Goodbye, Bernice Frankel

bea-arthurJust who is Bernice Frankel? You know her better as Bea Arthur, who played Maude in the TV show of the same name, and then Dorothy in The Golden Girls.

You may not have known, but it is widely reported that Ms. Arthur was also a US Marine, having volunteered for the Corps and becoming one of its first female recruits.

While we haven’t found any official confirmation of her rank, several sources report that she volunteered and was accepted as one of the Marine Corps’ first female recruits. We do however have personal evidence by way of a former next-door neighbor, the late Marine Cpl. Felicia Jonitis, who used to reminisce about being in the Corps with Bea Arthur.

So RIP, Bea Arthur, and Semper Fi.



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