Lou Emmert will soon be 90 years old, and for the life of me, I can’t figure out where she gets all of her energy. Perhaps it’s a carryover from her years in the United States Marine Corps.
Lou Hughes (later Emmert, wife of Madera farmer Charles Emmert), daughter of Marshall Hughes, granddaughter of William Hughes, and great-granddaughter of Thomas E. Hughes, affectionately known as the “Father of Fresno,” decided to serve her country during World War II by putting on a uniform.
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, she took a job in Sacramento with the Army at McClellan Field. It was while thus employed that she and seven other women decided that civilian life didn’t offer the fullest opportunity to serve their country, so they decided to join the Marine Corps on the first anniversary of the formation of the WRs, as the women in the Corps were called.
In a 1942 article, the Sacramento Bee announced the women’s intention. They would take their six weeks of basic training at Camp LeJuene, N.C., after which they would receive their first permanent assignment in the nation’s war effort...