As always, your professional association has been busy since the last MCA Member Update.
On, 10 March, in conjunction with the Marine Corps Combat Development Command, we held the first of this year’s Combat Development dinners at the Club’s at Quantico. We thank LtGen George Flynn, Deputy Commandant for Combat Development and Integration for his support at the dinner. We also thank LtGen Terry Robling, Deputy Commandant for Aviation for taking time from his demanding schedule to share his vision on the future of Marine aviation in this era of constrained resources. Visit our website HERE for pictures, a video and an article about the event.
On Wednesday, 23 March, we went on the road and held our first professional luncheon in Charleston, South Carolina featuring Robert Coram, author of Brute: The Life of Victor Krulak U.S. Marine as the guest speaker. The lunch was well received with about 125 attending.
Our Professional Military Education initiatives are gaining momentum! On 17 March, as part of the MCA Foundation Commander’s Forum Program, we supported the staff of Communications Company, 3rd MLG with the transportation resources and an expert tour guide to conduct a detailed, on-site Staff Ride of the battle of Okinawa. Coming up in April, MCAF will support the staff of The Basic School with transportation, lodging and a tour guide for the 3-day, battle study of Gettysburg. Our MCAF Commander’s Professional Library Program continues to expand support for Marine PME efforts with a total of 29 unit libraries established or expanded this year with an additional 51 in processing or fulfillment and our Marine Excellence Awards Program continues to recognize professional achievements with over 2,100 awards presented to well deserving Marines so far this year.
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Of Interest to Marines
Q. Referring to the pictured equipment one Marine leader opined that it “…did more to win the war in the Pacific than any other single piece of equipment.” What is the equipment, what is it’s purpose, who came up with the design upon which this is based and who made the quoted statement?
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: Composed of admixtures of benzene, polystyrene and gasoline I was first used by Navy pilots to prepare a Pacific island for a landing by U.S. Marines in WW-II. What am I, what is my purpose and which island invasion was the scene of my first use in the Pacific war?
Answer: The substance in question is Napalm, which has been used extensively as an incendiary in war to burn off vegetation and to burn out deeply dug in or fortified enemy troops. The consensus on first use in the Pacific theater in WW-II points to Tinian.
Congratulations to LCpl Lucky Palmer of Greenville, New York for winning the February contest!
Thanks to member/reader Colonel David Coggins who provided the correct answer as well but provided a bit of perspective on the use of napalm on Tinian he got from his father, Roger Coggins who served with Marines there: Regarding napalm, “ It was used to clear vegetation and also worked well setting things on fire including machinery, enemy soldiers and on reverse slopes/dug in forces. The explosion sucked oxygen out of the fighting holes/caves and suffocated those that didn’t get burned alive or able to make a run for it.” Remembering the flames he said “…it looked like hell on earth.”
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Your April Leatherneck marks a couple of significant historical events involving Marines; Operation Frequent Wind, the evacuation of Saigon and the end of the Vietnam War in 1975; and one event that many don't know involved Marines. Read "Eyewitness to Murder: The Assassination of President Lincoln." We add a personality piece on Marine veteran Simon L. Leis Jr., the sheriff of Hamilton County, Ohio, since 1987 and face of law enforcement in the county for 40 years and, for your enjoyment, we unveil the singing and song-writing talents of 1stSgt Bob Lay, USMC (Ret). These, plus an excerpted chapter from Bing West's latest book, The Wrong War, which describes the heroism of Cpl Dakota Meyer which resulted in his nomination for the Medal of Honor, an overview article on a very large predeployment training complex at 29 Palms and more on current ops, round out the issue.Give us your thoughts by e-mail at email@example.com or become a "fan" and get immediate Leatherneck updates on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/leatherneckmagazine
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This Month in Marine Corps History
|6 March 1932
John Phillip Sousa, former leader of the Marine Band, died at age 79.
Sousa, known affectionately as the “March King” for his authorship of so many stirring examples of martial music, was born in Washington, D.C. and is permanently linked in the public imagination with the Marine Band – The President’s Own. His long association with the band began at age 13 when his father apprenticed him to the Marine Band to keep him from joining a circus band. Later, after learning the art of conducting, he became the bandmaster and served in that capacity during the 1880-1892 period. Sousa is remembered for having inspired the invention of the “Sousaphone” for marching bands and for writing “The Washington Post” march and also “Semper Fidelis” the official march of the United States Marine Corps.
23 March 2003
The battle of Al Nasiriyah, Iraq is joined.
The plan was for Task Force Tarawa the ground combat element from 2nd MEB, to seize the two bridges over the Euphrates that were inside the city of Al Nasiriyah and then allow Regimental Combat Team-1 to pass through and continue the attack. Plans go awry. The Army’s 507th Maintenance Company takes a wrong turn on the highway while moving north to Baghdad and is ambushed in the vicinity of Al Nasiriyah by substantial Iraqi forces who kill and wound many and capture PFC Jessica Lynch and others. Elements of Task Force Tarawa from the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade ride to the rescue. Many Marines end up killed and wounded in an intramural dust up with a flight of A-10’s and the Marines are attacked in all directions in the night under cover of a raging sandstorm before it is all through. Sort through the confusing detail of this unexpected but raging battle with two great books:
31 March 1801
LtCol William Ward Burrows, the second Commandant of the Marine Corps and President Thomas Jefferson select the site of Marine Barracks (8th and I) Washington, D.C.
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Zembiec Award. The Zembiec Award for Outstanding Leadership in the USMC Forces Special Operations Command is a new MCAF sponsored award named for deceased Marine Major Douglas Zembiec, known as the “Lion of Falujah” who perished in action during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The namesake award, rendered by sculptor Mark Austin Byrd is far along in development and will be presented for the first time during the MCA Ground Awards Dinner in May. Here are some clay renderings:
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