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Mail Call! Gen. Larry Oppenheimer Detachment #1025 6521 Nieman Road, Shawnee, KS


Commandant Mike DeBauche

Editor John Sims Volume 9 Issue 8

August, 2010

Commandants message It is with great sorrow that we said goodbye to one of our original and most-valued members this month. J.O. Smith passed away recently and was given a hero's sendoff by twenty-eight members of our detachment, the Overland Park Police Department, as well as family and friends. Rest in peace Marine! You performed your duties well and have earned your eternal reward. You will not be forgotten. At our officer’s meeting this month, the subject of volunteerism was discussed. I am requesting each member to get involved in “something” during the year. Whether it be parades, fundraising, VAVS, or just bringing items for our raffles or Platoons Forward, let’s all make an attempt to contribute to the community, the league, or our fellow Marines. Marines are known for “getting the job done” and I applaud those who do respond to the needs of the detachment. Let’s ALL get involved! Please check out our fund-raising opportunities contained in the newsletters. The pens and wooden dog tags make excellent gifts, considering the holidays are right around the corner (they’re closer than you think). These items are being provided by members of our detachment who are donating their time to make them available to help the detachment. Hopefully the heat wave will break soon and cooler weather will prevail. Remember as fall approaches, OUR season heats up. The golf tournament is right around the corner; fall festivals and their associated parades; Veterans Day activities; and of course the culmination of our yearly activities: Toys for Tots. I’m proud to be part of this detachment and of each and every member. Semper Fi. Mike DeBauche Commandant

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Please convey info. on sick and distressed to Chaplain Reyes at 913/432-3688. Fortunately the only news I have to forward to everyone is that Marine George Walker is doing much better. Separately, keep in mind that your VA disability rating can be increased if your service connected condition has worsened. You may also file for secondary issues if they are a cause of your service connected condition. Contact a service officer, or I can assist too, if you wish. As always, I stand ready to be of any assistance that any of you may need. Semper Fi Gonzalo Reyes Chaplain - Gen Oppenheimer Detachment

New Century Young Marines August 21. 2010 Saturday Veterans Appreciation Day. Meet 9:30am 9510 W 67 th Street, Merriam, Ks Uniform will be announced (based on weather) August 25, 2010 Graduation Upcoming Events We are still working on a weekend encampment for when it cools off a bit. It is looking like September. Details to follow. Also working on another Bass Pro Fundraiser. If anyone has any ideas for a fund raiser, please bring them to staff attention!!! October 13, 2010 HAPPY BIRTHDAY YOUNG MARINES! This will be a potluck dinner/fun meeting. Parents to bring a covered dish. Details as date draws nearer. October 30, 2010-Saturday Neewollah Parade in Independence, Ks. Will report at 9am, full uniform.

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Fallen Marines

There is no finer compliment than being called a United States Marine. It represents the highest honor & tradition bound together with courage & sacrifice on behalf of all mankind. Our Fallen Marine Honor Guard had the distinct honor of performing at the services of these marine who have answered the call.

Fallen Marines Month of August 2010 : J.O. Smith August 1st Korean USMC Combat Veteran : Jesse McClane Longworth August 7th WWII USMC Combat Veteran :

January 2010 Robert Lynn Peterson Tom Dervin Bobby G. Carter Paul K. Smith February 2010 Karl Kenneth Mairs Donald L. Beashore John Archer March 2010 Daniel Weaver Jack Gibbs Jim Graham April 2010 Robert F. Brunsky James Mendenhall Vernon McQuerry

May 2010 Ralph Baker John H. Siebers June 2010 Chuck Taliano Larry Joe Cox July 2010 Earl Martin Sieggen Robert E. Orrick

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J.O. you will missed by all of your league brothers & sisters

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VAVS (VA Volunteer Service) COMMANDANT: Mike DeBauche SENIOR VICE: Marcia Sands JUNIOR VICE: John Byrnes J.A.G.: Rick Hinrichs PAY./ADJ.: Steve Yoakum CHAPLAIN: Gonzalo Reyes SGT. AT ARMS: David Yurkovich

Anyone interested in learning more about the VA volunteer service, please contact Mr. Art Peter at 816331-4622

Commandant DeBauche is always soliciting ideas to enhance our great website (he agrees there is always room for improvement!) Submit them to Mike at, ph. 913/484-5909. Websites & Email The website of the Marine Corps League on the National level is

Anyone receiving a paper newsletter, but has email, please email John Sims at with the subject of “email newsletter”. Thanks! A volunteer is still needed for the Community Activities position if you are interested, please contact Commandant Mike DeBauche @ 913-484-5909

Annual Overland Park Fall Festival Parade SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2010, at 10:00 a.m.

Hey everyone let's go march in a parade!!! Let's get as many of us out there as we can.

