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Marines Final Muster

 
Marines salute as the flag is raised. Courtesy of MHC Archives (44)
 
Col. Ruth Cheney Streeter, with President Ham, offers a floral tribute to Mary Lyons memory.Courtesy of MHC Archives (45)
 
Marines on the march across the campus. Courtesy of MHC Archives (46)
 
 
 

 

COMMENDATION FOR MOUNT HOLYOKE COLLEGE

The first Training Center for the U.S. Marine Corps. Women's Reserve unit was withdrawn in order to consolidate all training of the Women's Reserve units, both officers and enlisted personnel, at New River, North Carolina. President Ham expressed his feeling of "deep satisfaction" at being able to contribute to their training when he shared the following letter with trustees, faculty and students in the Mt. Holyoke College Bulletin.(47)

 

HEADQUARTERS U.S. MARINE CORPS

WASHINGTON

July 23, 1943

My dear President Ham:

On the occasion of termination of the joint training program with the "WAVES," I desire to express my sincere appreciation for the courtesy and gracious consideration which you and your associates at Mount Holyoke College have extended to all officers and personnel of the Marine Corps trianing detachment. In great measure the success in training officer candidates of the Marine Corps Women's Reserve is attributable to your keen understanding of the novel problems involved. Your continual willingness to assist in the formation of policies, and to contribute to the comfort of the Marine Corps personnel at Mount holyoke were largely responsible for the high morale and fine esprit de corps of our officer candidates. Your experience as a former Marine made you keenly aware of the vital importance of the work to be done by Women Reservists.

I am sure that those who were privileged to train in the surroundings and atmosphere of your institution have received a great cultural inspiration which they will cherish throughout their lives. I trust that you will convey to your associates this expression of appreciation for the very fine contribution of Mount Holyoke College to the success of the Marine Corps Women's Reserve

Very sincerely,

(Brig. Gen.) H. Schmidt

 

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