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One of the first female Marines to be honored during the lunch

Barbara Kruse joined the Marines in 1943, when she was twenty years old.

One of the first female Marines was honored during a luncheon in Ohio on Thursday and called her decision to join the military the “best” she’s ever done.

Barbara Kruse, 95, was part of a group of veterans at the Columbus VA Ambulatory Care Center that were honored at the lunch for people over the age of 95.

“The first question people often ask is:” Why did you go in the Corps?’ Because I wanted to be a Marine,” Kruse told WSYX/WTTE.

Kruse joined the marine Corps when she was just 20 years old, in February 1943, and was motivated after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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“The boys were leaving high school to go in the service,” said Kruse. “I can’t put my finger on it, but something about that went into the marine Corps, I wanted to be a Marine.”

During her time served in the Navy, Kruse worked in the recruitment and involvement in New Orleans and Oklahoma City. She later went on to be the work of an occupational therapist for the Northport VA Medical Center in New York’s Long Island.

“The best thing I’ve ever done,” she said.

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @travfed

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