National Geographic : 1950 Nov
)09 Stanley Tretick, Acmie Marines Cover a Korean Road with Bazooka and Machine Gun These Leathernecks, well dug in, wait for Communist armor or transport to present a target. One man slips a 3.5 -inch rocket into the launcher's breech while a companion, only his hands visible, helps aim. and radio operators. Some served as cooks and mechanics; literally, these latter worked from "soup to nuts." None fought. Tireless, capable, efficient, these women released enough men to form a whole new division of fighting Marines. Their motto-: "Free a man to fight" (page 667).* Director of Women Marines is Col. Kath erine A. Towle; she holds degrees from the University of California, where she was for merly assistant dean of women. Like her subordinate officers, she is a regular Marine, enjoying all the privileges, allowances, pen sions, etc., that male officers enjoy. "But marriage is a problem," said one. "We can marry, sure; we can even carry a husband as a 'dependent,' if he can't support himself. But neither we officers, nor the enlisted women, may have children born while we're in service. The only children we're allowed to have, and hold our commissions, are children over 18. And you can't give birth to an 18-year-old baby!" she said laughingly. You think of Brady's famous Civil War pictures when you run through the Marine Corps' astounding Pacific war photographs, made by its own combat cameramen fighting the Japs. It's a veritable pictorial history.f Dogs Used to Carry Messages Dogs added much to the pictorial history of Pacific operations. Doberman pinschers. gifted at detecting an enemy's presence, served as "alert" dogs with patrol and outpost units. German shepherds were used to carry mes sages.4 Dropping their cameras, Marine photog * See "Women in Uniform," by La Verne Bradley, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE, October, 1943. t See, in the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE: "How We Fight with Photographs," by F. Barrows Colton, September, 1944; and "Aerial Color Photog raphy Becomes a War Weapon," by General of the Air Force H. H . Arnold, June, 1940. : See, in the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE: "Animals Were Allies, Too," 16 illustrations, January, 1946; and "Your Dog Joins Up," by Frederick Sim pich, January, 1943.