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Sep 19, 2006

Montford Point Marine Association Inc. National Update
September 2006  
Fellow members, friends,

Welcome to the many new individuals on this update list.
For the benefit of the first timers receiving this update,
this email list is to be used exclusively for the passing
of information concerning the Montford Point Marine
Association. Please do not forward the names on this list
for any other purpose. Please do forward this information
to anyone you determine appropriate.

Documentary Film: The Documentary Film continues to be the
hot topic in many of the conversations and correspondence I
have had with members since the convention. I am reminding
everyone that this Documentary Film is in the hands of the
dedicated individuals who envisioned and produced it. Both
Lieutenant Colonel Willie and Dr. Melton McLaurin
understand that it is important to have this film available
to members who would like to purchase a copy.

While there is currently no definitive timetable to release
this documentary, we are very hopeful that it will be soon.
As soon as pertinent new information is received by this
office, it will be passed to the members immediately.

Membership: Our Association Year runs from 1 September to
31 August. Accordingly, all Annual National and Chapter
dues are due. A late charge of $2.00 will be imposed for
those failing to renew their membership by 30 September.
Those paying installments of Life Membership are also
reminded that their membership is required to be paid in
full two years after you begin the installments. Chapter
Presidents, please mail all membership monies to David
Fortune our National Financial Secretary.

Fall Council: The Fall Council is tentatively scheduled for
the last Saturday in October. National Officers are
reminded that all reports are now due. Please forward your
reports to both me and our National Recording Secretary
Regina Lawrence immediately so that we may copy and mail
them to members of the Executive Committee for review at
our telephonic council. More details about the Council
will be sent to both the Executive Council and Committee
members soon.

Spring Council: The Spring Council dates are 3-6 May with
the 3rd and the 6th being travel days. The site of
Convention 2007 will be Jacksonville, Florida. Both the
Spring Council and the National Convention will be held at:
The Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront which offers 966
sleeping rooms with 110,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. The
Regency is located in the heart of Downtown Jacksonville
along the St. Johns River. Adjacent to the Hyatt is the
Jacksonville Landing, a riverfront festival marketplace and
our city is surrounded by ocean & golf. Please visit their
web-site at www.jacksonville.hyatt.com.

Convention 2007: The dates for our 2007 convention in
Jacksonville, FLORIDA have been set. Convention will be
from 25-29 July with the 25th and 29th as travel days. We
envision the President’s reception once again being held on
the Wednesday travel day. We also received three
notifications of interests for Convention 2008 and we look
forward to receiving additional information at the 2007
Spring Council.

Chapter Happenings:

Quantico Chapter #32 held their 1st Annual Commemorative
Ball on Friday, 25 August 2006. I attended this sold out
affair and was impressed with the Chapter’s organization of
this event. Sergeant Major Al McMichael was the featured
speaker in a night where the Original Montford Pointers
were celebrated from the very beginning of the program. 7
Original Montford Pointers were marched in and individually
introduced at the beginning of the ceremony. During the
evening various members of the Quantico Chapter stood up
throughout the audience and gave a brief bio of an original
Montford Pointer to include; MGySgt Brooks Gray, SgtMaj
Huff, SgtMaj Louis Roundtree and of course Howard Perry.

It the celebration of the Howard Perry as the first African
American Marine recruit to arrive at Montford Point that
this event celebrated. Major Michael Williams preformed
his first person recital of the origins of Montford Point
that again left the crowd mesmerized. In the audience were
retired Major General Arnold Fields and representatives
from the New York, Camp Lejeune Philadelphia, Chicago,
Maryland 17 and 22 and DC-6 Chapters were all in the house
supporting Quantico’s event. Northern Region Vice
President Ken Rollock was presented his MPMA Hall of Fame
credentials at this event. Also, our National Queen,
Sontrese Williams, traveled from Chicago to attend this
event. We are grateful that we have a National Queen
willing to travel to support other chapters in their
fundraising endeavors.

Congratulations to Chapter President James Averhart and his
entire chapter for organizing a spectacular event!!!

