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Mail Call Marine Corps League Mission Statement: JUNE 2012 Vol. 6 Editor Joe Hughes

Meetings: 4th Wed. of the Month VFW Post 7397 9550 Pflumm in Lenexa, KS 66215 http://www.mclopks.org

Officers: Commandant:

Marcia Sands  masands1@aol.com Senior Vice:

Jim Denton  dentondelivery@aol.com Junior Vice: John Byrnes jj-byrnes@sbcglobal.net J.A.G.: Rick Hinrichs rhinrichs@kc.rr.com PAY./ADJ.: Bill Clinton bdclint@sbcglobal.net Chaplain: Joe Hughes jmhughes@everestkc.net SGT. at Arms:

Dave Wood 

Members of the Marine Corps League join together in camaraderie and fellowship for the purpose of preserving the traditions and promoting the interests of the United States Marine Corps, banding together those who are now serving in the United States Marine Corps and those who have been honorably discharged from that service that they may effectively promote the ideals of American freedom and democracy, voluntarily aiding and rendering assistance to all Marines and former Marines and to their widows and orphans; and to perpetuate the history of the United States Marine Corps and by fitting acts to observe the anniversaries of historical occasions of particular interest to Marines.

Detachment Commandant’s Message We had a good turnout for the Platoons Forward effort, and, thanks to those who spent time at various Walmart stores (Max DeWeese, Steve and Kay Thomas, Lee Reynolds, Joe and Donna Hughes, Gonzalo Reyes, Dave Wood), our detachment has 150 packed boxes ready to ship to Marine units. Now all we need are addresses. Our detachment has a fundraiser coming up on Friday, June 22nd. We are sponsoring a steak dinner at the Lenexa VFW. This was listed on the calendar in the VFW newsletter, but it may not be clear that the dinner is open to anyone. So please tell your friends and family about the dinner. Be sure to look for more info in this Mail Call. We need several people (Marines or spouses) to volunteer to donate dessert, so if you can help, please call me at (913) 341-4339.

dwood1903@gmail.com

at 1800 at the Lenexa VFW. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be provided. Please bring a side dish or dessert (more info inside this Mail Call). I want to say a special thanks to those of you who have been regulars at our Fallen Marine ceremonies, including: Brian Keith, Gonzalo Reyes, Bob McFadden, Frank McGough, Steve Thomas, and especially David Yurkovich. David did a wonderful job being in charge of the Fallen Marine ceremonies for this last year, and his good work is appreciated! Remember to keep recruiting new members for the Marine Corps League. New members add to our detachment with fresh ideas. Let’s be sure that our new members get a good welcome and continue to feel wanted as time passes. Everyone has something to contribute, both old and new members.

Thanks!

Be sure to check the calendar other upcoming events.

