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Happy Anniversary

Anniversary Issue Inside this Issue Presidents Corner, The Iowa Membership Report, Ride Reports from Fredericksburg, And‌ all across Texas

July 1, 2010 God - Family - Country - Corps

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A Little Late, but still news...

Apr.—Jun, 2010 Volume 2 Issue 1 Inside:

Greetings Members,

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Cover

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Hello

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Bear Facts

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Fredericksburg Texas tour

4&5 6, 7, 8, & 9

Iowa Report

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Sadly I must report that due to technical difficulties beyond our control, this issue of your newsletter is a little late getting published, however, on behalf of your new Newsletter Editor I apologize for the delayed delivery and hope that you find the articles a fun and interesting read… Please enjoy, Jim Gibson

Officers President: Patrick Johnson (Oso)

Vice President Glenn Paschall (Gunny)

Treasurer Philip Cullen (Shanghi)

Secretary Vinny Detmer (Vinny)

JAG Doug McLeod (Daddy-O)

Sgt at Arms

Please remember this is your association newsletter.

Harmon Meeker (Dutch)

Sgt at Arms Rob Snyder (Buck)

Newsletter Editor

Let us know what you think... Send your suggestions, news articles, photos, rides, events and etc… To: Newsletter or Newsletter@usmarinessf.com

Tony Harrison (Magnum)

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From the President “Bear Facts” By: Oso “We few, we happy few, we band of brothers, for he today who sheds his blood with me shall be my brother.” King Henry V Quote Act IV; Scene 3. William Shakespeare Main Entry: broth·er·hood Pronunciation: \ɑbrə-thər-ɕhuɺd\ Function: noun Etymology: Middle English brotherhede, brotherhod, alteration of brotherrede, from Old English brōthorræɷden, from brōthor + ræɷden condition — more at Kindred Date: 14th century 1 : the quality or state of being Brothers 2 : Fellowship, Alliance 3 : an association for a particular purpose 4 : the whole body of persons engaged in a business or profession Honor: Honor requires each Marine to exemplify the ultimate standard in ethical and moral conduct. Honor is many things; honor requires many things. A U.S. Marine must never lie, never cheat, never steal, but that is not enough. Much more is required. Each Marine must cling to an uncompromising code of personal integrity, accountable for his actions and holding others accountable for theirs. And, above all, honor mandates that a Marine never sully the reputation of his Corps.

Courage: Simply stated, courage is honor in action -- and more. Courage is moral strength, the will to heed the inner voice of conscience, the will to do what is right regardless of the conduct of others. It is mental discipline, an adherence to a higher standard. Courage means willingness to take a stand for what is right in spite of adverse consequences. This courage, throughout the history of the Corps, has sustained Marines during the chaos, perils, and hardships of combat. And each day, it enables each Marine to look in the mirror -- and smile. Commitment: Total dedication to Corps and Country. Gung-ho Marine teamwork. All for one, one for all. By whatever name or cliche, commitment is a combination of (1) selfless determination and (2) a relentless dedication to excellence. Marines never give up, never give in, never willingly accept second best. Excellence is always the goal. And, when their active duty days are over, Marines remain reserve Marines, retired Marines, or Marine veterans. There is no such thing as an ex-Marine or former-Marine. Once a Marine, always a Marine. Commitment never dies.

If You Are Going to Talk the Talk You Have To Walk the Walk! Semper Fi, Oso

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Fredericksburg Trip

By: Vinny Detmer

In mid May, Pat and I made what has become our annual trip to Fredericksburg, TX. This time we went out I-10 to Kerrville and then up Hwy. 16 right into Fredericksburg. This was a nice way to go especially towing the RV. It was about a 6 hour trip from our home in Friendswood to Fredericksburg. We stayed at the Lady Bird Johnson Municipal RV Park located on Hwy, 16 just about 3 miles outside of downtown Fredericksburg. This is a nice park and a good place to camp. There is a very relaxing atmosphere at this park. We set up camp under the large pecan trees, twisted the caps off a couple of cold ones and made plans for the next day. Being new at using the RV we kinda of over parked our spot and were asked nicely to please move back a bit. What do we know, we’re from New York. One of our main goals for this trip was to visit the War of the Pacific Museum. We went o the museum about mid morning. The museum is actually broken up into two distinct areas. On Main Street is the Nimitz Museum/Hotel. This area chronicles the history of the hotel and the Nimitz family. For anyone that doesn’t know, Fredericksburg, TX, is the birthplace of Admiral Chester Nimitz of WWII fame.

