Seven African-American female service members who made history

Mildred Europa Taylor March 14, 2020
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Annie E. (Graham) Gilliard (foreground). Photo:
Operation Military Kids

Annie E. Graham

Female African-American Marines were absent in the early 1940s until 1949 when Annie E. Graham became the first African-American woman to join the Marine Corps.

“It was a great thing,” said retired Master Gunnery Sgt. Nathaniel R. Hosea, a former Montford Point Marine. After joining the Marine Corps, Anne E. Lamb also enlisted the following day. Then in 1950, Anne Grimes followed, becoming the third African-American female to join.


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