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The author of a new book about the history of women in the U.S. Marine Corps will speak in West Newton Oct. 10.
The West Newton Library is hosting the discussion by retired Col. Nancy P. Anderson at 6 p.m. at the Le Grand Ballroom, South Second Street.
Anderson is a graduate of the Naval War College, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and the Naval Postgraduate School. She began her career in the Marine Corps in 1972 and made history in 1977 as the first woman platoon commander at the Marine Corps' Officer Candidates School at Quantico, Va.
Her book, entitled "The Very Few, The Proud: Women in the Marine Corps, 1977-2001," covers the period between the dissolution of the separate Women's Marine Corps and the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. It was published last year by the History Division of the Marines.
Anderson retired from the Marine Corps in 2002 and has worked for several different organizations, including as interim CEO of the Westmoreland Cultural Trust.
Reservations for the Oct. 10 event are suggested and may be made by calling (724) 633-0798.
Originally published October 02, 2019.