Master Sgt. Catherine G. Murray, first female enlisted Marine passes

| January 23, 2018 | 21 Comments

Chief Tango sends us the sad news that Marine Master Sergeant Catherine G. Murray, the first enlisted female Marine to retire from active duty, has passed at the age of 100 years.

Murray enlisted in the Marine Corps reserve in 1943 and was assigned to motor transport duties until 1946 where she drove both sedans and five-ton trucks for the Marine Corps during her service in World War II.

When the armed forces demobilized their ‘Force of Women’ at the end of the war, Murray was retained on active duty with the Marine Corps. In 1948, she was authorized to integrate into the regular service.

She retired from active duty in 1962. DVIDS did this interview with her last year on the occasion of her 100th birthday.

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  1. Atkron says:

    Fair Winds and Following Seas to you Master Sergeant Murray, may you rest in eternal peace.

  2. JBUSMC says:

    Motor T… The only real MOS in the Corps.

  3. Bill M says:

    Rest in Peace Master Sgt Murray.

  4. Ex-PH2 says:

    Big shoes to fill there. Rest in Peace, Master Sergeant Murray.

  5. RGR 4-78 says:

    Rest in Peace.


    Rest in Peace Master Sergeant, courageous pioneer

  7. Wilted Willy says:

    Rest in Peace dear lady, you deserve it!

  8. IDC SARC says:

    At first I was thinking this was wrong because Opha Johnson was the first Woman Marine, but I see MSGT Murray was the first career Woman Marine. The Headline is a little misleading.



  9. Steve1371 says:

    No pussy hat marcher there. Well done Master Sargent Murray. A true pioneer.
    You have left your mark on the Eagle , Globe and anchor.

    • Jones4831 says:

      “No pussy hat marcher here” May I suggest you are being a bit harsh. I heard the pussy hat people had one issue that’s marching for the right of women not to be disrespected. I don’t know about you (and neither of us are in the position to speak for Master Sergeant Murray, are we) but respect for all Americans is exactly what I fight for. Not to get into politics, or women’s rights — but since you brought it up. Thank you!

      • Marine13 says:

        Since you brought it up…..You’d be wrong if you think that was what the march was about. It had nothing to do with respect….. it had everything to do with disrespecting our duly elected Commander In Chief

        Rest easy Msgt. Murray.

  10. Marine0331 says:

    Semper Fi Marine!! Rest In Peace.

  11. OWB says:

    Well done, elder sister. Thank you. May you now rest in peace.

  12. Sparks says:

    Rest in peace Master Sergeant.

  13. Chuck Johnson US Navy Retired says:

    Bravo Zulu…Job Well Done

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