#WarriorWednesday: In Memory – Corporal Germaine Laville, USMC Women’s Reserve

 Corporal Germaine Laville. Image courtesy of the family of Germaine Laville.

Corporal Germaine Laville. Image courtesy of the family of Germaine Laville.

Warrior Wednesday seeks to honor and remember those who have fallen defending our country, like Corporal Germaine Laville who perished serving the US Marine Corps Women’s Reserve in 1944.

Germaine Laville was born in Plaquemine, Louisiana, the oldest of seven children. She graduated from Louisiana State University where she was a member of Alpha Chi Omega as well as a number of campus organizations and was beloved by her classmates.

After graduation, Laville began work as a schoolteacher, but being the only one in her family eligible to serve inspired her to enter the US Marine Corps Women’s Reserve on September 6, 1943.

Laville prior to her enlistment.  Courtesy of the family of Germaine Laville.

Laville prior to her enlistment. Courtesy of the family of Germaine Laville.

She was serving at the Marine Air Base in Cherry Point, North Carolina on June 3, 1944, when the building she was teaching a class in caught fire. She initially escaped the blaze, but returned to assist her fellow Marines and perished. She had just turned 22.

The Chi Omega Lyre sorority newsletter.  The space typically reserved  to announce engagements and weddings of sorority sisters offers instead a touching tribute to Laville's life.  Image courtesy of the Germaine Laville family.

The Chi Omega Lyre sorority newsletter. The space typically reserved to announce engagements and weddings of sorority sisters offers instead a touching tribute to Laville’s life. Image courtesy of the Germaine Laville family.

Betty Bagot remembers her sister, Germaine Laville (video):

Germaine Laville was buried with military honors in her hometown and was later honored by her alma mater, LSU, when the honors dormitories were given her name.

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