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Lieutenant General Promotion

Oct 25, 2006

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

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Lieutenant General Promotion: Topping this month’s items
is the promotion of Major General Ronald S. Coleman to
Lieutenant General on Friday, 27 October at 3:00 PM at the
Clubs of Quantico. This will be only the second time in
Marine Corps History that an African American has been
promoted to this rank. The first was, of course, Famed
Aviator Lieutenant General Frank E. Petersen Jr. USMC
retired. There will be a contingent of Montford Point
Marine Association members to include some Original
Montford Pointers and myself at this historic ceremony. We
all wish General Coleman much success as he begins this
historical chapter in his outstanding Marine Corps

Fall Council: The Fall Council is will be held on Saturday,
4 November. The members of the National Executive
Committee we be mailed copies of the; Convention Report,
minutes from the National Convention, Journal Report and
the Special Projects Officer Report. These reports and
Spring Council 2007 and other topics will be discussed in
our conference call. Although the Fall Council is for the
Executive Committee, all members of the National Executive
Council, which includes Chapter Presidents, are invited to
phone in and provide input. Detailed information to
include the call-in phone numbers will be in the package
you will receive shortly via US Mail.

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

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.

Association Happenings: From November 16-19, an
International Conference on World War II will be held at
the National WWII Museum located in New Orleans. Past
National President Gene Doughty has received and has
accepted an invitation to participate at the Conference.
As a Marine veteran and Combat survivor of the epic battle
of Iwo Jima, PNP Doughty will be able to provide his vast
knowledge and experience to the Conference. Many will
remember that Gene was scheduled for this conference last
year but Hurricane Katrina postponed this event.

For the past thirty years Gene Doughty has served as our
National Scholarship Director. Gene has made it known to
me that he plans to step down once his two year term of
office expires in 2008. We are actively searching for a
successor to Gene; there surely could never be a
replacement. Now is a great time to have candidates
identified so that Gene can personally mentor this
replacement. I will be accepting nominations from
individuals immediately.

Regional Vice President Reuben McNair announces his
Original Montford Pointer and Korean War Combat wounded
veteran Reuben McNair recently announced his retirement as
the Senior Regional Vice President. Reuben has served this
Association faithfully in many capacities over 35 years,
the last seven as Southern Regional Vice President. I have
supported Reuben’s recommendation that Quantico Chapter
President CWO-3 James Averhart serve as interim Southern
Regional Vice President until that Region can hold their
region elections. If any National Executive Council
members have input on this, please let me know by 1
November 2006.

Veterans Day: WASHINGTON – The Honorable R. James
Nicholson, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and leaders of
major veteran’s organizations recently called on America's
veterans to help kindle a new spark of patriotism on
Veterans Day by wearing the medals they earned during
military service.

"We are announcing a Veterans Pride Initiative to remind
Americans of the pride and honor in the hearts of those who
have served," Nicholson said.  "We expect Americans will
see our decorated heroes unite in spirit at ceremonies, in
parades and elsewhere as a compelling symbol of courage and
sacrifice on Veterans Day, the day we set aside to thank
those who served and safeguarded our national security."

The campaign is modeled after a tradition in Australia and
New Zealand, countries who honor the Australian and New
Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) on April 25.  ANZAC Day sees
veterans wearing their military decorations whatever they
are doing on that day.  Nicholson said he hopes a U. S.
tradition will ensue to emulate this pride in being a
veteran and in honoring our veterans.

VA is offering information about the campaign on its Web
page, , where veterans
also can obtain information about how to replace mislaid
medals and learn how to confirm the decorations to which
they are entitled.

