Fallen of 2d Battalion Fourth Marines to Receive Permanent Honor in Semper Fidelis Memorial Park
The 2d Battalion, Fourth Marines Association is sponsoring an initiative through the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation that will provide a lasting tribute for every fallen member of its Battalion. A commemorative brick will be laid in Semper Fidelis Memorial Park, adjacent to the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Va., for each Battalion member who was killed in action, or died as a result of wounds since the Battalion’s formation in 1914. BGen William Weise USMC (Ret) recently presented the Foundation a gift of $79,000 on behalf of the association to sponsor the first 376 bricks of the collection.
The association will lay the bricks together in reverse chronological order, beginning with the fallen of Afghanistan. The first brick will honor Sgt William Stacy, who was killed in January 2012 in Afghanistan. The 376th brick, representing the earliest fallen member of this first donation, will honor HM3 John P. Hyland, killed in February 1968, in Vietnam. This reverse sequence will, in part, provide the association more time to research personnel records from the early part of the 20th century, which are harder to find. Those with loved ones who were members of 2/4 Marines before the Vietnam War, and were killed in action or died of related wounds, are asked to contact the association.
“The Foundation is deeply honored that Semper Fidelis Memorial Park will soon be home to a personal tribute to every courageous member of 2d Battalion, 4th Marines who lost their lives in service to our nation,” said LtGen Robert R. Blackman Jr, USMC (Ret), President and CEO of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. “We are tremendously grateful to the 2d Battalion, 4th Marines Association for making this generous and meaningful gift, which will both pay a deserved honor to these individuals and advance the Foundation’s mission of ensuring that the Marine Corps Heritage Center tells the story of every person who has served in the U.S. Marine Corps.”
Although their research is not yet complete, the association expects the bricks to total more than 1,000 by the project’s completion. Once the final brick is laid, 2/4 Marines will be the first battalion to honor all of its fallen members with individual bricks in the park. The association hopes that this will encourage other organizations to do the same.
If you have information about a fallen member from the 2/4 Marines who served prior to the Vietnam War, contact BGen William Weise, USMC (Ret) at email@example.com, or write to him at 7444 Spring Village Drive, Apt 306, Spring Village, Va. 22150--4473.
About the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation:
Dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Marine Corps history, the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation (MCHF) was established in 1979 as a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization. The MCHF supports the historical programs of the Marine Corps in ways not possible through government funds. The MCHF provides grants and scholarships for research and the restoration and preservation of historical Marine Corps artifacts and landmarks. Securing the necessary funding to complete construction of the Marine Corps Heritage Center, which includes the National Museum of the Marine Corps and Semper Fidelis Memorial Park, located in Triangle, Virginia, is the MCHF’s current primary mission while continuing to provide program support for the Corps’ historical, museum, and educational activities.