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    Wisconsin Marine Visits WWII Veteran

    Wisconsin Marine Visits WWII Veteran

    Photo By Sgt. Emma Norris | Cedarburg, Wisc --- Staff Sgt. Nicholas Ranum, a Marine Corps Recruiting Station...... read more read more

    CEDARBURG, WI, UNITED STATES

    01.23.2019

    Story by Sgt. Emma Norris 

    Marine Corps Recruiting Station Milwaukee


    Cedarburg, Wisc --- Staff Sgt. Nicholas Ranum, a Marine Corps Recruiting Station Milwaukee Marketing and Communications Marine, visited Ruth Voight-Holman, a 96 year old Marine World War II Veteran, at Lasata Senior Living Campus in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, on Wednesday, January 23rd. He talked with her and bonded over their time in the Marines.



    Ruth enlisted in 1944 despite differing opinions about women in service. Many thought it was no place for women but that didn’t stop her and one of her close friends.



    “My parents didn’t want me to go,” Ruth said. “They thought I lost my mind, but I knew what I wanted to do. They came around though. The first time I came home they took me out showing me off to the town.”



     Opha May Johnson, the first female Marine, enlisted in 1918, so females in the Marine Corps were still a relatively new thing when Ruth joined.



      “I loved it and have been proud ever since,” said Ruth. “I am the only one in my family to join the Marines and will be proud of that for the rest of my life.”



    Ruth mainly worked as an Administration Marine during her time in service. After the war had ended she was discharged from the Marines as a Corporal.



    “That she was able to share her story with me was incredible and such an honor,” said Staff Sgt. Ranum. “To meet any World War II veteran is an honor, but meeting a female veteran that served is a special honor.”



    Ruth proudly introduced Staff Sgt. Ranum to her friends just as her dad did with her back when she was home from the Marines.



    “I’ve met two other WWII Veterans, and every time I shake their hands and thank them for their service because they paved the way for us today,” said Ranum. “I’m glad I got to meet her and her friends.”



    Ranum gave Ruth some Marine Corps gear to keep in her room and remind her of her time in the Marines as well as their visit.



    “It’s so nice he came out to see me. I just can’t believe it,” said Ruth. “It was nice meeting and talking with him.”

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    Date Taken: 01.23.2019
    Date Posted: 01.29.2019 11:31
    Story ID: 308619
    Location: CEDARBURG, WI, US 
    Hometown: RAPID CITY, SD, US

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