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MARY MCLEOD ROGERS PAPERS

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BIOABSTRACT

Mary McLeod Rogers (1921-2011) of Taylorsville, North Carolina, served in the Marine Corps Women’s Reserve from April 1944 until February 1946.


BIOGRAPHY

Mary McLeod Rogers was born 20 June 1921 and grew up in Taylorsville, North Carolina, and graduated from high school in 1937. She took a business course at Brevard College in Brevard, North Carolina, then got an apartment with her sisters in Charlotte, North Carolina. She worked at the Hardware Mutual Fire Insurance Company for five years.

Rogers joined the Women Marines in February 1944 and in April was sent to basic training at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. She completed boot camp in the summer with a second class after recovering from a broken knee in the Naval Hospital, and remained at Lejeune for Paymasters’ School. In the fall Rogers was sent to Henderson Hall in Arlington, Virginia, where she audited payrolls in the Navy Annex. She was discharged in February 1946, but continued in the same job as a civilian for a few months.

When Rogers returned to Charlotte, she worked for Motors Insurance Corporation and married J.B. Johnson in 1949. They had three children and lived in Whiteville, North Carolina, and later in Mullins, South Carolina. Rogers also worked for an accountant and in the family business. After the death of her first husband, she moved back to Taylorsville and remarried. She later moved to Mullins, South Carolina, where she died 10 November, 2011.


CONTENTS AVAILABLE ONLINE:
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Mary McLeod Rogers behind barracks, 1945
Item # WV0134.6.013
From the Mary McLeod Rogers Papers
Mary McLeod Rogers playing tennis, 1945
Item # WV0134.6.012
From the Mary McLeod Rogers Papers
Two Marines and a WAVE, circa 1945
Item # WV0134.6.009
From the Mary McLeod Rogers Papers
Mary McLeod Rogers at Camp Lejeune, N.C., 1944
Item # WV0134.6.008
From the Mary McLeod Rogers Papers
Mary McLeod Rogers and Frances Steube, circa 1944
Item # WV0134.6.007
From the Mary McLeod Rogers Papers
Mary McLeod Rogers at Henderson Hall, 1945
Item # WV0134.6.005
From the Mary McLeod Rogers Papers
Women Marines platoon, 1944
Item # WV0134.6.004
From the Mary McLeod Rogers Papers
Mary McLeod Rogers at Henderson Hall, 1945
Item # WV0134.6.001
From the Mary McLeod Rogers Papers
Portrait of Mary McLeod Rogers, 1945
Item # WV0134.6.002
From the Mary McLeod Rogers Papers
Portrait of Mary McLeod Rogers, 1945
Item # WV0134.6.006
From the Mary McLeod Rogers Papers
Mary McLeod Rogers behind barracks, 1945
Item # WV0134.6.011
From the Mary McLeod Rogers Papers
Mary McLeod Rogers, 1945
Item # WV0134.6.010
From the Mary McLeod Rogers Papers
Oral history interview with Mary McLeod Rogers, 1999
Item # WV0134.5.001
From the Mary McLeod Rogers Papers
Women Marines platoon, 1944
Item # WV0134.6.003
From the Mary McLeod Rogers Papers

ADDITIONAL CONTENTS:
The Few, the Proud: A History of Women Marines, ca. 1992