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Convention 2008 was a huge success!

Aug 23, 2007

Montford Point Marine Association Inc. National Newsletter
August/September 2007

“Preserving the Legacy”

Fellow members and friends,

First order of business for this newsletter is to thank the
many, many members that sent condolences, flowers, letters,
emails and calls to both me and my family over the death of
my Father, Joseph Henry Geeter Sr. I was overwhelmed by the
support you have given the Geeter Family. A very special
thank you to the Chicago Chapter members who came out in
great numbers to my Father’s memorial service in Chicago.
It meant a lot to my family to have you there.

Convention 2008 was a huge success! Jacksonville Chapter
President James H. Tippins and his committee treated us to
a very efficiently ran convention. From the President’s
reception and the proclamation from the city council to
Florida State Senator Anthony “Tony” Hills pledge of
support to help get the Montford Pointers some very long
overdue recognition from Congress to Lifetime member
Lieutenant General Ronald Coleman’s heartfelt no notes
speech at our National Banquet, every member I talked to
had an enjoyable time.

We now turn our attention to both the Spring Council and
Convention 2008 which will be held in Houston Texas.

We also received word very recently that the Documentary
film will be shown in 87 cities during November 2008.
Special thanks to Dustin Miller and everyone who are still
working very hard on this project. More details on all
these items will be covered in this edition of our National


Documentary Airing; We are pleased to announced that that
the our documentary film will be shown on 25 September 2007
on North Carolina Educational Television (ETV) at 10:30
pm, and on South Carolina ETV on 20 September, 2007 at
10:30pm. On or about 10 November, 2007, there will be a
nationwide showing on PBS in approximately 87 cities. More
detailed information will be passed through a special
update when available. Special thanks again to the
Director, Department of Media Production at the University
of North Carolina Wilmington, DUSTIN MILLER for staying on
top on this project over the past few years!!!!!

MPMA Convention 2007.

The National Queen for our Association year is Camp
LeJune’s Joneita Carroll. Joneita recaptured her crown by
raising over $10,000 for our Scholarship and operating
expense endeavors! The first runner up was Chicago Chapter
Queen Delphino Barber and the 2d runner up was Louisville’s
Markita Jones. Thank to all the Chapter Queen contestants
who helped raise over $30,000 for our Association!

The raffle winners were; first prize $2500.00 Nikya Smith
sold by the Louisville Chapter, second $500.00 Roxanne sold
by the Mobile, Alabama Chapter and third place of $300.00
Robert Graham sold by the Chicago Chapter. Congratulations
to the winners and special thanks to all who participate to
make this a great year for our National Fundraiser!

The following National Officers were reelected for another
two year term to our Association;
National President:Joe Geeter
National Vice President:Mike Johnson
National Recording Secretary:Regina Lawrence
National Financial Secretary:David Fortune

Congratulations to these officers! I look forward to
working with you all for what I plan is the final two years
of my administration.

Spring Council 2008: will be held at the Houston Hyatt
Regency 17-20 April 2008. National Officers are requested
to make their travel plans and reservations a minimum of
three weeks in advance to ensure you get the best possible
price for your arrangements and that the Association only
spends what is necessary for reimbursement of those
officers whose travel is covered by the Association.

MPMA Convention 2008: The dates for our 2008 convention in
Houston Texas have been set. Convention will be from 16-20
July with the 16th and 20th as travel days. The President’s
reception once again being held on the Wednesday travel
day. The number to the Hyatt Regency is 713-654-1234. The
Hyatt Regency Houston is located in Downtown Houston at
1200 Louisiana Street, Houston, Texas 77002

MPMA Convention 2009: It’s never too early to start
planning to host a convention. If you are interested
please let our National Convention Director Nat James or
the National Vice President Mike Johnson know.

Chapter/Region Happenings:

Philadelphia Chapter #1: has announced their annual Marine
Corps Birthday and Veterans Ball will be Saturday 17
November at the Philadelphia Airport Ramada Inn beginning
at 6:00 PM. Tickets are $45.00 each and may be purchased
from Joe Geeter. Joe may be reached at 610-495-3619.

