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First Female to Retire From Marine Corps Laid to Rest

The first female to retire from the U.S. Marine Corps was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery on Tuesday.

Master Sgt. Catherine G. Murray passed away last month at the age of 100. She had enlisted in the Marines Corps Reserves in 1943 after the United States entered World War II and served in the branch for nearly three decades, retiring in 1972.

Murray was transferred to active duty in 1948.

During her career, Murray was stationed in London, Hawaii, and Quantico, Virginia.

On Tuesday, she was buried in the company of fellow Marines and other American heroes at Arlington National Ceremony.

A video posted by the Marine Corps to Twitter shows Murray proudly singing the Marines' hymn while wearing a Marine shirt and holding a teddy bear in a Marine uniform.