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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

MARY CUGINI NECKO PAPERS

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BIOABSTRACT

Mary Cugini Necko (1924-2009) of Brighton, Massachusetts, served in the Marine Corps Women’s Reserve from November 1944 to May 1946.


COLLECTION SUMMARY

The Mary Cugini Necko Papers consist of correspondence, photographs, military papers, Necko's poems, newspaper clippings, souvenirs, copies of the newsletters The U.S. Marine Corps Beachhead and The Marine Corps Women's Reserve The Word,textiles,and a 1999 oral history transcript.

A scrapbook from her time in the Marine Corps Women's Reserve has been digitized.

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BIOGRAPHY

Mary Cugini Necko was born 14 November 1924, in Brighton, Massachusetts. She graduated from high school in 1942 and went to work as a statistical clerk for the U.S. Department of Commerce, while also studying accounting at Boston University.

In November 1944, Necko joined the Women Marines. She was sent basic training at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, in January 1945, and then went to work in reimbursement at Marine Corps Headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. In May 1946, Necko was discharged as a corporal.

Necko attended Strayer Business College after her discharge and then worked for a finance company in Washington, DC. In 1948, she married Val Necko and they had two children. Necko also worked for the Navy Department as a civilian and at the Federal Building as a meteorological technician. She volunteered at a Veterans Administration hospital and was involved with the Women Marines Association. Necko moved to High Point, North Carolina where she died 15 June 2009.


CONTENTS AVAILABLE ONLINE:
Item
Mary Cugini Necko at work, circa 1945
Item # WV0094.6.006
From the Mary Cugini Necko Papers
Women Marines outside in snow, 1946
Item # WV0094.6.002
From the Mary Cugini Necko Papers
Mary Cigini Necko in uniform, 1945
Item # WV0094.6.004
From the Mary Cugini Necko Papers
Women Marines in chow line, 1945
Item # WV0094.6.005
From the Mary Cugini Necko Papers
Mary Cugini Necko, circa 1944
Item # WV0094.6.001
From the Mary Cugini Necko Papers
Letter from Mary Cugini Necko to her sister Dena, August 1945
Item # WV0094.4.001
From the Mary Cugini Necko Papers
Letter from Mary Cugini Necko to her sister Dena, March 19,1945
Item # WV0094.4.002
From the Mary Cugini Necko Papers
Letter from Mary Cugini Necko to her sister Dena, February 27, 1945
Item # WV0094.4.003
From the Mary Cugini Necko Papers
Letter from Mary Cugini Necko to her sister Dena, January 27, 1945
Item # WV0094.4.004
From the Mary Cugini Necko Papers
Letter from Mary Cugini Necko to her parents, 1945
Item # WV0094.4.005
From the Mary Cugini Necko Papers
Oral history interview with Mary Cugini Necko, 1999
Item # WV0094.5.001
From the Mary Cugini Necko Papers

ADDITIONAL CONTENTS:
Forest green winter jacket, bell crown hat,garrison cap, and neck tab, khaki shirtwaist and tie; "Once a Marine Always a Marine Still Fits"; Women Marines Association Magazine, ca. 1997-1998; "The Japanese," poem by Cugini, 1942.