PFC Genevieve “Genny” Jennings

Company B, Base Command

Genevieve “Genny” Jennings was born on July 23, 1923 in St. Louis, MO.

She enlisted in the Marines as part of the Women’s Reserve in May 1943, however a hold was placed on all enlistments until the following year in 1944. The Women’s Reserve began in 1942 and quickly grew as women filled over 200 different positions in the Marines.

Genny served as a Clerk at the Paradise Point Officers Mess outside of Camp Lejeune throughout the war. Her most memorable memory was when General “Chesty” Puller came into the mess to buy cigarettes and alcohol. He stuck out to her because of his short stature.

Genny was honorably discharged in November, 1945 after serving for 19 months. She served as the President of the Women Marines Association’s Michigan Chapter after her service.

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