From The Richmond Register:
After training at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, Campbell was sent to Camp Pendleton in San Diego, where women Marines operated the military bases while every able-bodied Marine man was engaged in combat.
“Without women stepping up to the plate in WWII, there was no way those stations could have stayed open,” James said.
During the WWII era, women soldiers had catchy nicknames like “WACS” or “WAVES,” which are both acronyms for women in the Army and Navy respectively.
Campbell was one of the 18,000 women Marines who were enlisted during WWII between 1943 and 1946, James Martin said.
That number was reduced to just a few thousand near the end of the war, until 1948 when Congress voted to give women “full-fledged status in the military,” he said.