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Volume 33—Issue 7

September 2007

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Central Indiana Marine Family News * Marine Corps League * 1st Marine Division Assoc * * Marine Corps Coordinating Council * MCROA * WM Assoc * * Montford Point Assoc * Central Indiana Young Marines * * Other USMC & Division Associations *

From the Helm A message from Commandant Bud Albright Hiram I. Bearss Det. #089 Recent Events: I attended the 84th national Marine Corps League Convention in Albuquerque, NM. 15 amendments were presented for changes to our bylaws. 13 were passed, 1 was tabled, and 1 was voted down. Most of the changes were administrative in nature. The only one I made note of was to change the Associate Member uniform cover emblem from the current MCL gold bar to a sunburst. This change produced quite a long discussion as some felt that the eagle globe and anchor that is on the sunburst emblem has not been earned by the wearer. This change was approved by a narrow margin, but there was talk about raising the topic again at the next convention. All of the national officers were re-elected to their current offices for the incoming year. Vice President Richard Cheney gave a speech at the convention, but I did not arrive in time to hear it. From what I’ve been told, it was a very good speech and not just a political “photo-op.” General Robert Magnus, Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, gave a very uplifting and motivating speech at the Banquet. The next convention is set for Orlando, FL from 10-16 August 2008. • The National Commandant of the Marine Corps League, John Ryan, had a heart attack on 15 August and received triple bypass surgery. He is recovering well. Announcements: • We decided at August staff meeting not to enter our concession trailer in the Riley Days Festival in Greenfield due to their strict rules concerning times that the trailer has to be manned, the mandatory $155 fee, and the unpredictability of Indiana weather in October. We will still participate in the parade. • We will also participate in the Fall Foliage Festival Parade in Martinsville and the Veterans Day Parade in Indianapolis. More to come on the Veterans Day event. • The book of the month is The Spirit of Semper Fidelis: Reflections From the Bottom of an Inside This Edition Old Canteen Cup by Major Rick From the Helm…………………………… 1 Spooner, USMC Upcoming Events……………………….. 1 Birthday Ball…….………………………. 2 Retired. Sep-Nov Calendar of Events..……….. 3 Semper Fidelis, Book Project Update…………..………. 4 Bud Albright Scuttlebutt Sponsors………………….. 5-8 317.546.7228

Upcoming Events Mark Your Calendars! Support Your Comrades and Your Community! 15 September: Korean War Vets Celebration & Cook-Out Join the celebration in honor of our Korean War Vets! OMSI (formerly known as the Oriental Missionary Society) is hosting this event in recognition of 100 years in Korea. All are welcome! 1100-1600 at 941 Fry Road, Indianapolis, IN.

6 October: Americana Riley Days Festival Parade Come and see over 100 units (including the Marine Corps League) participating in a patriotic parade. If you’d like to ride in the league’s float, arrive at the Greenfield High School parking lot located at 810 Broadway by 1000. The parade begins at 1100 in Downtown Greenfield, IN. www.rileyfestival.com/ index.html

13-14 October: Marine Corps League Fall Conference Hosted by the James P. Farber Detachment #1183 in Brownsburg, IN. On-site registration ($15) begins at 1200 on Saturday the 13th at the Holiday Inn Express on 31 Maplehurst Drive in Brownsburg, IN. Call 317.852.5353 to reserve a room at the Marine Corps rate ($67 + tax). Contact Mike Janovicz at mikej7@earthlink.net for more information.

14 October: Fall Foliage Festival Parade Get out and enjoy the autumn weather! The parade route starts at 2nd & Columbus Streets and ends at Columbus Street and Home Avenue. If you’d like to ride in the league’s float, please arrive by 1230. The parade steps off at 1330 in Martinsville, IN. fallfoliagefest.org/index.php

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2-4 November: Indy Gun and Knife Show Indy 1500 Gun & Knife Show. Guns, knives, military arms, sporting arms, door prizes, militaria, military surplus, and gunsmithing on premises, just to name a few attractions! The Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 East 38th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46205.

10 November: Marine Corps Birthday Ball Celebrate the 232nd Birthday of the United States Marine Corps!! See page 2 for more information. 1715 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Downtown Indianapolis. 1

Do you have an event that you want to share with Scuttlebutt readers? Email: mjacobs@indymarines.org


Inhofe Legislation Allows Veterans to Salute the Flag By Ryan Cassin, 07.26.2007

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today praised the passage by unanimous consent of his bill (S.1877) clarifying U.S. law to allow veterans and servicemen not in uniform to salute the flag. Current law (US Code Title 4, Chapter 1) states that veterans and servicemen not in uniform should place their hand over their heart without clarifying whether they can or should salute the flag.

