Nominations sought for Marine Wife of the Year award

By LINDA MCINTOSH | The San Diego Union-Tribune | Published: April 9, 2019

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Tribune News Service) — Nominations for the 2019 Irene Ferguson Marine Wife of the Year are due by April 24. The award is open to Marine wives whose husbands’ home base is in the United States Marine Corps southwest region.

The award was established by World War II pilot Maj. Glenn Ferguson, a local retired Marine, in memory of his wife, Irene. The award recognizes the resiliency, strength and dedication that a Marine wife embodies as she supports the military, her family and the community.

When Ferguson visited museums and parks that did not have tributes recognizing the sacrifices of military wives in support of their husbands, he felt that the women were unsung heroes and he wanted to create a tribute to honor their efforts on the homefront.

The award is coordinated by the Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation, which appoints a committee to review the applications.

The mission of the foundation is to preserve the history of U.S. Marine Corps aviation, honor its service members and inspire future generations. The nonprofit foundation supports the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum at Miramar Marine Corps Air Station.

The winner receives a $1,500 monetary award along with a plaque and recognition ceremony at the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum. Friends and family members of Marine wives are encouraged to submit a nomination.

Visit flyingleathernecks.org or call the Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation office at (858) 693-1723.

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