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The 2016-17 Dedicated Member Campaign has begun. This year you can designate where your contribution goes. Your name and dedication will also appear in the Annual Conference Journal at the end of the year:

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IMO Don O’Neal
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IMO Lester Wesighan
Mike Arnold
IMO Lester Wesighan
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Tom Kerr
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IMO GySgt. Steve Illes IV USMC
Keith Oliver
Jack Paxton
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John Dodd
Virginia Bueno
Walt Ford
IMO Don O’Neal
Bob Long
Cochise Cash
IMO of Jack Lewis and Don O’Neal
Cynthia LaJeunesse

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President’s Notes: USMCCCA friends and colleagues in May issue of Proceedings

Cpl. Kimberly Aguirre's photo from Hurricane Matthew relief in Haiti helped illustrate Lt.Col. James W. Hammond III's 2016 Corps roll-up in the May issue of Proceedings.

Cpl. Kimberly Aguirre’s photo from Hurricane Matthew relief in Haiti helped illustrate Lt.Col. James W. Hammond III’s 2016 Corps roll-up in the May issue of Proceedings.

The current issue of Proceedings, the U.S. Naval Institute’s 144-year-old flagship pub, is replete with names familiar to USMCCCA folk.

CC Joe Plenzler was praised by USNI CEO Vice Adm. Peter Daly for his “positive impacts on membership and engagement” as he leaves the Annapolis outfit to join USMCCCA stalwart John Raughter in doing liaison work with the American Legion.

Joe’s work as the Institute’s vice-president for marketing and membership had followed in the footsteps of CC lifers Betsy Judge and Chas Henry.

Speaking of the Legion, sales are steady for longtime staffer Bob Bowen’s new book, My Life and Lens. Watch for fellow CC mustanger Bob Jordan’s review in an upcoming Leatherneck.

From our mantle-has-been-passed department, retired Lt. Col. James W. Hammond III, son of USMCCCA Denig nominee,  the late Col. “Wes” Hammond, was bylined atop Proceedings’ annual “U.S. Marine Corps in Review.”  The younger Hammond was featured as a character in at least one of his Dad’s books and picked up the professional writing bug early in his wide-ranging career.

One of ComCam's warrior-leaders, CWO2 Paul Mancuso, had some of his work featured in the current Naval Institute Proceedings.

One of ComCam’s warrior-leaders, CWO2 Paul Mancuso, had some of his work featured in the current Naval Institute Proceedings.

His current piece was illustrated by a bevy of USMC Office of Communications warriors’ photos, including those snapped by Cpl. Kimberly Aguirre and CWO2 Paul Mancuso.

Hammond’s father was well-known to a generation of Marines as Gazette editor when the post was an active duty billet.  He commanded the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines (“The Magnificent Bastards”) in Vietnam and headed up MarForPac intel during some of the that war’s most critical years.
Katie Haddock’s former CJCS boss, retired Gen. Pete Pace, was named new board chair for the Institute Foundation’s trustees.  

The May issue of Proceedings also featured the Corps’ current general officer roster, helping CC readers keep tabs on the likes of Lt. Gen. Gary Thomas (2015 Conference Guest of Honor and Mawk Arnold‘s cousin), Maj. Gen. Paul Kennedy (CG, MCRC and former DivPA), and Maj. Gen. Stacy Clardy (J-8 Staff and former USMC Community Relations head).

— Keith Oliver, USMCCCA President

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McEwen In Hospice Care

Bob McEwen

Bob McEwen

The family of Bob McEwen has asked me to reach out on their behalf and is asking for all of our prayers.  Bob is going into hospice care today (May 10).  He has suffered greatly the past few months.  Following his return from Bangkok in March, he continued to have issues and dementia became more and more prominent.  He broke three vertebrae on April 17.  Last Wednesday, in an effort to save him from circulatory problems that were increasing, he had a below-the-knee leg amputation.  He has been unable to take pain killers since the surgery.  Today the doctors determined that he is still developing blood clots and, in his weakened condition, he is unable to take blood thinners.  This is continuing to be a terrible upset for his family.  One of the last things we know he saw with awareness was the wonderful photo of him in the USMCCCA Journal, which his daughter took to the hospital to show him the day of the surgery.   I will share more as I get information.  — Cynthia Atwood.

 Note:  For those who do not know, Bob moved to Dacula, GA a year ago.  Dacula is about45 miles north of Atlanta.

