1939 edition of the Clyde H. Metcalf book - " History of the United States Marine Corps ", presented by Metcalf in World War Two to Laura McKennan of the United States Marine Corps Women's Reserve. The book is beautifully inscribed in browned ink, " To Laura McKennan USMCWR Clyde H Metcalf Colonel U. S. Marine Corps." While the inscription is not dated, the USMCWR was the World War II women's branch of the United States Marine Corps Reserve. It was authorized by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on July 30, 1942 with the Marine Corps delaying the formation of the WR until 13 February 1943. The law provided that members of the WR may be commissioned or enlisted in such ranks and ratings equal to the regular Marine Corps, and was effective for the duration of the war plus six months. Its purpose was to release officers and men for combat and to replace them with women in shore stations. This 584 page book is illustrated and covers the history of the Marines from their formation through the War of 1812, Mexican War, Civil War, Spanish American War, World War One and 20 years after. Front cover loose but not detached. excellent.