Opha May Jacob Johnson Commemoration08/13/2018, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Foster Park pavilion
Indiana World War I Centennial Committee will commemorate the first female Marine with a special ceremony in Kokomo’s Foster Park on the 100th anniversary of her enlistment.
Born in Kokomo on May 4, 1878, Opha May Jacob Johnson was first in line when the recruiting station in Washington, D.C., opened its doors to women and became the first female Marine in the United States Marine Corps Women’s Reserve on Aug. 13, 1918. Johnson and hundreds of others like her paved the way for women in the military. Today the Marine Corps has more than 12,000 enlisted women and 1,300 female officers in its ranks.
A celebration of Johnson will be at noon Monday, Aug. 13, in Foster Park. Among the special guests, retired Lt. General Carol A. Mutter will be speaking. Mutter is the first female to receive the rank of lieutenant general in the United States Armed Forces.
The public is invited to attend. Attendees are requested to bring lawn chairs, as seating is limited.
To learn more about the Indiana WW1 Centennial Committee, visit www.ww1cc.org/Indiana.