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13th USMCCCA Foundation (Florida Chapter) Golf Tournament a Success

Golfers revved their carts anticipating the start of the the 13th Annual USMCCCA (Florida Chapter) Golf Tournament held April 28 at Sherman Hills Golf Club in Brooksville, FL.

Golfers revved their carts anticipating the start of the the 13th Annual USMCCCA (Florida Chapter) Golf Tournament held April 28 at Sherman Hills Golf Club in Brooksville, FL.

With 64 players braving an early start to a very hot summer afternoon, the 13th annual USMCCCA (Florida Chapter) Golf Tournament held April 28 at Sherman Hills Golf Club in Brooksville, FL, now goes into the books as a resounding success!

Tournament chair “Red” Carpenter welcomes golfers.

Tournament chair “Red” Carpenter welcomes golfers.

Tournament chair “Red” Carpenter reports that even though it was a smaller field than usual, the USMCCCA Foundation will be a winner. The tournament itself saw a profit of $5,237.

Chapter member Gene Smith, who is Tournament Director of the PGA Champions Tour, had provided a golf cap with the signatures of Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Lee Trevino and the late Arnold Palmer which the chapter elected to auction on Facebook rather than at the tournament. Within minutes of posting a pledge had been made for $1,000. This, when received, boosts the profit for the Chapter (and Foundation) to $6,237.

Carpenter thanked all Chapter members who helped make the 2017 tournament a success. Others who rate “kudos” include Heineken USA for again providing “product” for the thirsty golfers; Gene Smith of the PGA Champions Tour; Ford Press of Leesburg; Scott and Pat Carpenter, and Kevin Doll who served as emcee for this year’s tournament and auction.

Winners:

First Place winners: Mike Harper, David Alcia, Dan LaFleur and Bugby LaFleur.
Second Place winners: John Goss, Bob McGraw, Al Abrams and Frank Fortner.
70 and Over First Place winners: Andy Mincer, Carl Engel, Dave Smith, and Bob Huesgen.
Putting contest winner: Ryan Nelson.

David Alcia, left and Mike Harper won First place with Dan and Bugby LaFleur who are not pictured.

David Alcia, left and Mike Harper won First place with Dan and Bugby LaFleur who are not pictured.

 

Second place winners are Bob McGraw, left and Frank Fortner with John Goss and Al Abrams not pictured.

Second place winners are Bob McGraw, left and Frank Fortner with John Goss and Al Abrams not pictured.

 

The 70 and over winners were: Andy Mincer, Carl Engel, Bob Huesgen and Dave Smith.

The 70 and over winners were: Andy Mincer, Carl Engel, Bob Huesgen and Dave Smith.

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A tribute to Norm Hatch

Retired Marine Maj. Norman T. Hatch passed away, April 22, 2017. Hatch was a videographer in the Island Hopping Campaign during World War II. (U.S. Marine Corps Video by Cpl. Hunter L. Helis)

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Hatch: Oscar winning cameraman Norman Hatch passes

Norman Hatch

Norman Hatch

UPDATE: Visitation for Norm Hatch will be held May 1-2,  from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Everly Wheatley Funeral Home, 1500 W Braddock Rd, Alexandria, VA 22302, (703) 998-9200. The funeral will be at Arlington National Cemetery  August 17 at 3 p.m.

Sad duty to inform you that Norman Hatch of Alexandria, VA died this morning at 11 a.m.  He was in his mid-90s and is survived by his wife.  Complete details will be posted when we receive them. Here is a brief bio:

Norman Hatch of Alexandria, VA, died April 22, 2017. Maj. Hatch was born March 2, 1921 in Boston, Massachusetts. He was the son of Irving Norman Hatch and Ruth Frances Colby. He grew up in Gloucester, Mass. and graduated from Gloucester High School. After graduation he joined the Marine Corps in 1939, becoming a combat cinematographer and photographic officer for the 2nd and 5th Marine divisions on Tarawa and Iwo Jima respectively. He also participated in the occupation of Japan at the war’s end. As the primary combat cinematograph on Tarawa, his footage helped win the 1944 Academy Award for Most Outstanding Documentary Short Film “With the Marines at Tarawa” for the Marine Corps.

After the war, he went to work as a civilian in the Department of Defense. At the time of his retirement from the DoD, he was the senior audio visual advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense.

After leaving the government, he opened Photo Press International, Ltd, producing editorial and commercial photography for foreign publishers for over 21 years. After closing the office, he continued to provide information/materials to anyone interested in WWII. In 2009-10, he collaborated with author Charles Jones to write the book “War Shots,” his story as a WWII cinematographer.

