– [Narrator] As World War
II was coming to an end and America’s servicemen
began returning home, the United States
entered a time in history known as the Baby Boom Era,
also known as the fabulous ’50s. The rise of rock and roll, the jitter bug, and the Red Scare of
Communism made its way throughout the hearts and
minds of most Americans. The beginning of the Korean
Conflict caused women Marines to take more prominent noncombat roles due to men on the front lines once again. This opened the doors for Marines like Chief Warrant Officer Ruth Wood and Staff Sergeant Barbara Barnwell to step up and serve proudly. This is the Marine Corps
Through the Decades. (sweeping instrumental music) The 1950s was a breakthrough
decade for everything, from household items to
the entertainment industry, and to international events,
like the Korean Conflict, where the Marine Corps was called upon to fight in heavy combat. This mobilized the Women Marines Reserve to support all noncombatant tasks. Meanwhile, products like Mr. Potato Head, the first TV remote, and Velcro were in the homes of many Americans who were chasing the American dream. Despite the war, many
famous TV shows debuted, such as I Love Lucy, The Ed Sullivan Show, and What’s My Line, a game
show where a panel of judges tried to guess a person’s line of work. Those judges probably wouldn’t
have been able to guess Lieutenant Colonel Julia
Hamblet’s line of work. She was the new Director of the Women Marines Reserve in 1953. More prominent women Marines, like Chief Warrant Officer Ruth Wood, the first woman to go through
the Warrant Officer’s Program, made a lasting impact
on the Corps’ history. Marines like Staff
Sergeant Barbara Barnwell, the first female to earn
the Navy Marine Corps Medal for saving a fellow Marine
from drowning in 1952, showed that women Marines
are always on duty. One can see that the
’50s brought a plethora of memorable icons of American culture, and it also brought many opportunities to women within the Marine Corps. These Marines are shining
examples of the Corps’ values of honor, courage, commitment and continue to pave the way
for future female Marines. Despite the Korean Conflict
ending in early 1953, America was still fighting Communism in the upcoming hippie era of the ’60s.

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

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