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National Update February/March 2007

Mar 1, 2007

Montford Point Marine Association Inc. National Update
February/March 2007
Fellow members and friends,

Because of the minimum amount of activities throughout the
Association during March, this will serve as the update for
both February and March. Please pass this information to
those in your address book that may have an interest.
Thank you everyone for getting this much needed information
to the masses!

The Documentary Movie still commands many of the emails and
phone calls I receive. I am encouraging all members to
carefully read the next few sentences. Both the University
of North Carolina Wilmington and South Carolina State
University are aware of the great desire to put a copy of
this Documentary in the hands of those who want it.
However, they both have a marketing plan to distribute the
Documentary AFTER it is scheduled to air on PBS stations.
That date is still not final. In the interim, there have
been, and there will continue to be, showings of this film
across the country and I will notify members when and where
that happens. Nobody wants to get this into member’s hands
as quickly as I do but quite candidly; all the phone calls
and emails are getting quite frustrating to me having to
answer the exact same questions. National Officers and
Chapter Presidents please use this update as the very
latest in Documentary news. There is a number that you may
call to add your name to the list of those who will be
contacted when this Documentary is available. That number
is 910-962-2650. No monies are being taken at this time;
this is merely a pre-order list. I will still notify all
when the Documentary is available for purchase. Thank you
all for your continued patience in this matter.

Many of have already heard about Tyler Perry’s new movie
“Daddy’s Little Girl” but did you know that Mr. Louis
Gossett Jr. had a role in it?? If you like a good laugh,
please get out and see this movie and support Mr. Gossett,
who has done so much for us. Daddy’s Little Girl opened
Valentine’s Day and is now playing in most theaters. Let’s
get out and see this film and support Mr. Gossett!!

On 3 February I attended the Quantico Chapter’s 2d Heritage
Ball in which our own National Chaplain, Reverend James
Moore, was the featured speaker. Once again Quantico put
on a very nice event in which the audience was educated
about African American Heroes past and present. The focus
was always on the Original Montford Pointers, in which four
were in attendance from the DC-6 Chapter. Special thanks to
the new Chapter President Kenny Crutcher for his warm

Also, on 3 February our National Vice President, Mike
Johnson, traveled to St Louis, MO for their 10th Annual
Chosen Few Banquet that featured Camp Johnson (Montford
Point) Commander Colonel Grover Lewis. Along with the
National Ladies Auxiliary President Melcine Henderson, our
National Queen, Sontrese Williams was there with a
contingent of supporters from the Chicago Chapter.
Detroit Chapter President Sylvia Riley was there along with
Chapter members from Louisville and Indianapolis. Also in
attendance was our National Public Relations Officer, Eric
Lindsay & Host Chapter President and Central Regional Vice
President Tony Chestang.

South Carolina State University is sponsoring a premier of
the Documentary The Marines of Montford Point on Monday,
March 12th, 2007 at Barbara A. Vaughn Recital Hall at their
campus in Orangeburg, South Carolina, beginning with a
reception at 9:30 AM. If you are planning to attend,
please RSVP immediately at 803-536-7127.

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
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

Executive Council Members: expect a mailing very soon to
include; the Spring Council Agenda, The Journal information
and the latest National update.

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

Black Marine Reunion 2007 the Second Black Marine Reunion
will be held at the Santa Fe Station Hotel & Casino in Las
Vegas from June 22nd through June 24th 2007. The cost for
a Marine is $85.00 and $145.00 for a couple. Bobby Wallace
is the point of contact for this reunion and he may be
reached at 352-259-2435 or These
Marines are not working in competition, rather in concert
with the Montford Pointers. We have shared member
information so that those who wish to participate can and
are encouraged to support both the Black Marine initiative
and ours.

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 previewed the 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, made commentary prior to and after the
screening. Lieutenant Colonel Willie also was the
Reviewing Officer for that day’s graduation parade. Event
was attended by a few hundred active duty Marines. 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.

