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National Update November/December 2005

Nov 9, 2005

First, a very Happy 230th Marine Corps Birthday to you all!
Also, a very joyful Veterans Day! I know most of you are
in full fledge ball season but I did want to get the update
out before all of the event this month. This will serve as
the update for November and December unless there is
information that I must get out timely and then I’ll send a
brief message to all. Please do forward this email to
supporters and members that may not be on my email listing.

In Support of Veterans Day both The Home Depot and Lowe’s
are offering the following discount to Veterans;

Nov. 7, 2005 - Two of the nation's largest home-improvement
retailers are recognizing Veterans Day by offering
discounts for military personnel.
The Home Depot and Lowe's companies both are offering a 10
percent discount for all active-duty military, reservists,
retirees and their families Nov. 10 to 13.
At Home Depot stores, the offer is good on purchases of up
to $2,000, for a maximum discount of $200. The offer
applies to purchases at Home Depot stores, Home Depot Floor
Stores, Home Depot Landscape Supply stores and Expo Design
Center locations.
"This Veterans Day, our nation will honor the brave men and
women who have served our country in the military, ensuring
many of the freedoms we enjoy each day," said Bob Nardelli,
chairman, president and chief executive officer of The Home
Depot. "By offering military personnel, veterans and their
families a discount, we want to thank them for their
outstanding service to this nation and to help make their
homes more comfortable and safe."
To qualify, individuals must present proof of military
service to the Special Services desk at any Home Depot
store, where they will receive a coupon redeemable at any
cashier's checkout register. Discount coupons are valid on
a single receipt, in-store purchase only. Details and
exceptions are printed on the coupon.
At Lowe's, the discount is available on in-stock purchases
up to $2,000. To qualify, individuals must present
a valid military ID. Excluded from the discount are online
sales, previous sales, special order items,
installation fees, gift cards and certain appliances.
The military discount program at Lowe's is offered in
conjunction with the Defense Department's America
Supports You program, an ongoing nationwide campaign that
communicates America's support to men and
women serving in the U.S. armed forces.

Also, to show support for the United States Armed Forces,
every Golden Corral restaurant across the country will be
offering a FREE Dinner Buffet with a choice of beverage to
any former or active member of the U.S. Military (including
National Guard and Reservists) on Monday, November 14th
from 5 to 9 PM.  If you are a member of the U.S. military,
simply identify yourself to the cashier on that night to
enjoy your free Dinner Buffet!  For more information, visit
Golden Corral's website 

Montford Point Marine Association Receives Prestigious
On October 25th I traveled to the Army Navy Country Club in
Arlington, Virginia to receive the Office of the Secretary
of Defense Reserve Policy Board’s Citizen Patriot Award
from the Under Secretary of the Navy and Policy Board
Chair, The Honorable William A. Navas, Jr. The
Honorable William A. Navas, Jr. was a special guest of ours
at the
2004 National Convention in Arlington, VA.
Accompanying me were Original Montford Pointers and DC-6
Chapter members, Reuben McNair, Lieutenant Colonel,
Retired Joseph Carpenter, Richard Walker and Wilmore Perry.
Also in attendance were Major Generals Walter Gaskin
and Cornell Wilson, Brigadier General Ronald Coleman, DC-6
Chapter member retired Master Sergeant Donna Coursey,
National Public Relations Officer retired Master Sergeant
Carmen Cordova, Quantico Chapter President CWO-3 James
Averhart along with his Vice President Kenneth Crutcher.
Additionally, long time supporter and, I hope by
of this update, Quantico Chapter member Major Tamia Ashley.
Also on hand to lend support was retired Marine
Colonel H.C. “Barney” Barnum Jr. Colonel Barnum was the
fourth Vietnam War recipient of the Medal of Honor
for his gallantry in Vietnam. Colonel Barnum is the
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Reserve Affairs.

Please check out his bio at; The Citizen
Patriot Award is a very
Prestigious Award that has been given annually to an
individual and to a unit that “have demonstrated
Service to the Reserve Components at the national level “.
Certainly our Association qualifies. Thank you to
everyone at the Chapter level that consistently works with
the reserve units year in and year out! This award will
be turned over to the National Museum for all to see.
Thank you all for taking time coming out and supporting
The Montford Point Marine Association in receiving this
great honor. Also, very special thanks to
Lieutenant Colonel Ricky Childs, Senior Policy Advisor for
the Reserve Forces Policy Board, who was
instrumental in making this award happen!

Major General Jerome Cooper wants to remind us all
that every American should be aware of the contributions of
Lieutenant General Frank E Petersen. This Naval Officer, a
great Marine----What manner of man is this---To have
overcome so much?   -----Lieutenant General Petersen’s
story must be shared with all. Why do you think we never
see his book in our PX’s or on reading lists?     Let’s get
our membership behind supporting this great American.
-------Read the book.  You will agree.
Cooper sends

I have read the book, and I do agree. If you live near a
PX, ask the manager to stock this book. With our numbers
and level of leadership within our ranks, we can make this
(Many of you emailed to correct General Cooper’s rank in
the last update; I erroneously put Brigadier General vice
Major General-my apologies)

I mentioned Major General Gaskin’s promotion to his present
rank in my last update. Please check out this week’s issue
of JET Magazine for a great article on General Gaskin’s
Promotion. It’s the Jet with Rosa Parks on the cover.
There is also a Marine Advertising page in the magazine.
Congratulations again to General Gaskin!! I have attached
a scanned copy of this article provided by past National
Public Relations Officer, Master Gunnery Sergeant Gilbert

230th Marine Corps Birthday Celebrations: It’s still not
too late to attend most of the Chapter events listed below.
Please call the contact numbers listed if you would like
to attend these events.

