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RG1665.AM:  Marie Kolena, 1914-2000

Papers:  1929-1949

Atkinson, Holt County, Nebraska:  Teacher; U.S. Marine

Size:  One folder


Marie Kolena, daughter of Rudolph and Myrtle (Medley) Kolena was born November 13, 1914, in Bolivar, Missouri.  The family moved to the Green Valley area of Holt County, Nebraska, by 1930.  Marie graduated from Atkinson High School in 1934.  She was a rural school teacher in Holt County for nine years before moving to Omaha in 1943, where she became a member of the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II.  She had postings in South Carolina and California.  After her discharge, Marie lived in Omaha, working for Cyanamid.  She transferred to the Cyanamid office in Denver, where she worked until her retirement in 1976.  She then moved to Parachute, Colorado, where she died at age 85 on November 3, 2000.


This collection consists of one folder containing letters, certificates, clippings, and ephemera relating to the teaching and military careers of Marie Kolena.

Note:  See the photo component [RG1665.PH] for related images.  The Nebraska History Museum holds various artifacts relating to the military service of Marie Kolena



    1. Teacher’s Contract, 1934

    1. Third Grade Elementary School Teaching Certificate, 1934

    1. Letter to Holt County Teachers, 1935

    1. Second Grade Elementary School Teaching Certificate, 1937

    1. Pamphlet:  Flag of the United States (used in classroom, 1934-1943)

    1. Pamphlet:  Treasured Verses (probably used in classroom)

    1. War Ration Book, 1942

    1. Certificate:  Enlistment Notification, 1943

    1. Letter from U.S. Marine Corps re:  mental and physical exam, 1943

    1. Promotion Order, 1944

    1. Diploma:  Radio Mechanics and Telephone Maintenance, 1944

    1. Newspaper clipping – Letter from Marie Kolena about her Marine Corps experiences

    1. Certificate:  Mustering Out, 1946

    1. Report of Separation, 1946

    1. Discharge, 1946

    1. Marine Corps League membership card, 1949

    1. Discharge from USMC Reserve, 1952


Subject headings:

Kolena, Marie, 1914-2000

Teachers — Holt County (Neb.)

United States Marine Corps — Women’s Reserve

World War, 1939-1945 — Women


TMM     09-04-2020