The first Intelligence Awards Dinner is set for 15 September in Arlington VA. General Joseph Dunford, Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps will be our featured speaker and will assist in the presentation of the six new awards recognizing the professional achievements of the top performing Marines in the Intel field during 2010. On 28 September, we will host our MCA Camp Lejeune Fall Luncheon with MajGen Paul Lefebvre, Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command as the guest speaker.
MCA professional events are a great way to stay connected to the Corps and informed about the key issues affecting Marines. All of our MCA, MCAF members and Member Update readers and supporters are invited to attend – And, we hope you will bring a friend! Click HERE to view MCA’s complete professional event schedule for more information and event registration.
As the summer recedes and the weather gets cooler, it is worth pointing out that the key social event in a Marine’s year – the Marine Corps Birthday, fast approaches. If you are organizing a celebratory birthday event, I invite you to view our Birthday Ball Catalog HERE for the supplies, decorations and mementos you will need to throw the most memorable birthday celebration ever. And, EVERY Marine who wants to look his or her professional best is encouraged to visit The MARINE Shop, in person or online for the sharpest Evening Dress or Dress Blue uniforms, expert tailoring, precision medal mounting services, and all the accessories your uniform needs. Click on the logo to visit The MARINE Shop online.
MCA’s newly launched Blog (web log) portal continues to grow at a rapid rate. After just a few months the site enjoys over 5,000 views per month and is growing as we continue to add top notch writers. Click HERE to visit today and read postings by writers like best-selling author Steven Pressfield, and from Andrew Lubin, our embedded correspondent in Afghanistan, and many others with valuable insights and amusing anecdotes about Marines.
I am pleased to report that requests for our professional development and awards programs continue to grow. To date, our MCAF Commanders’ Professional Library Program now shows a total of 156 Marine units provided with first class professional libraries. Likewise, the MCAF Marine Excellence Awards Program has provided over 5,826 various awards including Honor Graduate Plaques, Marines of the Quarter Certificates, Marine swords, watches, professional books and cash awards in recognition of individual Marine professional accomplishments and achievements.
The MCAF also provides free copies of Leatherneck and Marine Corps Gazette magazines to the Wounded Warrior Regiment’s MEDCELL. So far over 600 copies of each magazine have been provided to wounded Marines in Military and Veterans hospitals along with free one-year MCA memberships and magazine subscriptions. As always, YOUR support, membership and donations make these and other programs that support Marines possible.
I’ll close with an important note. The Marine Corps Association Foundation (MCAF) is an approved charitable organization in this year’s Combined Federal Campaign - Our CFC Donor Code is 19821. This means our active duty supporters and Federal employees can designate the MCAF as a donation recipient. The campaign starts in September so please support us so we can continue to support our great Marines!
Thank you very much. As always, please let me hear from you. You can do that by emailing MCA at firstname.lastname@example.org.All the Best & Semper Fidelis,
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The Prize! In addition to our brand new Marine Corps Association, “Once a Marine – ALWAYS a Marine” Coin, we are now including a copy of one of the late Major Gene Duncan’s Books as a bonus.
Here’s our trivia question from last month:
Question: To the consternation of the Army, I had my Marines cut in front of stalled Army units to put Marines in a position to capture a strategic castle. Who am I, what is the name of the castle and in which battle did this event occur?
Answer: MajGen Pedro A. del Valle, Commanding General of the 1st Marine Division in 1945 had his division cut in front of a stalled U.S. Army division to seize Shuri Castle during the campaign to take Okinawa in World War II.
Congratulations to Walt Stachowicz of Inverness, Florida for winning last month’s contest!
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2 Aug 1950 - 1st Provisional Marine Brigade landed at Pusan, Korea, one month after being alerted.
The Republic of Texas had been admitted to the Union but border discord and American political and territorial ambitions led to war with Mexico in May 1846. An American army forays deep into Mexico and Marines are involved in the siege of Vera Cruz. In March, a 13,000 man army with some Marines included subdues Vera Cruz and their valor and efficiency induces General Winfield Scott to request more Marines in units organized larger than ship’s detachments. In June 1847, a battalion sized formation of Marines under the command of LtCol Sam Watson, departed for Vera Cruz and was later attached to BGen John Quitman’s division to support the offensive against Mexico City on 6 August. Initially in reserve and in the rear, Marines were called forward to participate in the assault on the Citadel of Chapultepec, guarding the approaches to Mexico City. Armed with scaling ladders and pioneer equipment they, along with Army volunteers marched off during the night of 12 September to position themselves for the assault. At dawn on the 13th, under cover of a furious artillery cannonade the Marine and Army Volunteer assault group ascended the slope and effected a breach for the remainder of the assault force and a general melee ensued with vicious hand to hand fighting at close quarters. The Citadel soon fell and freed up Marines to participate in the assault on Mexico City.
Click HERE to read Marine Sgt Edward J. Edwins’ September 1947 Leatherneck article on the event.
18 Aug 1965 - Operation Starlite began in Vietnam.
Originally termed “Operation Satellite”, a power blackout and subsequent clerk-typist error inadvertently caused the renaming of this first, purely U.S. military-only operation of the Vietnam war to Operation Starlite. Launched by Marine LtGen Lew Walt at the urging of Vietnamese MajGen Nguyen Chanh Thi, the intent was to form a pre-emptive strike at the 1st Viet Cong Regiment that was poised around the Chu Lai base. Utilizing forces from the 9th Marine Amphibious Brigade, Marines from battalions 3/3, 3/7, 2/4 and 3/4 deployed in a three pronged assault by helo insertion, river crossing and amphibious landing to block and encircle the VC. While some of the VC succeeded in disengaging overnight, the operation resulted in dramatically reducing the threat to the vital communications tower at Chu Lai and over 600 VC were reported being killed with only 45 KIA and 203 WIA on the Marine side. Two Marines from 3/3 (Cpl Robert O’Malley-recipient of the first MOH awarded to a Marine in the war) and 2/4 (Cpl Joe Paul) were awarded the Medal of Honor for gallantry in action during the operation. Read more about Marine activities in the early days of the Vietnam War in Semper Fi and see how the war unfolds in The Vietnam War: A Chronology of War.
19 Aug 1919 - The Marines Hymn was registered with the U.S. Copyright Office. Catchy tune!
26 Aug 1942 - The first black Marines to serve with the Corps in modern times enlisted.
From the early days of segregated units, rapid development of black NCO’s, dealing with the prejudice and constraints of the time to serve with distinction and ultimately shoulder to shoulder with all other Marines read the story of an uphill battle HERE at the Montford Point Marines Association Historical site.
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Thanks to Panasonic
LeeAnn Mitchell of MCAF handing over laptops donated by Panasonic to Lisa Rotte of the Wounded Warrior Regiment MEDCELL for distribution to Wounded Marines to use with brain train exercises and for education.
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