He is survived by his wife of 74 years, Lois Rousseau Hatch, his son N. Thomas Hatch, Jr. of Alexandria, and his daughter, Colby Gibbs Hatch of Alexandria. His younger brother, Julian Hawthorne Hatch preceded him in death.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, VA, or the charity of your choice .
Visitation will be held at Everly-Wheatley Funeral home, 1500 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria, VA from 5 to 8 p.m. on Monday, May 1 and Tuesday, May 2.

Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

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The 2016 Journal is in the mail

Did your Journal arrive yet?

Did your Journal arrive yet?

Yes, it’s a little delayed this year, but hopefully it will be worth the wait.

Jack Paxton, executive director says if you don’t receive yours by April 29, (and you are a paid member) to contact him with a correct snail mail address and he will get one out to you.

Contact him at +1 352-748-4698 or email: usmccca@cfl.rr.com

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Stavisky: Bernice, wife of Sam passes

At the dedication of the BrigGen. Robert L. Denig Memorial at the National Museum of the Marine Corps at Quantico several years ago, the two surviving widows of the original Denig Demons participated in the unveiling.  Bernice Stavisky was the wife of Sam who, because of needing a medical waiver due to poor eye sight, became the 14th  Demon enlisted by BrigGen. Denig at the beginning of World War II.

At the dedication of the BrigGen. Robert L. Denig Memorial at the National Museum of the Marine Corps at Quantico several years ago, the two surviving widows of the original Denig Demons participated in the unveiling. Bernice Stavisky (above) was the wife of Sam who, because of needing a medical waiver due to poor eye sight, became the 14th Demon enlisted by BrigGen. Denig at the beginning of World War II.

BERNICE RUTH STAVISKY (Age 95). On April 10, 2017. Beloved wife of the late Samuel E. Stavisky; devoted mother of Robin D. Stavisky of Palo Alto CA and Judy S. Stavisky (husband Alan Schiff) of Wyncote PA, and grandson Evan (wife Marina Oliveira) of London, beloved friend and ardent Francophile and teacher passed quietly away. Funeral services and interment at Arlington National Cemetery will be privately held.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family is asking that donations be made to: US Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Association Foundation, usmccca@cfl.rr.com, or 1-352-748-4698.
– Washington Post

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Quilt handmade by “Doc” Galloway up for raffle

One of a kind handmade quilt by

One of a kind handmade quilt by “Doc” Galloway will be raffled off at the Annual Conference and Symposium August 24, 2017 in San Diego, CA. Each ticket costs $10.


Here is your chance to win a handmade quilt by Joe Galloway‘s wife, “Doc” Gracie.

We are raffling off this one of a kind item for $10 a ticket.

Quilt is 62″x72″ and is accompanied by a 22″ square matching pillow. Drawing will be held in the command post after the awards banquet August 24, 2017 and winner will be notified. You do not need to be present to win. All proceeds will go to the USMCCCA Foundation.

You can send a check, money order to Jack Paxton, Executive Director, USMCCCA, 110 Fox Court,Wildwood, FL 34785 or call +1 352-748-4698.

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“My Life and Lens” – The story of a Marine Corps Combat Correspondent has been published

(Ed. Note:  There are no reviews as yet on what promises to be a fine accounting of a combat correspondent who had several tours in Vietnam.  What we do have are quotes from those who will be featured on the dust cover.  Watch for this one!)

I predict this is a great book by Bob Bowen who is writing about his own life during the Vietnam War. Bob is an expert photographer and was a war correspondent and a fine writer. This job was dangerous. This book could really take off and be a great success. I recommend it to anyone interested in the Vietnam War. The war was a harrowing experience for the men involved, and they have never been given proper credit for their bravery.
— Don Gilmore, author, Eyewitness Vietnam
 
The images you captured of our Marines in Vietnam are unequaled. Your book will be a smash hit!
— Franklin Cox, author, Lullabies for Lieutenants
 
My friend Bob Bowen has been a member of The American Legion for more than four decades, during which time he has been totally devoted to our country, our veterans, and their families.  This memoir details his insights not only into war and coming home, but also into the people who are Americans.  His life is proof that when most veterans take off their uniforms, they don’t quit their service to the nation.  My Life and Lens is the inspiring story of how one Marine is still serving America.
— Daniel S. Wheeler, National Adjutant, The American Legion
 
