Thursday, March 29, 2007

Last American Female WWI Vet Dies

Charlotte Winters was a Civil War buff who fought for the right for women in the military. She even met with the Secretary of the Navy in a face-to-face meeting to talk about the subject. She was one of the first to join the Navy in a support role when it was opened up in 1917. More than 11,000 women had joined by the end of 1918. She retired from the U.S. Naval Reserve in 1953 at the rank of yeoman. Charlotte died at the age of 109. There are only five remaining American WWI veterans known.

Thank you for your patriotism, Charlotte. Rest in peace.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Commandant Raises a Stink About the Ink

General James T. Conway has announced a new policy regarding tattoos on Marines. Large tats are now a no-no. For those Marines that already have large ink designs, they will be photographically documented and any new additions can bring disciplinary action. The Commandant says that large tattoo designs, especially the tattoo "sleeves" do not conform with the professional image that the Marine Corps wants to portray.

The Marines already ban tattoos on the hands, or any tattoos that are offensive such as those that are vulgar, racist, sexist, or gang-related.