Montford Point Marine Association Inc. Mid May 2006 National Update
Greetings supporters and members! Because of a few pressing events this week, I decided to send this update. For our Mothers, I hope each and every one of you had an enjoyable Mother’s Day!
The Passing of a legend: It is with the deepest regret that I notify the members that retired Sergeant Major James McCargo has passed. Sergeant Major was an original Montford Pointer and the second African American Marine (after Sergeant Major Huff) to wear Sergeant Major Stars. Notes of condolence may be sent to the Sergeant Major’s home at 2376 Kenwyn Street, Oceanside, CA 92054. Calls can be made to his family (daughters, Gina Ross and Solan Gilbert) at 760-757-6652.
The wake will be Friday, 19 May 2006 from 6:00 -9:00 PM at the Friendly Church of God and Christ located at 1836 Dixie, Oceanside, CA 92054.
The funeral will be Saturday, 20 May at Martin Luther King Elementary Middle School located 1290 Ivy Ranch Road, Oceanside, CA 92057. The viewing will be from 9:00 – 10:45 AM with the services starting at 11:00 AM.
Promotion: On a brighter note, Colonel Ronald L. Bailey was frocked to Brigadier General by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine General Peter Pace in ceremonies today at Henderson Hall.
Post and Relief: Sergeant Major James R. Futrell will have his post and relief ceremony as the Sergeant Major of Marine Corps Recruiting Command on Friday, 19 May 2006 beginning at 10:00 Am with Major General Gaskin’s remarks. The Sergeant Major will relinquish his post to Sergeant Major Fenton Reese. Congratulations to Sergeant Major Futrell on a very successful tour of duty. Both he and General Gaskin will be missed at the Recruiting Command!
A note of thanks: This email note was received from Major General retired Charles Bolden upon his induction in the NASA Hall-of-Fame “Joe and All MPMA Members, Thank you very much for the kind words of congratulations on my recent induction into the Astronaut Hall of Fame. This was quite an honor, as you might expect, and I was privileged to represent all of you in accepting this honor. Semper Fi! Charlie B”.
Convention Information: Has been sent to all members that we have a correct address on. Please refer to the Camp Lejeune website at; http://www.mpmalejeune10.org/ for the absolute latest information. Please make your reservations early for hotel rooms and be mindful of the cut-off for the early bird special.
As always, please continue to check our official website for more information throughout the Association at www.montfordpointmarines.com . Please also check chapter sites at: www.mpma28.com , http://www.mpmanyc.com and www.montfordpointchicagochapter2.org
Please continue to do all that you do to Preserve the Legacy of our heroes!
Joe Geeter Master Gunnery Sergeant (retired) National President, Montford Point Marine Association 27 Red Tail Court Limerick, PA 19468 firstname.lastname@example.org 610-495-3619