Newsletters & Information > MPMA NATIONAL UPDATE January 2005

Jan 5, 2005

Fellow members, friends,

Happy New Years to All! New Years is a great opportunity
to set goals and make resolutions. As we approach the
busiest time of year for our Association I ask each and
every one of you to continue to do what you can to assist
in moving our organization from relative obscurity to the
general public to a level of familiarity that other
Veterans Groups enjoy. In order to do this we must all
work a little harder to make the masses aware of our story.
To that end I would like to challenge all to take
advantage of the month of February, Black History Month, to
include the Montford Pointers in your local celebrations.

I know that Major General Cornell Wilson will be traveling
to Beaufort, South Carolina to address the Tri Commands
there and he is planning on talking to the audience about
the late Sergeant Major Louis Roundtree. I plan on doing
the same at the many Black History Month programs I plan to
attend. I would also like to offer congratulations to
General Wilson on his promotion to Major General! General
Wilson has been a relentless supporter of the Association
over the past 5 years and attended the DC6 Marine Corps
Birthday celebration in the DC area in November.

Captain (ret) Sam Saxton, Former National President MPMA
and original Montford Pointer will be the keynote speaker
at Quantico’s Dr. Martin Luther King Commemorative Service
on Wednesday, 19 January 2005 at the Quantico Chapel. The
event starts at 10:00am. Sam is a terrific speaker that
really engages the audience. If you are in the area,
please make plans to attend this event.

The Quantico Black History Month Program will be on
Saturday, 26 February at the Clubs of Quantico from 5 pm –
9 pm (dancing from 9 pm – 11 pm). The meal includes beef
and chicken so you will have both on your plate. This
event continues to be a sell-out every year. I plan on
attending for the third year and once again the committee
has allowed me to do a presentation to the guest speaker on
behalf of the Association. Tickets are $40.00 per and may
be purchased through Master Sergeant (retired) William
“Bill” Jones. Bill may be reached at 301-342-8263 or by

Bill Jones was recently selected to participate in a major
Department of Defense advertising campaign that targets
adult influencers of school age children between 14 & 17.
Bill was selected to this program because of impeccable
military career and his vast community service.
Congratulations to Bill and thanks for always including The
Montford Point Marine Association in your programs!!

Jeff Gray, son of our beloved founder Master Gunnery
Sergeant Brooks E. Gray Jr., recently committed to donating
a plethora of Awards, Certificates, Medals and Books from
the personal collection of Brooks to the Montford Point
Museum. This permanent loan gift was also made with the
blessings of Brook’s widow, Melvin Gray. There are over 40
different items in this donation and we cannot thank the
Gray family enough for sharing these items with the many
thousands of folks that will trek through our Museum at
Camp Montford Point (Camp Johnson) North Carolina. It is
only though acts of unselfishness like this will we reach
our goal of National Recognition. Sometime this spring, a
building will be dedicated at Camp Montford Point in the
name of Brooks Gray. Further information on the exact date
will be published as soon as it is made public.

Former Marine Captain and Marine Corps Diversity Manager,
Ron Bickerstaff, recently included a picture of Montford
Pointers in an advertising campaign for National Blood
Donors Month. Throughout his career Ron has worked
diligently to ensure the story of Montford Pointers was
told in and outside the Marine Corps. Ron was instrumental
in the first documentary “The Men of Montford Point” and
other videos including “Profiles in Leadership”, which
featured Generals Williams (Leo), Stanley, Bolden and
Fields. Ron was also responsible for a four-page spread on
Montford Point and African Americans in the Marines that
appeared in Ebony Magazine a few years back. For all his
work Ron was the 1998 recipient of the NAACP’s Roy Wilkens
Award At their National Convention in Atlanta. Thanks Ron
for your continued support!!

Our official website is also still in the process of being
updated. National Public Relations Officer, Master
Sergeant Carmen Cordoba, has begun giving our site its new
look. Please provide her with the necessary information
she requests to keep this site current. Check out the site
at: .

MD Chapter 28 President James Stewart continues to give his
chapter’s website new looks and new information. Please
continue to visit this site at and
take a few moments to sign in the guest book your comments
on the site. This website has generated many leads that
have helped us educated folks about who we are. Recently,
Carolyn Ferren and I consulted on beautiful written article
for the Cincinnati Herald newspaper from a lead from this
website. Carolyn’s site has served for years as one of the
premier sites for information about the Montford Point
Marines. Please visit her site at;

The NY Chapter MPMA Website has been updated. Please visit
and take a look. The New York Chapter is working hard to
share local information and activities involving the
Chapter, as well as that of the National, or sister
Chapters as it is made available. Point of Contact in New
York is;

MGySgt James Carr (USMC-Ret) Communications-Website.

