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Conflict Period:
World War II 1
Branch:
Marine Corps 1
Rank:
Colonel 2
Birth:
02 Oct 1895 3
Brookline, Massachusetts 4
Death:
30 Sep 1990 4
Sep 1990 3
Morristown, New Jersey 4
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Full Name:
Ruth Cheney Streeter 2
Full Name:
Ruth C Streeter 3
Birth:
02 Oct 1895 3
Brookline, Massachusetts 2
Death:
30 Sep 1990 2
Sep 1990 3
Morristown, New Jersey 2
Cause: Congestive heart failure 2
Burial:
Pine Hill Cemetery, Peterborough, New Hampshire 4
Residence:
Last Residence: Morristown, NJ 3
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Marriage:
Thomas W. Streeter 2
23 Jun 1917 2
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World War II 1

Branch:
Marine Corps 1
Rank:
Colonel 2
Service Start Date:
1943 2
Service End Date:
1945 2
Commands:
US Marine Corps Women's Reserve 2
Medals:
Legion of Merit; American Campaign Medal; World War II Victory Medal 2
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Education:
Institution: Bryn Mawr College 2
Place: Lower Merion Township, PA 2
To: 1918 2
Social Security:
Social Security Number: ***-**-9393 3

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Streeter was commissioned a major in the Marine Corps in January 1943 (the first female major in the Corps) and was appointed as the first director of the Marine Corps Women’s Reserve, which was activated in February 1943. She was promoted to lieutenant colonel in November 1943 and to colonel in February 1944. During her tenure, the Women's Reserve had 831 officers and 17,714 enlisted. Streeter resigned her commission at the end of the war, in December 1945. She received the Legion of Merit in February 1946, which reads in part, “Exercising judgment, initiative and ability, Colonel Streeter rendered distinctive service in directing the planning and organization of the Women's Reserve of the Marine Corps and skillfully integrating women into the basic structure of the Corps, carefully selected, trained and properly assigned them as replacements for men in shore establishments.”

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