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Marine Corps League - Gen. Larry Oppenheimer Detachment #1025

Mail Call Marine Corps League Mission Statement: March 2012 Vol. 03 Editor Joe Hughes

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

Officers:

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 It is March, and the weather is warming up. We are starting to work in our yards out in the beautiful weather. Let’s hope for nice weather in May for our first parades of the year.

Thank you to Steve Thomas, Frank McGough, and Joe Padilla for participating in the color guard on March 9th for the 67th Iwo Jima Memorial Ceremony at the Leavenworth National Cemetery.

This month’s meeting will be the first at our new location: the Lenexa VFW at 9550 Pflumm Road in Lenexa. It is located just south of 95th Street on Pflumm right next to the fire department). We are still meeting on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 1900 (7:00 p.m.). The only thing that has changed is the place.

Four Iwo Jima survivors were honored, including two of our own, Ed Boswell and Jerry Ingram.

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:

Kevin Elmer  colorsgt09@lvnworth.com

We will be voting on our detachment bylaws changes at this meeting. Please be sure to attend and make your voice heard. Nominations for officers for the 2012 year will be made at this March 28th meeting. Elections will be at the April meeting. Again, be sure to attend and vote.

Effective April 1st, we will be changing uniforms to the short sleeved shirt (vice the long sleeved shirt with tie). Let’s all make an effort to increase our participation in MCL activities, as our circumstances allow. Thanks! Semper Fi , Marcia Sands Commandant

 

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MARCH 2012 MEETING NEW HOME for Gen. Larry Oppenheimer Detachment #1025

4th Wed. of the Month VFW Post 7397 9550 Pflumm in Lenexa, KS 66215

Website: http://www.vfw7397.org/

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This Month in Marine Corps History 2 March 1968: Vietnam, Battle for Hue declared finished. Allied estimates of North Vietnamese army and Viet Cong casualties ranged from 2,500 to 5,000 while Marines had 142 dead and 1,100 wounded. 2 March 1867: Jacob Zeilin, Colonel Commandant of the Marine Corps from 30 June 1864, was this date promoted to the rank of Brigadier General Commandant, the first time Congress authorized this rank for the Marine Corps. The statute, however, was repealed in June 1874 so that the rank of Commandant would again revert to colonel upon Zeilin's retirement. 2 March 1965: Marines landed at red Beach, Da Nang, Vietnam. 25 March 1804: The secretary of the Navy approved the first formal uniform of the Marine Corps. 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. 11 March 1778: Marines participated the action when the Continental Navy frigate Boston, enroute to France, sighted, engaged, and captured the British merchant ship Martha. As the drum of the Boston beat to arms, John Adams seized a musket and joined the Marines on deck until the frigate's captain, Samuel Tucker, sent him below for safety. 13 March 1943: The first group of 71 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. 17 March 1967: The first woman Marine to report to Vietnam for duty, Master Sergeant Barbara J. Dulinsky, began her 18hour flight to Bien Hoa, 30 miles north of Saigon. MSgt Dulinsky and the other officer and enlisted Women Marines that followed were assigned to the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV) based in Saigon. Most worked with the Marine Corps Personnel Section providing administrative support to Marines assigned as far north as the DMZ, but two Lieutenant Colonels, Ruth Reinholz and Ruth O'Holleran, served as historians with the Military History Branch, Secretary Joint Staff, MACV. 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. Army pilots, Seabees and Marines of the 5th Pioneer Battalion and 28th Marines fought 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 1948: Key West Agreement gives USMC primary amphibious warfare role. 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, at 8th and I streets, because it lay near the Navy Yard and was within easy marching distance of the Capitol.