RESTAURANTS: All veterans receive a free lunch or dinner
entrée  at McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants
nationwide on Sunday, November 5th in honor of Veterans Day
week. Vets should show proper identification (VA card, VFW
card, veterans ID, discharge papers, etc.) RESERVATIONS
STRONGLY ENCOURAGED! In a show of thanks to our nation’s
veterans, Bill McCormick and Doug Schmick offer to serve
those who’ve served at their McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood
Restaurants. Last year the company served nearly 15,000
vets nationwide. This year’s event is taking place on the
Sunday before Veterans Day so that families can
participate.   McCormick & Schmick’s annual veterans
program began as a small effort in just one restaurant in
1999. Due to its overwhelming popularity and positive
response received from veterans the program has expanded
Where:            McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants
nationwide & in the Washington D.C. area:
                        McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood
                        Reston Town Center, Reston, VA  
703-481-6600, opens at 11:30 a.m.
                        1652 K Street NW, Washington D.C. 
202-861-2233, opens at 5 p.m.
                        901 F Street NW, Washington D.C. 
202-639-9330, opens at 5 p.m.
                        7401 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, MD 
301-961-2626, opens at 5 p.m.
                        8484 Westpark Drive, McLean/Tysons,
VA   703-848-8000, opens at 5 p.m.
                        2010 Crystal Drive, Crystal City,
VA, 703-413-6400, opens at 5 p.m 
Atlanta, GA 770-399-9900
Atlanta, GA-CNN 404-521-1236

When: Sunday, November 5 2005
A complete list of participating restaurants may be found

Documentary Film: Art Holliday, Director of the
Documentary film “Johnnie Be Good” which tells the story of
Rock and Roll Pioneer and Original Montford Pointer Johnnie
Johnson, is constantly updating his web page on the
progress of this historical project. Please check the
webpage at Art is also
looking to contact anyone who served in the Marines with
Johnnie during World War II. Art Holliday’s email address
is The projected completion date
of "Johnnie Be Good" is late 2007 or 2008.

Montford Point Marine Documentary: Many of our membership
attended the Documentary PREVIEW during our National
convention. The Documentary PREMIER is scheduled for 14
November with a reception beginning at 6:00PM and screening
at 7:00PM at the Fisher Student Center on the Main Campus
of University of North Carolina Wilmington. Those wishing
to attend should RSVP by November 3rd at 910-962-4113. Our
National Museum Director, Finney Greggs plans to attend
with a contingent of Original Montford Pointers. For the
latest information about the documentary please visit the
following website; This
website is constantly being updated with new information
and video clips.

Marine Corps Ball Celebrations: Chapters are reminded to
please submit any media coverage (copies of newspaper
articles, etc...) to our National Public Relations Officer,
Eric Lindsay, 703-432-9035 or ,
and National Recording Secretary, Regina Lawrence, 804-279-3589. Chapters are also encouraged
to send request for reunion announcements and other media
request to Eric Lindsay.

Chapter Happenings:

San Diego Chapter #12: recently held Chapter elections and
Charlie Lewis is the new Chapter President. Listed are a
complete slate of the current San Diego Officers; Charlie
Lewis, President, August Willis, Vice President, Terriel
Thompson, Secretary, Charlie Lewis, Treasure, Samuel
Bagwell, Financial Secretary, George Herring, Chaplin,
James Love, Sergeant-at-Arms, Augustus Willis,  Public
President Lewis may be reached at (619) 264-7487 or

Upcoming Chapter Marine Corps Birthday 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 National Sergeant-at-Arms 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

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

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

Jacksonville Chapter #29: Will celebrate their Marine
Corps Ball on Friday, 10 November 2006 beginning with a
fellowship at 7:00 PM a 7:00 PM ceremony and dinner and
Ball at Levya’s Restaurant at the Prime Osborn Convention
Center 1000 Water Street, Jacksonville FL. Tickets are
$50.00 each and may be purchased from Chapter President
James Tippins 904-768-0687 or Maurice Grant 904-464-3048,
Ronald Jackson 904-215-4020 or Anthony Landrum at

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;  

As always, please continue to check our official website
for more information through the Association at or or or

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


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