One block north of Main Street is the War of the Pacific Museum. This portion of the museum deals with the events that led up to WWII Pacific Theater of operations and the war itself. It actually begins in the late 1800’s with Japans invasion of Manchuria and its war with Russia and ends with the reconstruction of Japan following their defeat. For anyone that is a history buff this is a must see. - Continued next page —-

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Fredericksburg Trip—Continued

By: Vinny Detmer

The museum itself is loaded with items & artifacts from the war and detailed descriptions of all the campaigns. Many of the displays are narrated with stops that include actual film clips and action items (submarines, bombs, clothing, journals, etc.) and it’s like being there as they bring the events to you for a short time. It’s amazing how much you learn at each section of the museum. Bring tissues because at times you can’t help but cry. Once you finish with the museum you walk outside and down the wall of names of who fought during this period. Then you go into the Japanese Garden which was dedicated to the US from Japan. Very beautiful and peaceful, don’t rush thru it. As you leave the garden you go down the street to what is called the Combat Zone. Here there is a re-creation of a beach head. It is complete with a WWII vintage amtrac, a half-track, Japanese artillery pieces and tanks. Even a pillbox style bunker which is used for flamethrower demonstration during the weekends they have live re-enactments. Also on display is one of the last remaining PT boats and an authentic field hospital in a quonset hut. For this part of the museum you get an actual tour guide who is fills you with all sorts of interesting information and historical tid bits. Your ticket to the museum gets you access for two days so you have plenty of time to take everything in. Going to Fredericksburg just for this museum would be worth the trip and that is almost how the trip turned out. Bad weather set in during the day. And I mean bad. At one time it was raining at a rate of 8” an hour. There was lightning and thunder all around. If it wasn’t raining on you it was just off in the distance. We did at least manage to get a trip in to the Alamo Springs Café. This is a small eatery about 15 miles south of Fredericksburg on Old San Antonio Road. This is a small hole in the wall but the food is good. You can’t go wrong at a place that serves up homemade potato chips. About 100 yards away is what is known as the bat cave. It is an area that you can go in the evening and watch the bats take off from the woods below while they are in season. Also across from where we camped is a small airport so we got to watch twin engine planes coming and going. At the airport is a restaurant called The Airport Diner, go figure ,where we had breakfast one morning. The inside was like out of a 50’s diner (if you guys know what a diner is) where you can eat at the counter. Food was so-so. We sort of cut our trip a day short due to the weather. It cleared for a bit Sunday and we decided to pack up camp while we had a chance for more severe weather was predicted for the next several days. All in all though it was a good trip. The bad weather gave us more time to just stroll around the museum and really take our time. What can I say, I like going to Fredericksburg. Can’t wait until next year. We find something new to do or see every time we go. However, next year Pat wants to shop, really shop and we missed going to a restaurant that was recommended to us, the Cotton Gin. Semper Fi Vinny & Pat

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Mother Nature’s Vengeance

By: Oso

Ginger and I recently rode out to the panhandle and back in what I wanted to name, “The Red Meat Tour.” However, it readily came apparent that the ride would be renamed, “Mother Nature’s Vengeance.” On the first day of the trip, we traveled through Maypearl, Cleburne, Glen Rose, Hico, and Stephenville. We stopped at Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose where we were able to view actual dinosaur tracks, which were left behind several million years ago.

We then went to the Billy the Kid museum in Hico, before stopping for the night in Stephenville. I was amazed to learn that Erath County, in which Stephenville is located, is home to more dairy farms than anywhere else in the United States. The second day of the trip took us through Cottonwood, Abilene and Tuscola. We then rode into Buffalo Gap, TX and stopped at a steakhouse that TEXAS MONTHLY magazine included in their “Bucket List” that all Texans must do before kicking the bucket. Now I knew that it was Mother’s Day when we stopped and that we did not have reservations, but I swear I saw empty tables when I inquired about getting one. I honestly feel that we were discriminated against due to our being dressed in leather vests and jeans, although other patrons were wearing jeans as well. I just don’t think they wanted bikers in their restaurant.

