Leatherneck, Gazette Authors Recognized For Their Contribution To Preserving Corps History

Mar. 28, 2012:

Each year, the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation presents a series of awards to both Marines and civilian community members, recognizing their exemplary work in advancing and preserving Marine Corps history.

Both a Leatherneck Magazine author and a Marine Corps Gazette author were among the winners. Both magazines are published by the Marine Corps Association & Foundation.

The awards will be presented during a special ceremony at the National Museum of the Marine Corps on April 21, 2012.


The General Roy S. Geiger Award


The General Roy S. Geiger Award was established by Colonel G.F. Robert Hanke, USMCR, in memory of his father, Wing Commander Ralph Hanke, Royal Air Force. It is named for General Geiger, the fifth designated naval aviator in Marine Corps history, who commanded both air and ground units during World War II. This award is given to the author of the best aviation article published during the 2011 calendar year.

2012 Recipient:

Major Ryan Hough for “It’s MUG Time,” published in The Marine Corps Gazette, July 2011.


The Colonel Robert D. Heinl, Jr. Award


The Colonel Robert D. Heinl, Jr. Award is given in memory of the distinguished Marine Corps officer, journalist, and historian. He was a founder of the Heritage Foundation and author of Soldiers of the Sea. The award is given for a distinguished example of feature writing by an individual dealing with U.S. Marine Corps history or Marine Corps life, giving prime consideration for high literary quality and originality.

2012 Recipient:

Master Gunnery Sergeant R.R. Keene, USMC (Ret), for his article series “Because Marines Never Forget – Veterans Return to Saipan & Tinian” published in Leatherneck Magazine.

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See the full list of award recipients.