To have items sewn on to your covers and shirts, contact Marsha Davey at 913/268-1017 (10409 W 53rd St. in Shawnee); To have alterations done on your dress blues, contact Louise Bland at 913/831-4647 (10149 Edelweiss Circle in Merriam – near 75th & Switzer)

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Marines in Need Any member who is aware of a Marine or his family in need is asked to first submit a request in writing to Marine Pat O’Malley, of our Financial Assistance Review Committee, including a statement of the purpose, a cost estimate and the time period. Pat’s email is; his address is 12412 Flint, Overland Park, KS 66213-2120. There were no Marines in need this past month.

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Marine Corps Rules: 1. Be courteous to everyone, friendly to no one. 2. Decide to be aggressive enough, quickly enough. 3. Have a plan. 4. Have a back-up plan, because the first one probably won't work. 5. Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet even your friends‌ 6. Do not attend a gunfight with a handgun whose caliber does not start with a "4." 7. Anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice. Ammo is cheap. Life is expensive. 8. Move away from your attacker. Distance is your friend. (Lateral & diagonal preferred.) 9. Use cover or concealment as much as possible. 10. Flank your adversary when possible. Protect yours. 11. Always cheat; always win. The only unfair fight is the one you lose. 12. In ten years nobody will remember the details of caliber, stance, or tactics. They will only remember who lived. 13. If you are not shooting, you should be communicating your intention to shoot. US Air Force Rules: 1. Have a cocktail. 2. Adjust temperature on air-conditioner. 3. See what's on HBO. 4. Ask "what is a gunfight?" 5. Request more funding from Congress with a "killer" Power Point presentation. 6. Wine & dine 'key' Congressmen, invite DOD & defense industry executives. 7. Receive funding, set up new command and assemble assets. 8. Declare the assets "strategic" and never deploy them operationally. 9. Hurry to make 13:45 tee-time. 10. Make sure the base is as far as possible from the conflict but close enough to have tax exemption.

US Navy Rules: 1. Go to Sea. 2. Drink Coffee. 3. Deploy Marines Jokes provided by: StrategyPage's Military Jokes and Military Humor

War of 1812 Streamer

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Marine Corps History History of the Marine Corps Flag Very little information is available regarding the flags carried by early American Marines, although indications are that the Grand Union flag was carried ashore by the battalion led by Captain Samuel Nicholas on New Providence Island, 3 March 1776. It is quite possible that the Rattlesnake flag was also carried on this expedition. The standard carried by the Marines during the 1830s and 1840s consisted of a white field with gold fringe, and bore an elaborate design of an anchor and eagle in the center. Prior to the Mexican War, this flag bore the legend "To the Shores of Tripoli" across the top. Shortly after the war, the legend was revised to read: "From Tripoli to the Halls of the Montezumas." During the Mexican and Civil Wars, Marines in the field apparently carried a flag similar to the national flag, comprised of red and white stripes and a union. The union, however, contained an eagle perched on a shield of the United States and a half-wreath beneath the shield, with 29 stars encircling the entire design. Beginning in 1876, Marines carried the national colors (the Stars and Stripes) with "U.S. Marine Corps" embroidered in yellow on the middle red stripe. At the time of the Vera Cruz landing in 1914, a more distinctive standard was carried by Marines. The design consisted of a blue field with a laurel wreath encircling the Marine Corps emblem in the center. A scarlet ribbon above the emblem carried the words "U.S. Marine Corps," while another scarlet ribbon below the emblem carried the motto "Semper Fidelis." Orders were issued on 2 April 1921 which directed all national colors be manufactured without the yellow fringe and without the words "U.S. Marine Corps" embroidered on the red stripe. This was followed by an order dated 14 March 1922, retiring from use all national colors still in use with yellow fringe or wording on the flag. Following World War I, the Army practice of attaching silver bands carrying inscriptions enumerating specific decorations and battles was adopted. This practice was discontinued on 23 January 1961. Marine Corps Order No. 4 of 18 April 1925 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 standard until 18 January 1939, when a new design incorporating the new colors was approved. The design was essentially that of today's Marine Corps standard. For a brief time following World War I, the inscribing of battle honors directly on the colors of a unit was in practice, but realization that a multiplicity of honors and the limited space on the colors made the system impractical, and the procedure was discontinued. On 29 July 1936, a Marine Corps Board recommended that the Army system of attaching streamers to the staff of the organizational colors be adopted. Such a system was finally authorized by Marine Corps Order No. 157, dated 3 November 1939, and is currently in practice. The MCO P10520.3B - Marine Corps Flag Manual may be obtained online at the following: Please note that the official source for authentic and current digital publications issued by Headquarters Marine Corps staff agencies, major commands, and other DOD and Federal agencies that issue publications used by the Marine Corps is "Publications" on the Marine Corps homepage (MarineLINK) at United States Marine Corps History Division provided the information about our flag

