Today we remember the 2977 lives that were lost, over 6000 injured, and the numerous lives impacted globally by the heinous act of terror carried out on American soil 15 years ago. We further remember the men and women who went forth and located, closed with and destroyed the enemy in Afghanistan, Iraq, and in other foreign lands. Since 9/11/01, many have served, fought, and gave their lives to ensure that such acts of cowardice remain a distant threat to the people and the country that they love so dear. Continue reading “Remembering 9-11-01”
Kailey Demarsico Sookey pays tribute to her brother Michael Demarsico before her wedding July 16,2016. Michael was KIA in Afghanistan 2012. Continue reading “Never Forgotten Sacrifice”
I thought they were just Practicing… because the Marine Corps War Memorial was just a few Hundred Meters away… Continue reading “While I Was At Arlington”
We learned today with great sadness of the death of my Marine Brother LCpl John Payne, of Folson, LA. John received a new lung through the Madison, VA hospital in December of 2013, five days before I received mine. We both had Pulmonary Fibrosis. Continue reading “TAPS For LCpl John Payne”
Earlier this month while vacationing in Key West, FL and wearing my new ‘Semper Fi Fund’ shirt my wife and I came upon the Truman Annex and Naval Air Station. The plaque on the wall to my right reads:
October 1, 1977
The first United States Marines arrived in Key West with Commodore David Porter’s Pirate Hunting Fleet in 1823.
Just received a text from SgtMaj Pacheco’s daughter. The SgtMaj reported in to his next duty station on Thursday, 14 April 2016 at 1813. Members of Platoon 145, MCRD San Diego 1962 mourn his passing plus I know there are others who read this newsletter who served with the SgtMaj.
2,706 U.S. Marines and Sailors were killed in action during the Vietnam War while serving in the Fighting Fifth Marine Regiment. Their sacrifice is not forgotten. With your help, each and every one of them will be honored with a beautiful new Memorial Monument at the 5th Marines’ Memorial Garden, Camp San Mateo, Camp Pendleton, California. Continue reading “The 5th Marines Vietnam War Memorial Monument”
I am sorry for the lateness of this obit for WW2 Marine Robert Dowdy. I only found out about his passing recently myself when I had attempted to call him for New Years Day.
Cpl. Dowdy and I had met each other during a Veterans Day Parade back in 2012. The parade was hosted by American Legion Post 238 of Teague, Texas of which I was a member. I say that I was a member as now the post has disbanded recently.
Reference Mr. Paul Jones' BAM story, my Mother was also a WWII "BAM", stationed with my Father at MCAS El Toro with Air Base Group 2 performing depot level maintenance on F4Us. She made it quite clear to us as we grew up that BAM stood for Beautiful American Marine while my Father would take us on the side and say it stood for Broad Axled Marines. It wasn't until I entered Boot Camp that I learned that "axled" wasn't quite the correct word. Take note that hanging on the Brass WWII marker next to her gravestone is a F4U in all its glory.
Col. Mark Roy of Denton County Texas Detachment Marine Corps League, Gunnery Sgt. Nathan Hanson, Collin County Texas Detachment Marine Corps League, honoring Pfc. Hanse Hamilton, Jr. Iwo Jima Purple Heart, 5th Marine Division, 28th Regiment. Radio Operator.