Celebrate the 232nd Marine Corps Birthday The Indianapolis Ball Committee requests the honor of your presence at the 232nd United States Marine Corps Birthday Ball. This year’s ball will be held on November 10th at the Hyatt Regency Hotel located at One South Capital Avenue in downtown Indianapolis. Cocktails: 1715 Dinner: 1800 Ceremony: 1915 Tickets are $55 per person for a meal and ceremony and $15 per person for the ceremony only. The meal will be filet mignon and chicken breast duet. Please send your name, number of tickets required, phone number, email address, organization/person to sit with (if applicable), and a check made payable to Indianapolis Ball Committee to: Marine Corps Ball Committee c/o MSgt John Lund 3163 Bonham Drive Indianapolis, IN 46222 **RSVP by 26 October. Cash only after 22 October**

“The salute is a form of honor and respect, representing pride in one’s military service,” Senator Inhofe said. “Veterans and service members continue representing the military services even when not in uniform.” “Unfortunately, current U.S. law leaves confusion as to whether veterans and service members out of uniform can or should salute the flag. My legislation will clarify this regulation, allowing veterans and servicemen alike to salute the flag, whether they are in uniform or not.” Continued on page 4.

Recognition of participants in League events

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Getting members to donate their time to the League is always a challenge, so the Scuttlebutt would like to recognize those who attend and/or administer League events. Thank you!!

Hotel reservations may be made by calling the Hyatt Regency at 317-632-1234. The USMC Rate is $83 + tax. Frank Walker, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, will be the ball’s guest of honor. Mr. Walker was born and raised in North Salem, IN. He graduated from Seymour High School in 1942. He enlisted in the Marine Corps and graduated from Boot Camp in 1943. He was trained as a cook, attended Combat Intelligence School, and was assigned to the 5th Marine Division forming at Camp Tarawa, Hawaii. On February 19, 1945, PFC Walker landed on Iwo Jima with the second wave as a flame thrower operator. He was present on Mount Suribachi during both flag raisings. He was discharged from the Marines in 1946 and re-enlisted in 1950. He is married to the former Jackie Johnson and has two sons and two step-children. Over the last two years, Mr. Walker has been actively telling his story.

SUPPORT OUR TROOPS RALLY Bud Albright and Loren Minnix

Dustin Lee Stinson from Eagle Scout Troup 190 was presented with his Eagle rank on 26 August 2007. Troup 190 meets in Nashville, IN.

Marine Corps Coordinating Council Election Results June 27, 2007

Congratulations to the following Marines who were elected to positions on the Marine Corps Coordinating Council: Chairman: Vice Chairman: Secretary: Treasurer:

LtCol Charles Haislip Sgt Russ Eaglin Capt Melissa Jacobs Cpl Diane Ward

2 Dustin Stinson and Fred Axthelm


Family, Fun, Camaraderie, Service September 15 (Sat) 1100-1600………… Celebration of Korean War Vets (941 Fry Road, Greenwood, IN) 26 (Wed) 1730………………… Marine Corps Coordinating Council Meeting (Heslar Armory) 21 (Friday) 1800 …………… 1st MarDiv Dinner (Ponderosa on 5519 West 38th Street) 27 (Thurs) 1900……………… HIB-MCL Staff Meeting (Veteran’s Center)

October 6 (Sat) 1100……………………… Americana Riley Festival Parade (Greenfield, IN) 8 (Mon)……………………………… Columbus Day 11 (Thurs) 1900……………… HIB-MCL Membership Meeting (Veteran’s Center) 13-14 (Sat/Sun)……………… Marine Corps League Fall Conference (Brownsburg, IN) 14 (Sun) 1330…………………… Fall Foliage Festival Parade (Martinsville, IN) 19 (Fri) 1800…………………… 1st MarDiv Dinner (Ponderosa on 5519 West 38th Street) 25 (Thurs) 1900……………… HIB-MCL Staff Meeting (Veteran’s Center) 31 (Wed)…………………………… Halloween 31 (Wed) 1730………………… Marine Corps Coordinating Council Meeting (Heslar Armory)

