Colonel Julia Hamblet Award to Jim Moran
JIM MORAN lives in Yorkshire, England with his wife and daughter. Jim has had a forty-year-long career as a civil engineering surveyor working on major highway and airbase construction projects, both in the UK and overseas. Jim has studied the history of the United States Marine Corps, massing a huge collection over the past forty years. He has assisted Hollywood productions on uniform and equipment details for Flags of our Fathers, The Pacific (HBO mini-series) and Windtalkers. Jim is an associate member of the Second Marine Division Association, US Marine Raider Association, Marine Corps Association, and US Marine Corps League as well as being the ‘on-board ‘ historian to the US Marine Corps League, Det 1088 in the UK.
When the US Marine Commandant, Major General Thomas Holcomb, announced the formation of what became the US Marine Corps’ Women’s Reserve, legend has it that the portrait of the fifth Commandant, Archibald Henderson, fell off the wall and crashed to the floor – ‘in disbelief’. This branch of the US Marines was authorized by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on 30 July 1942.This law allowed for the acceptance of women into the reserve as commissioned officers and at the enlisted level, effective for the duration of the war plus six months. The purpose of the law was to release officers and men for combat and to replace them with women in shore stations. The result was that between 1943 and 1945 the women of America enlisted in their thousands to ‘Free A Marine to Fight’.This book, the first of its kind, explores in detail the role of Women Marines, or WRs as they were known at the time. It also presents a detailed study of the uniforms of the WRs supported by numerous colour photographs.This book has been written with the full support of the US Marine Corps Histories Division, the Women Marine Association and surviving WR veterans.
The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation Awards dinner was attended by WMA National President, Rhonda Amtower and her husband Jim, along with several WMA members. In attendance: Mitzi Manning, Sally Prichett, Sue Sousa, Eileen Scanlon and Ann Lane Crittenden