Dorothy Emiko "Skosh" McDowell (Katsura)

性別 Female
生年月日 1935-11-1
出生地 Honolulu HI, U.S.A.
入隊した年 1954-1-1, Honolulu HI
入隊のタイプ Volunteer
所属・部署 Usmc
兵役のタイプ War,peacetime
所属部隊のタイプ Support
所属部隊 Women Marine Bn. U.S. Marine Corps, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
特殊技能 3041 Supply
最終目標 Camp Lejeune, NC; D Company, Headquarters Bn, Washington, D.C.
除隊した年 Washington DC
所属部隊の役割 Camp Lejeune - accounting for salvage and redistribution of ordnance, electronics, motor transport and general supply materials. Headquarters, Washington, D. C. Supply Catalog Section - Administrative responsibility for the Cataloging of all items of Supply for identification and unification with other military services. To produce Federal Standards for Supply items and promulgate Manuals for Marine Corps use.
所属部隊での個人的役割 Camp Lejeune - Supply, Accounting and record-keeping. Washington, D.C. - Supply Catalog Section - Administrative Secretary for the Marine Corps Catalog Section. Handled all correspondence for the Head and Assistant Head of the Catalog Section. Much of our correspondence was with organizations outside of the Marine Cops and accuracy was most important. I was responsible for the personnel records of 40 civilians and 8 military personnel. On many occasions I was required to keep in confidence certain actions not intended for general knowledge. Often handling classified Material I was granted 'Top Secret' Clearance which indicated my record as a trusted employee.
勲章・褒章(個人又は所属部隊) (a) 11/29/55 - Camp Lejeune, NC - Only woman marine recommended for 'Honorary Marine of the Month' in Camp Lejeune of 50,000 marines (Home of the 2nd Marine Division). (b) 1954-1956 Camp Lejeune, NC. - Awarded trophy for the East Coast Women Marine Championship Softball Team serving as Manager. (c) Awarded trophy for the 1954 Camp Lejeune East Coast Chamnpionship Women Marine Basketball Team serving as Assistant Manager. (d) Awarded trophy for Women Marine Bowling Team. (e) Award of Merit - July 25, 1957 by the American National Red Cross. (f) Certificate of Completion at the Marine Corps Institute, (Correspondence practices) Washington, D.C. (g) Good Conduct Medal. (h) National Defense SERvice Medal.
生活状況 Lived in Barrack quarters, single bunk beds with dresser with mirror and stand-up locker, approximately 24 Women Marines in each Squadbay. Our living areas had to be always neat and clean before we went to work since there wsa inspection daily and every Friday, the Officer-of-the-Day inspected your living areas and bounced a quarter on your bunk bed and if the coin didn't bounce your bed was torn apart. The bath and bathroom areas had to be clean and spotless which were inspected daily and with white Gloves during the Friday inspections. If your living area or designated tasks did not pass inspection, your Liberty Card (Pass) was withheld and you couldn't go off base. The Officer-of-the-Day returned again for inspection to check out your misfortune. We had white individual showere stalls, no bath tubs to bathe. They were scrubbed and cleaned daily before you went to work. We had a huge lounge area for visitors and friends and were fortunate to have a Billiard Table and T.V. too. We were also fortunate to have delicious and nutritious meals served by mess personnel. The custom cooked eggs, soups, and bar-b-qued steaks were a treat. The Barracks had laundry rooms to do your laundry and irons for pressing your uniforms and civilian clothing. And we spent much time polishing and shining our working shoes and boots all Marines were noted for. Entertainment: Went to movies, dinners in restauants and friend's homes, concerts, plays, and attended the Army vs. Navy football game on Nov. 30, 1957 in Philadelphia for which John A. Burns, Representative from Hawaii to Washington, D.C. was kind enough to offer tickets. I was privileged to attend the Inaugural Concert on Jan. 20, 1957 in honor of the inauguration of Dwight David Eisenhower as President of the United States. I was fortunate to learn Pistol shooting from co-worker Sergfenat Robert Romano, a World Class Shooter, formerly FBI instructor at marine Corps School, Quantico, Virginia. I was also fortunate to travel and meet military personnel from various military bases as manager of the Women Marines Basketball and Softball Teams.
軍隊生活で最も記憶に残っている出来事 (a) To be recommended as the only Woman Marine for the 'Honorary Marine of the Month' amongst 50,000 Marines stationed in Camp Lejeune, NC. (b) To be granted 'Top Secret'Clearance. (c) To be able to shoot pistols after being taught by a World Class Shooter. d) To be chosen to manage Women Marines Basketball and Softball Teams. (e) To be able to complete several college courses at the University of Maryland (Pentagon extension), (f) To be chosen to be a Squadbay Leader for 2 years in Washington D.C.
軍隊にいる間、最も懐かしかったもの My family and friends. (My Soul Food) in Hawaii.
個人的に軍隊経験から学んだ最も重要なこと The most important thing to happen to me out of my military experience was to meet, worked with and become engaged to my husband, Jack McDowell while working in the same office at headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps in Washington, D.C We have been married for almost 37 years. My husband Jack is a retired Marine, Ex-POW who served our country for 20 years both World War II and the Korean War.
その他の情報 Joining the Marine Corps in Jan. 1954 was the first step forward in my life since I was unable to financially attend college. I enjoyed the support from my family, my teachers and my friends to carry out my determination to be a Marine following high school graduation even if I was a bit undersized. I made it! My nickname was 'SKOSH' (from bootcamp) which followed me through my 4 years as a Marine. I was fortunate to acquire many skills as a Secretary, Accounting, traits of discipline and hard work and to make life long friends and learnig to get along with all kinds of people. All through my service life, I was treated fairly and sometimes preferentially because of my work ethic and had many friends continuing into later years. After leaving military service, I worked two years with Security Pacific National Bank, ten years with Calif. Industries for the Blind (State of Calif.) and then twenty years with State of Calif. (Rehabilitation). Anyone who graduates from high school and is unable to go to college or does not have any experience or trade - the military service is a good way to go. You can acquire various skills, traits of discipline, hard work and learn to get along with all kinds of people. You may be able to take college courses in the evenings and after discharge earn a college degree. I am now retired, (just) fought a bout with Cancer recently and am helping my husband complete several of his projects after recovering from his health problems. Plan to do some community volunteer work and possibly return to part-time work.


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