Marine Corps Museum Gets Statue Honoring Women

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    The National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Va., is recognizing the service of female Marines.

    Friday's dedication of a Molly Marine statue marks the culmination of fundraising efforts by the Young Marines organization and the Women Marines Association.

    The statue is a replica of a statue placed in New Orleans in 1943. It shows a uniformed woman facing proudly into the wind.

    This is the 70th year of women serving continuously in the Marines. They began serving as wartime clerical fill-ins as early as 1918.

    The Women Marines Association says about 6 percent of Marines are female.

    The museum is near the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Va.