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Volume 31—Issue 7

July 2005

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Marines and Other Vets Cheered at Lawrence July 4th Parade

On July 4, 2005 at about 10:10 the Lawrence parade stepped off from Belzar School. We had good weather, about 80 degrees with a slight breeze. About a half dozen Marines rode the Marine Corps League Trailer. Thousands of spectators lined the parade route with many cheers and “Thank you’s” going out to Marines and other veterans. Doc Terpinas walked the entire route in WWII combat gear. A lot of candy was thrown to the kids along the way and eaten by the kids in the trailer. It was nice seeing all the people lining the curbs enjoy the patriotic parade. The highlight was at the end when we drove under the big flag held up by two fire trucks. All had a very good time.

U.S. Marine Corps Customs and Traditions Battle Color of the Marine Corps Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C., holds the official Battle Colors of the Marine Corps. A duplicate is maintained in the office of the Commandant of the Marine Corps in the Pentagon. The Battle Colors bear the same fifty streamers authorized for the Marine Corps as a whole. These streamers represent U.S. and foreign unit awards as well as those periods of service, expeditions, and campaigns in which the Marine Corps has participated from the American Revolution to today. During the Marine Corps' first 150 years, Marines in the field carried a variety of flags. It was not until 18 April 1925 that Marine Corps Order Number 4 designated gold and scarlet as the official colors of the U.S. Marine Corps. These colors, however, were not reflected in the official Marine Corps flag until 18 January 1939 when a new design incorporating the new colors was approved. This design was essentially that of today's Marine Corps standard, and was the result of a two-year study concerning the design of a standard Marine Corps flag, and the units to which such a flag should be issued. The fifty colored streamers which adorn the Battle Colors represent the history and accomplishments of the Marine Corps. The newest streamer to be added to the Battle Colors is the Kosovo Campaign Streamer, awarded for service in various Kosovo operations beginning in 1999.


Indiana Marine Unit Being Deployed to Iraq A Marine Reserve unit from Grissom Air Reserve Base is being deployed to Iraq for a second tour of duty. Det 1, Communications Company left Grissom on Tuesday for the first leg of its journey to Iraq. The unit consists of 95 Marines, 70 of whom will deploy to Iraq. The Marines will report first to Camp Lejeune, N.C., and then to Twenty Nine Palms, Calif., for additional training before heading for Iraq between Aug. 15 and Sept. 15. The unit is scheduled to return from active duty next May. This is the second time the unit has

been deployed to Iraq. The unit was activated in February 2003, and returned to Grissom the following June. “This deployment will be much different,” said Officer Willis. “Last time, we were pretty far back in the rear. We were responsible for beans, boots and bullets. We didn’t see a lot of combat.” This time, the unit will report to the front lines and will be responsible for much more than setting up communications, Willis said. “We’ll be doing convoys, patrols, check points — all on top of our communications mission,” he said.

Welcome Aboard HIB is pleased to welcome a new Marine to our Detachment. Marine Charles Van Treese is a WWII vet that fought with the Marine Night Fighters Air Combat Squadron.

“Flying Angels” (A letter from Iraq) May 24th started out like almost every other day for me since I have been in Iraq. Got up at 0400, took a cold shower, and then walked just over a mile to the squadron hangar to receive the day's flight brief. I grabbed my flight equipment, M16, and my emergency assault pack and proceeded to my helicopter. We pre-flighted the aircraft, started up, and taxied for take off assuming that today’s flight would be like yesterday’s which was similar to the day before. Moving people and supplies from one part of Iraq to the other. We call it "Ground Hog" day, after the movie staring Bill Murray. Every day seems to start the same here. However, today would not be like the others. Today was real. Our mission was to extract Army soldiers from the field. They had been conducting operations to quell insurgent activities in their area of operations. Our Operations department had briefed us that the soldiers had been out patrolling for over two weeks. I knew the soldiers would be tired, dirty, and a little ripe! I also knew the soldiers would be very appreciative on getting a helicopter ride back to their base

camp as they could get a well deserved hot meal and a shower. As a Marine, I like to give the Army a hard time. The Army seems to enjoy giving it right back at me. This is just good-natured professional rivalry. I was looking forward to making a few pointed remarks to my fellow warriors over the intercom and listening to their replies. However, I never got the chance. Our mission was changed while in route. Our extract was cancelled and instead we were to land at their base camp and pick up five “Angels”. An Angel is the brevity code we use to describe the deceased. Instead of picking up hungry and tired soldiers, we now were going to be flying out the same soldiers who were just recently sharing a laugh with their friends. The five Angels were carefully loaded on our aircraft one at a time. The Commanding Officer of the unit we were supporting helped load the Angels himself. He walked past the cockpit and reached out his hand as the senior pilot gave the Commanding Officer his hand in return. A quick squeeze of the hand between two strangers in dif-

ferent services over individuals we Marines never had the pleasure to meet. However, in that quick instant, the Army and the Marines Corps were one. Fellow warriors had died! The simple squeeze of the hand between the two Officers let the Army know we understood their sorrow. After the Angels were loaded, we completed our Take Off Checklist and began our departure from the camp. The unit stood at attention, over fifty rigid soldiers, saluting their fallen comrades as we exited the landing zone. I would be lying if I told you I did not shed a tear as I transitioned to forward flight. The Army was paying its last respects to their friends and brothers in arms. I was honored to have been a witness to this magnificent display of devotion. It is this dedication, commitment, and brotherhood, which make me proud to serve in our Armed Forces. Though the five Angels on our aircraft will never know it, they were sent off with dignity and honor. However, something tells me they do know! LtCol Jacques "Jackal" Naviaux II C.O. HMM-764, Al Asad, Iraq


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