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“MAIL CALL” Gen. Larry Oppenheimer Detachment, Marine Corps League Overland Park, KS Commandant Patrick O’Malley, Commanding Volume 7 Issue 10, October 2008

Calendar Our next meeting is Wednesday, October 22nd, from 1900, at our usual meeting place at American Legion Post 370, 6521 Nieman Rd. in Shawnee. Several items, including a USMC sterling ring, will be raffled off after our meeting.

Support for our Troops At this time of rebuilding & continuing conflict in Afghanistan & Iraq, please remember in prayer: Those who gave their lives and our President, and our men and women serving in these nations, along with our Allies working alongside us in Afghanistan and the Gulf – for their safety and for their work with the local peoples in the renewal of their nations.

Sick and Distressed Please remember all our sick and distressed members or family in your prayers. Marine Don Ingram’s eyesight is failing fast. Cards may be sent to Don at 4651 Oak Grove Ct., Kansas City, KS 66106-3666, or he may be called at 913/831-0243. Marine Jim Scott is beset with kidney cancer. Jim will be flying to Cleveland on the 23rd of this month, for evaluation. If surgery is needed, this will be in November. Cards may be sent to Jim at 14717 West 90th Terrace, Lenexa, KS 66215, and he may be called at 913/ 894-1421. Marine Hunt is at The Manor of Grace Gardens, Room 222, 5201 West 143rd St., Leawood, KS. 66224. Bob is doing very well, and cards may be sent to him here, or you may call the office at 913/685-4800, and ask to be transferred. Please feel free to visit Bob.

Marine Nancy Pendleton Spoor will greatly appreciate calls (913/381-1833) and cards sent to her at 7628 Conser, Overland Park, KS 66204. She now has someone who lives there and who can assist her with her shopping, etc. Nancy is doing much better. Barbara Hinrichs, wife of Marine Rick Hinrichs, is doing better. Cards may be sent to her at 7926 Glenwood, Overland Park, KS 66204-3831. Marine Earl Alderson is getting around on a wheelchair and a walker at the Shawnee Gardens Nursing home, 6416 Long, Shawnee, KS 66216. Earl’s in room 118-A. Please send cards. Earl is doing OK. Mrs. Dolly Anderson and her children express their profound gratitude for the assistance which members of our Unit gave during the recent services for her husband, Marine Emil Anderson, at the Ft. Leavenworth National Cemetery. Please convey info. on sick and distressed to Chaplain Reyes at 913/432-3688.

Marines in Need Any member who is aware of someone 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, and his address is 12412 Flint, Overland Park, KS 66213-2120. There were no Marines in need this past month.

Fallen Marine Program There were 2 Fallen Marine ceremonies since our September meeting, these being for Marines Emil Anderson and Paul Yeoman.

Fund Raising Activities We expect to have done quite well, as a result of our work at the Kansas Speedway on September 26th, 27th & 28th. Marine O’Connor is very grateful to all who contributed; Jim will have a report at our Wednesday meeting of the 22nd.

Marine Corps Scholarship Golf Tournament We are gearing up for our 2009 Tournament, which will again be held at St. Andrew’s in Overland Park. A motion was made, seconded and approved at our Sept. meeting, to donate $1000 to the MCSF. This will be counted toward the net proceeds for this year.

Marine Corps Birthday Ball Our Unit’s celebration of our Marine Corps’ Birthday will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 5th at our meeting place. The cost will be $20/person. There will be a choice of grilled steak (6-7 oz.) with balsamic rosemary butter or chicken stuffed with spinach and ricotta, for the main menu item. Let Marine Byrnes know by our October 22nd meeting (816/590-3249 or to if you’ll attend our Birthday Ball and how many of you will be coming. Frank Ise, Captain of Staff Services of the Lenexa Police Department, will be our guest speaker. As of now, 37 members, family, and friends have indicated that they’ll take part.

