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.

The Marine Corps and Toys for Tots

There is a saying and a song that goes “Christmas is for Children.” And with this saying comes the image of children all over the country who will awaken on Christmas morning to gleefully unwrap their presents after a restless night of sleep. However, as painful as it is to imagine, this is not how Christmas morning will play out in every home in the nation. Some families struggle hard to provide themselves with life’s necessities let alone the luxuries of the season. Children in such homes will sadly not share in the joy of opening a shiny new present on Christmas morning. Knowing that this is the case with many families, Major Bill Hendricks founded the Toys for Tots program in 1947.

The History of Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots began back in 1947 when, inspired by his wife, Major Hendricks, gathered reservists to collect and distribute thousands of unwrapped toys to children. Eventually celebrity support was also gained and since then the organization has been designated as an official mission for the Marine Corps Reserves. Moreover, since its inception the program has collected and dispensed more than 512 million toys. That is a lot of joy delivered to a lot of children.

The Toys for Tots Mission

The mission of Toys for Tots is to collect and distribute unwrapped toys for less fortunate children in the vicinity of the collection sites. These collections take place from October to December of each year. You can go to ToysforTots.org to find the drop off site nearest you. You can also go to that same site to inquire how you can be of assistance by making your location one of those sites. We have many seasonal USMC gifts that will go well right alongside the rest of your Christmas decorations. Marine Corps items for sale on our site include festive, affordably priced ornaments that demonstrate pride in the Corps. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at eMarine PX.

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.

Tip for Preventing Heat Stroke and Exhaustion this Summer

The long anticipated summer is finally a week or so away. Joggers, motorcyclist, bicyclist, skateboarders and hover board riders are filling the roadways and public parks. However, along with all the joys of summer and warmer weather there are also dangers present for those of us who love to exercise outdoors. Two of those dangers are heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Here are some precautions you should take against the heat of summer.

  • Carefully plan when you will be out: Generally speaking, the hours between 10am and 3 pm are the hottest times of the day. Plan your workouts to avoid these peak hours especially if a heat alert is in effect.

  • Drink extra water: Whether you are indoors or outdoors in the heat, you should take extra steps to stay hydrated during the summer. It is recommended that you drink a little more than twelve-and-a-half, 8-ounce glasses a day.

  • Know the symptoms of heat exhaustion: These symptoms include vomiting and nausea, excessive sweating, low blood pressure, moist and cool skin, a weak pulse, fatigue and weakness, blurred vision, strong thirst, and rapid breathing.

  • Wear loose comfortable clothing: At eMarinePX we have Marine Corps clothing that lets you dress down for summer but still show your pride in the Corps. Our Marine Corps clothes include cycling outfits and ball caps with the Corps emblem as well as T-shirts.

  • Avoid caffeinated beverages and alcohol: Having a Coke or Pepsi may seem like a refreshing way to cool off after a workout but these kinds of drinks act as They actually cause fluids to leave your body rapidly. Alcohol is also a natural diuretic and has the same effect on the body’s hydration levels as caffeinated beverages.

  • Take frequent breaks during physical activity: Help your body adjust to the stress of warmer weather by taking frequent breaks particularly when you are working out.

  • Be careful with medication: Certain medications affect your body’s hydration levels. These medications include high blood pressure and heart medications, allergy medications, tranquilizers. Take the time to determine whether any medication you are taking has a diuretic effect.

We know how people who are currentlysummer-fun in or who have been in the services endeavor to maintain their fitness levels, but heat stroke and exhaustion can affect any of us during the dog days of summer. It is therefore important to know the signs and symptoms of heat stroke and exhaustion in order to protect your health and the health of loved ones.

Military Appreciation Month: What it is and What it Means

Of all the months of the year, May is probably the most significant in terms of the sheer number of days there are that honor the Corps. For example:

  • May 1st: Loyalty Day – Which seeks to reaffirm loyalty to the US.

  • May 7th – National Day of Prayer – Designated by the United States Congress (36 U.S.C. § 119).

  • May 8th – VE Day, Victory in Europe Day – This day celebrates the Allied victories in Europe during WWII

  • May 8thMilitary Spouse Day – This day honors the spouses of servicemen and women who also make sacrifices.

  • May 9th to 17th – Armed Forces Week – This week starts on the second Saturday of May and ends on the third Sunday of May.

  • May 16th – Armed Forces Day – This is a part of Armed Forces Week and celebrates all branches of the military.

  • May 29thMemorial Day – The holiday that most civilians are familiar with, Memorial Day is the only US holiday that recognizes those servicemen and women who have – all throughout US history – made the ultimate sacrifice. It began shortly after the Civil War.

For this reason, the month of May is known as Military Appreciation Month. Recognized in 1999 by Congress, Military Appreciation Month is designed to give the public the opportunity to demonstrate their appreciation for the important role that the Armed Forces play in maintaining our freedom and independence. As such, many retailers offer discounts and special promotions for members of the Armed Forces. There will be special events held throughout the country as part of this recognition.

Of course, at eMarine PX our appreciation for members of the Corps is year round. We sell a line of, Marine Corps clothing that are authentic and made in the USA. Our Marine Corps clothes are appropriate for any active duty or retired member of the armed forces who wants to show his/her pride all year long and not just during a single month.

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.