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“MAIL CALL” Gen. Larry Oppenheimer Detachment, Marine Corps League Overland Park, KS Commandant Mike DeBauche

Volume 8 Issue 10, October, 2009

Commandant’s Message Temperatures may be cooling off these days, but things are heating up for our detachment. We’re getting in the thick of things with holiday festivities coming up. But first I want to extend my gratitude for the huge turnout at the dedication of the L/CPL LaPlant monument at the Lenexa VFW. With possibly the exception of the hosting VFW, it appeared we were the best represented military unit in attendance. And, of course, we had another exceptional effort at the racetrack this year. We also served as the honor guard at the opening ceremonies for Biker’s for Babies. Great month, Marines! The next month will be extremely busy. We currently are scheduled for the Toys for Tots Battle of the Bands/Football game on Halloween day, the Johnson County Veterans Day ceremony, and distribution of Toys for Tots collection boxes. That’s a lot of work considering we won’t even have a meeting in November! Also, don’t forget to show your Marine pride in attending our detachment’s Marine Corps Birthday celebration on 4 November. Semper Fi and Happy Birthday, Marines and Corpsmen.

Calendar Our next meeting is Wednesday, October 28th, from 1900, at our usual meeting place: American Legion Post 327, 6521 Nieman Rd. in Shawnee.

Good of the League At our Sept. meeting, Marine John Sims (Oct. 67’ – Aug. 70’ and Vietnam) joined our unit. Welcome aboard, Marine! Mrs. Aurora Romero has donated her late husband’s uniform items, to be sold by our unit; Marine McGough has received $85 for a number of these items, which $$ he has donated to our unit. Our unit’s Marine Corps Birthday Ball will be held on Wed., Nov. 4th, from 1900, with cocktail hour from 1800. The cost is $20/person, and the dress is business casual. Our guest speaker will be Col. Patrick McCarthy, Commander of the Marine Corps Mobilization Command. Everyone who plans on attending will need to sign up by our Oct. meeting on the 28th. A Day of Honor for veterans will be held on Sat., Nov. 14th, at the Colonial Presbyterian Church on Wornall Rd. in Kansas City, MO. The times are 0830 – 1030. Another site of interest to Marines is www.patriotfiles.com, where over 800 Marines from Kansas is listed. This is another excellent recruiting tool. Also, check out youngmarines.com.

Sick and Distressed


Please remember all our sick and distressed members or family in your prayers. Joyce McGough is doing much better – eating and sleeping normally – and will be back home from the care home, on Monday, Oct. 26th. She uses a walker at times. Marine and Mrs. McGough are very grateful for the many cards which Joyce has received. Joyce can receive visitors at the Trinity Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Room 602, Merriam, KS 66203, prior to her release, however, please call first at 913/ 384-0800. 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. Don has been receiving treatment at a VA facility in Nebraska. Marine Desmond Murphy reports that his knee replacement is coming along very well. Oct. 20th was the first day that he has been able to go without pain pills. He’s in great spirits and looks forward to be with us on the 28th. Des appreciates calls at 913/403-9027. Marine Bob Callahan is at the Indian Creek Healthcare Center, Rm. 102 A, 6515 West 103rd St. in Overland Park, KS 66212. You may call 913/642-5545 and ask for his room. Bob will appreciate black jelly beans, orange slices and gum drops. 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 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. Please convey info. on sick and distressed to Chaplain Reyes at 913/432-3688.

Toys for Tots On Friday, Oct. 30th, volunteers are needed to assist in the collection of unwrapped, new toys from 0500 – 1000 at Main & Emmanuel Cleaver Blvd., just immediately east of the Country Club Plaza; $$ will also be collected. The official kick-off is on Sat., Oct. 31st, and will take place at the Blue Valley Sports Complex at 135th & Switzer in Overland Park. A Battle of the Bands will start from 0900, with the winning band receiving a traveling trophy; there will also be an award for the school which brings in the most new, unwrapped toys. The flag football game will start from 1200. The price of admission is a new, unwrapped toy, or $10 donation per person. Food will be sold at the event. Collection boxes will be available for pick-up at the event. Our unit will assist with toy collections at the Olathe and Overland Park Toys R’ Us stores on the weekends of Dec. 5-6, 12-13, and 19-20. Starting from Dec. 1st, the Toys R’ Us store in Overland Park will be a drop-off point. Other than Dec. 20th at the above stores, Thursday, Dec. 17th will be the absolute last day for picking up the collection boxes at the various businesses.

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 ksirish@yahoo.com; his address is 12412 Flint, Overland Park,


KS 66213-2120. There were no Marines in need this past month.

Fallen Marine Program Fallen Marine Certificates were presented to the families of Marines Robert W. Beck and William K. Morrison. A ceremony for Marine Morrison was held on Oct. 21st.

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation In spite of a rainy day, the 13th annual Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation Golf Tournament was a huge success, with approximately $92,000 netted, as of the most recent tally; 140 golfers took part.

New Century Young Marines The Young Marines will be in the Neewollah parade in Independence, KS on Oct. 31st, and they will be marching in the Veteran’s Parade in Ottawa on Nov. 7th. They’ll also assist the MCL with the Toys for Tots collections on at least two of the weekends.

Parades, Ceremonies, and our Color Guard Our Color Guard, along with two other members, took part in the Maple Leaf Parade in Baldwin City on on Oct. 17th. Members of the audience showed their appreciation at various times, with their shouts of Semper Fi! Our Color Guard will take part in the Veteran’s Parade in Ottawa on Sat., Nov. 7th. We’ll Start to form up from 0900; the parade begins at 1000. There will be rides provided in the parade for all vets who are in need of this. Our detachment has been invited to the Johnson County Veterans Day Ceremony on Nov. 11th. The ceremony is at 1100 and we’ll start to form up at 1015. This will be on Center St., on the south edge of Gardner. The exact location will be provided at our meeting. L/Cpl LaPlant’s mother and other parents of fallen servicemen have also been invited. Any member who can devote time to the Color Guard, please contact Steve at 913/764-3901, or at Sthomas-mega@sbcglobal.net.

Other items 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). Marine DeBauche is soliciting ideas to enhance our website – www.mclopks.org – Submit These to Mike at packerbacker@pipeline.com, ph. 913/484-5909.

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


MAIL CALL October 2009