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BLACK HISTORY MONTH February 2008 Edition

Feb 5, 2008

Montford Point Marine Association Inc. National Newsletter

Special BLACK HISTORY MONTH February 2008 Edition

“Preserving the Legacy”

Fellow members, supporters and friends,

With so many events in February and the high demand for the
Original Montford Pointers, I felt the necessity to have
another update go out to the masses.

The first note is to encourage members and supporters to
check our official national website regularly. Our
webmaster, Master Gunnery Sergeant Gilbert Taylor is
literally updating this site with new information daily.
The site address is; We are attempting to affix
rank or title to all the members listed in our hall-of-fame
page. If you see a name and are positive of the rank,
please notify MGySgt Taylor and he will update.

I know many of you have heard about the two small planes
that collided over the skies in Southern California
recently. One of the occupants of one of the planes was
the son of retire Marine Colonel Clayton Johnson. Colonel
Johnson’s last duty station was the Equal Opportunity
Advisor to the Commandant at Quantico.

Sadly we also lost two Original Montford Pointers recently,
Bernard Potts from Chicago and Hubbie James from the New
York Chapter. Both of these pioneers were mainstays in
their respective chapters for many, many years. Mr. James
played in the Band as a trumpeter and his late son was the
infamous “Karate Joe” (Steve James) in many of the
so-called black exploitation films of the 70s. They will
both be missed sorely.

Additionally, our National Parliamentarian, Aaron German,
lost both his Mother (Fannie) and Father recently. They
were both in a nursing home and died within days of each
other with his Mom going first. They were together over 60
years! Aaron’s dad (Willie Guy) was a very proud Montford
Pointer. Notes of condolence may be sent to the family at
1894 Olive Branch Road, Mounds, IL. 62964

MLK Day Events

Los Angeles Chapter #8: on 13 January 2008 members
participated in the Dr. Martin Luther King celebration at
Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood California.
Also LA members served as Grand Marshals with the Buffalo
Soldiers in the Inglewood California Dr. Martin Luther King

Camp Lejeune Chapter #10 members served as the parade Grand
Marshall at the Wilmington NC Dr Martin Luther King Day
Parade on 21 January 2008. Past National President
Nathaniel James led a contingent of original Montford
Pointers for this great honor.

Also, Camp Lejeune Chapter #10’s 2008 Black and White Ball
was a huge success! Marine Corps Base Commander and MPMA
life member Colonel Adele Hodges was the guest speaker.
Colonel Hodges held her Change of Command on 28 January and
is headed to the Quantico/DC area for her next assignment.
We would like to thank Colonel Hodges for being a
tremendous host for our 2006 Spring Council, National
Convention and Documentary Premier. The Colonel and her
staff have been instrumental in many Chapter events during
her reign as Base Commander and the Association if forever
grateful for her initiatives and support!
Good luck and god speed in your next assignment m’am!

National: I had the honor and pleasure to be the guest
speaker at the Tri Command (MCAS Beaufort, MCRD Parris
Island and the Beaufort Naval Hospital) Dr, Martin Luther
King Commemorative Service on 15 January 2008 at the
recruit chapel aboard MCRD Parris Island. I’d like to
thank Cynthia Golson Deputy EEO Officer for the Tri Command
for the invitation to speak. Among the members in the
audience were two original Montford Pointers, 2007 Hall of
Fame inductee retired Staff Sergeant LaSalle Vaughn and
retired Master Sergeant Fred Drake. Also, our National
Chaplain, Rev James Moore, Past National Vice President and
Beaufort Chapter President Elijah Abram were in attendance.
Additionally, Past National Public Relations Officer and
our current National Webmaster Master Gunnery Sergeant
(MGySgt) Gilbert Taylor introduced me and retired MGySgt
Tyrone Jackson and member Stanley White were also in
attendance. I spent the last 6 years of my career in
Beaufort so it was like a homecoming for me.
Thank you all for making my short visit to the Low Country


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. Our National Vice President, Mike
Johnson and I will be at this event.

5th Annual Black History Month Showcase: This event will
take place on Saturday and Sunday February 16th and 17th at
the Philadelphia Convention Center and features a Salute to
the History of Blacks in the Military. Many members and
supporters called me to tell me that Montford Point was not
included in this event. I received a call from Original
Montford Pointer Rudy Carter in Virginia and I immediately
sent off an email to the organizer, Mr. Everette Staten,
who called me and detailed that he did not know of our
existence but was very accommodating in ensuring we will
have a table at this event. Event is free to the public
and they expect upwards of 15,000 folks to pass through the
displays. I plan on being at the Convention center on
Saturday the 16th and have members of the Philadelphia
Chapter man the booth on Sunday the 17th. For more
information please visit their website at

The National African American Patriots Consortium Inc and
the National Association for Black Veterans Inc. presents
The Annual Buffalo Soldiers Memorial Banquet on Sunday
February 17th 2008 from 4:30- 7:00 PM at Morgan State
University Student Center near Baltimore, Maryland. These
groups plan on honoring past Montford Point Marine
Association National President Jerome Milburn at this
Banquet that I also plan to attend.

