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Wow another calendar has passed all too soon!

Jan 24, 2007

Montford Point Marine Association Inc. National Update
January 2007  
Fellow members and 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.

Wow,another calendar has passed all too soon! 2006 proved
to be a remarkable year for our Association. The long
anticipated Documentary film was previewed at our National
Convention in July and premiered at the University of North
Carolina Wilmington in November. We were fortunate to have
Academy Awarding winner actor Louis Gossett Jr. at both
events. Mr. Gossett continues to be very interested and in
tune to assist us in telling the story of our heroes.

Three Chapters were stood up (Boston, MA. Warner Robins, GA
and Mobile, AL) in 2006. Mobile held their first major
event, a Marine Corps Birthday celebration in early
November featuring Lieutenant General Frank Petersen, that
was a huge success. I presented their Chapter Charter at
this event.

Two of our Regional Vice Presidents have retired from their
positions, Ken Rollock from the Northern Region and Rueben
McNair from the South. Both of these original Montford
Pointers have served our Association for many years and
they leave their respective regions in very capable hands.

Our membership continues to grow, unfortunately, we are
losing members through death as fast as we are gaining them
through new membership. Please continue to aggressively
recruit new members so that this great legacy continues.

There are no less than three books covering the Montford
Point experience that have been written or are being
researched as we speak. The first book from the University
of North Carolina Wilmington’s Dr. Melton A. McClaurin is
ready for distribution and details how to obtain a copy are
outlined further in this update.

Also, in 2006 we have had unprecedented press coverage.
From the editorial in the USA Today about the Association’s
feelings concerning the Major Motion Picture Flags Of Our
Fathers (which was seen by nearly 2.3 million readers) to
the various articles written in base newspapers in Camp
Pendleton, Camp Lejeune, MCB Quantico, Henderson Hall and
the very nice piece in Semper Fidelis the magazine of the
Marine Corps League and some of the major newspapers in the
country and overseas, our story IS getting out.

The following link is an article that appeared in some
overseas newspapers;
many of your National Officers are working tirelessly daily
to ensure our story is being told.

I managed to visit with seven chapters (Beaufort, Chicago,
Philadelphia, DC-6, Quantico, Camp Lejeune and Mobile)
during the past calendar year either at chapter events or
simply to meet with members informally. The Chapter level
is where the real work of the Association gets done. Many
of you have labored at the local level for many years
ensuring the legacy of the Montford Pointers continues to
be told. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed.

As we look forward to 2007 and our Spring Council and
National Convention in Jacksonville, Florida,I ask each and
every one of you to rededicate yourself and your time to
continue to help Preserve the Legacy of the Men of Montford
Point! I wish each and every one of you a happy and
prosperous 2007!

Montford Point Marine Documentary: For the latest
information about the documentary please visit the
following website; this
website is constantly being updated with new information
and video clips. Copies of the Documentary are currently
being mailed to those who were interviewed and UNC
Wilmington expects copies to be mailed to Chapter
Presidents during February. I still have no definitive word
on when copies will be available for the general public and
will pass that information in a special email just as soon
as it is passed to me. Please view the following attachment
about the Documentary Premier;

Montford Point Book: Dr. Melton A. McLaurin, director of
the Montford Point Documentary, has completed his book
based on the 60 plus interviews that were done for the
Documentary Movie. In honor of their service, members of
the Montford Point Marine Association may order the
hardcover book, normally $29.95, for the special price of
$20.00, plus $5.00 shipping and handling. Orders should be
directed to Longleaf Services,1-800-848-6224.

Mention the code “DMPMA” to obtain your discount. Or,you
may order on-line at Enter the code
“DMPMA” after you have added the item to your cart, and the
discount price will appear.
I have ordered and received mine in the mail. This is a
very good read!!!!

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. The special
rate is $99.00 single and double occupancy. The cutoff date
for this rate is 1 April 2007. The number to the hotel is
800-233-1234 or 904-588-1234. 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.
John’s 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

Chapter Presidents are reminded that Award recommendations
are due to the Awards Chair, West Region Vice President,
Nathaniel Hosea, by our Spring Council. Please refer to our
National by-laws and the letter that Nate sends out to
ensure that you are in compliance and that the much
deserved individuals receive recognition for the hard work
they put into our Association.

Chapters are also reminded to submit their recommendations
for resolutions to our by-laws at least 60 days prior to
our convention to the Resolutions Chairwoman, Alexandria

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.