Sergeant Major Al McMichael to retire: The 14th Sergeant
Major of the Marine Corps and the first African American to
hold that office is schedule to retire on October 5th 2006
with ceremonies at 8th and I street to begin at 3:00PM
(1500). The Sergeant Major will retire with over 36 years
of service. The Sergeant Major has been a staunch
supporter of the Montford Point Marines and the Montford
Point Marine Association. We are hoping for a large
contingency of members at his historical retirement
ceremony.

New National Public Relations Officer: Is Lieutenant
Colonel USMCR Eric Lindsay. Eric may be reached at
703-791-3472 or 240-460-9304 or by email at
aphiq78@aol.com. Please keep Eric notified of all chapter
events and other media items of interest to the Montford
Point Marine Association.

National Quartermaster: Mr Elijah Abram “Abe” reminds us
that he is the singular point of contact for the
Association for Name Badges and Covers. Please coordinate
your orders through Abe. Abe also has some fantastic
Champaign Glasses for sale that would make a terrific gift
at your Chapter’s Ball. The more he orders he receives,
the better price we can get. Abe also has coins for sale
that make great gifts for members and speakers. Please
contact our National Quartermaster at 843-838-5475.

Marine Corps Ball Celebrations: Chapters are reminded to
submit request for guest speakers for their annual
balls/banquets and events early to ensure you get your
speaker of choice. Requests should be submitted to the
speaker in writing, detailing all the particulars about the
event. Request for National Officers should include
whether the Chapter is reimbursing travel, lodging, etc…
Again, the Ball Season is an excellent opportunity to
educate Marines and others about the Montford Pointers.

For those located near Marine Commands, request special
recognition be given to the Montford Pointers during these
events. Please inform both the National Public Relations
Officer, Eric Lindsay, 703-432-9035 or
lindsayem@marines.usmc.mil, and National Recording
Secretary, Regina Lawrence, reginab@aol.com 804-279-3589,
the particulars of birthday celebrations and any other
activities in your area.

African American Military Web Site: A retired Navy Officer
with a passion for African American military history and
equal opportunity has launched an interesting and
provocative internet site for African American veterans,
active duty members, and Department of Defense civilians.
"This project is long overdue," said retired Navy Commander
Gregory Black, founder of blackmilitaryworld.com. Black
retired as a Navy Diving Officer in 2002 and has since
worked to promote African American history and to publicize
the significant roles of African Americans in the defense
of America.

The contributions of African Americans over the course of
military history should be recognized and the word should
be spread, added Black. "This rich aspect of black history
has been downplayed for a variety of reasons, some of which
are quite obvious to black military historians."
Blackmilitaryworld.com is also a news and feature site that
will help to educate the public about the diversity of
roles assumed by African American military and civilian
defense employees. The site covers all branches of the
military and will prove beneficial to all those seeking to
gain knowledge and understanding of military history and
current events.

The site will also strive to strengthen the linkages
between the vast numbers of organizations serving the
African American military community. The site is dedicated
to late Master Diver Carl Brashear, whose life story was
told in the popular movie Men of Honor which was released
in 2002. "Stories like that of Master Diver Brashear, the
Buffalo Soldiers, the Tuskegee Airmen, the Montford Point
Marines and the 555th Paratrooper Battalion (Triple
Nickles), are only the tip of the iceberg," said Black.
According to Black, it is not widely known that there are
approximately a half million African Americans currently
employed by the United States Department of Defense (the
largest employer of African Americans in the United
States). The site can be accessed at
www.blackmilitaryworld.com

Upcoming Chapter Events:

Philadelphia #1 will hold their Third Annual Marine Corps
Birthday and Veterans celebration on Saturday, 11 November
beginning at 8:00 PM. The guest speaker will be Marine
Captain Vernice Armour, the first African American female
combat pilot for the Department of Defense. Event will be
at the Holiday Inn City Line Avenue and the Cost is $50.00
per person. For tickets and additional Information please
call Joe Geeter at 610-495-3619

Chicago #2: Will once again hold their President’s Ball on
Saturday, 18 November starting with cocktails at 6:00 PM.
The ball will be held at the Chicago Clubhouse, 7011 South
Vincennes Chicago, IL. Tickets are $50.00 and may be
obtained from Chicago Vice President Racine “Tree” Wilson.
Tree may be reached at: 312-217-4162

