Some base hospital nurses, including Winifred Franklin and Kathryn Leverman and Chief Nurse Grace Phelps joined the all-female Women's Overseas Service League veteran organization. Some focused their work for veterans by joining the American Legion. And some participated in both organizations. Marjorie MacEwan joined the American Legion when she returned to Washington after the war. In August 1919 she was the first woman on Gray's Harbor to be accepted into the American Legion.
|"Hoquiam Woman in Legion," Oregonian, August 20, 1919 13.|
MacEwan made the front page of the Seattle Star in October 1919 as a delegate to the Washington state American Legion convention.
|"Prominent Figures at Convention," Seattle Star, October 9, 1919, 1.|
|"Girl Veteran of World War at Convention," Seattle Star, October 9, 1919, 2.|
She sent a note for the reporter with the photograph she had taken for the interview: "In this publicitiy stuff, Mrs. Editor, please bear in mind that I'm just plain every-day Marje, and don't weave fairy tales about me. I'm not 'copy'-I'm me. Lots of other girls figured in the thick of it [the First World War] more strenuously than I. I'm no heroine." She was, she said, boosting the proposal for her hometown of Hoquiam, Washington to hose the next state convention for the legion.
Portland City Directories for 1921 and 1923, and the University of Oregon Catalog 1921-1922 list Marjorie McEwen as secretary to Richard B. Dillehunt. Dillehunt had served as a medical officer with Base Hospital 46 and had become Dean of the University of Oregon School of Medicine in 1920.
|University of Oregon Catalog, 1921-1922 (Eugene: University of Oregon, 1922), 215.|