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Volume 30—Issue 3


March 2004

SCUTTLEBUTT Serving: Marine Corps League * 1st Marine Division Assn. * Marine Corps Coordinating Council * MCROA * Montford Point Assn. * WM Assn. * Other USMC & Div Assn’s. Hiram I. Bearss’ Officer Nomination and Elections in March, April Hiram I Bearss will be taking nominations for officers at both the March 11th and April 8th members’ meetings. Officer elections will be held at the April 8th meeting after the second round of nominations are completed.

If you would like to serve as, nominate or vote for detachment officers it is critical that you attend these meetings. The swearing in ceremony will take place at the May 13th members’ meeting. Family and friends are invited to the swearing in ceremony where snacks and drinks will be provided.

Hiram I. Bearss Host Departments Quarterly Conference The Marines of Hiram I Bearss hosted the Department’s Spring Conference March 6th and 7th in Indianapolis. Approximately 40 Marine Leaguers and Auxiliary participated

in two days of meetings and fellowship. Six Leaguers from around the State were initiated into the Military Order of the Devil Dogs including Hiram I Bearss members Lloyd Louks, Jeff Milner and Tony Mungovan.

Department Commandant, Tom Swihart, presides over the Department’s Spring Conference hosted by Hiram I Bearss at the Holiday Inn in Beech Grove


Hiram I Bearss had more than a dozen members help out with the very successful department meeting

Meetings over, party time! Fred Axthelm Awards Record Number of Scouts On February 19th Fred Axthelm awarded 15 new Eagle Scouts the Marine Corps League’s Good Citizenship Award. This is believed to be the largest number of Good Citizenship Awards awarded to Scouts at a single event by a Hiram I. Bearss’ Marine. The ceremony took place in Indianapolis at the annual dinner for the Pioneer District, Crossroads of America Council, BSA. Four “Silver Beavers” were also awarded as well as other Boy Scout awards. A hand salute to these young men for a job well done as we look for the next bunch of Eagles to fly. Next Gun Show March 19th – 21st Five times a year we ask members to volunteer to work the Marine Corps League booth at the 1500 Gun & Knife Shows at the Indiana Fair Grounds. HIB sells raffle

tickets for a Ruger Red Label Shotgun at the gun show. For those who have never worked a gun show, it’s very easy. It will cost you $3.00 to park. When you enter the gun show pavilion simply tell the ticket taker you are working the Marine Corps League booth and you’ll get waived in for free (tickets are usually $8.00 a person). You find the Marine Corp booth, grab a hand full of raffle tickets and offer them to passer -bys. Tickets are $1.00 each or six for $5.00. This is our largest fundraiser of the year so if you can help please call Jesus Quintana at 317 4459509 to volunteer for a shift. We ask that you work at least four hours but any time you can give is appreciated.


Montford Point Convention set for July’04 The 39th annual Montford Point Marine Association will be held July 21-25, 2004 in Washington DC. Guests will be staying at the Crystal City Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, VA. Events will include a special tribute to Montford Point Marines and a commemorative book unveiling as well. For more information please go to

1ST Marine Division Association Convention set for August The 1st Marine Division Association Convention will be held August 9-15, 2004 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington DC. For more information please go to Marines Returning to Iraq The Marine Corps is answering the call to duty overseas as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom II. From March 2004 to March 2005, Marines and sailors will conduct Security and Stability Operations (SASO) in Western Iraq to help the Iraqi people establish an Iraq that is unified, stable and at peace with itself and its neighbors. “This is an important time in Marine Corps history,” said Commandant of the Marine

Corps, Gen. Mike Hagee. “We are successfully demonstrating our ability to execute missions in a wide variety of environments across the full spectrum of operations. We are working closely with coalition forces to fight our nation’s enemies in the Global War on Terrorism, and we will continue to answer the call until our mission is complete.” Approximately 25,000 Marines and Sailors will be deployed in about nine maneuver battalions with required combat support. The first rotation is expected to be from March to September of 2004. The second rotation is expected to be from September 2004 to March 2005. The Corps will send a division-sized Marine Air Ground Task Force to Iraq with the preponderance of units coming from the I Marine Expeditionary Force, headquartered at Camp Pendleton, Calif. The Marines will primarily relieve the Army’s 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment and 82nd Airborne Division. Although the preponderance of units will come from I Marine Expeditionary Force, based at Camp Pendleton, CA, Marines and sailors from across the globe will be participating. Approximately 5,000 Marines from II Marine Expeditionary Force, based at Camp Lejeune, N.C., will participate as will approximately 3,000 Marines from III Marine Expeditionary Force, based in Okinawa, Japan. The reserve component of the first 7-month rotation will include approximately 3,000 Marines and the second rotation will be approximately 3,500. Also, about two dozen journalists from U.S. newspapers and TV stations will be embedded with the units.



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