Opha May Johnson: A Tribute

The history of women in the United States armed forces is a long and complicated one. Even before they were allowed to officially enlist in the services, women still contributed in supporting the defense of the nation as spies, nurses and even secret soldiers. During the revolutionary war, Prudence “Prue” Cummings Wright, who had just lost two children, became leader of “Mrs. David Wright’s Guard. However, for the most part these women were not officially recognized to be members of the branches in which they served. That changed with one woman Opha May Johnson who was the first known woman to enlist in the United States Marine Corps. She joined the Marine Corps Reserve in 1918, officially becoming the first female Marine.

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Background

Johnson was born in Kokomo, Indiana in 1879. It was there that she graduated from Wood’s Commercial College and was expected to lead a typical life for a woman of the time. On August 13, 1918, Johnson joined the Marine Corps Reserve during World War I. At that time, Johnson enlisted along with 300 other women. (Due to her good fortune, she happened to be the first in line to do so.) Although her main duties as a Marine were clerical in nature, Johnson put into her work the same amount of zeal that she had used her whole life up to that point.

Her Legacy

Unfortunately, much of the progress that women in the armed services had made up to that point was slowly eroded as the Marine Corps began to steadily dis-enroll women who had enlisted to help out during the war. However, a few decades later Congress would pass the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act in 1948. This act acknowledges the trail blazing women like Johnson and others and is behind the fact that there are now approximately 1.4 million women serving in the U.S. armed forces including 14, 000 in the Marines.

Johnson was all about demonstrating her pride in the greatest organization in the world which now benefits greatly from the contributions of both sexes in the defense of our country. You can further demonstrate your pride in the Corps by purchasing one of our USMC novelties and USMC home décor items. Our gift items are quality made in the USA and are an attractive way to add a special touch to your home whether you reside in on or off base housing.

Tips for Choosing the Perfect Christmas Gift

Gift giving can be as anxiety-inducing as it is rewarding. That’s because we want to give our loved ones gifts that will be useful and that they will also cherish due to the thought that we put into selecting them. For visitors to our site a large part of the riddle of what kind of gift to give someone is already solved. After all, visitors to our site already know that the intended recipient of their gift is dedicated to the Corps and its ideals. However, with the large variety of USMC Marine Christmas gifts that are available on our site, choosing just the perfect gift for a current or former member of the Marines Corps can still pose a problem. For that reason, we would like to offer you the following suggestions for selecting just the right gift for your loved ones.

  • Listen to what they say; observe how they act: Often people will drop hints as to what they need or desire in conversation. Sometimes our loved ones will even point out specific items they might like to receive when they are in our presence. Keep your antenna up particularly around the holiday gift giving season for such clues and let this be a guide.

  • Take notes: Whether you do so using a pad and pencil or simply keep mental notes, make a list of gift ideas and refer to it while shopping.

  • Ask the person what they need: It won’t be a surprise when you use this technique, but it will avoid any ambiguity. Some people are direct and very specific about their needs and will let you know right up front that they would rather be pleasantly surprised rather than just surprised.

  • Make a list of all the things the person is interested in: Beyond the Corps, what is the intended recipient interested in? Do they like to read? If so we have many books available on our site. Are they a collector? If so we have coins, coin holders and other items of interest for collectors. Are they especially proud of their car? We have license plate frames, hitch covers, etc. too.

  • Ask other friends, family members, etc: You may get an entirely new perspective from someone else when trying to come up with gift ideas.

In short, some of the anxiety that comes along with gift giving can be lessened by taking a little time and carefully thinking out your strategy. Be it a gift like our Marine Corps hats for sale or our decals and stickers, your loved ones will appreciate a carefully thought out gift the best.

Marine Corps Marathon 2017

If anyone can appreciate the value of keeping fit all year round it’s the US Marine Corps. The Corps was founded on the principle of being prepared at all times for any contingency and staying fit helps people prepare for all kinds of activities. This is part of the reason we are proud to support the upcoming Marine Corps Marathon 2017.  (The date of the Marathon will be Sunday, October 22, 2017).  However, the marathon is more than about physical fitness. It is also meant to express patriotism and to support family friendly activities which – like keeping fit – should be embraced year round. The start line of the Marathon will be at the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery and the finish line will be at the Marine Corps War Memorial.  And although registration is now closed, you can show up and show your support for the participants.

