The Marine Corps Association and Foundation have launched a new blog with our own Jack Paxton as a contributing writer.
Jack Paxton, writing under the name ”The Tribal Elder,” will periodically contribute to a new blog, (MCA&F) developed by the Marine Corps Association. His posts will depict his personal experiences as a 22-year Marine with some history pieces, as well. Read his first post, “An Old Gunny Remembers” … The Swagger Stick. Feel free to visit and comment.
Bob Jordan in Grenada.
Maj Robert T. Jordan wins the Col Robert D. Heinl Jr. Award for his October 2013 Leatherneck article “Urgent Fury – Grenada 30 years later”.
Each year, the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation awards this honor “…for distinguished feature writing by an individual dealing with U.S. Marine Corps history or Marine Corps life, giving prime consideration for high literary quality and originality.”
Jordan will recieve this award at the Foundation’s annual Awards Ceremony/dinner on April 26, 2014 at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, Quantico.
Randy Gaddo in Beirut.
CWO4 Randy Gaddo is winner of the General Roy S. Geiger Award, presented by the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation for his January 2013 Leatherneck article “Living Their History: VMFAT-501 Marines Document F-35B Flying and Maintenance Experiences”.
The General Roy S. Geiger Award was established by Colonel G.F. Robert Hanke, USMCR, in memory of his father, Wing Commander Ralph Hanke, Royal Air Force. It is named for General Geiger, the fifth designated naval aviator in Marine Corps history, who commanded both air and ground units during World War II. This award is given to the author of the best article published during the preceding year in the Marine Corps Gazette in the field of Marine Corps aviation.
Gaddo will recieve this award at the Foundation’s annual Awards Ceremony/dinner on April 26, 2014 at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, Quantico.
The first quarter edition of Now Here This is currently in the mail. If you do not receive a newsletter by the first week in March, please contact CCHQ.
Did you know if you have an active membership in good standing, you can download all newsletters since 2008?
Our 2014 Dedicated Member campaign kicks off March 1 and this year, will run through the end of July. As usual, you may dedicate your donation in memory of anyone or just donate. New this year is your chance to help us bolster the Foundation Scholarship fund. You can indicate your dedication and choose: Scholarship Fund or Dedicated Member. If you don’t have a preference that’s an option, too.
Your gift can be made in any amount. Should you wish to make it by credit card indicate the card type, number, expiration date and 3-digit security code on the reverse side. You may also call this information in to CCHQ. Checks should be made to the USMCCCA Foundation. We do thank you in advance.
Jim Keyser passed away after a long illness.
Update: As I promised here are the details for Dad’s services. To the extent you are able, please assist me in “getting the word out” across the network.
The family will host a visitation at the Mountcastle Funeral Home, 4143 Dale Blvd, Dale City, VA 22193 on 17 February from 2-4pm and 6-8pm and there will be a funeral service held at the Quantico Marine Base Chapel on 19 February at 1:00pm followed by interment at the Quantico National Cemetery with military honors at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in his name to the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation .
We are in the process of putting together some additional details for a reception after the internment and I will get that “on the wire” as soon as we’ve “tightened up the shot group” on that. –Giles Kyser
Beloved Life member and Lucas Chapter Treasurer, Jim Kyser passed away yesterday.
From his son: With a heavy heart but with pride in knowing the many lives he touched and the devotion he felt to each of you, I pass on that Dad reported for duty tonight and is standing post on the streets of heaven.
Mom, Chris, Lauren, and I visited him today at the facility in Richmond. He experienced a tough… night and was very tired but had the chance to see us, know we were there, and tell us all that he loved us. We left him around 1530, had an early dinner and started our journey north to take Mom home when the facility called us and said that Dad was having an acute cardiac event and would have to be taken to the nearest full care hospital. They had already begun CPR and approximately an hour and fifteen minutes later they had done all they could for him. Mom, Chris and I were with him.
He had a wonderful day yesterday and we really thought things were on the best trajectory we’d seen in a month and then this terrible turn today. He fought to the end…as you would expect. He is a Marine.
