Oceanside CA— The Oceanside Chamber held a reception Monday, August 13, 2018 to unveil its newest publication: Celebrating 75 Years, Women Marines on Camp Pendleton. The release of the magazine came exactly 75 years ago when the first woman Marine arrived at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.
The reception was attended by Col. Philip G. Antekeier, Col. Jeffrey Holt and Oceanside Mayor Peter Weiss. Women Marines, both retired and active duty, who were featured in the magazine, were also in attendance, along with dozens of others, including Sgt. Maj. Grace A. Carle (Ret). She was the last to serve as Sergeant Major of Women Marines from 1974-1976. At the age of 95, she proudly stood to be acknowledged with the other Women Marines.
The Camp Pendleton Historical Society, local Chapters of the Women Marines Association, and the Camp Pendleton History Museum provided historical content and photos, which includes a timeline of Women in the Marines Corps (100 years). Women Marines also provided their own photos and stories of their careers and memories of Camp Pendleton.