Your Marine Corps pride will be on full display with this beautiful statue of Molly Marine.
Who needs a Marine Corps bulldog statue when you can have this? This Molly Marine statue looks great on a desk or mantel to display your Marine Corps pride.
Make it personalized with a custom engraved plate for the perfect Marine Corps gift for women and veterans or a unique USMC gift for retirement, graduation or promotions.
- 11 inch tall USMC Molly Marine statue
- Features a 7.5 inch Molly Marine sculpted in high quality resin with bronze finish on top of a 3.5 inch wooden base
- Made by Marines, for Marines! Marine Corps veteran owned business. Semper Fidelis
This Marines statue is an important reminder of Marine Corps history. In 1943, Marine recruiter Sgt. Charles Gresham, needed a way to promote the enlistment of women into the Marine Corps. He decided on a statue of a woman in uniform. The statue of Molly Marine was fashioned upon the likeness of a Marine and New Orleans native Judy Mosgrove.
The artist used marble chips and granite instead of the usual bronze to cast the statue due to limitations imposed on materials because of the war. The statue would have to be restored twice during its lifetime due to the construction materials.
The original statue was dedicated Nov. 10, 1943, the year the women's reserve was activated and also the day of the Marine Corps' 168th birthday. Marines like to be first. First to fight and always leading the pack. The Marine Corps created the first statue of a female service woman in uniform erected in the United States.
Marines take care of Marines, so in 1966, a group of Marines raised funding to have Molly Marine coated in bronze and to be placed atop a new marble pedestal.
The original statue is located in New Orleans at the intersection of Canal and Elks Place.