We have one unsold brick that will be placed on the Denig Memorial at the National Museum of the Marine Corps at Quantico. The brick can be engraved with three lines of 20 characters each line. The $300 cost for the brick includes an amount to the USMCCCA Scholarship Fund. This could be a fine way to showcase your chapter or simply pay homage to someone you think has made a significant impact on your life, our Corps or our Association.
Col.(s) Ricoh Player, Public Affairs Officer, Marine Forces Command, Norfolk, visited II MEF Marines, Camp Lejeune recently in conjunction with a visit by Defense Secretary, Chuck Hagel. During the visit he renewed acquaintances with Rear Admiral John Kirby, DOD Press Secretary.
CC HQ looking for Chuck Kester and D. E. P. Miller. Chuck’s last known address was Loudin, TN; Miller’s: Pace, FL. Anyone corresponding or knowing either, please contact the Executive Director.
Roger John Combs died at age 82, on November 27, 2014 at his home in Fallbrook, CA after several years of battling cancer. He is survived by his widow, Jean and children Raymond, Patricia, Susie and Edward and 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Roger was born in Seattle, WA, in 1932 to Raymond and Clare Combs. He graduated from West Seattle High School with a full scholarship to MIT. He later finished a degree in History at Chapman College. Roger started his military career with the Navy in 1951, followed by a short hitch in the Air Force before joining his beloved Marine Corp where he served out his military career. Roger met and married his wife Jean in 1959. After Rogers’s retirement from the Marine Corp. in 1975, he started his second career as a Journalist and Magazine Editor for Gallant Charger Publishing where he continued to write throughout his life.
Rogers’s military career began as a Naval Sea Bee. In the Marine Corp he rose from Private to Chief Warrant Officer 4. He served 2 tours in Vietnam and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Letter of Appreciation for the Certificate of Commendation and the Pistol Expert Badge.
As a civilian magazine journalist, photo-journalist and editor, Roger worked on several gun, knife and hunting magazines including Gun World, Bow and Arrow Hunting and Horse and Horseman. Roger wrote or co-authored multiple books including Archer’s Digest, Gun Digest Book of Knifemaking and Crossbows to name a few.
Roger spent many years hunting, fishing and backpacking with his family. He also taught archery to Fallbrook 4H club members. Roger was an avid Animal Farmer and Gardener and was instrumental in raising many Guide Dogs For The Blind.
Roger was loved by many and will be missed by all. Please contact Fallbrook Berry Bell Mortuary for Funeral arrangements.
If you are looking for that “perfect” last minute gift with the end of the year fast approaching, consider a contribution to the USMCCCA Foundation. Your gift might be tax deductible depending on your individual situation. There is no “might be” about it if your Foundation is to keep on funding our Distinguished Performance Awards (DPA) Program, our two annual scholarship funds for members, dependents and active duty Marines in our occupational fields, as well as what has become our annual gift to the Injured Marines Semper Fi Fund.
Contributions by check, or credit card should be made to the USMCCCA Foundation, 110 Fox Court, Wildwood, FL 34785. You can contribute online below, if you prefer, call the Executive Director at 352-748-4698.
Susie Combs (Amaro) informed us that her father, Roger Combs passed away Nov.27. They are planning a service next week. Details to come.
The 2014 Donald L.Dickson Memorial Award was belatedly presented to Gene Smith of Ocoee, FL by Florida Chapter President Red Carpenter on November 22. Smith, Tour Director of the PGA Champions Tour, would have received the award at the Oceanside National Conference but his work schedule precluded attendance. The presentation was made at the 4th Quarter meeting of the Florida Chapter in Clermont, FL.
Gene Smith’s citation:
Gene Smith is a Vietnam-era Combat Correspondent who parlayed his love of golf into the position of Tournament Director of the PGA Champions Tour. Through it all he never forgot his Marine beginnings and today is largely responsible for the success of our USMCCCA Foundation.
His golf contacts have enabled him to secure equipment donations for auctions at the annual USMCCCA Foundation (Florida Chapter) Golf Tournament enabling the Chapter to make sizeable annual financial contributions to the Foundation.
Despite his busy schedule, he always finds ways to attend meetings of the Florida Chapter as well as our national conferences when his schedule permits. His support is not limited to the Florida Chapter. He is one of the first each year to contribute to the annual Booster Club and also one of the first to ask if there is anything else he can do.
Your Association Board feels he is a worthy selection for this 2014 award.
In the original concept of the memorial to our founder, Brig. Gen. Robert L. Denig Sr. at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, the plot we purchased allowed for 78 surrounding bricks which could be engraved. We recently discovered that two bricks were used as “fill” and are blank. CCHQ received requests following the dedication to purchase bricks but, at the time they were unavailable.
If you are interested in purchasing one of the two remaining bricks, please contact CCHQ by email or phone. The price is $300. You are allowed three lines of 20 characters each. Remember, spaces and periods count as a character. You may dedicate a brick to yourself, loved one, friend, chapter, etc. This is a lasting legacy to your service as a Marine in our occupational field. A portion of the brick cost will go to the scholarship fund of the USMCCCA.
L-R: Charles Rowe, Bob Springer, Roger Combs, Mark Thiffault Taken in 2008 at Camp Pendleton
From: The Tribal Elder
Many of us know and have served with Roger Combs. He was for many years a mainstay of the San Diego Chapter. Until recent years he was actively involved and we could always count on a DPA sponsorship in the name of the San Diego Chapter from he and Bob Springer. We received the following email, written by Roger, to Bob and others this morning: An MRI scan a week ago shows cells now in the brain. Fast-moving little buggers! So include the lungs, spleen, and liver in only a few weeks, the prognosis is not so good.
Put myself on Hospice care two days ago after consultation with doctors, family and friends. They will take care of everything for comfort without any attempt at cures; no pain.
I’m on oxygen 24/7 and have lost my voice so can’t talk on phones. Seing double and flashing lights some of the time. Family takes turns coming by each day and Sue has been here for 3 weeks, cooking, cleaning and driving. We’re covered all ways.
Reduced pill intake by half and added a couple of new ones, just in case. Spend a lot of time sleeping in my recliner day and night, but feel OK otherwise.
THERE WERE LAUGHS “a plenty” at DINFOS’ 50th Anniversary Dining Out. School Commandant Army Col. Jeremy Martin, one of our Association’s most loyal and prolific friends, is shown sharing in the hijinks with wife Ava and Guest of Honor Joe Galloway with wife Gracie. Of Martin’s time at the Defense Information School helm, CC executive director Jack Paxton reports that “Jeremy has been, by far, the most CC-active commandant in decades. He flat-out loves his Marines.” (Sgt. Phillip A. Elgie photo)
Reinhild “Jacki” Huneycutt and LtCol Ricardo Player, guest of honor and speaker at the Regiment of Retired Marines 239th Marine Corps Birthday Ball, Camp Lejeune, Nov. 8, 2014.
CC PAT GIBBONS was one of several distinguished alumni to share experiences with current DINFOS students during the schoolhouse’s 50th year. The former PAO to the Commandant of the Marine Corps, Pat is a former DINFOS Detachment Commander and currently directs communication for the Applied Physics lab at Johns Hopkins University. (Rick Corral photo)