Chief Warrant Officer
Annie L. Grimes
Annie Laurie Grimes was born in Arlington, Tennessee, to Mr. and Mrs. Horace
Karr Grimes. She graduated from high school in Somerville, Tennessee
in 1946, and attended Ray Vogue Trade School in Chicago, Illinois in 1949.
On February 2, 1950, she became the third African American woman to
enlist in the Marine Corps. Unlike African American males, who received
recruit training at the segregated Montford Point Camp in North Carolina,
black women were integrated with other women recruits at Parris Island, South
Carolina. Upon completion of recruit training the following May, Annie
was promoted to Private First Class.
Private First Class Grimes reported to Headquarters Marine Corps where she served as a procurement clerk with the Supply Branch until May 1953. During this tour of duty, she was promoted to Corporal, Sergeant and Staff Sergeant.
Immediately following transfer to the west coast, Staff Sergeant Grimes was promoted to Technical Sergeant and served as Procurement Chief at the Marine Corps Depot of Supplies (later known as the Marine Corps Supply Forwarding Annex) at San Francisco, California through January 1958. In February, she assumed duties as Procurement Chief, Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, California, and served in that position until August 1962. While there, she was promoted to Gunnery Sergeant.
Gunnery Sergeant Grimes' next tour was in that same capacity with the Marine Corps Supply Activity, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Gunnery Sergeant Grimes completed the Senior Supply Chief Course at Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina in September 1964. When she returned to Philadelphia, she was assigned an additional MOS of 3049 (Comptroller).
January 1965, Gunnery Sergeant Grimes was transferred to Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and served as Procurement Chief there until June 1967. Her promotion to Master Sergeant and Warrant Officer occurred during this tour.
Warrant Officer Grimes was then ordered to the Marine Corps Supply Center, Barstow, California where she was assigned to Material Division. While at Barstow, she completed the subcourses required for Temporary Officer Training and was promoted to Chief Warrant Officer. This tour of duty ended December 1969.
January 1970, Chief Warrant Officer Grimes was transferred to Fleet Marine Force, Pacific, Camp Smith, Hawaii and was assigned duty with the Assistant Chief of Staff, G-4 where she remained until her retirement on October 1, 1970.
During her career, Chief Warrant Officer Grimes was awarded the Good Conduct Medal with two bronze stars and the National Defense Service Medal with one bronze star. In 1965, she was awarded a Meritorious Mast by the Commanding General, Marine Corps Supply Activity, Philadelphia.