Quantico Chapter # 32 will hold their 2d Annual
Commemorative Ball on Friday August 24th beginning at
6:30PM with a Social Hour at the Holiday Inn Select 2801
Plank Road Fredericksburg, VA 22401. Sergeant Major
Carlton Kent, the 16th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps
will be the keynote speaker. For tickets and more
information, contact Sergeant Major Parisa Fetherson USMC
retired at or 540-657-8249.

Los Angeles Chapter #8 The Los Angeles Chapter will hold
their Annual Marine Corps Birthday Ball on November 19th,
2007 beginning at 7:00PM at the Chester Washington Golf
Course, 1930 West 120th Street, Los Angeles CA 90047.
Hotel accommodations are available at the Ramada Plaza 5250
West El Segundo Blvd, Hawthorn California 90250. The rate
is$75.00 per night and reservations may be made by calling
310-536-9800. For tickets and more information, please
call National Vice President and LA Chapter President Mike
Johnson at 909-815-1972.

San Diego Chapter#12 The San Diego Chapter will hold their
Annual Scholarship Banquet on Saturday, September 8th, 2007
beginning at 6:00 PM at the Bay view Restaurant aboard The
Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, California. The
Keynote speaker is the son of an original Montford Pointer,
Colonel John T. Boggs, USMC. Colonel Boggs is the Dean of
Faculty and Academics Programs at the National Defense
University, Washington, DC. For more information or tickets
please call Sam Bagwell at 619-524-8280 or Annanias Rose at

Chapters are reminded to contact me directly with the
details of your upcoming events. It’s never too early to
advertise your events for planning purposes.

60 Years ago this week: Daniel Bankhead, and original
Montford Pointer, broke into baseball with the Birmingham
Black Barons of the Negro Leagues as a shortstop in 1940.
On April 22, 1943 he joined the Marine Corps in Macon, GA
and was part of an all Negro Baseball team stationed in
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina which was kept in the States
for the duration of the war and toured as a “morale
raiser”. He played shortstop and the outfield. He was
released from the service on June 7,1946 at the Naval
Ammunition Depot in McAlester, OK as a Sergeant and joined
the Memphis TN Red Sox also of the Negro Leagues and was
converted to a pitcher. He was the first pitcher of
African American ancestry to appear in the Major Leagues
and made his Major League debut on August 26th, 1947. He
also hit a home run in his first time at bat and was the
first National League pitcher to do that. In 1948 he was
with Nashua, NH in the Class B New England League where he
led the league in winds with 20 and he also led the league
in strikeouts. Late in that season he was moved to St.
Paul MN in the Class AAA International League. At St. Paul
his record was 4-0. He spent the 1949 season with
Montreal, Canada, also of the International League and
again won 20 games. He remained with the Dodgers for the
1950 season and started the 1951 season wit them and in
July was sent back to Montreal, Canada. He had pitched in
52 games for the Dodgers. After two seasons with Montreal
he began playing in the Canadian Provincial League and in
1954 began playing in Mexico. He played until 1965 and died
May 2nd 1976.

Books:The May 2007 edition of Leatherneck Magazine reviewed
the book “Collie J” that tells the story of Original
Montford Pointer Collie J. Nickerson the first black member
of Denig’s Demons”, the World War II Marine combat
correspondences. Collie later was the man who was
instrumental in bringing Grambling College to National
recognition by sending advanced press releases to 400 black
newspapers nation wide. Book may be purchased through the
Marine Corps Association

There is another book that has recently been written about
the Men of Montford Point by Retired Marine Corps
Lieutenant Colonel Ronald K. Culp. Colonel Culp writes
historical novels and is a freelance writer. He lives in
Kerrville, Texas. The book’s released date has been pushed
back to 1 July, 2007 but can be previewed on the following
website; if you click on "Add to Cart", the ordering
process will start.

National Chaplain: 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 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
National President
Master Gunnery Sergeant (retired)
Montford Point Marine Association
27 Red Tail Court
Limerick, PA 19468



Historical advisor Byron Stewart PhD


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