November

2 (Fri) 1400-2000…………… Indy Gun & Knife Show (Indiana State Fairgrounds) 3 (Sat) 0800-1800………… Indy Gun & Knife Show (Indiana State Fairgrounds) 4 (Sun) 0900-1500………… Indy Gun & Knife Show (Indiana State Fairgrounds) 8 (Thurs) 1900………………… HIB-MCL Membership Meeting (Veteran’s Center) 10 (Sat) 1715…………………… Marine Corps Birthday Ball (Hyatt Regency Hotel, Downtown Indianapolis) 11 (Sun)……………………………… Veteran’s Day 16 (Fri)……………………………… 1st MarDiv Dinner (Ponderosa on 5519 West 38th Street) 22 (Thurs)………………………… Thanksgiving 28 (Wed) 1730………………… Marine Corps Coordinating Council Meeting (Heslar Armory)

Mark Your Calendars!

Can you believe that Christmas is only 3 months away?! The Marine Corps League will be hosting its annual Christmas dinner on Friday, December 7th at 1800 at the Sterrett Center located at 8950 Otis Avenue in Indianapolis, IN. More details to come on the menu, ticket price and evening events. We look forward to seeing you there!!

LET US KNOW WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND! LEAVE US A MESSAGE AT: 317-546-7228 HIB MCL OFFICER ROSTER Commandant Sr. Vice Commandant Jr. Vice Commandant Adjutant/Paymaster Past Commandant Chaplain Sergeant at Arms Judge Advocate

Bud Albright Tom Terpinas Fred Axthelm Philip Fowler Russ Eaglin Jesus Quintana, Jr. David Hansell Lloyd Louks

HIB MCL COMMITTEE ROSTER VAVS Representative VAVS Deputy Scuttlebutt Editor Christmas Banquet Boy Scout Eagle Awards 3 Parades Young Marines Liaison Budget and Finance

Jesus Quintana, Jr. Hazen Ward Melissa Jacobs Tony Mungovan Fred Axthelm Tony Mungovan Jim Wade Philip Fowler

Stars and Stripes Raffles Awards Historian Toys For Tots MCL Svc. Officer Young Marines Quartermaster

Jim Wade Vacant Don Myers Fred Axthelm Bud Albright Diane Wards Mac Magana Bill Schreiner


Extreme Sudoku Directions: Place a number into each box so that each row across, each column down, and each small 9-box square within the larger diagram contains every number from 1-9. The shaded diagonals must also contain the numbers 1-9. Answer on pg 5.

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Don Myers is as busy as ever collecting books and mailing them to wounded warrior barracks and hospitals across the United States. So far he has sent two boxes of books to each of the following locations: Great Lakes, Bethesda, San Diego, and Pendleton and Lejeune hospitals and Wounded Warrior Barracks. He recently received the following response from Cpl Kyle Layer at the Naval Hospital at Camp Pendleton:

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Wounded Warrior Book Project Update

SSgt Myers, I would like to thank you for your generosity. I am one of the Marine Liaisons here at the Naval hospital on Camp Pendleton. We deal with all the MEDEVACs coming back from Iraq and all the Marines in the hospital in general. We also work hand in hand with the Wounded Warrior Battalion. I am a wounded Marine myself, so I know all about the EVAC process and what the Marines are going through. I see both sides of the process daily. I must say that I am an avid reader, especially first person accounts of the Vietnam War and prior era wars. Your book (Your War My War) looks like it is going to be a good read! I would like to personally thank you and your fellow Marines for what they have done for this country and for my generation of Marines. Both the Wounded Warrior Battalion and Naval Hospital here at Camp Pendleton received your books. We will pass them on to Marines that are EVAC’d and also to those who are hospitalized. Thank you once again for your generosity and Semper Fi. —Cpl Layer

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Inhofe Legislation Allows Veterans to Salute the Flag By Ryan Cassin, 07.26.2007

“I look forward to seeing those who have served saluting proudly at baseball games, parades, and formal events. I believe this is an appropriate way to honor and recognize the 25 million veterans in the United States who have served in the military and remain as role models to others citizens. Those who are currently serving or have served in the military have earned this right, and their recognition will be an inspiration to others.”

If you would like to contribute to the Wounded Warrior book project, please send monetary contributions to: ALMAR Books, 5401 Yeager Lane, Indianapolis, IN 46237-2344. Please write “Book Project” on the memo line of your check. You may drop off new and gently used books at the MCL office at the Veteran’s Center.

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