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13 August 1918: Opha M. Johnson enlisted at HQMC, becoming the first woman Marine when she joined the Marine Corps Reserve during World War I. Johnson was the first of 305 women to enlist in the United States Marine Corps Women's Reserve that day.

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Joseph Smith was one of 20,000 African Americans who joined the Marine Corps during World War II. He was shipped off to a separate boot camp for blacks and served in a segregated support unit commanded by white officers.

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Steve McQueen joined the Marine Corps in 1947, age 17. He saved the lives of five other Marines during an Arctic exercise, pulling them from a tank before it broke through ice into the sea. He was also assigned to an honor guard responsible for guarding then U.S. President Harry Truman's yacht. McQueen served until 1950 when he was honorably discharged.

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Bridgeport Marine to receive Congressional Gold Medal

Private Lavell Lynch of Bridgeport as a member of the Original Montford Point Marines, the first African Americans allowed to join the Marines.

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Actor/Author Sgt Hari Rhodes US Marine Corps (Served 1949-1952) Short Bio: Best remembered as Mike Makula in "Daktari", Rhodes forged his mother's signature and joined the Marines at the age of 15. He later wrote a book about his experiences called "A Chosen Few".

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Sgt. Huling was assigned to 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; died May 6, 2012 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, of gunshots fired by someone wearing an Afghan National Army uniform. J.P. as he was known, joined the Marine Corps in 2006. He deployed to Iraq in 2007. He was serving his second tour of duty. He re-enlisted after serving in Iraq.

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Harvey Keitel (born May 13, 1939) is an American actor. Like Gene Hackman, he left home at age 16 to join the Marines, ending up in Lebanon with Operation Blue Bat in 1958. In this 2003 interview, he said, "For me the Marine Corps was a spiritual journey. It's not about war. Our duty is to protect those who do not have the means to protect themselves."

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Sgt Reckless stands with Lt Eric Pedersen as they greet a little girl at the main gate of Camp Pendleton some time in the late 1950's. Reckless was a small Mongolian mare who joined the marines to carry ammunition to the front lines for the 75mm Recoilless Rifle Platoon of the 5th Marines. Official USMC photograph.

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