Mr. Milburn is also the Chairman Emeritus of the African
American Patriots Consortium, Inc (AAPC).Tickets for this
event are $45.00 each and I have nine tickets left for
those interesting in attending. Please contact me directly
with your ticket request at 610-495-3619.

Beaufort Chapter #9: will present our Documentary film
aboard Parris Island SC on Wednesday, 20 February 2008 at
2:00 PM at the Depot Theatre. For additional information,
please contact Master Gunnery Sergeant Gilbert Taylor at

Los Angeles, Chapter #8 will participate in the Black
History parade as Grand Marshals in Palm Springs,

Camp Lejeune Chapter #10 will hold its Heritage Ball on 23
February 2008 at The Point. There will be a hospitality
hour beginning at 6:00 PM and Dinner will begin at 7:00 PM.
The guest speaker is Dr. Gina Francis, Veterinary Medical
Officer, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Tickets are $20.00
each and may again be purchased from Cleophus Burks at
910-346-3200 or 910-381-3552

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.

Indiana University as part of their Black History Month
Celebration will show our Documentary Film Marines of
Montford Point: Fighting for Freedom non Sunday, February
24th at 1:00 PM. Location is still TBD. Please visit
their site at

Detroit Chapter: will hold their Annual Black History
Banquet on Sunday, 24 February 2008 beginning with a social
hour at 6:00 PM, Dinner at 7:00 PM and the program will
begin at 8:00 PM. Event will be held at Karas House 23632
Plymouth Road Redford, Michigan. Lieutenant General
Ronald Coleman (Life member MPMA) will be the guest
speaker. Tickets are $30.00 each. For tickets and more
information please call 313-300-0165.

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 I will attend this event.

MPMA Central Region Meeting; Will be held in Detroit
Michigan from 14-16 March 2008 at the St Regis Hotel at
3071 West Grand Blvd, Detroit MI phone: 313-873-300.
Rates are $99.00 per night.For more additional information
please call the Central Regional Vice President, Anthony
Chestang at 314-524-7420.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

Kudos: To Colonel Ron Culp whose book The First Black
United States Marines received a very favorable review in
this month’s Leatherneck Magazine (page 48). The Colonel
captured the “war years” of the Montford Pointers through
extensive research and interviews. This book may be
purchased through the Marine Corps Association.

To our friends and the advertising agency UniWorld Group Triggs and Sharon
Lane, who allowed us to use their ad that has appeared in
Ebony, Jet, Black Enterprise and a host of other magazines,
on our National Website. Mr. Earl G. Graves Sr., the
founder and owner of Black Enterprise, is a great supporter
of the Montford Pointers.
folks do not know that Mr. Graves served a tour in the Army
as a Captain in the Green Berets.Mr. Graves was the Marine
Corps honored guest at the 1999 NAACP Image Awards in NY
City.Please support these vital publications with your
purchase and subscriptions.

To Colonel select Stephanie C. Smith for her selection to
full Colonel. Lieutenant Colonel Smith serves as the Staff
Judge Advocate at MarForCom on Norfolk, VA. When she puts
on her full eagles she will be the fourth African American
Female Marine to do so. The Colonel’s Dad, Ernest A.
Smith, is an original Montford Pointer who resides in
Goshen, NY. While viewing our newly designed website the
Colonel actually ran across a picture of her dad from
Montford Point! The Colonel has 7 siblings and they all
agree that this is their dad in the picture.
Congratulations Colonel and we are looking forward to
seeing you at a Montford Point event in the near
future!!!Special thanks to long time member Lieutenant
Colonel Pat Johnson for bring this to my attention!
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.

President Emeritus of the Ladies Auxillary Sylvia Saxton is
recovering from a medical setback and is doing just fine
according to her husband, Past National President Samuel F.
Saxton. Sam appreciates all the calls of concern for
Sylvia. Sam was recently listed in Wikipedia for his life
long work in the Criminal Justice System. Sam was listed
with heavy hitters like Senior US Senator from Delaware
Joseph Biden among others. You can view this list 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 Inc.
27 Red Tail Court
Limerick, PA 19468



Historical advisor Byron Stewart PhD


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