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Sat Jan 16, 2021, 08:54 AM

Dorothy Schmidt Cole, oldest living Marine, dies at 107

Source: AP

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (AP) — Dorothy Schmidt Cole, recognized last year as the oldest living U.S. Marine, has died at age 107.

Beth Kluttz, Cole’s only child, confirmed Friday that her mother died of a heart attack at Kluttz’s home in Kannapolis, North Carolina, on Jan. 7.

The Charlotte Observer reports Cole enlisted as one of the earliest female Marine reservists following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. She had left her Ohio home to head to Pittsburgh, where she hoped to volunteer for the Navy, but because she was only 4 feet, 11 inches tall, she was deemed too short to meet Navy standards.

Undaunted by her rejection, Cole decided to learn how to fly an airplane and persuade the Marine Corps to let her be a pilot.



This photo provided by Beth Kluttz shows Dorothy Schmidt Cole. Dorothy Schmidt Cole, recognized last year as the oldest living U.S. Marine, has died at age 107. The Marine Times says Dorothy Schmidt Cole died of a heart attack at her daughter's home in Kannapolis on Jan. 7, 2021. (Courtesy of Beth Kluttz via AP)


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Reply Dorothy Schmidt Cole, oldest living Marine, dies at 107 (Original post)
Omaha Steve Jan 16 OP
Chin music Jan 16 #1
Vinnie From Indy Jan 16 #2
usaf-vet Jan 16 #3
wendyb-NC Jan 16 #4
Marthe48 Jan 16 #5
SnowCritter Jan 16 #6
sarge43 Jan 16 #8
ChazII Jan 16 #10
tiptonic Jan 16 #7
COL Mustard Jan 16 #9
TomSlick Jan 16 #11

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Jan 16, 2021, 09:12 AM

2. Semper Fi Dot!

RIP

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Response to Vinnie From Indy (Reply #2)

Sat Jan 16, 2021, 10:12 AM

3. RIP Marine!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Jan 16, 2021, 10:54 AM

4. R.I.P. Dorothy

Thank you, for your service.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Jan 16, 2021, 11:20 AM

5. R.I.P.

n/t

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Jan 16, 2021, 11:27 AM

6. Another guard for the streets of heaven

Semper Fi!

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Response to SnowCritter (Reply #6)

Sat Jan 16, 2021, 11:51 AM

8. Yes. Once a Marine, Always Faithful

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Sat Jan 16, 2021, 05:52 PM

10. One of my favorite lines. n/t

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Jan 16, 2021, 11:33 AM

7. Semper Fidelis

What a fantastic example of courage and dedication to country. Thankyou Beth..

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Jan 16, 2021, 01:13 PM

9. RIP Marine!!!

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Sat Jan 16, 2021, 08:40 PM

11. What an inspiration! RIP Marine!

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