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Author photo. Colonel Mary V. Stremlow [source: Free a Marine to Fight: Women Marines in World War II, 1994, page 41]

Colonel Mary V. Stremlow [source: Free a Marine to Fight: Women Marines in World War II, 1994, page 41]

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Colonel Mary V. Stremlow, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Ret), Deputy Director, New York State Division of Veterans' Affairs, has a bachelor of science degree from New York State University College at Buffalo. Her Marine Corps service includes experience as a company commander; staff operations officer; executive officer, Woman Recruit Training Battalion, Parris Island; inspector-instructor, Women's Reserve Platoon, 3d Infantry Battalion, Boston; instructor at the Woman Officer School, Quantico; woman officer selection officer for the 1st Marine Corps District; and officer-in-charge, Mobilization Station, Buffalo. She is the author of an official history, A History of the Women Marines, 1946-1977, and of Coping With Sexism in the Military. She is a frequent public speaker on the history of women veterans and for three years served on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee on Women Veterans. Colonel Stremlow counts three other women Marines in her family -- Sergeant Rose M. Nigro and Master Sergeant Petrina C. Nigro, both Women Reservists in World War II, and her sister, retired Major Carol Vertalino Diliberto.

Source: Free a Marine to Fight: Women Marines in World War II, 1994, page 41.
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