May: Editor's Desk


Welcome to our newly redesigned Leatherneck Web site. The new design is focused on delivering even more Marine Corps content in an easily navigated and appealing format—plus, we’ve added more social-networking opportunities. So, “noodle” around the site, get a feel as we work out the small bugs and let us read your comments:

In your May magazine, we provide a unique assortment of Marine Corps aviation content including articles on night fighters on Ulithi and the island life; helicopters in the Korean War, and; a profile on three-war Marine aviation hero, Ken Reusser, who was shot down and wounded in three wars.

These, plus for Marines who remember the glory days of the Quantico Relays and the tremendous stable of Marine track stars in the 50s, 60s and early 70s, we include an article on Marine track and field. ESPN track and field commentator Larry Rawson, a former Marine captain who was a Marine track star prior to deploying to Vietnam, penned this look into leatherneck sports history.

1stLt Billy Mills Wins Gold At The 1964 Tokyo OlympicsDo you remember 1stLt Billy Mills, an Oglala Lakota Indian, and his Olympic record in the 10,000-meter race at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Mills is the only American to ever win this event, and while his qualifying time was far slower than favorite Ron Clarke of Australia, who finished third, Mills shattered the old record with a tremendous kick at the finish. Mills continues to serve America today as a spokesman for “Running Strong for American Indian Youth,” a national organization encouraging native youth with his message of character, dignity and pride. See

Don’t forget to log onto the digital edition to read this article … there you will find that we’ve added a photo slideshow from the glory days of Marine track and field.

Coming up in the June magazine, we focus on education and the options available to active-duty leathernecks and those leaving active duty or “transitioning” to civilian life. Online or on campus, higher education is there for you to reach out and leverage for your future. Speaking of your future and transitioning, there is a vast network of support across America that wants to help you get the job you want. You can tap into that network through the Marine Executive Association. Don’t know what that is? Read, “Taking Care of Our Own,” in the June issue and take advantage of more options for your future.

For those Marines who come to Leatherneck to stay connected to our Corps and its Marines, I encourage you to check out the National Marine Corps Council Web site and read the available information from the Council’s April 17, 2010 meeting.

The Council members come to Quantico to hear from the Commandant and other senior leaders of the Corps, find out more about the Commandant’s priorities and take that information back to their Marine-related organizations. You can read the current operations briefings and find out other information from the Council Web site.

As usual, we can only improve if you remain in touch. We would like to hear your thoughts, so e-mail us at: or call toll-free: 800-336-0291, ext. 115.
Thank you for your continuing support and I remain,

Semper Fidelis

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Col Walt Ford, USMC (Ret)

Editor, Leatherneck Magazine