Schedule of Events

Marine Corps Marathon Weekend Events

Health and Fitness Expo

Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017

Marine Corps Marathon Kids Run

Saturday, October 21, 2017, 9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

North Pentagon parking lot in Arlington, Virginia.

Marine Corps Marathon 10K

Sunday, October 22, 2017, 9:15 a.m.

Marine Corps Marathon Finish Festival

Sunday, October 22, 2017, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

History of the Marathon

The origin of the event started with Col. Jim Fowler, USMC Ret and over the 2016_Marine_Corps_Marathon_161030-M-UF322-013course of four decades developed into the occasion that thousands participate in today. Fowler’s goal was to promote goodwill for the Corps and to showcase the Marine Corps. Fowler also wanted to encourage recruitment into the Corps. The Marathon’s first participants started in Washington D.C. on Nov. 7, 1976 and the event has grown by leaps and bounds ever since.

Show your pride by attending the Marathon while wearing our Marine Corps products and USMC clothing. We have an assortment of clothing such as T-shirts, hoodies, sweatpants and shorts.

Celebrities who Fought on D-Day

June is an important month in a many ways. Father’s Day is in June as is the first day of summer, Flag Day etc. However, in terms of world history, June is of particular historical significance because it is the month in which the liberation of Europe began. This year marks the 73rd anniversary of the Normandy landings which initiated the Western Allied effort to liberate mainland Europe from Nazi Germany. Unfortunately, fewer and fewer witnesses of that historic event are with us but although they are gone they are most assuredly not forgotten. The impact they had on the world sent ripples around the globe and throughout time. Though they fought for so worthy a cause, many of the soldiers died in relative obscurity. However, some very famous people were there on D-Day. We at eMarine PX – where you can buy USMC home décor and USMC novelties – would like to present you with this list of those who served and whose names you may recognize.

  • D Salinger: Author of the iconic book Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger was there on Omaha Beach and was indeed said to have been carrying portions of this famous book with him as he fought the Germans.

  • Alec Guinness: Legendary British actor Alec Guinness piloted a landing craft that ferried British troops to the beaches of Normandy on D-Day. .

  • James Doohan: Best known as Star Trek’s Montgomery Scott, Doohan was shot several times in the leg and chest and even lost a finger during the invasion.

  • Yogi Berra: Famed catcher Yogi Berra manned a machine gun during the battle to take Omaha Beach and even 1948_Bowman_Yogi_Berramanned a naval support craft.

  • Medgar Evers: Famed civil right activist Medgar Evers served in the 325 Port Company during WWII. This segregated unit delivered supplies during the Normandy Invasion. Evers would later be assassinated due to his efforts to promote civil rights.

  • John Ford: This legendary director of even more legendary Westerns was a commander in the US Naval Reserve and led a documentary crew ashore during the Normandy invasion.

Unfortunately, none of these celebrities are still with us but the impact of what they achieved carries on to this day. They were a part of what has aptly been called the “Greatest Generation.”

The Marine Corps and National Autism Awareness Month

Throughout its proud history the Marine Corps has been known for its community involvement and its support of worthy causes. This month of April finds the Corps involved in another such a cause. The cause is autism and this month is National Autism Awareness Month. National Autism Awareness Month is a nationwide effort to promote autism awareness and inclusion. This effort is designed to not only educate the public about autism but it is also designed to increase public participation in activities designed to help others understand this developmental disorder. The public can participate in these efforts specifically by:

  • Becoming a volunteer such as those who help at the Special Olympics.

  • Joining in walk/run events for the cause.

  • Displaying the Autism Puzzle Ribbon on your car, your clothing, or even in your social media profile picture. We encourage our customers here at eMarine PX, to pin the ribbon to clothes that you can buy at our USMC store to further demonstrate Marine support for this worthy cause.

