Page 1

Volume 31—Issue 3

March 2005


Serving: Marine Corps League * 1st Marine Division Assoc * Marine Corps Coordinating Council * MCROA * Montford Point Assoc * WM Assoc * Other USMC & Division Assoc’s

HIB Officer Nominations Being Held March 14th HIB Officer Nominations will beheld at the Members Meeting on March 14th. Elections will be at the Members Meeting on April 14th. If you want

to run for office or have a say in the detachment’s leadership, it is very important that you participate in these two meetings.

Great Team Work Gets Job Done Great Teamwork is how I [Commandant Eaglin] describe the Detachment’s efforts on Friday thru Sunday February 4th thru the 6th. The Detachment volunteered to man the Coffee Mess at the Hesslar Naval Armory to provide the Reserves coffee, soft drinks, and snacks during this last drill weekend. We also found out that the Navy Reserves would be there too. To get us started off, Diana Ward made cookies and fudge, Julie (Eaglin) Head made cookies, Commandant Russ Eaglin made cookies, and Fred Axthelm’s Granddaughter made cupcakes. The Commandant picked up the remaining supplies for the coffee mess at various discount business.

Friday evening the Coffee Mess was manned by Jr. Vice Commandant Tom Terpanis, Paymaster Lloyd Louks and Commandant Eaglin. On Saturday our team was Fred Axthelm, Sergeant At Arms Jeff Milner, Paymaster Louks and Commandant Eaglin. During the day on Saturday Lt.Col. Haislip suggested that biscuits and gravy, orange juice and milk be provided to the Reserves on Sunday morning in lieu of the MREs that they had been eating. So beginning at 0500 Sunday morning, Lt. Col. Haislip made sausage gravy, Commandant Eaglin made biscuits, Leslie and Top Lund set up the serving line. Then at 0600 chow was served.

This Month in Marine Corps History 8 March 1965: The 9th Marine Expeditionary Brigade landed at DaNang, Republic of Vietnam as the first U.S. ground combat troops to be committed to that conflict. The 3,500 men arrived both across the beach with Battalion Landing Team 3/9, and at DaNang Airfield with Battalion Landing Team 1/3. 13 March 1943: The first group of71 Women Marine officer candidates arrived at the U.S. Midshipmen School (Women's Reserve) at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. The Navy's willingness to share training facilities enabled the Marine Corps to begin training Marine Corps Women's Reserve officers just one month after the creation of the MCWR was announced. 25 March 1945: After 35 days of bitter fighting, the amphibious assault on the rocky fortress of Iwo Jima finally appeared over. On the night of 25 March, however, a 300-man Japanese force launched a vicious final counterattack in the vicinity of Airfield Number 2. The fanatical Japanese force till morning but suffered heavy casualties --more than l00 killed and another 200 American wounded. Nearly all of the Japanese force was killed in the battle. 27 March 1953: The 5th Marines, supported by the 2d Battalion, 7th Marines, in the first full day of fighting after the Chinese assault the previous evening of Outpost Vegas on Korea's western front, counterattacked to regain enemy-held positions. Companies E and F of 2/7 , down to only three platoons between them, managed to regain partial control of Outpost Vegas that day. 31 March 1801: On this date, LtCol Commandant William W. Burrows rode with president Thomas Jefferson to look for "a proper place to fix the Marine Barracks on." President Jefferson was a personal friend of the Commandant, and deeply interested in the welfare of the Corps and accompanied Burrows on horseback on the morning of 31 March. They chose a square in Southeast Washington, bounded by 8th and 9th streets, and a & I streets, because it lay near the Navy Yard and was within easy marching distance of the Capitol.

HIB Now Taking Personal Property Donations The Hiram I. Bearss Detachment is now accepting personal property donations, the same kind one would make to the Goodwill or other such charities. HIB will accept, store and then sell the goods through an auction or eBay consignment service. If you have books, DVD;s, CD’s, small appliances, good quality clothing, toys, tools, furniture, etc., and would like to donate it to HIB, please bring it by the Veterans Center during a member or staff meeting. If special times need to be arranged, please contact any of HIB’s Officers to make the arrangements. All Donations to HIB are tax deductible.