Chapters should have received their compliment of Queens
Raffle Tickets to sell by now. The Queens Contest is our
premier National Fundraiser. Besides raising money for our
National Scholarship commitment and to help with operating
costs, this fundraiser should be viewed as an excellent
opportunity to raise money and awareness of our individual
chapters. Chapters are required to raise a minimum of
$500.00 each to remain financial with the National Office.
Chapters that are not financial will not have any voting
privileges at the National Spring Council or National
Convention. Tickets are $1.00 each for a grand prize of
$2500.00 cash with 2d place receiving$ 500.00 and 3rd place
getting $300.00. Please see your chapter representative
for tickets.

Louisville, Chapter #22 is sponsoring its first scholarship
banquet Saturday, March 12 2005 at Masterson’s Restaurant
located at 1830 South third Street, Louisville, KY. They
have named the event in honor of John T. Covington and John
W. Hagan, two deceased members who were instrumental in the
success of the Louisville Chapter over the years. For
further information please contact Charles Stallard,
Chapter 22 President and Regional Vice President at; PO Box
36382 Louisville, KY 40232. Charles may also be reached at
home at 502-231-0132 or by Cell 502-550-2453 and by email Louisville always puts on world-class
events and this should be no different.

Spring Council dates in Chicago are; 6-9 April 2005.
Chicago has blocked out 25-30 Rooms, for the spring council
meeting. Point of contact is Chapter Vice President MSgt
Retired Racine Wilson at 312-217-4162. The site of the
Spring Council will be the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place.
The phone number is 800-233-1234. Be sure to mention that
you are part of the Montford Point Marine Association.

The Spring Council is where we layout our plan for the
upcoming year and review reports from the past year.
Chapters are reminded to have their reports ready and in
sufficient copies for the council. Chapters are also
reminded that Award Nominations are due in writing at the
Spring Council. Please consult your by-laws for award type
and criteria. Also, due at the council are nominations for
those seeking National Office. Those offices up for
election (reelection) this year are National President,
National Vice President, Recording Secretary, Financial
Secretary and Treasurer. Please send updated chapter
rosters to Regina Lawrence, National Recording Secretary
BEFORE the Spring Council so that she may update the
National Roster.

Convention Chicago 2005

The dates for our 40th Annual Convention are 13-17 July
2005 with the 13th and the 17th being travel days. Chicago
is hard at work to make our 40th Convention as memorable as
the DC Convention, which set the bar high!! We’ll see you
in Chi for 05!

We are still searching for a Chapter or Chapters to host
Convention 2006. If you are interested, please contact the
National President or myself as soon as possible.


Major Pat Johnson, long time member of the DC6 Chapter, was
recently selected to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel!!!
Major Johnson has been a fixture at many Association events
over the past decade. I had the pleasure of serving with
then Captain Johnson during my tour in Beaufort and she
always brings enthusiasm and order to events she is
involved in. Congratulations Pat on your selection!!!

Former National Vice President and Beaufort Chapter
President, Elijah is our new National Quartermaster. “Abe”
may be reached at 843-838-5475. Please coordinate all
official MPMA items for sell through Mr. Abram. Abe and
Former National Public Relations Officer, Master Gunnery
Sergeant Taylor, are busy working on the final of our
trilogy of coins for the 2005 Convention in Chicago.
Additionally, for the first time there will be a Special
Coin minted for the Ladies Auxiliary. There are still a
few of the Commemorative Drill Instructor Coins left.

Montford Point Covers are available from Keystone Uniform
Cap, 801 North Front Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123. Voice
215-922-5493, Fax 215-922-5161. Keystone knows our
regulations and the point of contact is Edith. Caps are
approximately $27.00 plus shipping.

Many of our Association members are members of numerous
Veterans Groups. I encourage all to bring MPMA information
to their veteran’s groups meetings and convention to help
spread the word on our group. The Marine Corps League will
hold their South East Divisional Conference March 10-13
2005 in Atlanta, Georgia. We are close to having on of
their chapters named in honor of Sergeant Major Roundtree
because one of their members (Robert “Moon” Mullins) is
also a member of Montford Point and served with the
Sergeant Major.

This update continues to grow in scope and information and
I encourage all to continue to feed me and our National
Public Relations Officer information on what’s happening in
your area.

Please continue to do all that you do to Preserve the
Legacy of our heroes!

Semper Fidelis!

Joe Geeter

Master Gunnery Sergeant (retired)

National Vice President

Montford Point Marine Association

27 Red Tail Court

Limerick, PA 19468


Joe Geeter
27 Red Tail Court
Limerick, PA 19468

610 495 3619 Hm
610 337 7000 ext 7797 wk



Historical advisor Byron Stewart PhD


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