Camp Lejeune Chapter#10 also held a Documentary Showing on
Thursday, 15 February, 2007 at Northside High School
Auditorium in Jacksonville North Carolina. I know the
Museum folks, specifically our Director Finney Greggs, was
instrumental in making this happen. Finney also presented
a plaque to the Northside High Principal to show our
appreciation for the use of their Auditorium.

Camp Lejeune also held their 19th Annual Heritage Dinner
Dance on February 24th at “The Point”, which is the Camp
Lejeune Clubhouse. The speaker was The Honorable Judge
Paul A. Hardison, District Court Judge, District 4.

DC Chapter #6 On February 8th, the Department of Veteran’s
Affairs in Washington, DC held their Black History Month
Celebration. The event highlighted this year’s theme From
Slavery to Freedom: The Story of Africans in the Americas
by including a Veteran’s Panel Discussion. James Ferguson,
an original Montford Point Marine and member of the DC
Chapter, was joined by men representing the Tuskegee
Airmen, Buffalo Soldiers, Triple Nickels and the National
Association for Black Veterans to recount stories of their
time in the military and their service to Veterans. Mr.
Ferguson told of his time on Okinawa as well as Guadalcanal
and his humor filled stories garnered both laughter and
applause. Following the panel discussion the men were given
a briefing by the Veterans Health Administration Under
Secretary for Health Jonathan Perlin, on what the VA was
doing to help veteran’s now and in the future. They were
also asked to take that information and pass it on to the
members of their respective organizations to enlist their
support and assistance in future health studies. Mr. Perlin
also offered to make himself available to speak at their
annual conventions to give similar briefings to educate
members of their organizations.

Kudos: To Lee Triggs. Lee works with J. Walter Thompson
(The Marine Corps Advertising Agency) and the 8th Marine
Corps Recruiting District. Lee was instrumental in ensuring
the original Montford Pointers and members that reside in
the boundaries of the 8th MCD received a copy of the ad, in
poster form, that is appearing in Ebony and Jet Magazines.
Thanks Lee for your continued support of our heroes!!

To Past National President Gene Doughty. Gene is featured
in the February 2007 American Legion Magazine. Gene
commanded two full pages near the center of the Magazine to
detail his participation in the battle for Iwo Jima.

To former Marine Officer and Daughter of Major General
retired Gary Cooper, Shawn Cooper for her Company’s (MARTA)
generous donation of $325.00 to our Scholarship Fund.
Shawn is the Director of Marketing and Sales and is
involved in their charity club. Thanks Shawn for your
longtime support of the Association’s goals!!!!!!

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 is also available at, Barnes & Noble
and Borders.

Scholarship Information: Our Scholarship Director, Gene
Doughty, has sent this year’s scholarship information to
Chapter Presidents. Please be mindful of the deadlines and
ensure that your applicants return a complete package. I
know there are plenty of deserving children and
grandchildren of members that can benefit from both the
Montford Point and the Marine Corps Scholarship programs.
For additional Scholarship information, please contact Gene
direct at 718-882-2523.

TAPS: The Association lost a few members and supporters
over the past few months to include;
*LA Chapter member Nathaniel Herman. Mr Herman may have
been quiet at our meetings but he never missed a thing that
was said.
* Robert Lee Crittenden, an original Montford Pointer from
San Diego, died on 5 January 2007.
*Walter W. Travis, who served from 1944-1964 of San Diego
passed away on 14 December, 2006.

Chapter Presidents and members are reminded to encourage
our elder members to have a bio prepared for the press and
the funeral home. We often get last minute requests from
the family asking about their loved one’s service dates,
rank, etc… Please make sure that up-to-date bio
information is ready at the Chapter level. 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

News: Past National Public Relations Officer, Carmen
Cordoba found this interesting story about a few Montford
Pointers on the net;
Also, Carmen shared these stories with us;

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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