Toys for Tots The 13th annual Toys for Tots “Great American Football Challenge” is scheduled for 1200 on Saturday, November 8th, at the Blue Valley Sports Complex at 135th & Switzer in Overland Park. The game will pit the Marines from Richard’s Gebaur against a group of All-stars made Up of former Chiefs, M.U. and K.U. players from the area. There will be an autograph signing by former Chiefs and current Royals players from 1100 – 1200 at the complex. Admission to both events is a $10 donation or a new, unwrapped toy. From 8 – 10 volunteers are needed at 2 gates from 0730. Wear your cover. If you can volunteer, Marine Clinton has the additional details.

Good of the League A thank you note was received from Whitney Devine, one of our scholarship recipients this year. Marine Chris Miller was accepted as a new member of our Unit, at our September meeting. Chris served in the 3rd Marine Division. Welcome aboard, Marine Miller! The Lenexa Police Department will again be sponsoring a breakfast honoring Marines, at the Lenexa Community Center, 13420 Oak St. in Lenexa (just south of the railroad tracks, near 93rd & Pflumm), on Thursday, Nov. 6th, from 0700. Senator Pat Roberts is scheduled to be the guest speaker. The U.S. Troop Support Foundation (, P.O. Box 782, Blue Springs, MO 64103 (816/224-4729), will assist with sending items to units in the Middle East. Marines DeWeese, McGough and McKinnon went on the Honors Flight to Washington, D.C. on October 8th. They’ll present a report at our Oct. 22nd meeting. There will be a Veterans Day Ceremony at the Vietnam War Memorial in Antioch Park, on Monday, Nov. 10th, from 1000 – 1100. Members of our Unit will take part; wreath presenters need to be present from 0900.

Marine Lee Roberts is the new owner of the White Haven Motor Lodge, 8039 Metcalf Ave. The phone here is 913/649-8200. Four active-duty Marines work on the night shift from 1800 – 0500. Stop by and say hello to Lee next time you’re in the area. Overland Park Jeep, 8775 Metcalf Ave. (913/381-8100) is offering family members free phone time to speak with loved ones in the Middle East. The same dealer also offers discounts on new vehicle purchases for veterans. Discounts for veterans are also given at The Classic Golf Shop, 7230 West 79th St., Overland Park (913/383-9100). A display wall for memorabilia of our Unit has been set up downstairs at our American Legion meeting place. Please go to and for information about these inspiring initiatives to assist severely wounded Marines and other Armed Forces members during the time between their active duty and transition to civilian life. The second site requires registration. Another site of interest to Marines is, where over 800 Marines from Kansas are listed. This is another excellent recruiting tool. There are benefits for persons who served in the U.S. Military prior to January, 2002. These Social Security benefits are credited for the years of active duty through 2001. Up to $1200/yr. of earnings credit can be received. This is credited at the time when application is made; bring in your DD-214 to the Social Security office. You must ask for this benefit to receive it! See This benefit is not just for retirees. If any member wishes to consider being certified as a Veterans Service Officer, this certification can be done through the VFW, the VA and the VVA. Chaplain Reyes has completed 3 of these courses to date. Let us each strive to recruit a new MCL member by the November meeting. Commandant O’Malley has set a goal to increase our membership by 15% during our new calendar year. Marine Clinton will create a new roster each month. To look up fellow Marines from across the nation, go to If you don’t have a computer, any of the area libraries can provide you with the opportunity to use the internet at these facilities. Thanks to Marine Hinrichs for the information on the above web site.

Other items To have items sewn on to your covers and shirts, contact Marsha Davey at 913/268-1017 (10409 West 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).

Marine Hinrichs is soliciting ideas to enhance our website – – Submit These to Rick at, ph. 913/648-1029.

Websites & Email The website of the Marine Corps League on the National level is and our Detachment’s website is Anyone receiving a paper newsletter, but has email, please email our Adjutant at with the subject of “email newsletter”. Thanks. This newsletter was printed by Marines Clinton & Marsolek

MAIL CALL October 2008  

Calendar Support for our Troops Marine Hunt is at The Manor of Grace Gardens, Room 222, 5201 West 143 rd St., Leawood, KS. 66224. Bob is doi...

MAIL CALL October 2008  

Calendar Support for our Troops Marine Hunt is at The Manor of Grace Gardens, Room 222, 5201 West 143 rd St., Leawood, KS. 66224. Bob is doi...