|Born||December 10, 1911|
|Died||August 19, 1983(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|
|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.
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 . In 1966, she co-authored History of the Marine Corps Reserve. She retired in 1971.
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