New York Chapter #3: will hold their Annual Dinner Dance on
Sunday, November 12th beginning with a Social Hour at
6:30PM. Event will be at Antun’s Caterer’s in Queens, NY
and the cost is $70.00 per person. The guest speaker will
be determined. For tickets contact the NY Chapter at
212-267-3318 or http://www.mpmanyc.com/Dinner_Dances.htm

Washington, DC Chapter #6: will celebrate their ball on
Friday, November 17th, 2006 beginning at 7:00 pm at La
Fontaine Bleu Restaurant, 7963 Annapolis Road, Lanham, MD.
The Key Speaker is retired Major General Leo V. Williams
III. The cost is $50.00 and tickets must be purchased no
later than 1 November 2006. Chapter #6 always puts on a
first class event that sells out. For tickets and
reservations, please contact Purnell Houston 908 Logwood
Road, Capital Heights, MD 20743 or call at: 901-808-6012 or
Southern Regional Vice President Reuben McNair at
202-529-0845.

Los Angeles Chapter #8: Will celebrate the 231st Marine
Corps Birthday on Saturday, 11 November 2006 beginning at
7:00 PM. Event will be at the Los Angeles Air Force Club
and the cost is $50.00 per person. For tickets call the LA
Chapter President Mike Johnson at 909-815-1972.

Columbia, South Carolina #26: Will celebrate their Marine
Corps Birthday with a ball on Saturday 11 November 2006 at
the Radisson Hotel off route 20 in Columbia, SC. Tickets
ate $35.00 each and may be purchased from Carlton Johnson
803-234-2722.

Mobile Alabama Chapter #33 will hold their first Mobile
Chapter of the Montford Point Marine Association Ball on
Saturday, 4 November 2006 at the Country Club of Mobile,
AL. The guest speaker will be Lieutenant General retired
Frank E. Petersen Jr. For tickets and additional
information, please call or email Chapter President Rodney
Lee at work 251-478-1222, cell 251-554-6238 or by email at;

Rodneyleecnb@aol.com  

Montford Point Marine Documentary: Art Holliday, Director
of the Documentary “Johnnie Be Good” asks us to please
check out the following website for the latest information
about the Documentary featuring Montford Pointer and Rock
and Roll Hall of Famer Johnnie Johnson.
www.JohnnieBeGood.net

Second Black Marine Reunion: will be once again be in
Las Vegas, June 22nd thru 24th, 2007.  The location will be
at the Santa Fe Station Hotel & Casino.  They are surveying
those on their mailing list to see how many are interested
in attending the reunion.  After they have determined the
number, they will put together details for the reunion and
update me and I will pass to you. This reunion is open to
all Former Active Duty, Active Duty, Reserve and Retired
Black Marines, their family or guests.  Members who
attended the first reunion in Vegas had such a great turn
out that this group wanted to have another one in Vegas.
Will G. McCoy, Jr. and Bobby Wallace are coordinators for
this reunion and Willie “Bill” Mack and Thurston “T.T.”
Thompson are our West Coast Contact. Members may the
following individuals below: for more information;
Willie “Bill” Mack 714-252-0188 billmack34@sbcglobal.net
Will G. McCoy Jr. 702-645-4289 llbatist@msn.com
Thurston “T.T.” Thompson 714-633-3673 tthompson31@juno.com
Bobby “The Gator” Wallace 352-259-2435 
bobbygator@comcast.net .

TAPS: The following was received from Master Gunnery
Sergeant James Carr, Chapter President of NY #3 “It is with
deep regret – that I pass along this notification that
Montford Pointer Ernest Richardson, Platoon #49, 1943 (Page
56 Final Roll Call) of St Albans Queens passed this
(recently) at NY Presbyterian Hospital. He is survived by
his wife Olive. Ernie’s history with MPMA and with the City
of NY is long and cherished, and he will be sorely missed”.
Mr. Richardson will definitely be missed.

 As always, please continue to check our official website
for more information through the Association at
www.montfordpointmarines.com or www.mpma28.com
http://www.mpmalejeune10.org or http://www.mpmanyc.com or
www.montfordpointchicagochapter2.org

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
geeterj@yahoo.com
610-495-3619

 JAMES E STEWART JR PRESIDENT

JOHN TILLMAN VICE PRESIDENT

Historical advisor Byron Stewart PhD

 

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