Minnie Spotted Wolf

minnieIn 1943, Minnie Spotted Wolf was the first Native American woman to enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Women’s Reserve. Spotted Wolf served for four years in the Marines as a heavy equipment operator as well as a driver.

Born and raised on a ranch near Heart Butte, Montana, Spotted Wolf stated that growing up doing such ranch work as “cutting fence posts, driving a two-ton truck, and breaking horses” prepared her for the rigors of Marine Corps boot camp, which she was quoted as saying was “hard, but not too hard.”

Minnie Spotted Wolf. Photos of Servicemen – Blackfeet, Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, 1793 – 1999.

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