“I’m not playing a role. I’m being myself, whatever the hell that is.”

Bea Arthur rocked. There’s no doubt about that. Everything about her seemed to be made of awesome. But something has recently come to light that makes her even more awesome in my eyes, if that’s even possible.

She was a Marine during WWII.

Part of me is hesitant to write about this because she steadfastly denied ever having been in the military and, whatever her reasons, she had every right to keep that part of her life hidden from the public.

But all indications are that she was a tough cookie even then. Reading about an enlistment officer describing her as “argumentative” and “over aggressive” under the “personality appraisal” portion of the documentation, I have to salute her for being her own woman at such a young age. An additional comment: “Officious—but probably a good worker—if she has her own way!”

Rock on in the afterlife, Bea. Rock on.

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