Indy Marines Back Home! With short notice of their arrival, 18 Marines and 1 Corpsman returned HOME to Indianapolis March 4th at 1000. Bear hugs, tears, and cheering were a plenty. For these families and friends the joy of having their Marine back home made for a GREAT Day! We will continue our prayers and Marine Family Support for those in our unit that are still deployed and for those preparing to go. Our job is not finished until they are all home. WELCOME HOME MARINES!! JOB WELL DONE! Ooorah! Semper Fidelis, Russ Eaglin

HIB Looking for old Leathernecks Not sure what to do with all your old Leatherneck Magazines? Donate them to the HIB Detachment. HIB plans to give the magazines away to former Marines, FMF Corpsmen

The members and officers of HIB extend their deepest sympathies to HIB Chaplain’s Jesus Quintana Jr. in the passing of his father, Jesus Quintana Sr. May he enter into the rest of our Supreme Commandant.

Marine Axthelm Invited to Scouts Annual Dinner HIB Historian Fred Axthelm was invited to the Crossroads of America Pioneer District Annual Dinner, on February 18th, where he awarded nine Marine Corps League Good Citizenship Certificates to new Eagle Scouts. Fred was also present at Court of Honors on January 29th and February 20th where additional MCL Good Citizenship Certificates were awarded to new Eagle Scouts. Fred and the Scouts earn a well-deserved

Sign Up for March Gun Show The Indy 1500 Gun & Knife Show will be held March 18th through the 20th. If you can give two hours or more of your time please call Jesus Quintana at 317 445-9509 to sign up for a shift. Gun show hours are Friday 1400—2000; Saturday 0800—1800; Sunday 0900—1500. The drawing for the Ruger Red Label Shotgun is Sunday at 1500. This is HIB’s biggest fundraiser so we look forward to another excellent volunteer turnout.

and their families at our five annual Gun Shows as a recruiting tool. The V.A. Hospital is another option. Please provide us with your old Leathernecks so we can put them to use.

ERA Campbell Group Realty 11693 Fall Creek Rd, Ste I Indianapolis, IN 46256 Office (317) 576-0700 Cell (317) 385-2551

Tony Mungovan REALTOR


Marine Corps League Contact Information: Commandant Russ Eaglin 317 201-7066. Judge Advocate Don Myers 317 786-4649. Paymaster Lloyd Louks 317 885-7938. Chaplain Jesus Quintana 317 445-9509.

Membership Dues

For more information...

Article Submissions

Annual- $30.00 Life (one time dues): 18—35 $325 36—40 $300 41—50 $275 51—60 $200 61+ $100

1st Marine Division Assoc: Steve Risch 317 255-2678 Montford Point Association: Johnny Washington 317 5492849

To submit articles or notices for publication please email Tony Mungovan at or call 317 823-9423 no later than the first Friday of each month.

April 2005 Sun










HIB Officer elections being held at this meeting






MCL Central MCL Central Division Division Meeting @ Meeting @ Holiday Inn Holiday Inn Airport Airport 0700-2200 0700-1900







22 29

23 30

MCL Central Division Meeting 0700-1100



Members Meeting 1900 Veterans Center

17 24

18 25

19 26

20 27

21 28

USMC Coordinating Counsel Meeting 1730 Naval Armory

Staff Meeting 1900 Veterans Center


Affix Address Label


RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED Hiram I. Bearss Detachment 9450 E 59th Street Indianapolis, IN 46216-1057

Nonprofit Org U.S. Postage PAID Indianapolis, IN Permit No. 8243

MARINE CORPS LEAGUE Please support our sponsors

Sgt Smith’s Army-Navy Store, Inc

Broad Ripple Appliance Sales & Service Prompt * Professional * Affordable William J. Krier 6515 College Ave, Indianapolis, IN (317) 259-8077 Oct’05

Hours: Monday—Friday 10-6, Sat 10-5 D.L. Smith 2603 E State Road 44 Shelbyville, IN 46176 (317) 392– CAMO (2266) (877) USMC-VET (876-2838) Toll

Brooke’s Army-Navy Surplus Store, Inc

Ameriquest Mortgage Co.

Hours: Monday—Friday 9-6, Sat 10-5 Buzz T. Smith 5402 N. College Ave Indianapolis, IN 46220 (317) 255-TENT (8368)


450 E 96th Street Indianapolis, IN 46240 (317) 331-7581 Contact Matt Forgery about Debt Consolidation, Lower Payments, Cash Outs

Printed by: Hobby Copy Inc, 4239 S. Madison Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46227 (317) 781-9701