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Ruth Broe
Born (1911-12-10)December 10, 1911
Died August 19, 1983(1983-08-19) (aged 71)
Place of birth Monongah, West Virginia
Buried at Riverside National Cemetery
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1943–1971
Rank Colonel
Commands held United States Marine Corps Women's Reserve

Ruth Broe (10 December 1911 - 19 August 1983) was one of the first women to join the United States Marine Corps and one of the first three women to attain the rank of Colonel in the Marines.[1]

Life and military career

Born Ruth Hammond on 10 December 1911 in Monongah, West Virginia, she joined the Marines in 1943 when the Marine Corps first started accepting female recruits. In 1951, she married a Marine, Richard W. Broe in Laguna Beach, California, and they were stationed at El Toro. She served as National President of the Woman Marine Association from 1972 to 1974 .[2] In 1966, she co-authored History of the Marine Corps Reserve. She retired in 1971.


  1. Malone, Susan L. "Memorable Marine Reservists", Marine Corps Gazette, vol. 75, no. 9, (Marine Corps Association, Quantico, Virginia, September 1991), pg. 65.
  2. "WMA Officers". Women Marines Association. Retrieved 2018-07-21. 

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