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WOMEN MARINE MILESTONES 1918 - Pvt. Opha Mae Johnson becomes the first woman to enlist in the Marine Corps Reserve 1943 - Colonel Ruth Cheney Streeter, first Director of Women Marine Reservists 1943 - Captain Anne Lentz, first commissioned officer 1943 - Private Lucille McClarren, first enlisted woman 1945 - first detachment of women Marines arrives in Hawaii for duty 1948 - Colonel. Katherine A. Towle, first Director of Women Marines 1953 - Staff Sergeant Barbara Olive Barnwell. First female Marine to be awarded the Navy and Marine Corps medal for heroism. 1960 - First woman Marine is promoted to E-9 — Master Gunnery Sergeant Geraldine M. Moran 1961 - The first woman Marine is promoted to Sergeant Major (E-9) — Bertha Peters Billeb 1965 - The Marine Corps assigns the first woman to attache duty. Later, she is the first woman Marine to serve under hostile fire. 1965 - Rose Franco, the first Hispanic woman promoted to Chief Warrant Officer. 1967 - Master Sergeant Barbara Jean Dulinsky, first woman Marine to serve in a combat zone in Vietnam. 1968 - Lieutenant Colonel Jenny Wren was the first woman Marine to attend Command and Staff College 1970 - 1stLt Patricia Murphy was named the first woman Marine certified military judge. 1986 - Rhonda LeBrescu Amtower was the first enlisted woman Marine to attend and graduate the Defense Language Institute where she studied Mandarin Chinese. After being commissioned she was the first and the only female attaché at the U. S.Hong Kong consulate from 86-88 1992 - Gunnery Sergeant Melody Naatz became the first female to don the flat brimmed "Smokey Bear" as a Drill Instructor 1995 - Gilda Jackson was the first African American female Marine Colonel and the first woman to command the Naval Aviation Depot, Cherry Point, NC 1997 - 1st group of women Marines complete male/female integrated Marine Combat Training Course at Camp Geiger, NC, with LCpl Melissa Ohm as honor graduate. 1997 - Gunnery Sgt. Patricia Crimmins became the first female Marine to earn the drum major military occupational specialty. 1999 - Sgt. Kelly L. Anderson is the first female to successfully complete Designated Marksman School at Fleet Combat Training Center Dam Neck, Virginia. 2001- Capt Vernice Armour becomes the first African American Pilot 2002 - Sergeant Jeannette L. Winters, the first U.S. servicewoman to die in the war on terrorism. 2003 - Capt Vernice Armour becomes the first African American female combat pilot with combat missions in Iraq. 2005 - Cpl. Ramona M. Valdez and Lance Cpl. Holly A. Charette first women Marines killed in Iraq. 2006 - Major Megan McClung becomes the first female Marine Officer to be killed in Iraq in Operation Iraqi Freedom. 2009 - All-Female Marine Team Conducts First Mission in Southern Afghanistan Today --Women serve in 93 percent of all occupational fields and 62 percent of all billets. Women constitute 6.2 percent of the Corps end strength and are an integral part of the Marine Corps.

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67th Iwo Jima Memorial Ceremony at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

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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 David Yurkovich)

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

“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."

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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: Marcia Sands Steve Thomas Jim Welchert

Community Service – One of our own Volunteer of the Year 2011: Joe Padilla Joe Padilla has been selected as the 2011 Volunteer of the Year by the WPNA Board of Directors. A long-timed resident of the West Plaza, Joe has volunteered at neighborhood activities for many years. The text of the award tells the story: Whereas Joe Padilla has been a member in good standing of the West Plaza Neighborhood Association for longer than anyone can remember, and Whereas Joe Padilla is always first in line to volunteer when help in needed, and Whereas Joe Padilla is always the first to show up—before the crack of dawn—for the Neighborhood Cleanup, and Whereas Joe Padilla then works harder and longer than any other volunteer half his age, and Whereas Joe Padilla generously provides piñatas for the children at the annual Neighborhood Picnics, and Whereas Joe Padilla exemplifies all the positive attributes one could hope to have in a Neighborhood,

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SWEATSHIRTS AVAILABLE @ JANUARY MEETING Small – X-Large $22.00 XX-Large and up $24.00

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

50/50 Drawing – MARCH MCL Meeting

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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 April 11, 2012 – MCL Officers Meeting @ 07:00PM @ VFW Lenexa April 11, 2012 – MCL Meeting @ 07:00PM @ VFW Lenexa April 19 – 22, 2012 - Shawnee Hills independent living center, WWII Marine being recognized @ 10:00AM – 11:30AM April 19 – 22, 2012 - MCL Midwest Division Spring Conference – Wichita, KS May 12 – Marine Corps Scholarship Hawaii Trip Drawing - TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR SALE NOW

Special Event, Special Honor: March 24, 2012 @ VFW in Lenexa James Holland will be presented the French “Knight of the Legion of Honor” for valorous action durning World War II. This outstanding distinction is the highest honor that France can bestow upon those who have achieved remarkable deeds for France. Let’s show our support via a large MCL attendance. Wear your uniform / at least your cover.

MCL Seasonal Uniform Change Marine Corps League members are considered to be “in uniform” when wearing the red Marine Corps League cover. Effective April 1st, we will be changing uniforms to the short sleeved shirt (vice the long sleeved shirt with tie).

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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:

Billy Goodson

Fallen Marines:

David Yurkovich

Fundraising:

John Winter / Jim O’Connor

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:

Marcia Sands / Steve Thomas / Jim Welchert

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 Tots Sponsor”

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Nominations for officers for the 2012 year will be made at this March 28 th meeting. Elections will be at the April meeting. Again, be sure...

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