Marjory Stoneman Douglas’ WWI Service Card

The Collections page on Florida Memory is home to more than 475,000 digitized records from the State Library and Archives of Florida. In a recent search for Women’s History Month resources, we came across an interesting record in the World War I Service Cards:

WW I Service Card: Marjory Stoneman Douglas (1917)

WW I Service Card: Marjory Stoneman Douglas (1917)

Marjory Stoneman Douglas, perhaps best known as an environmentalist, served in the United States Navy from April 1917 to May 1918. Frank Bryant Stoneman, Marjory’s father and editor-in-chief of the Miami Herald, sent his daughter to cover the story of the first woman in Miami to enlist in the armed forces. As it turns out, Marjory arrived first and she became the first woman from Miami to enlist. Marjory later joined the Red Cross and traveled to Europe. Upon returning to the United States, she became an accomplished author and tireless proponent of environmental protection. Marjory Stoneman Douglas passed away in 1998 at the age of 108.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas canoeing with an unidentified Miccosukee man (1983)

Marjory Stoneman Douglas canoeing with an unidentified Miccosukee man (1983)

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5 thoughts on “Marjory Stoneman Douglas’ WWI Service Card

  1. According to author Lettie Gavin, “[w]hen the war ended in November 1918, approximately 11,274 women had served in the Navy.” (American Women in World War I: They Also Served, p. 15) Yeoman (F) – “F” for “female” served mostly in clerical capacities and were paid the same as male yeomen.

  2. So many amazing accomplishments. One of the most amazing I think is living for 108 years. She is a truly remarkable woman.

  3. Awesome photo of the military card. Great to see her service and her environmental conservation wisdom to keep Florida natural.

  4. I had no idea the Miami Herald was that old. Do you know exactly when it started? OR do you guys maybe even have a copy of a really old one??

    • The first issue appeared in September 1903 as the Miami Evening Record. The name was later changed to the Miami Herald, ca. 1910. The State Library of Florida and Strozier Library at Florida State University both have the Miami Herald on microfilm going back to 1911.

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