune Women’s Reserve in WWII: A Photographic View” by Matthew M. Peek. NC Stories of Service, medium.com, April 8, 2020. https://medium.com/nc-stories-of-service/camp-lejeune-womens-reserve-in-wwii-a-photographic-view-4c041afa8c2c. Accessed 22 August 2023.
- What is happening in this photo?
- Why do you think the woman is dressed as she is?
- Who do you think the audience would have been for this photo during World War II? Why do you think so?