Philadelphia Chapter #1: the Philly Chapter will celebrate
their Marine Birthday Ball Saturday, 12 November at the
Sheraton on 36th and Chestnut in Philadelphia. Cost is
$55.00 per. Point of contact for tickets is Joe Geeter
610-495-3619. Brigadier General Ronald S. Coleman will be
the guest speaker.
Los Angeles Chapter #8: will celebrate its 40th
Anniversary and the 230th Marine Corps Birthday, from 6:00
p.m. to midnight Saturday November 12, 2005. The
celebration takes place at Los Angeles Air Force Base, 2400
El Segundo Blvd Building #120. Dress for the evening is
After Five Attire. Please join us as we pay tribute to the
United States Marine Corps. Ticket Donation $45.00. For
ticket reservation and information contact: L. E. (Mike)
Johnson President LA (909) 815-1972.
New York Metropolitan Chapter: will conduct their Annual
Dinner Dance on Sunday, November 13th at 4:00 pm at Antuns,
9643 Springfield Boulevard-Queens Village NY 11429. For
tickets and more information, contact the NY MPMA office at
212-267-3319 email Major General
Cornell Wilson will be the guest of honor.
Washington, DC Chapter #6: will celebrate their ball on
Friday, November 18th beginning at 7:00 pm at La Fontaine
Bleu Restaurant, 7963 Annapolis Road, Lanham, MD. The Key
Speaker is the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Sergeant
Major John L. Estrada, a lifetime Association member.
Chapter #6 always puts on a first class event that sells
out. For tickets and reservations, please contact Pernel
Houston 908 Logwood Road, Capital Heights, MD 20743 or call
at: 901-808-6012.
Please check out this month’s Naval Proceedings Magazine
for an excellent article about the Men of Montford Point.
Some of you will recall that freelance writer and author
Neal Thompson interviewed a few original Montford Pointers
at our National Convention in Chicago. Neal also traveled
to our National Museum at Montford Point and was given more
research material from our Museum Director, Finney Greggs.
The result of his work is this article. If you are not
near a base and want a copy of the magazine, Liese Doherty,
the Editorial Assistant from Proceedings and Naval History
asks you to call Jackie Turner in their Member Services
Department. The cost of the magazines would be $3.95 each
plus shipping.  If you could, please contact Jackie
directly at the following email ( or phone
number (410-571-1715) and provide her with your credit card
number and the mailing address where you want the magazines
sent. You can also visit Proceedings online at;

Also, please visit Neal’s home page at: Thanks Neal for your
research and interest in the Men of Montford Point!

Ronald Bower, Historian who was featured in an earlier
documentary film on the Montford Pointers, wanted to make
sure our Korean War Veterans were aware of the following

My name is Christine Knauer. I am a PhD student at the
University of Tuebingen, Germany, and currently a visiting
assistant in research at Yale University. I am writing my
dissertation on the experience and recollection of Korean
War soldiers of the racial integration of the military and
the Korean War. With respect to my research I am very much
dependent on the willingness of Korean War veterans to
share the recollections with me. I was wondering whether
you could help with locating and contacting veterans or
their families, who would be willing to be interviewed,
fill out a questionnaire, write down their story or even
provide me with letters (copies) that they wrote during the
Korean War. I would appreciate any help and hints. Thank
you very much in advance for your time and effort. Kind
regards, Christine Knauer
My temporary mail address (until December 9) is
265 College Street 8R
New Haven, CT 06510
Phone: 203-785-1165

Please assist out Korean War Veterans that would like to
contribute to this project. Former Chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell once said, “If we want the
story of African Americans in the Military to be told, we
must tell it ourselves”. Let’s take advantage of these

“Proud”, the movie about the all black crew of the USS
Mason during World War II has been released to a limited
number of theaters. Please check out their website for
more information.
we are very hopeful that upon the release of our
documentary film project, the Major Motion Picture
community will come calling (or we’ll come calling).

Detroit Chapter Will celebrate Veterans Day (November 11th)
at Elmwood Cemetery honoring the 102nd Colored Troops of
the Civil War. They will be going to lunch afterwards.
For more information, please contact Chapter President
Sylvia Riley at  

National Quartermaster: National Quartermaster, Elijah
Abram still has the 40th MPMA Association Commemorative
Coins for sale. Coins are only $8.00 plus shipping and
handling. Abe also has the official MPMA patch that can be
either worn or displayed. Patches are $10.00 each. Please
contact Abe at 843-838-5475 or for more details. Coins make
a great presentation to speakers and folks that have
contributed to your Chapter’s mission.

As always, please continue to check our official website
for more information through the Association at . Please also check chapter
sites at: , and

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

Finally let’s not forget the thousands of Marines and
servicemen and women serving in harm’s way as we celebrate
the year of the birth of our Corps and Veterans Day. Again
a very Happy and Celebratory 230th Marine Corps Birthday to
you all!!!

Semper Fidelis!
Joe Geeter
Master Gunnery Sergeant (retired)
National President
Montford Point Marine Association
27 Red Tail Court
Limerick, PA 19468



Historical advisor Byron Stewart PhD


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