Minnie Spotted-Wolf

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Minnie Spotted-Wolf
Born 1923
Heart Butte, Montana
Died 1988
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1943-1945
Rank Private
Battles/wars World War II
Minnie Spotted Wolf (left) with two other Native American Women Marines, 1943

Private Minnie Spotted-Wolf (1923–1988)[1] was the first Native American woman to enlist in the United States Marine Corps. She enlisted in the Marine Corps Women's Reserve in July 1943.

Spotted-Wolf, from Heart Butte, Montana, was a member of the Blackfoot tribe. Prior to joining the Marines, she had worked on her father's ranch doing such chores as cutting fence posts, driving a two-ton truck, and breaking horses. Her comment on Marine boot camp: "It was hard but when it was over, I was proud of myself and all that I accomplished."

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  1. ^ Johnson, Peter (2009-11-11). "Pioneering Heart Butte Marine lauded". Great Falls Tribune. Retrieved 2009-12-03. [dead link]
  • "Circle of Honor". Native American Women with Military Service. Retrieved 2006-08-10.