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Dorothy L McCameron

Hoquiam, Washington

August 31, 2009

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
76 Marine Sgt

Company H 2nd HQ Battalion, Headquarters Marine Corps Henderson Hall
Arlington, Virginia

 First woman to graduate as a Marine in the first Woman Marine Class. WWII

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September 8, 2009

From The Oregonian, September 6, 2009

McCameron, Dorothy Lorraine 

87 02/18/1922 08/31/2009 Dorothy Lorraine McCameron was born Feb. 
18, 1922, in Hoquiam, Wash., and passed peacefully from 
complications of congestive heart failure Aug. 31, 2009, in 
Gresham. Prior to moving to Portland, where she resided more than 
60 years, she lived in northern California and graduated from 
high school in Palo Alto. 

She enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps 
March 8, 1943, and was honorably discharged Sept. 10, 1945, 
having attained the rank of sergeant E-4. She served with Company 
H 2nd HQ Battalion, Headquarters Marine Corps Henderson Hall, 
Arlington, Va. 

Lorraine was extremely proud of her family's USMC 
history; three generations, five members. Lorraine was preceded 
in death by her parents, Clyde and Lula (Mickey) Coats; and 
husbands, Lloyd Coffman, Dean Mickels and George (Mac) McCameron. 
She is survived by her son, Michael (Cheri) Coffman; brother, 
Wayne (Lou) Coats; sister, Ardell (Ted) Kochel; three 
grandchildren, Kevin, Jamyca and Ryan; and four 
great-grandchildren, Kaiya, Riley, Henry and Grant. 

Everyone should have the boundless energy and motivation of Lorraine . she 
hit the ground running every day! In addition to her 
time-consuming hobbies of sewing, knitting, cooking, baking, cake 
decorating and candy-making (to name a few), she belonged to 
several military organizations which include the Veterans of 
Foreign Wars, American Legion, AMVETS and Columbia River Ripples, 
all in which she held office . often as commander or president. 
Of all, her favorite was the Women Marines Association. 

Our inside family joke was her favorite phrase, "Other than that, I'm 
fine." She would always say it in the midst of a crisis, large or 
small. For years we lovingly "threatened" to etch that phrase on 
her tombstone (we didn't!). In hindsight, saying those simple 
words probably helped her get through some difficult times as 
well as adding a lighthearted touch to a serious conversation. 
Her life was lived fully; she loved and enjoyed many adventures. 
There was always room in her heart for one more person, one more 
experience. She will live in our hearts forever. 

A memorial service will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009, in Gateway 
Little Chapel of the Chimes, followed by military honors at 
Willamette National Cemetery. If you wish, in lieu of flowers, 
you may send a contribution in her name to the American Heart 
Association ; Shepherd's Door Women's Shelter; or a charity of 
your choice.

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