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Mr. Washington will be missed by all

Jan 14, 2008

Montford Point Marine Association Inc. National Newsletter
January/February 2008
“Preserving the Legacy”

Fellow members, supporters and friends,
I hope that each and every one of you had a joyous
Christmas holiday and I wish you all a very prosperous

We received some very sad news right before Christmas that
original Montford Pointer William “Bill” Washington of St
Louis had passed away. Bill was extremely active in the St
Louis Chapter and the general Missouri area. Bill often
spoke at events telling the story of Montford Point. He
was the guest speaker at the Marine Ball at Fort Leonard
Wood a few weeks back and Marines are still talking about
the impression he made on those in attendance. Bill also
assisted many journalist tell the story of Montford Point,
often entertaining them in his home where he amassed an
impressive collection of Marine and Montford Point
Memorabilia. I had the pleasure to speak with Bill a few
days before his death and he was in tremendous spirits
helping to finalize the details for the St Louis Chapter
Chosen Few Banquet in February. Central Regional Vice
President Anthony (Tony) Chestang and a host of other
represented the Association at Bill’s homegoing ceremony on
December 23rd. Mr. Washington will be missed by all of
us. I have attached a link to our website that covers an
on camera interview that Mr. Washington did earlier this
year. Please take a few moments and watch this.

MEMBERSHIP DUES: are currently due for all annual members.
Please forward both your National Dues (still at only
$25.00 per year) and your Chapter dues immediately to your
Chapter representative or to National Financial Secretary
David Fortune at MPMA PO Box #1070 Sharon Hill PA 19079.
In order to continue to run this organization we are in
great need for all members to become current in their dues.

Awards: Nominations for Association Awards are due no
later than the first day of our Spring Council (18 April
2008). Please refer to our by-laws for the details of
these awards. As always, our Awards Committee Chair and
Western Regional Vice President, Nathaniel Hosea, will send
packages to Chapter Presidents in late January or early
February detailing these awards. Award recommendations can
come from any member but we prefer to receive them from
Chapter Presidents or Regional Vice Presidents. There will
be example Award Submissions for the Hall-of-Fame in this
year’s package. Those members who are considered but not
selected for the Hall of Fame will automatically be
considered for another award. Our Award Committee consists
of the Chair, National Vice President, Regional Vice
Presidents and one Past National President as an advisor.
For more information about awards, please contact Nathaniel
Hosea at 714-537-3112.


Queens Tickets: Have been sent to the Chapter Presidents.
I say it every year but this is our only National
Fundraising event which almost in itself generates the cash
we need to operate as an Association and provide the
revenue needed for our National Scholarship endeavors.
Please take advantage of this from a local aspect as well.
If Chapters run a queen to sell tickets they are awarded a
40% rebate once they reach the minimum goal of $500.00.
This can bring significant money not only to National but
to the local chapters. Last year’s National Queen Joneita
Carroll from Camp Lejeune Chapter #10 raised over
$10,000.00 in which over $4,000.00 stayed at the chapter
level. If Chapters need additional tickets they may
contact National Special Projects Officer George Herring at

Documentary Airing “Marines of Montford Point-Fighting for
Freedom”: We have received nothing but positive feedback
on the airing of our documentary movie during November.
There will probably be additional airings during the month
of February for Black History Month. While searching the
net I discovered an airing in Detroit for Thursday,
February 21st from 10-11 PM EST. Also, it will be
broadcasted in the Utah area on station KUEN Saturday,
January 19th @ 9:00 PM and Monday January 21st @ 11:00PM.
Please check your individual PBS Stations for airing times
and pass to other members and to me. Documentary Film may
be purchased at our National Museum for $20.00 plus $5.00
shipping and handling. Please contact Finney or Louise
Greggs at the Museum Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday from
11:00 am – 4:00 pm at 910-450-1760/1340. Additionally, Dr.
Melton McLaurin’s book that compliments the documentary can
also be purchased from the Museum for $29.95 + $5.00 S/H.
This is an AOL link that might assist in finding broadcast
times in your area;

Books: Please check out the following link for information
about another book currently on the Market about the
Montford Pointers. I have mentioned Colonel Culp’s book in
previous updates. The Colonel recently did a book signing
in Jacksonville, North Carolina

MPMA Fall Council 2007: As required by our by-laws, the
National Executive Committee held our 2007 Fall Council on
Saturday 15 December. This council was done
telephonically and the main purpose was to close the books
on our Association year and to gather the final reports
from those National Officers who deal with funds.

