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Opha May Jacob Johnson Monument

Sergeant USMC WWI

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, January 4, 2019
1. Opha May Jacob Johnson Memorial
Inscription.  
4 May 1879 - 11 Aug. 1955
First Woman Marine

Victor H. Johnson
1873 - 1950

 
Erected 2018.
 
Topics. This memorial monument is listed in these topic lists: War, World IWomen. A significant historical date for this entry is August 13, 1918.
 
Location. 38° 56.967′ N, 77° 0.774′ W. Marker is in Petworth in Washington, District of Columbia. Memorial can be reached from Allison Street Northwest east of 3rd Street Northwest, on the left. Memorial is in Section W of the graveyard. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 201 Allison Street Northwest, Washington DC 20011, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Paul's Episcopal (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Paul's Episcopal Church and Rock Creek Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Paul's Episcopal Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Fort Totten (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Totten (approx. 0.4 miles away); Memorial Day Order (approx. 0.4 miles away); United States Soldiers' and Airmen's Home National Cemetery
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By Devry Becker Jones, January 4, 2019
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(approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Totten (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Petworth.
 
Also see . . .  Opha May Johnson (Wikipedia). "Johnson became the first known woman to enlist in the Marine Corps on 13 August 1918, when she joined the Marine Corps Reserve during World War I. Johnson, due to being first in line that day, was the first of over 300 women to enlist in the Marine Corps Reserve during World War I....According to 1918 newspaper articles, as well as the published history of Women Marines in World War I, Johnson's first duties were as a clerk at Headquarters Marine Corps, managing the records of other female reservists who joined after she did. She was promoted to Sergeant in September 1918." (Submitted on January 4, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.) 
 
Additional commentary.
1. Entering the Cemetery
The easiest way to enter Rock Creek Cemetery would be from the south on Allison Street. The cemetery is easily accessible on foot and with a vehicle.
    — Submitted March 23, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones
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By Devry Becker Jones, January 4, 2019
3. Opha May Jacob Johnson Memorial
of Washington, District of Columbia.
 
Opha May Jacob Johnson - enlistment papers, page 1 (click on image to enlarge) image. Click for full size.
image courtesy of the National Archives at St. Louis, August 12, 1918
4. Opha May Jacob Johnson - enlistment papers, page 1 (click on image to enlarge)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 4, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 156 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 4, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   4. submitted on January 4, 2019. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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