NAACP Convention 2007: The 2007 NAACP Convention will be
held in Detroit, MI from 7-12 July. We purposely scheduled
our convention not to conflict with the NAACP. For detailed
information about the NAACP Convention, please visit their
website at

Convention 2008: Once again we find the Association without
a dedicated location for convention 2008. I implore
Chapters that are interested in holding a convention in
their area to be thoroughly prepared to brief the Spring
Council members in May. Chapters are reminded that we have
a very capable Convention Director, Past National President
Nathaniel James, who will work with you through the entire
process. The Convention is a great way to inject much
needed funds into the local chapter.

Chapter Happenings:
The Louisville Chapter #22 is hosting its 3rd Annual
Covington-Hagan Scholarship Banquet in honor of John T.
Covington and John W. Hagan, founders of the Louisville
Chapter of the MPMA. This formal event will take place
Saturday March 17th, 2007 at 6:00 PM at Masterson’s which
is located at 1830 South Third Street, Louisville, Kentucky
40208. The guest speaker is Major General Cornell Wilson.
Tickets are $50.00 each. For more information please
contact Charles Stallard at 502-231-0132 or 502-550-2423
(cell) or by email at

San Diego/Los Angeles Chapters will be supporting a viewing
of our Documentary film on Friday, 9 February 2007 at 3:00
PM at the MCRD San Diego Theatre. Lieutenant Colonel
Clarence Willie, one of the two principal individuals
responsible for our Documentary, will be making commentary
prior to and after the screening. Lieutenant Colonel
Willie will also be the Reviewing Officer for that day’s
graduation parade. Event was scheduled on a Friday so that
the active duty Marines will have an opportunity to view
this as part of their Professional Military Education
(PME). Special thanks to Mrs. Evangeline Vann, wife of
Original Montford Pointer Sergeant Major William “Movin”
Vann, who coordinated this event. Also, thanks to the depot
Sergeant Major, Sergeant Major Woods, who help guide Mrs.
Vann through the protocol process to make this happen. This
event will be open to members of both the San Diego and LA
Chapters, please let your Chapter President know if you are
attending so that good numbers can be given to Mrs. Vann.
For additional information please contact Mrs. Vann at

St Louis Chapter#13 will have their annual Chosen Few
Banquet on Saturday, 3 February at the Airport Marriot.
The feature speaker is Colonel Grover Lewis, Commanding
Officer of MCCCS (Montford Point). For tickets and
additional information please contact Central Region Vice
President, Tony Chestang at 314-524-7420 or email at

Quantico Chapter #32 will hold their 2d Annual Heritage
Dinner and Social on Saturday, 3 February 2007 beginning
with a Social Hour at 6:00 PM. Event will be at the Chesty
Puller VFW 1503 Minnieville Road, Dale, City VA and the
cost is $35.00 in advance and $40.00 at the door. The
keynote speaker will be Reverend James Moore SgtMaj USMC
retired and our National Chaplain. For tickets and more
information please contact the new Quantico Chapter
President Kenneth Crutcher at 571-214-9653 or 202-373-8574
or Victor Eaves at 682-553-9141.

Membership Cards: The National Recording Secretary, Regina
Lawrence, has reported that we should be now caught up with
issuing membership cards. If you have paid your dues and
have not received a card within a reasonable amount of time
(30 days), please contact your Chapter President so that he
or she may check on the progress of your card.

Before a membership card is issued, our National Financial
Secretary must ensure that the member or perspective member
has submitted the appropriate fee and then communicate that
through a transmittal to the National Recording Secretary.

This may not happen as fast as members wish. We are all
volunteers and try to be as fast as possible in getting
cards to members. However, if you must check, please go
through your respective Chapter President and if they
cannot solve the problem, please bring it to your Regional
Vice President. If for any reason the Regional Vice cannot
resolve the issue he will contact me.

Marine Corps Museum: Our National History, Lieutenant
Colonel Joseph Carpenter, continues to press the National
Marine Museum at Quantico to include the Montford Point
Story at this beautiful museum that tells the Marine Corps’

Kudos: To lifetime member Colonel Adele Hodges, Commander
of Camp Lejeune, for being named Jacksonville/Onslow County
Woman of the Year! Colonel Hodges was one of the
individuals who were instrumental in the success of our
National Convention by providing Logistical Support for the
Camp Lejeune Chapter and hosting Mr. Lou Gossett during his
visit. The Colonel has also sponsored a lifetime membership
for a dear friend and original Montford Pointer in the New
England area. There is an article and picture of the
Colonel in the 22 January edition of Marine Corps Times.
Well done Colonel and thanks for all your support!!!!!!

