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FUNDRAISER: First Woman Marine - Opha May Johnson Tribute Monument

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Rock Creek Cemetery

201 Allison Street Northwest

Washington, DC 20011

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MISSION: The Woman Marines Association (WMA) has formed a committee to pay tribute and honor to Opha May Johnson, the very first female enlisted Marine. This historical tribute will include the restoration of the burial area to a pristine condition and to place a headstone to honor her service as a United States Marine.

WHO: WMA, Opha May Johnson Historical Monument committee. Email OMJP@womenmarines.org. Phone: (813) 318-2305

WHAT: Appropriate gravestone (monument tribute) to honor the Marine Corps' first woman Marine. Updates to committee progress, videos/photos of work completed will be added here. Cemetery plot restoration to include: proper leveling of site, appropriate grave marker with historical data.

WHEN: Fundraising ongoing. Tentative groundbreaking ceremony in June 2018. Unveiling scheduled for mid August 2018.

WHERE: Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, D.C.

WHY: Opha May Johnson is an iconic figure in the history of women Marines. She joined in 1918, during WWI, at a time when patriotism was high and women were called to serve to fill billets that opened when men went to war. At this time women were not even allowed to vote.

Since her passing (1955), there has not been an awareness of her location, until now. Upon learning that her grave was unmarked action started to formulate a plan to honor her with a monument that showed her pride as a Marine as well as her historic place in Marine Corps history.

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Photo above taken Oct 2017: Opha and Victor Johnson are buried in the unmarked graves to the left of the Jacob Family Marker and the right of the water sprinkler with the orange flag on the left of the photo. The marker was centered on the four Jacob graves occupied by Opha’s mother, father, brother and a female cousin.

Foot markers are an old tradition when a family stone covers a number of graves. The foot markers (that give the name and birth/death dates) are located at the bottom (foot) of each occupied grave. Foot markers are not on Opha or Victors graves at this time.

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