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Outstanding Leaders of The Marine Corps GUNNERY SERGEANT JOHN BASILONE, USMC (DECEASED) World War II 1941-1945 Medal of Honor Recipient

Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone, of Raritan, New Jersey, was awarded the Medal of Honor in recognition of his outstanding heroism at Guadalcanal. Later, during the Iwo Jima campaign, he was killed in action on D-Day, 19 February 1945. At Guadalcanal, where he was serving with the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division, he used a machine gun and a pistol to kill 38 of the enemy from his emplacement and earn the nation's highest military decoration. At Iwo Jima, GySgt Basilone again distinguished himself, single-handedly destroying a Japanese blockhouse while braving smashing bombardment of enemy heavy caliber fire. For his exploit he was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross. While at Iwo Jima he was attached to the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 5th Marine Division. Son of an Italian-born father, he spent nearly six years in the U.S. Armed Forces, and was a sergeant at the time he was awarded the Medal of Honor. The citation accompanying his Medal of Honor was signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The story about the 38 Japanese bodies comes from PFC Nash W. Phillips, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, who was in the same unit with Sgt Basilone on Guadalcanal. "Basilone had a machine gun on the go for three days and nights without sleep, rest or food," PFC Phillips recounted. "He was in a good emplacement, and causing the Japs lots of trouble, not only firing his machine gun but also using his pistol." Gunnery Sergeant Basilone's buddies on Guadalcanal called him "Manila John" because he had served with the Army in the Philippines before enlisting in the Marine Corps. He was one of a family of ten children. Born in Buffalo, New York, on 4 November 1916, he went to St. Bernard Parochial School in Raritan and enlisted in the Army at the age of 18. After completing his three-year enlistment he came home and went to work as a truck driver in Reisterstown, Maryland. In July 1940 he enlisted in the Marine Corps in Baltimore, Maryland. Before going to the Solomon Islands he saw service at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in addition to training at the Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia; Parris Island, South Carolina; and New River (Later Camp Lejeune), North Carolina. Following World War II, GySgt Basilone's remains were reinterred in the Arlington National Cemetery, and in July 1949, the USS Basilone, a destroyer, was commissioned in his honor at the Boston Naval Shipyard.


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Have you ever wished that along with the memories, photo's and other items that you cherish of your Marine Corps career, you had a beautiful plaque of that special unit that you served in? Well, now you can! Marine Dennis Armstrong one of our detachment members is an expert at custom woodworking as you can see! He has graciously offered to make custom plaques (about 12" x 24") for any or all of our membership. Keeping in the Marine Corps brotherhood tradition, he is only going to charge our detachment for the actual materials, he is providing his talent at no charge! He can be reached at 913-244-7302.

Gold Plated 30-06 cartridge with the top Blood Wood copper plated bullet tip. Membership cost $25.00

Both pens have a solid brass 30-06 cartridge on the bottom and solid brass 30-08 top and a copper plated bullet tip. The pen with the rifle clip is $25.00 and the bottom one with the straight clip is $20.00.

These pens are hand crafted by Marine Charlie Morris. Charlie is a master wood craftsman who specializes in pens like these. If you would like to own one of these beautiful pens and who wouldn't! Please contact Charlie at 913-299-1412. He is donating his talent at no charge to our detachment!

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I encourages submissions of any announcements, pictures, stories, to the editor from detachment members. Deadline for all submissions by the 10th of every month. Email: or Call: John Sims @ 913.530.2535. Mail Address: 14004 west 72nd Terrace, Shawnee, KS 66216.

I am going to create a DETACHMENT PHOTO PAGE each month. This page will have photo's of you our members from when you were on active duty! If you would like to have some fun, please either email me your pictures or bring them to our monthly meeting. I think that it would be a real kick to see all of us as we were back in the day! REMEMBER


One final request, PLEASE BRING YOUR DUES TO THE MONTHLY MEETING WHEN THEY ARE DUE! Our next meeting is on Wednesday, August 25th, 2010, and will start at 1900 hours. Be aware there has been damage to the front of the American Legion building. Until

repairs are completed, please enter the building through the clubroom entrance, downstairs in the back of the building (which is really the front) It is a bit inconvenient, but Marines always adapt, improvise, and overcome. Don’t forget to bring items for Platoons Forward, and any raffle items you would like to donate. See everyone at the meeting.

Semper Fi, John Sims - Mail Call Editor

MAIL CALL August 2010  

Commandant Mike DeBauche Volume 9 Issue 8 August, 2010 6521 Nieman Road, Shawnee, KS www. Gen. Larry Oppenheimer Detachment #1025...

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