Newsletters & Information > The Passing of a legend
The Passing of a legend

May 15, 2006

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; 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 . Please also check chapter
sites at: , and

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

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


Search this site powered by FreeFind