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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

JOAN R. KAMMER HORTON PAPERS

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BIOABSTRACT

Joan Kammer Horton of Cincinnati, Ohio, served in the U.S. Marine Corps in San Francisco, California, from 1953 until 1957.


BIOGRAPHY

Joan R. Kammer Horton grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and graduated from Seton High School in 1945. She worked after school for trucking companies and at Kroger’s grocery store. After graduating, she continued to work in the trucking industry and in a bank, and became involved in a competitive rifle club.

In late 1953, Horton joined the Women Marines. After eight weeks of basic training at Parris Island, South Carolina, she was assigned to the Department of the Pacific in San Francisco, California. While there, she ran the rifle range with her future husband, Carl Horton, and worked in an office. Horton was promoted to sergeant on 1 April 1956, and switched to the Reserves in 1957. She and Carl Horton were married in August 1957, and she left the Marine Corps when she became pregnant.

The Hortons lived in Washington State until her husband retired from the Marine Corps in 1969. They moved to Pigeon Key, Florida, where they operated a marine field station for the University of Miami with their three children. They later moved to Davie County, North Carolina, where they briefly ran a shrubbery nursery and then worked in trucking and motel supply. Horton has also volunteered at Veterans Administration hospitals.


CONTENTS AVAILABLE ONLINE:
Item
Joan R. Kammer Horton with handgun, 1956
Item # WV0155.6.007
From the Joan R. Kammer Horton Papers
Joan R. Kammer Horton at rifle range, 1955
Item # WV0155.6.011
From the Joan R. Kammer Horton Papers
Portrait of Joan R. Kammer and Carl Horton, circa 1957
Item # WV0155.6.013
From the Joan R. Kammer Horton Papers
Third Recruit Battalion, Platoon 21-A, 1954
Item # WV0155.6.015
From the Joan R. Kammer Horton Papers
Marriage of Joan R. Kammer and Carl Horton, 1957
Item # WV0155.6.016
From the Joan R. Kammer Horton Papers
Joan R. Kammer Horton, circa 1954
Item # WV0155.6.017
From the Joan R. Kammer Horton Papers
Portrait of Joan R. Kammer Horton, circa 1956
Item # WV0155.6.009
From the Joan R. Kammer Horton Papers
Joan R. Kammer Horton receiving promotion, 1956
Item # WV0155.6.010
From the Joan R. Kammer Horton Papers
Joan R. Kammer Horton, circa 1955
Item # WV0155.6.012
From the Joan R. Kammer Horton Papers
Oral history interview with Joan Kammer Horton, 2000
Item # WV0155.5.001
From the Joan R. Kammer Horton Papers
Joan R. Kammer Horton with rifle, 1954
Item # WV0155.6.001
From the Joan R. Kammer Horton Papers
Joan R. Kammer Horton at marksman competition, circa 1956
Item # WV0155.6.002
From the Joan R. Kammer Horton Papers
Two Women Marines shoot rifles, circa 1956
Item # WV0155.6.003
From the Joan R. Kammer Horton Papers
Joan R. Kammer Horton with rifle, 1956
Item # WV0155.6.004
From the Joan R. Kammer Horton Papers
Joan R. Kammer Horton with rifle, circa 1955
Item # WV0155.6.005
From the Joan R. Kammer Horton Papers
Marine rifle team, 1955
Item # WV0155.6.006
From the Joan R. Kammer Horton Papers
Marines at Toys for Tots display, circa 1954
Item # WV0155.6.014
From the Joan R. Kammer Horton Papers

ADDITIONAL CONTENTS:
Newspaper Clippings, 1954-1956; Winter uniform pale green cotton broadcloth shirt and forest-green ascot tie; Work uniform olive-drab fatigue shirts; Summer spruce green bell-crown hat; Wallet; Green overcoat with detachable lining.