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

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 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…

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