Journalists possess critical responsibilities—one is simply to inform, another is to explain. As a military photo-journalist during the Vietnam Era, Bob Bowen has captured visually with his camera and explained eloquently with his written words, the horrors and the honorable service of that period. In his new book My Life and Lens, Bowen articulates not only high action combat but the artful subtleties and tactics of warfare. He writes so well that the reader is pulled into the stories as if there in person.
It is one thing to provide facts to America’s cumulative history; it’s another to display the facts through personal experiences. One will learn through reading this memoir that the life of a journalist in a war zone could be short-lived. It is dangerous work; but when successful, the work informs. This is what makes Bowen’s book such a compelling read. This memoir is an excellent pictorial and literary contribution not only to our nation’s history but in the recognition of those who honorably participated in that unpopular conflict. Respect is demonstrated to the families of the brave American heroes of this long-ago era by Bob Bowen’s memorializing them in his book.
— Worth Earlwood Norman, Jr., retired account executive, EDS Corporation; author of two biographies.

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March 24th deadline for new DoD awards program

There have been several changes to the DOD awards programs. This past year, Defense Media Agency was directed to consolidated the three awards programs into one. A joint working group was formed to determine new categories and program criteria. This attachment is the final outcome of those efforts.

This year the Marine Corps awards will be conducted in accordance with the DOD Media Awards Program guidance attached. All categories in the Marine Corps Program will mirror those in the DOD Awards program.

Submission of awards will be conducted on DVIDS.

Submission SOP is here.

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Fla Golf Tourney set for April 28

Golfers enjoy the sunshine and camaraderie while supporting the Florida Chapter's Golf Tournament. Next one to be held is April 28 with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start at the Sherman Hills Golf Club, near Brooksville, Fla.

Golfers enjoy the sunshine and camaraderie while supporting the Florida Chapter’s Golf Tournament. Next one to be held is April 28 with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start at the Sherman Hills Golf Club, near Brooksville, Fla.

The 2017 golf tournament of the USMCCCA Foundation (Florida Chapter) will be held Friday, April 28 with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start at the Sherman Hills Golf Club, near Brooksville, Fla.

The Tournament, now in its 13th year, enables the USMCCCA Foundation to provide grants for the Injured Marines Semper Fi Fund, Oceanside, CA which assists our wounded Marines, their widows, and their families.  The tournament also enables the Foundation to offer scholarships to active duty Marines and their dependents.  Since its inception, more than $91,000 has been raised for these worthy causes.  The Tournament format features a 4-person team scramble.

The $50 entry fee includes cart and greens fees, range balls prior to play, and a meal following play.  Entrants are encouraged to form foursomes but individual players are welcome and will be teamed by the Tournament Committee on a first come, first served basis until all 36 teams are filled.

The Sherman Hills Club is located very near I-75 and State Rte. 50. and is considered one of Central Florida’s better venues with gently rolling hills and a fairly wide open, links-type terrain.  The club address is 31200 Eagle Falls Drive, Brooksville, FL 

Prospective players are encouraged to call “Red” Carpenter at 352.688.6720 or email JCar1@tampabay.rr.com for further information.

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The Snuffies Return to The World – The Wrap

Dale Dye returns from Vietnam.

Dale Dye returns from Vietnam.

By Dale Dye

It’s time to sober up and evaluate this thing. Back here in The World there’s a little elbow room, a little space that’s not filled with specters of an old and controversial war. There’s been a day or two to fight through the roiling brain mists that engulfed most of us on the return engagement to Vietnam, so there’s no balm in shirking.  What we need now are insights and inspirations, florid vocabulary that will instantly and accurately convey the nature and depth of strange, otherworldly sensations. What we need is a nuclear detonation of trenchant phrasing to describe the raw emotions we felt practically every waking moment during our return to ancient battlefields in a country long past the war that nearly destroyed it fifty years ago.

Indeed. But as Jon Fogarty fronting CCR reminds me, I ain’t no fortunate son. So we’re doomed to take it as it comes. And what comes first for those of us who last saw Vietnam as a war-ravaged third-world country is an instant realization that the societal worm has turned in Southeast Asia.  You can call it the triumph of capitalism, you can call it empirical evidence that communism is, was, and always will be a failed social model for everything except UN desk-pounding and May Day Parades. What you can’t deny – assuming even a modicum of objectivity – is that the Vietnamese are generally thriving and pounding down the road to a commerce-based meritocracy.

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