Our next meeting is our annual picnic on June 27th. It will be held

Semper Fi , Marcia Sands, Commandant


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Marine Corps NCO Sword The Marine non-commissioned officers' sword is a sword worn by noncommissioned officers (NCOs) of the United States Marine Corps. The NCO sword was adopted in 1859 and is patterned after the United States Army’s foot officers’ sword of 1850. NCO swords initially were equipped with heavy, wide blades similar in shape and weight to those typically used on standard Army M1850 foot officers’ swords. Unlike the Army officers’ blades, however, the blades on early Marine NCO swords were polished bright but not etched. The familiar etched designs on Marine NCO swords were authorized in 1875 regulations, and they have been a standard feature of Marine NCO swords ever since. The M1859 NCO sword continues service today as the Marine Corps drill and ceremonial sword. In the Marine Corps the sword's use is restricted by regulation to ceremonial occasions by an NCO or Staff NCO in command of troops under arms. History & development U.S. Marine officers and NCOs have carried swords since the American Revolutionary War. During the earliest years, the swords worn by Marine NCOs are believed to have been based on Army patterns, though not necessarily the exact swords used by Army NCOs. By approximately the mid-1820s, however, Marine NCOs began wearing distinctive short sabres with cast brass eaglehead hilts and curved blades. About this same time, in 1826, Marine Corps officers also began wearing a distinctive new sword of the Mameluke style, similar to those worn today. In 1859, a completely new sword pattern was introduced for Marine Corps officers, who were instructed to wear the same sword then worn by Army foot officers since 1850. In addition, in 1859 a similar sword was authorized for wear by Marine NCOs, so that the swords worn by Marine officers and NCOs appeared to share very nearly the same pattern and characteristics. The Marine NCO version, though similar to that worn by Marine officers, had several differences. Among the most noticeable, NCO swords had plain brass hilts and scabbard mounts, whereas officers’ hilts and scabbard mounts normally were gilt. In addition, the grips on NCO swords were wrapped withleather, whereas those for officers were usually covered with sharkskin. Finally, NCO scabbards had only two scabbard mounts, consisting of a top mount with frog stud and a scabbard tip, whereas officers’ scabbards bore three mounts, including upper and middle mounts fitted with carrying rings.[2] The sword worn by Marine NCOs since 1859 was also carried throughout the American Civil War. With only slight modifications since that time, it has maintained its distinctive and traditional appearance. Even though the

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Navy Officer Sword is older, 1852, it was discontinued until reauthorized during the (1900s) the M1859 Marine NCO sword is the oldest weapon in continued (unbroken) service still in U.S. inventory.

Variations Model 1859 Marine NCO swords initially were equipped with heavy, wide blades similar in shape and weight to those typically used on standard Army M1850 foot officers’ swords. Unlike the Army officers’ blades, however, the blades on early Marine NCO swords were polished bright but not etched. The familiar etched designs on Marine NCO swords were authorized in 1875 regulations, and they have been a standard feature of Marine NCO swords ever since. That same year, in 1875, Marine officers once again were permitted to wear their traditional Mameluke swords, which had been discontinued since 1859. At some point after 1875, Marine senior staff NCOs wore swords fitted with carrying rings, for attachment to sword belt slings, as opposed to traditional attachment by a stud in a sliding frog; this practice ceased during WWII and was not continued. The only subsequent change significantly affecting Marine NCO swords was in 1918, when uniform regulations specified that blade width be reduced to the narrow dimensions seen today.] The M1859 NCO sword continues service today as the Marine Corps drill and ceremonial sword. In the Marine Corps the sword's use is restricted by regulation to ceremonial occasions by an NCO or Staff NCO in command of troops under arms.

JKF’s Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 60's when DeGaulle decided to pull out of NATO. DeGaulle said he wanted all US military out of France as soon as possible. Rusk responded ,"Does that include those who are buried here?" DeGaulle did not respond. You could have heard a pin drop.