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Mother Nature’s Vengeance—Continued

By: Oso

Anyway, we left and that is when the rain started. We escaped the rain and ran from it through Sweetwater, stopped in Snyder to take a picture of the White Buffalo statue, and then headed to Post for the night. Post, Texas was named after cereal magnate C.W. Post. You know you have money when you can build your own town, and do it in the middle of nothing and it still becomes a successful venture.

The next morning we woke up to severe gale wind warnings……..wind……….I’m not afraid of any stinking wind. It was a little breezy when we left, riding through New Home, Lubbock, Idalou, and New Deal. We then continued north into Plainview and that is when all hell of wind storms hit. This was the same day that tornado’s tore up Oklahoma City. With us being on the dry wall side of the storm, the winds began to pick up dust from the recently plowed crops, which in turn created a wall of dust that could be seen approaching us. With nowhere to hide, all we could do was lean into the wind and take the sand blast that was occurring on our skin. At times, we were leaned over to the left as far as possible and the wind would still move my bike over two lanes and onto the shoulder. I just knew that the left side of my bike would be void of paint when we stopped.

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Mother Nature’s Vengeance—Continued

By: Oso

We continued through Springlake, Hart, Rock Creek, Tulia, Happy, and into Canyon. Needless to say, we found a hot shower for ourselves and a car wash for the bike. We later found that we had been riding through 50 and 60 MPH gust at various times throughout the day. The following day we rode into Palo Duro Canyon, which is the second largest canyon in the United States. If you ever have a chance to explore its’ majestic beauty, I would encourage you to do so.

We then rode into Amarillo where our first stop was the Harley Davidson dealership. I had then clean out the air cleaner and lubricate the cables. It was then off to Adrian, TX, which is the geographic center of Rt. 66

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Mother Nature’s Vengeance—Continued

By: Oso

We then returned to Amarillo for the night, stopping and the infamous Cadillac Graveyard before stopping for dinner at the Big Texan Steakhouse where I finally got the red meat I craved.

The following morning we left Amarillo in our rear view mirrors, and began our journey home, running from and into rain as we traveled through Claude, Clarendon, Turkey (home of Bob Wills), Estelline, Childress, Quanah, Medicine Mound, Chillicothe, Vernon, Burkburnett, and into Wichita Falls for the evening. The hotel attendant was kind enough to allow me to park my bike beneath the stairwells near the elevator and I am ever so grateful as it stormed like crazy that night. The next and final morning of our trip we headed south out of Wichita Falls to Archer City as I had always wanted to see the theatre there, which was the focal point of the movie, “The Last Picture Show.” The clouds were black and ominous as we approached, with winds picking up. We left Archer City, went through Windhorst and were heading to Jacksboro when all hell broke loose. We were halfway between both cities which are 34 miles apart when it started raining heavier than I have ever seen. Lightening then began to strike all around us. Believe me when I say that there was NOWHERE to pull over and to seek cover. No homes, businesses, no nothing. Hail then began to fall, which made me thankful for wearing a helmet. We continued to push through as I prayed the entire time. My fellow Catholics will understand the seriousness of this when I tell you what started out with my saying a Hail Mary, quickly moved into a Rosary, and ended with a start of a Novena. Finally arriving in Jacksboro, we sought refuge in a car wash and waited an hour or so until the storm passed. We were wet but dried out as best as we could and then rode back home without any further fan fare. All in All, it was probably one of the best vacations I ever had. Semper Fi,

Oso

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Iowa Members Report

By: Buca

The Iowa members of the association have been battling a very wet spring however the weather seems to be moving into summer and many are preparing for a trip to Sturgis in early August. We recently enjoyed a Sunday ride through the Iowa countryside where we made plans to get together monthly. The next meeting will be in Indianola in mid July. At this meeting we are going to discuss ways to get involved with Scott Tudor's, our newest member, Toys for Tots campaign involving his West Des Moines Middle School students.

Anyone considering a trip to Sturgis should contact the Iowa "fire team" to make some pit stop arrangements. We are a days ride from the Nations greatest motorcycle rally!

Semper Fi Buca

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