To the Marine Corps Recruiting Command. In the February
issue of Ebony Magazine there is a full page recruiting ad
on page 183 that features an African American Marine
Officer with a picture of Montford Point Marines in Dress
Blues in the background. How appropriate to have this run
during Black History Month! Thank you to the Recruiting

To Sergeant Major Carlton Kent, who has been named as the
16th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps. Please visit the
following website to learn more on this superb Marine Corps

To Past National President Gene Doughty. Gene is featured
in the February 2007 American Legion Magazine.

To Southern Region Vice President James Averhart, James
recently assumed command of the Camp Lejeune Brig. James is
also selected for promotion to Chief Warrant Officer
-4.James recently turned over the Quantico Chapter to
Kenneth Crutcher who I know will continue the superior work
that James started in 2005. Congratulations James on all
your accomplishments!!!

Black History Month:
The Quantico Black History Month Program will be on
Saturday, 24 February at the Fredericksburg Convention
Center from 5 pm – 9 pm (dancing from 9 pm – 11 pm). The
meal includes beef and chicken so you will have both on
your plate. This event continues to be a sell-out every
year. I plan on attending for the fifth year and once again
the committee has allowed me to do a presentation to the
guest speaker on behalf of the Association.

The guest speaker will be The Honorable Congressman Elijah
Cummings 7th District (D-MD). Tickets are $50.00 per and
may be purchased through Master Sergeant (retired) William
“Bill” Jones. Bill may be reached at 301-342-8263 or by

Queen’s Contest: Chapters should have received their
compliment of Queens Raffle Tickets to sell by now. The
Queens Contest is our premier National Fundraiser. Besides
raising money for our National Scholarship commitment and
to help with operating costs, this fundraiser should be
viewed as an excellent opportunity to raise money and
awareness of our individual chapters. Chapters are
required to raise a minimum of $500.00 each to remain
financial with the National Office.

Chapters that are not financial will not have any voting
privileges at the National Spring Council or our National
Convention. Tickets are $1.00 each for a grand prize of
$2500.00 cash with 2d place receiving $500.00 and 3rd place
getting $300.00. Please see your chapter representative
for tickets.

Books: Philadelphia Chapter President Reverend Lawrence
Brown’s (PhD) book, Kwanza King & Queen has been published
and may be purchased by contacting Reverend Brown at or call: 1-888-795-4274.
Book will be available at, Barnes & Noble
and Borders in November.

Dee Siffer, a Portrait Artist/Photographer in Southern
California, has designed a beautiful 13” x19” custom plaque
with a collage of photos depicting Montford Point and
featuring Sergeant Major “Hashmark” Johnson. The cost of
the plaque is $75.00 which includes shipping and handling.
Dee designed some posters for us a few years ago and
presented a few select National Officers (including myself)
these posters which has allowed us to have posters at our
displays. Dee also has the same design in a postcard form.
Postcards sell for $2.00 each with a minimum order of 10.
Dee may be contacted at 714-970-6810 or by email at If you send Dee an email I’m sure she
will send you a picture of this plaque.

TAPS: The Association lost a few members and supporters
over the past few months to include;*The wife of Maryland
17 Chapter President William Foreman, Mrs. Edwina Foreman,
passed on 7 December 2006. The Foreman’s were married for
over 58 years!

*The wife of Museum Board of Director member Charles
Williams, Mrs. Katie Williams passed on 3 December 2006.
Mrs. Williams was active in the Ladies Auxiliary of the
Jacksonville Chapter for many years.

*Detroit Chapter Member Andy Williams. Mr Williams was 75

*San Diego Original Montford Pointer and one of the
founding fathers of that chapter Walter Travis passed in
December 2006. Members are reminded to report the lost of
members and supporters immediately to our National Chaplin,
Reverend James Moore. Reverend Moore may be reached at
843-846-0881 or email at:

Welcome: To NY Chapter members WO Adrian J Nicholas and
SSgt R Swain who both welcomed new additions to their
families during December 2006. WO Nicholas and his wife
had a baby girl, Rachel Lyza Nicholas and SSgt Swain
welcomed a new son. Congratulations to both of these

News: Past National Public Relations Officer, Carmen
Cordoba found this interesting story about a few Montford
Pointers on the net;
Also, Carmen posted this on;
Thanks Carmen for your continued support!

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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