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This Month in Marine Corps History 2 June 1918: At dawn on this date, the crack German 28th Division attacked along the axis of the Paris-Metz road hitting the American 2d Division, including the 4th Marine Brigade. The Marines opened with deadly rifle fire and helped hand the German troops a setback which set the stage for Marine victory at Belleau Wood which would soon follow, although at great cost. 8 June 1995: A Marine tactical recovery team from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit stationed on board the USS Kearsarge rescued a downed U.S. pilot, Captain Scott O'Grady, USAF, from Bosnian-Serb territory in Bosnia. 10 June 1898: The First Marine Battalion, commanded by LtCol Robert W. Huntington, landed on the eastern side of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The next day, Lt Herbert L. Draper hoisted the American flag on a flag pole at Camp McCalla where it flew during the next eleven days. LtCol Huntington later sent the flag with an accompanying letter to Colonel Commandant Charles Heywood noting that "when bullets were flying, ...the sight of the flag upon the midnight sky has thrilled our hearts." 12 June 1961: President John F. Kennedy signed a Presidential Proclamation calling for the American flag to be flown at the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, "at all times during the day and night." Discussions between the Attorney General's office and Marine Corps officials earlier in 1961 on improving the visibility and appearance of the monument led to the proposal to fly the Flag continuously, which by law could only be done by Congressional legislation or by Presidential proclamation. 15 June 1944: Preceded by naval gunfire and carrier air strikes, the V Amphibious Corps assaulted the west coast of Saipan, Marianas Islands. By nightfall, the 2d and 4th Marine Divisions, moving against heavy opposition, had established a beachhead 10,000 yards wide and 1,500 yards deep. 20 June 1993: The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit returned to Mogadishu, Somalia, to stand ready to assist United Nations forces in maintaining peace in the war-torn country. Earlier that month, the 24th MEU had been ordered to cut short Exercise Eager Mace 93-2 in Kuwait to respond to possible contingency operations in Somalia. 25 June 1950: Shortly before dawn, eight divisions of the North Korean People's Army crossed the 38th Parallel and invaded the Republic of Korea. Within three days, the South Korean capital city of Seoul had been captured. On 30 June, President Harry S. Truman ordered a naval blockade of the Korean coast and authorized the sending of U.S. ground troops to Korea. Two days later, General Douglas MacArthur, the Commander in Chief Far East, formally requested that a Marine regimental combat team be deployed to the Far East. 25 June 1966: In Vietnam, Operation Jay began about 30 kilometers northwest of Hue, and lasted nine days. The 2d Battalion, 4th Marines landed north of the North Vietnamese 812th Main Force Battalion, and the 2d Battalion, 1st Marines landed south of the enemy's position. Caught in between the two Marine units, the enemy suffered over 80 dead in nine days of fighting. 26 June 1918: BGen James G. Harbord, the Commanding General of the 4th Marine Brigade, notified American Expeditionary Force Headquarters that Belleau Wood was "now U.S. Marine Corps entirely." After 20 days of combat, and at a cost of over 4,000 casualties, the 4th Brigade of Marines had proven its fighting heart. The grateful Commander of the French Sixth Army would soon decree that in all official correspondence, Belleau Wood would henceforth bear the name, "Bois de la Brigade de Marine." When in England, at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example of 'empire building' by George Bush? He answered by saying, "Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return."

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Sick & Distressed Please convey information on sick and distressed to Chaplain Joe Hughes at 913/ 894-2006 or email: jmhughes@everestkc.net

Fallen Marine

(Reported by Ken Fain)

January 06, 2012 - Richard Karl Davis January 20, 2012 - Maurice L. Gilchrist February 12, 2012 - Chancey V. Meeks February 27, 2012 - Dwayne L. Boice February 29, 2012 - Orson R. Rau March 01, 2012 - William T. Moore Jr. March 03, 2012 - William E. Studyvin April 25,2012 - Fred E. Miller (a member of our detachment) May 1, 2012 - Robert R. Friedman May 3, 2012 - James S. Pipe

“There's no such thing as a former Marine. You're a Marine, just in a different uniform and you're in a different phase of your life. But you'll always be a Marine because you went to Parris Island, San Diego, or the hills of Quantico. So there's no such thing as a former Marine."

May 6, 2012 - George Walker (a member of our detachment) June 6, 2012 - Paul R. Saylor

Veterans Affairs – KC VA Hospital Per Voluntary Services, the VA now needs women's hair products, disposable men's razors, and coffee along with the usual men's underwear & socks needs. Note, this is an ongoing need. PLEASE BRING SOME ITEMS TO OUR MCL MEETING. Thank you, Contact: Gonzalo Reyes

A U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference that included Admirals from the U.S., English, Canadian, Australian and French Navies. At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large group of officers that included personnel from most of those countries. Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks but a French admiral suddenly complained that, whereas Europeans learn many languages, Americans learn only English. He then asked, "Why is it that we always have to speak English in these conferences rather than speaking French?" Without hesitating, the American Admiral replied, "Maybe it's because the Brit's, Canadians, Aussie's and Americans arranged it so you wouldn't have to speak German."

