I want to wish all our Members, our veterans and, our great Marines a happy and safe 4th of July Celebration. Thank you all for protecting our freedom.
On 23 June, in conjunction with Marine Week St. Louis, we hosted an MCA Dinner there with LtGen Robert Milstead, Jr. Deputy Commandant for Manpower and Reserve Affairs as our guest speaker. I want to extend my thanks LtGen Milstead for fitting us into his busy schedule, and for his great remarks. Click HERE to visit the MCA website page with additional pictures of the dinner and Marine Week activities.
The Marine Corps Association Foundation’s (MCAF) professional development programs continue to grow and expand in support of individual Marines and requests from Commanders to provide programs that highlight Marine excellence and provide unique professional development opportunities. To date, through the auspices of the Marine Excellence Awards Program, MCAF has provided 1,384 deserving Marines with recognition for their professionalism in the form of trophies, plaques, Marine swords, K-Bar’s, watches and professional books. The Commanders’ Professional Library Program has provided, or is in the process of providing Commanders with 116 unit libraries to assist them in enhancing the professional development of their Marines. Our Commanders’ Forum Program has provided opportunities for Marine units to study historical military operations and visit battle sites. The Gettysburg battle for the Wounded Warrior Regiment, the World War-I battle of Belleau Wood for select staff from 2d Marine Air Wing, and a campaign study of the Civil War Peninsular Campaign of 1862 for participants from Marine Corps Forces Command have been completed and we have additional requests being processed. Your member dues and donations enable the MCA to provide this valuable support to Marines. Please help us if you can as demands for our programs are growing. Select pictures and links to additional pictures are provided further below in your June MCA Member Update.
If you haven’t done so already, please check out our new MCA web log (Blog) located HERE. It started in May and keeps generating interest and response comments from its growing readership. In addition to writers exploring Marine Corps historical events and advice on family life and family separation, the blog also features Andrew Lubin, a well know author who writes about Marines. Currently he is embedded with Marines in Helmand Province, Afghanistan and blogging about his experiences there. I encourage everyone to visit the blog frequently to stay informed and engaged in the discussion.
Thank you very much for your support! As always, please let me hear from you. You can do that by emailing MCA at firstname.lastname@example.org.All the Best & Semper Fidelis,
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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: Awarded a Croix de Guerre by a foreign government for gallantry in action, this junior Marine was also awarded BOTH the Navy and the Army Medal of Honor for a single action for attacking an enemy machine gun, dispatching several members of the gun crew and returning through a fire swept battlefield, with eight enemy prisoners. Who was this intrepid Marine, and at what battle and in which war did this action occur?
Answer: Marine Pvt John Joseph Kelly of the 6th Marines is the answer! See page 137 of Semper Fi: The Definitive Illustrated History of the U.S. Marines by Colonels Avery Chenoweth and Brooke Nihart for a more complete description of the story. Many respondents chose Louis Cukela as their answer. A very good second guess as Cukela did indeed win both a Navy and an Army Medal of Honor during the Soissons campaign as a Marine Gunnery Sergeant, and was also awarded the French Croix de Guerre (among MANY other awards for gallantry). The crux of the matter was Kelly was a Private and thus “junior” while Cukela a GySgt during his similar gallant action and later during WW-I was commissioned a 2ndLt.
Congratulations to Bruce Guthrie of Morongo Valley, California for winning last month’s contest!
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1 June 1942 Recruiting of black Marines begins
3 June 1918 4th Marine Brigade fought at Les Mares Farm, Belleau Wood, Chateau-Thierry France
5 June 1944 LtGen H.M. Smith was designated the first FMFPac Commander
In the interwar years, Smith saw a variety of sea duty and joint, Army-Navy planning billets giving him valuable planning experience he would use in World War II. At the start of the war, he served as the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps under visionary transformer Commandant, MajGen Thomas Holcomb. He would later lead the 1st Marine Brigade and transform it in to the 1st Marine Division and then commanded an organization that became the Amphibious Force, Atlantic fleet, training 1st Marine Division and two army divisions in Amphibious operations in the process. In 1942 he took command of Amphibious Corps, Pacific Fleet, training 2d and 3d Marine Divisions and Army units in Amphibious operations. His organization later evolved in to the V Amphibious Corps and fought through a succession of Pacific campaigns before he was named Commanding General Fleet Marine Force, Pacific. Later, he would command Task Force 56 in the amphibious seizure of Iwo Jima. He retired at age 64 as a LtGen and was promoted to General upon his retirement.Somewhat temperamental, he was known to his troops as “Howling Mad” Smith and is remembered for causing significant inter-service bitterness when he relieved an Army General (also named Smith) during the battle for Saipan for moving his division too slowly sparking controversy that still rages today. Maintaining fractious relations with his Navy counterparts as well, his screaming matches with amphibious colleague, Admiral Richmond K. (“Terrible”) Turner were so turbulent that their boss, Admiral Spruance commanded that Turner was in charge of everything until the Marines got ashore and then Smith was in charge thereafter – which seems to be at the heart of formal Amphibious Operational doctrine on command relationships to this day.
Read more about the times and the history of the development of Amphibious Operations that our Corps made in to its trademark specialty:
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MCAF Donates Laptops to Wounded Warrior Regiment. Thanks to MCAF coordination efforts, 50 computer laptops were provided by the Hewlett Packard Corporation, along with 50 Windows 7 licenses for MCAF to donate to Marines of the Wounded Warrior Regiment to aid in the convalescence and continuing education programs.
GOOD News – MCAF is now part of the Combined Federal Campaign!
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