Happy New Year and Thank you!
Thanks for your membership, retail support, and generous contributions to the Marine Corps Association Foundation (MCAF) throughout 2010. Your support was instrumental in our ability to greatly expand our programs aimed at developing and recognizing the professional excellence of our Marines. I ask your continued support in 2011 so that we can keep pace with the requests for MCA support from Marine leaders and commanders throughout our Corps.
MCA’s events schedule is expanding this year with several new professional dinners throughout the country including one in conjunction with the Marine West Expo at Camp Pendleton next week, an event in Charleston, South Carolina in March and also a new dinner at Camp Lejeune in April. Additionally, MCA will be in attendance at this year’s Marine Week in St. Louis, Missouri in June and is currently planning several professional events there. I want to expand our engagement with members and friends of the Corps throughout our country. Check out the events section on our MCA web site for the details.
On 3 February the MCA Ground Logistics Excellence Awards Dinner will take place in Arlington, Virginia to recognize the professional achievements of the Corps’s top performing logisticians from 2010. General James F. Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps, will be our guest speaker. This will be a very special evening, as the Travis Manion Award will be presented to the top logistics officer of the year. 1st Lt Travis Manion USMC, a logistics officer, was killed in action in Iraq in 2007. He was awarded the Silver Star and the Bronze Star with Combat V for his bravery and leadership under fire.
One of our biggest goals this year will be to grow our membership, and I hope you will help! You can help in several ways. If your membership is about to be up, I ask that you renew on the first notice we send you and that you consider extending your membership for multi-year periods. This reduces our expenses, limits your mailbox clutter, and gives you the best rate on membership. Encourage all your Marine friends to join the MCA if they are not already members! Also if you have friends of the Corps who have not served in uniform but want to be part of the Marine family they can join the MCAF and get our magazines, gain access to our web sites, and enjoy many other member benefits. It’s easy to do, just give them our Toll Free membership number, email address or better yet… our membership page on the web HERE. The more members we have, the more resources we have to support our Marines!Thanks for your support and, as always, please let me hear from you. You can do that by emailing MCA at email@example.com.
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Of Interest to Marines
Q. I served over 30 years as a Marine and was awarded the Navy Cross in WW-I at Belleau Wood for heroic leadership, became one of the first Gunnery Sergeants in the Corps. A bit of a liberty risk, I was court-martialed at Quantico for drunkenness and then meritoriously promoted back to senior ranks to become a SgtMaj in WW-II where I was awarded a second Navy Cross for heroism during the invasion of an atoll later associated with atomic bomb detonations. Who am I?
How to Win. Send your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org and please include your name and address so we can send your prize. We will hold a drawing of all CORRECT responses one week from the Member Update release date and then announce the winner in the next edition of the Update.
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 Major Gene Duncan’s Books as a bonus.
Here’s our trivia question from last month:
Question: Which combat operation, involving over 92,000 Marines, is the largest in Marine Corps history?
Answer: Operation Desert Storm – The operation, which liberated Iraqi occupied Kuwait. HERE is a great website detailing the Marine contribution to the Coalition’s success in Operation Desert Storm along with a categorized list of the Marine ground combat, air combat elements and logistics units which served there. Of particular interest at the site is the lengthy laundry list of “Logistics Firsts.” Interesting stuff.
Congratulations to Michael Leeper of Colonial Heights, VA for wining the December contest!
Our top wrong answer was the invasion of Iwo Jima, which, at about 70,000 Marine participants was a very sizeable operation indeed. The invasion of Okinawa was also a popular wrong answer. Okinawa had about 81,000 Marine combatants along with a sizable host of U.S. Army forces as well.
Many thanks to James Angelo for advising that the Chowder and Marching Society was also the name for a group of 15 fractious Republican congressmen who joined together to oppose the passage of a bill enabling payment of monthly bonuses to war veterans. Click HERE for a brief but interesting account of that group.
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February is one of the more significant months in the illustrious history of the Corps. In this Leatherneck, we've touched on just a few of those milestones with a tip of the hat to the women in the Corps during their birthday month and a tribute to those Montford Point Marines who proved that patriotism is color blind. We hope these articles, plus articles on Fleet Week in San Francisco, Northern California Marine Corps League efforts and current operations in Afghanistan hit the Bulls-eye.
Marine Corps Gazette
Corps Daily News. Get the latest news about Marines at Corps Daily News featured prominently on BOTH the Marine Corps Gazette and Leatherneck websites as well as on the MCA Homepage. Visiting daily is a tremendous way to stay connected and informed!
Correction. In the December edition of Update we featured a posting in this section indicating the last elements of the 1st Marine Division departing Hungnam following their “RETREAT” from the Chosin Reservoir on 24 December.
Several of our readers rightly took umbrage with this unfortunate phrasing. We regret having used the word “Retreat” and totally concur with MajGen O.P. Smith’s assertion. “Retreat hell, We’re just attacking in another direction!”Many thanks to MCA Member Update reader Colonel Frank Eller, Jr., USMC (Ret) for holding school circle and setting us straight. “Retreat” was ill considered and we regret any ire that term may have engendered in ANY of our readers and in particular any of our brave Korean War veterans.
This Month in Marine Corps History
8 January 1815
22 January 1969
Lt Wesley Fox, A, 1/9 Company Commander and William D. Morgan, squad leader with 2/9 were both awarded the Medal of Honor (Morgan posthumously) for gallantry in action during the operation. Robert H. Barrow, commanding officer of the 9th Marines during the operation later became 27th Commandant of the Marine Corps.
Wes Fox’s, Marine Rifleman: Forty-Three Years in the Corps, includes a gripping account of the operation and of the author’s personal experiences throughout as a significant and very readable segment of the book.
MCA’s projected events are detailed for you below. You’re Invited. Bring a Friend!
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Logistics Awards. Last month’s Update announced that the MCA Foundation is adding new “Namesake” awards to several of our professional awards dinners. Still in development, here are some preliminary sculptures for the new Logistician of the Year and the 1stLt Travis Manion Logistics Officer of the Year Awards to be presented at the MCA Ground Logistics Awards Dinner.
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