Special Projects Officer George Herring suggested and the
Council agreed to have our National Vice President Mike
Johnson gather information from Chapters of their
Scholarship initiatives so that when Mike, as Chairmen of
our Ways and Means Committee, approaches Corporations for
donations, he can show what the Association is doing as a
whole and not just the National Scholarship information. I
ask chapters to please be responsive to Mike when he sends
a form to you to detail what you award in scholarship
donations. Special thanks to our National Recording
Secretary Regina Lawrence who organized this cost effective
way to have our Fall Council.

Quantico Black History Month Formal Dinner: will be held at
the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center on Saturday, 23
February 2008 from 4:00 PM – 12:00 AM. Tickets are $55.00
for adults and $25.00 for children under 10 years old.
Tickets may be purchased online at For
additional information please email retired Marine Master
Sergeant William “Bill” Jones at or
phone at 703-767-3364. This will be the premier
Washington/Quantico area Black History Month event and will
sell out again quickly. If you plan to attend, as I do,
get your tickets early!!! We will have a display table at
this event and I hope that members from the Quantico and
DC-6 Chapter will join me at this event.

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.

2008 NAACP Convention: will be held 12-17 July 2008 in
Cincinnati Ohio. For additional information please visit
the official NAACP website at

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. Houston Chapter President Leo Taylor is our main
point of contact for both the Spring Council and the
Convention. Leo may be reached at 713-455-4511.

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:
I had the pleasure to attend two chapter balls this year,
the first in New York on November 12th and the second event
was in Chicago on November 17th. Both events were well
planned and attended with over 500 attendees at Anton’s in
Queens for the NY Ball. New York has held their ball at
Anton’s Restaurant in Queen’s Village for many years and
they have a terrific rapport with the management. One of
the highlights of the dinner/program was the dessert
presentation were the servers rolled the dessert trays out
to music and pyrotechnics.

This made for a spectacular conclusion for a very enjoyable
evening. Special thanks to Northern Regional Vice
President and NY Chapter President James Carr and his bride
Vicky, who made me feel right at home throughout the

Needles to say I received the same treatment at the Chicago
event. After many years of trying, I finally made it to my
hometown for a Montford Point event. Chapter President
Norman Payne and his entire ball committee made this too a
very enjoyable evening. The guest of honor was Navy
Captain Annie B. Andrews who serves as the Commanding
Officer of the Naval Training Command at Great Lakes
Illinois. Captain Andrews gave a very heart filled speech
about the pioneering efforts of the Montford Pointers and
her awesome responsibility of commanding the only US Navy
recruit training base in the country. Captain Andrews
presented command coins to the original Montford Pointers
in attendance. Besides a good showing of loyal Chicago
members, Central Region Vice President Anthony Chestang and
National Treasurer & Louisville Chapter President Charles
Stallard were in attendance with their wives.

My very special thanks to all who were involved in these
two super events!!!!!!

Camp Lejeune Chapter #10: Will hold their Annual Black and
White Ball on 19 January 2008. Event will be held at The
Point at 148 Bryn Marr Road, Jacksonville, NC and begin
with a social hour at 6:00 PM. Colonel Adele Hodges,
Commanding Officer of MCB Camp Lejeune will be the guest
speaker. Colonel Hodges is the first woman to command Camp
Lejeune and is a life member of the Association. Tickets
are $30.00 each. For tickets and additional information
call Nat or Judy James at 910-358-1303.

Camp Lejeune will hold its Heritage Ball on 23 February
2008 at The Point. Tickets are $20.00 each and may again
be purchased from Nat or Judy.

St Louis Chapter #13: will hold their annual “Chosen Few”
Banquet on Saturday, 9 February 2008 at the Airport
Marriott in St Louis. For tickets and more information,
please contact Central Regional Vice President Anthony
Chestang at 314-524-7420.

Louisville Chapter #22 is hosting the 4th Annual
Covington-Hagan Scholarship Banquet on Saturday, March 8th.
The guest speaker is Major General James L. Williams,
USMC, Commanding General, 4th Marine Division. Ticket price
is $50.00 per person. Point of contact for tickets and
additional information is Chapter President Charles
Stallard at 502-231-0132 (H) 502-550-2423 (C) or email
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.