Facts About Autism

  • 1 in 68, individuals are currently diagnosed with autism.

  • Adults with autism are 10x more likely to consider suicide than adults who don’t have autism.

  • The unemployment rate for adults with autism is as high as 90% despite the fact that many people with autism can contribute greatly to the workforce.

Additionally, the ExceptionalFamily Member Program (EFMP) will host many events tohelp the public understand more about what has become the fastest-growing developmental disability in the United States. The EFMP is a DOD enrollment program that works with both military and civilian agencies to provide support for housing, education, medical and personnel services to U.S. military families with special needs. Again, we encourage our customers to shop our Marine corps products online with the multi-colored, puzzle ribbon that has become a symbol of hope and support for individuals and families that have been affected by autism.

Marine Corps Marathon 2017

Physical fitness is one of the cornerstones of being a Marine. Without it a rigorous defense of our nation and our nation’s interest would be impossible. That is why the Corps and we support activities and events that promote physical fitness and that generate goodwill between the community and the Marine Corps. An event that is designed to do this is the Marine Corps Marathon which is being held on October 21, 2017. (A lottery for the event begins on March 22. The registration fee is $160.) Runners from more than 50 countries will be participating. If you are someone who is interested in marathon running and the Marine Corps, we advise that you register early for the event. A full calendar of events is here. There will even be special Kids Run event for children 5-12 one October 21, 2017. (This will be a one mile run only.) Active duty registration begins on March 2, 2017.

As we’ve said, we support any event that makes physical well-being a cornerstone of a well rounded life. For our part, our Marine Corps items for sale and our Marine Corps hats for sale are a way for those who do and have served to further demonstrate their pride in the Corps. We have a wide variety of ball caps that are not only attractive but that also have the Marine Corps emblem embossed on them and that also keep the sun out of your eyes while you run. No one who has ever served can ever fail to recognize the importance of staying fit. Now, let’s hope for strong community support at this and similar events.

Adopting a Marine for the Holidays

Every year the news is filled with heartwarming stories about Marines and other service people who have been reunited with their loved ones over the Thanksgiving and/or Christmas holidays. But what about those marines who are either too far away from or cannot afford the trip home for the holidays? Luckily, for these marines whose sacrifices are no less important than the lucky ones who get to be reunited with loved ones, there are organizations that help to connect service members with local families for the holidays. As veterans ourselves, we at eMarine PX are not only interested in providing quality US Marine gifts to our customers, we would also like to express our appreciation to the efforts of civilians who strive to make this special time of year enjoyable for service people who have returned to the US but who are separated from their loved ones.

Reaching out to organizations like the nearest Armed Services YMCA or USO office is an excellent way to begin the process of hosting a service person that is home for the holidays. You can also find out more about adopting a marine by contacting your nearest military installation’s MWR (Morale, Welfare, and Recreation) office. Service people who are in the position of not being able to reunite with loved ones will greatly appreciate being a made a part of their host family’s Christmas traditions and customs. Happy holidays from the people at eMarine PX.

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Memorial Day

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Many people are confused over the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day. So to help you get it straight……

Veterans Day:

This federal holiday falls on November 11 and is designated as a day to honor all who have served in the military.

Memorial Day:

Celebrated the last Monday in May, Memorial Day is the holiday set aside to pay tribute to those who died serving in the military.

Memorial Day is much more than a three day weekend and barbeques. Show your support and respect for those who gave their all for our country by attending events in your community and honor the fallen.

Veteran’s Day

Many Americans mistakenly believe that Veterans Day is the day America sets aside to honor American military personnel who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained from combat. That’s not quite true. Memorial Day is the day set aside to honor America’s war dead.

Veterans Day, on the other hand, honors ALL American veterans, both living and dead. In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank LIVING veterans for dedicated and loyal service to their country. November 11 of each year is the day that we ensure veterans know that we deeply appreciate the sacrifices they have made in the lives to keep our country free.

Honoring All Who Served

Honoring All Who Served