Author, veteran to discuss ‘Women in the Marines’ at Westmoreland libraries |

Author, veteran to discuss ‘Women in the Marines’ at Westmoreland libraries

Jeff Himler
Mary Pickels | Tribune-Review
Nancy Anderson, who served as Westmoreland Cultural Trust interim CEO in the first months of 2019, will speak at area libraries about her new book, which chronicles her time in the Marines.

Retired Marine Corps Col. Nancy Anderson will discuss her recently published book, “The Very Few, The Proud: Women in the Marines,” during programs at several Westmoreland County libraries.

Anderson, who earlier this year served as interim CEO of the Westmoreland Cultural Trust, will speak at 6 p.m. Thursday in The LeGrande Room at the West Newton Public Library, 105 S. Second St., West Newton.

She’ll additionally appear at the Murrysville Community Library, at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 14; the Ligonier Valley Library, at 2 p.m. Oct. 20; and the Delmont Public Library, at 10 a.m. Nov. 9.

For more information about these and other area library presentations, check out the “Events and Programs” tab at, the website of the Westmoreland Library Network.

In 1977, as a first lieutenant, Anderson became the first female platoon commander after the Marine Corps’ Officer Candidates School (OCS) at Quantico, Va., became gender-integrated. She led the first three gender-integrated OCS companies in a career that encompassed the period between dissolution of the separate Women Marines and the 2001 terrorist attacks.

She is a graduate, with highest distinction, of the Naval War College non-resident program, and a graduate of the National War College.

Retired from the Marine Corps since 2002, Anderson has volunteered with several nonprofit organizations at the local, state and national levels.

Jeff Himler is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jeff at 724-836-6622, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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