Kudos:To Master Gunnery Sergeant and past National Public
Relations Officer, Gilbert Taylor, for his role in getting
our national website back up and running. Our website at; has a completely new look and
is filled with information and links to stories about the
Montford Pointers. Please pass this link to folks in your
address book that may have an interest in Montford Point.
The Master Gunny is set to retire later this year and has a
very busy photo business he would like to continue once
retired. Here is the link to his site;
Master Gunny has provided the group shots for our past two
conventions that have come out perfect.
Thanks “T” for staying all over the website the past few

To National Treasurer and Louisville Chapter President
Charles Stallard, who was featured in a very detailed
article in the Courier Journal in November. Charles
detailed his experiences in Vietnam and his life. There
was a color picture that accompanied this article with
Charles in his Montford Point Uniform. Charles was also
responsible with making contact with the family of Donald
Walker, an African American Marine whose remains were
recently identified from the Korean War. PFC Walker was
killed in the Chosen Reservoir battle. Thank you Charles
for continuing to be a role model to the Community as well
as to your fellow Association members!!!!

To Major Rhonda C. Martin. Major Martin is the General
Aide for Lieutenant General Ronald Coleman and was recently
selected for top level school (Command and Staff College).
Major Martin will start school approximately 28 July.
Major Martin has been the singular point of contact for
arranging to have General Coleman available for many of our
events over the past couple of years and we wish her
success in school!

To Colonel select Robert C. Clements for his selection to
full Colonel. Lieutenant Colonel Clements serves as the
Chapter President for the National Naval Officer
Association for Quantico. Lieutenant Colonel Clements and
his group has partnered with our Quantico chapter for
special events, community service projects and networking.
Colonel Clements is scheduled to pin on his eagles in April
at ceremonies in Iraq. He is hoping that Association life
member Major General Walter Gaskin will do the honors.
Congratulations Colonel!!!

To Gunnery Sergeant retired Linda Sykes, a former
recruiter, recruiter NCOIC and recruiter instructor and her
husband Master Sergeant retired Glenn Sykes for their
continuing efforts to reestablish the Atlanta Chapter. If
there are individuals in the Atlanta area that would like
to assist in this effort, please call either Linda or Glenn
at 770-425-5160.

To active duty Gunnery Sergeant Tammy Williamson, who is
currently serving as a recruiter in the Raleigh area and is
working to establish a chapter in the Raleigh/Durham area.
If there are individuals in that area who would like to
assist or join this potential chapter please contact Gunny
Williamson at 804-986-9730. Thanks to all three of these
dynamic Marines for their efforts to help our Association
grow stronger!!!

To members Annie Grimes, Leo Taylor and Mr. Louis
Massengale who continue to provide me with first class
stamps from time to time that allows me to keep my
reimbursable for postage manageable. Every little stamp
helps. Thank you all for this continued support!!!!!

National Chaplain: Chapter Presidents and members are
reminded to encourage our elder members to prepare a bio
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:

Sick in Quarters: Original Montford Pointer and retired
Navy Captain Thomas McPhatter has been in a nursing home
for the past few months in San Diego. Captain McPhatter
served on Iwo Jima with the 8th Ammo Company and upon his
release from the Marines after WWII attended theology
school and was commission in the Navy in the Chaplin’s
Corps. Captain McPhatter spent a career in the US Navy
administering to the spiritual needs of thousands of
servicemen and women throughout the world including a tour
in Vietnam. Capt McPhatter was and is a huge proponent of
civilian rights, often putting his career on the line for
military individuals. I’ve known “Capt Mc” for 17 years
and he continues to be both a spiritual and Association
advisor of mine. Capt Mc can receive phone calls at
619-456-2014. He enjoys hearing from friends and supporters
and complete strangers so please take a minute to call him
and thank him for his commitment to us.

Delegate Chairperson: We are still in search of
replacements for both Gus Willis’ position as Chair of the
Convention Delegate Committee. Nominations can come from
Chapter Presidents and members. The Delegate Chair is the
objective third party that works with the National
Financial Secretary and Chapter Presidents to ensure we
have an accurate accounting of members for voting purposes.
This is an important appointed position that does not
require a lot of time but we cannot vote on issues or in
elections without their assistance. Nominees must only be
a member in good standing and have the desire to accept
this appointment. Please send recommendations to either me
or our National Vice President, Mike Johnson.

Scholarship Director: Past National President and current
Scholarship Director, Gene Doughty, has announced that he
will step down from this position at the end of his current
term. We are actively seeking nominations for this
position. There is no requirement for this person to have
advance knowledge of scholarship experience, just good
leadership skills. Gene has served us well in this
position for many years and he is ready to turn this over
to a new leader. Members can nominate others or
themselves. Please let me or Northern Region Vice
President James Carr know of interested individuals
immediately. For those Chapter Presidents in need of
scholarship applications please contact Gene very soon.
The deadline for submission is approximately 15 April 2007.
Gene may be reached at 718-882-2523.

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 Inc.
27 Red Tail Court
Limerick, PA 19468



Historical advisor Byron Stewart PhD


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