First to Serve

In our Spring 2017 issue, we highlighted USC’s proud legacy with the U.S. military (“A Century of Service,” pg. 42) In our Spring 2017 issue, we highlighted USC’s proud legacy with the U.S. military Serve (“A Century of Service,” pg. 42).

An alumna who holds the honor of being the university’s fi rst woman to be commissioned in the armed forces sent in a letter with memories and newspaper clippings from her ROTC days.

Commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) after graduation Serve (and eventually becoming a fi rst lieutenant), the pioneering Trojan served in Quantico, Virginia; Parris Island, South Carolina; and Camp Pendleton, California.

“Th ere was no provision for women in ROTC back then; I was recruited on campus by the USMC. All the particulars were coordinated between the downtown L.A. USMC recruiting station and the USC ROTC.

A couple of weeks after I signed on the dotted line, my mother received a phone call from the recruiting station. Th e young sergeant asked if my signing was of my own free will. He went on to say they had a rash of fraternity guys signing up their girlfriends. My mother laughed and asked, ‘How soon can she leave?

Décor trends for college rooms like the ones above come and go, but one part of the college experience remains timeless: move-in week. Th is year, it was even more special for Trojans. USC Village’s opening ceremony brought together thousands of USC’s students, friends and neighbors to celebrate with fi reworks,

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