CCHQ received one of the best plaudits yet for the 2013 Journal, Sunday night. Bernice Stavisky, wife of the late Sam Stavisky, called raving about the suburb Journal she had received. As Bernice always has said, she conducts nightly “talks” with Sam and she is sure he would love to read about his beloved CCs. Members and others would know that Sam was the 14th “Denig” enlisted and went on to become one of the most prolific of World War II correspondents. Our Merit Award for best combat reporting is in his name. Sgt. Reece Lodder, who won it last year, can stand even taller.
Congratulations to Ricoh Player who is our first Life Member in 2014! Ricoh, seated is shown love from Pat Paxton, Yvette O’Neal and Jack Paxton at the conference in 2010.
I need your assistance in locating a Marine Corps combat correspondent, and an article in the old SEA TIGER. Hopefully, the correspondent is still alive. During January 1969, in Vietnam, he was known as Sgt R. E. STAFF. His service number is 2311049. He was attached to HqBn, 1st Mar Div (Rein) FMF.
I also need your help regarding an issue of the infamous SEA TIGER. Sgt STAFF wrote an article about me after I discovered a sophisticated mine and booby-trap factory in the Dodge City/Arizona territory-south of Da Nang. I believe the title was “VC Lose Another One”. The SEA TIGER issue was Vol. V, No.3, III Marine Amphibious Force, January 17, 1969. I believe the article appeared on page eight. Sgt STAFF referred to me as Sgt RUTHERFORD, Plt Sgt/Plt Cmdr, 1st Plt, Echo Co, 2/1, from Omaha, Nebraska. Unfortunately, I lost the article during one of my many two-career moves. I’m aware that one can purchase a CD of SEA TIGER issues through December, 1968. Obviously, this CD would not help me in my search.
I have had the privilege of serving with many of your members. Among them are [Jerry Broeckert, LtCol (Ret)]. Jerry was a MCADCOP student with me at Palomar College, CA, around 1972; Dale Dye (in OCS together); and of course Sgt Staff. A very special thanks to all for your service.
Thomas (Tom) Michael Rutherford, Sr.
Captain U.S. Marine Corps (Ret)
Director, Special Security, Space & Defense (Ret)
1193 Fox Trail
Prescott, AZ 86303
Judy Jones won an unprecedented four Thomas Jefferson Awards in a row as editor of Camp Pendleton’s “The Scout” newspaper. Now she has written a gut-wrenching account of her struggles as the primary care giver for her mother who suffered from dementia.
”If I Forget” is an easy read that will take you into Judy’s world as she tried to take care of her mother full-time, after her father died. “If I Forget” is available on Amazon.com and I highly recommend it.
– Colonel Fred Peck, USMC (Retired).
Sadly, Stephen Gude lost his battle with cancer Feb 2, 2014. He was well-loved by many of our members. More information as it becomes available. Some Facebook posts:
Victoria Turney: rest in peace my friend…
Lynda Johnson Baker: I truly loved this man. My heart is broken.
Victoria Turney: so sad – I am so fortunate to have had him in MY life
Lesli J. Ellis: Thanks for the photos Lynda Baker. I am heartbroken as well, but so very glad Stephen Gude was part of my life.
Deirdre Hinkle Reyna: What an amazing man. He will always live through all of the lives he touched.
Victoria Turney: He will live on thru us and our stories of US and the times we had in his presence
Perette Young: There was no other like Stephen. He will be truly missed
Jim Manner: Awesome man.
Tye LaShawn: Gude My favorite uncle!
Jean Zettler: I guess the big “C” finally got him — so sad — worked with him for nearly a year 4 years ago — great guy. Condolences to his boys and the rest of his family
Shawn Cooper: a wonderful person…surely enjoying the fruits of his earthly love.
Michael Mink: Sorry to hear that a friend passed away today. You will be missed Mr. Gude. My mom has some great Cubans for Ya. Prayers out to the Gude family.
Shawn Gude: I salute you all for the kind words and sharing your memories of Steve.. As I’m sure you all know from knowing him, we are a very strong, close knit family hurting like never before… Your memories are one of the biggest sources of comfort for me(his younger brother).. God Bless you all, and as an Army Man myself let me take the opportunity to say to him and you all SEMPER FI !!!
It’s on the way!
Our first journal not distributed at the annual conference is in the mail. Unfortunately, our brilliant art director Chuck Beveridge, had to give it up, due to health reasons. Hope you enjoy what we put together.