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Retired Marine Blazes Trail to Florida Veterans Hall of Fame

Gates-Skipper First Woman Marine to be Honored


Last updated 10/10/2019 at 12:47pm

Kathryn "Kat" Gates-Skipper during active duty as U.S. Marine

Retired U.S. Marine Kathryn "Kat" Gates-Skipper got used to being a female trailblazer throughout her 20-year military career. So it's not surprising she will become the first female Marine inducted into the Florida Veterans Hall of Fame.

State Rep. Mike LaRosa nominated the Lake Wales veterans activist and Gates-Skipper was chosen one of 16 inductees in the Hall of Fame Class of 2019. Since it was created in 2013, the Florida Veterans Hall of Fame has inducted 70 veterans, including only two women, both U.S. Navy vets.

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