Buttoned up in dress blues, June Fremont was treated like a celebrity at a 2017 Marine Corps ball held near Washington. The still-visible bruise on her right hand is proof of the hundreds of handshakes she received that night, many from young female Marines thanking her for her example and inspiration.
That same hand, Fremont will proudly tell you, shook Eleanor Roosevelt’s in the 1940s. (If she thinks you’re gullible, she might quickly add a line about not washing that hand a single time since).
“Because of my (military service), I have done so many things I never thought possible,” Fremont said on a recent afternoon in her apartment at Woodbury Senior Living, once again donning her dress blues, still a perfect fit.
Fremont will turn 98 on Aug. 20, which isn’t as unusual as it might seem. According to the Women Marines Association, nearly 60 of the organization’s 3,000 members are age 98 or older, including a 102-year-old woman living in Hastings. Many of them, like Fremont, joined up during WWII, shortly after the United States Marine Corps authorized a Women’s Reserve in 1943.