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New Century Young Marines Notes Reminder, we will be having meetings every th Wednesday from 6-8:30 pm EXCEPT the 4 Wednesday of the month.

Unit: www.ncymks.com/ National: www.youngmarines.com MCL Contacts: Jim Welchert Steve Thomas Marcia Sands

VA Volunteer Services Help in Clinics, Escort Patients, Bingo & Activities, Shuttle Drivers, etc…. Volunteer Orientation: Every Wed 9a.m-11a.m. RM M1-271 816-922-2025 ext 135 Melissa.jacobson@med.va.gov Or: Mr. Art Peter at 816- 331-4622 (MCL Deputy VS at KC VA Med)

Detachment Calendar

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June 21, 2012 – Rawhide Bike Night, Olathe, KS – MCL Fundrasier 1630 (04:30) – 1100 (09:00) MCL volunteers needed: eMail or call Bill Clinton to volunteer June 22, 2012 – ‘Charlie’ Company 1/4 National Memorial Reunion Steak Dinner @ VFW 06:00PM – 08:00PM ($12.00 / person) OPEN TO THE PUBLIC & MCL Fundraiser Contact Bill Clinton if attending so we can get an estimated head count - (913) 484-3078 Please bring a dessert – contact Marcia Sands, email or (913) 206-2695 June 23, 2012 – ‘Charlie’ Company 1/4 There will be a memorial service at Johnson County Memorial Gardens (D.W. Newcomer, 111th & Metcalf) at 1100. It is in memory of LCpl Larrabee who was K.I.A. in Vietnam. A firing detail from 24th Marines will be doing it. Please turn out to show our support. June 27, 2012 – MCL Yearly Picnic @ VFW – 1800 (06:00PM) $5.00 /person, children under 12 free Need head count by June 20th – Contact Bill Clinton email or (913) 484-3078 Please bring a covered dish or dessert. July 11, 2012 – MCL Officers Meeting @ VFW – 1900 (07:00PM) July 25, 2012 – MCL Meeting @ VFW – 1900 (07:00PM)

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THE “PLATOONS FORWARD” INITIATIVE – Afghanistan VFW Post 7397 “Special Project”

Record setting 1,127 boxes filled & packed THANK YOU, Marine Corps League Vounteers: Max DeWeese Steve and Kay Thomas Lee Reynolds Dave Wood Gonzalo and Margarita Reyes Joe and Donna Hughes Page 7 of 10 Gen. Larry Oppenheimer Detachment #1025

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Standing Committees – Volunteers Needed Calling:

Rick Hinrichs

Ceremonial:

Marcia Sands (pro tem)

Community Affairs:

OPEN – volunteer needed

Donations:

Bill Clinton

Facilities:

Jim Denton

Fallen Marines:

Ken Fain

Fundraising:

John Winter

Historian:

Lee Reynolds

Marines In Need:

Bill Clinton

Mail Call:

Joe Hughes

Supply:

John Byrnes

Toy’s for Tot’s

Bill Clinton

Veteran’s Affairs (VA): Gonzalo Reyes Young Marines:

Jim Welchert / Steve Thomas / Marcia Sands

Youth:

Mike Swearingen

From the Desk of the Editor I encourage submissions of any announcements, pictures, stories, to the editor from detachment members. Deadline for all submissions by the 10th of every month. Remember, if you are involved in any community service work on behalf of our beloved Marine Corps, please send me a photo and some information for the Mail Call. Email: Joe Hughes – jmhughes@everestkc.net, Phone: 913-894-2006

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Bob Allen Ford 9239 Metcalf Ave. Overland Park, KS 66212 (913) 381-3000 “Toys for Tot’s Sponsor”

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Our detachment has a fundraiser coming up on Friday, June 22 nd . We are sponsoring a steak dinner at the Lenexa VFW. This was listed on the...

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