The First Recruits - December 1775
March 2010 1
Marine Corps League Of Pennsylvania, Inc. New Mission Focus
The Spring Staff Meeting will be The October Staff Meeting will be The Detachment has been informed of a
19 March 1500 to 2300 22 – 23 October situation in the care of our wounded
20 March 0800 Detachment Meetings at Headquarters Bldg troops who are being sent to Germany
Commandants’ Council - Stay at Days Inn, Lickdale for further treatment. It seems that the
Meetings at Headquarters Bldg 3 Everest Ln wounded are being flown out of the area
Stay at Days Inn, Lickdale Jonestown/Lebanon, Pa in unheated aircraft and they are in need
3 Everest Ln of warm clothing for the trip.
Jonestown/Lebanon, Pa 2010 National MCL Convention There is an immediate need for the
8 – 14 August following items:
National Northeast Division Meet Sheraton Greensboro Hotel Hooded sweatshirts
26 – 27 March 2010 Koury Convention Center Small blankets / snuggies
Radisson Lackwanna Station Greensboro, NC Breakaway trousers
700 Lackawanna Ave 1 800 242 6556 Phone cards
Scranton, Pa visit www.MCL2010.org We will also be accepting cash dona-
All funds raised through registration Host Detachment: tions to make these item purchases in
and ad book sales will benefit the MCL Greater Greensboro Det #260 large quantities and the best price.
Youth Physical Fitness, Marines Help- -----
ing Marines, and the National Scholar- The monument being erected in Boals- Accept Challenges,
ship programs. General Al Gray, the burg to honor the men and women who
So that you may feel
Commandant of the Marine Corps, has answered the final call while serving with The exhilaration of victory!
been invited to speak. the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 28th INF
DIV will also honor 34 Marines who also
Department Convention answered the call while serving with the Marine Fact
23 – 26 June Brigade.
Holiday Inn and Conference Ctr ----
I like the fact
I-83 and PA Turnpike The MCL of Pennsylvania will co-sponsor that if you are a self-declared
New Cumberland, Pa the Annual Memorial Day program at the enemy of America,
Room Rates: $89.00 Indiantown Gap National Cemetery on 30 running into a Marine outfit
717 774 2721 May at 1400. There will be a massing of in combat is your worst nightmare;
There is to be a Golf Tournament in Detachment Colors. and that your health record
New Cumberland, PA on Wednesday Semper Fi, is either about to get a lot thicker,
23 June with a 1300 Shotgun Start. Leanna Dietrich or be closed out entirely.
The entry fees and course are to be Department Commandant
Chester County Marine
Chester County Detachment 8th and I, Washington, DC
31 March 1801 –
Home was selected as the site of the Marine
The Corps’ Story Barracks.
610 518 5375 www.chescomcl.us
Staff meeting: 2 March 1968 – Battle for Hue, Vietnam
2nd Wednesday of each month at 1930. Didn’t Louis XIII have any furniture?
was declared finished.
General Membership meeting: Everybody’s heard about his son’s
4th Monday of each month at 7:30 PM. furniture, but what about him.
3 March 1776 – U.S. Marines made their
Directions: From Boot Rd. go north on
Chestnut St in Downingtown first building first amphibious landing capturing 24
on the right after the bridge; barrels of gunpowder from the
from Rt 30 turn South on Chestnut St; British.
the last Building on the left just before the
railroad bridge. Parking on side or back. st th th
7 March 1951 – The 1 , 7 , & 11 Marine On Friday 5 February, eight members
Entrance is on Chestnut St. Regiments commenced operations at
***** of Chester County Detachment took part
Hongchon, Korea. in Memorial Services for deceased
8 March 1965 – Marines landed at Red member Charles Tuerk. Charles was a
Commandant Pat Powell 610 952 5045 World War II and Korean War Veteran.
Beach, Da Nang, Vietnam.
Senior Vice Dan Condron 610 458 0797 He joined the U.S. Marine Corps at the
9 March 1847 – Expeditionary Marines age of sixteen and was assigned as a
Junior Vice Bill Shields 610 458 5748 gunner aboard the USS Essex for the
landed and seized Vera Cruz,
Judge Adv William Tapper 610 696 4025 Mexico, during the Mexican War. duration of WWII.
There were two Marines assigned to do
Jr. Past Com William Tapper 610 696 4025 12 March 1824
– Marines of the Boston the Flag Folding and Presentation detail
Adjutant David Mundy 717 442 0788 Barracks quelled a Massachusetts and a sailor rendered Taps.
State Prison riot. Chester County Detachment members
Paymaster Phil Murray 610 918 1335
17 March 1918
- The 5 Marines were the participating in the service were:
Chaplain Tom Tanner 610 933 0957
first Marine unit to move into World Dan Condron, Tom Fisher, Al Harper,
Sgt.of Arms Pat Vollmer 610 383 1416 War I frontline trenches. Tom Logan, Jim McIlhenney, Dave
Mundy, Patrick Vollmer, Harold Wells.
Serv Officer Kathy VanGorder610 489 3756
23 March 1815 – Marines assisted the Dave Mundy was Officer in Charge and
Directors Tom Fisher 610 273 9498 Al Harper rendered the Funeral Version
Al Harper 610 857 2378
of the Marine’s Hymn on the trumpet.
USS Hornet’s capture of the HMS Anyone that would like to participate in
Dennis Brown 610 692 4782 funeral details please contact Al Harper
Publisher Pat Powell 610 952 5045 to be put on the call list. CCD MCL
extends sincere thanks to all participating
Editor David Mundy 717 442 0788 members.
Aux. Pres. Victoria Cloud
610 383 7729 Penguin. Semper Fi
NEWSLETTER POLICY VA Opens New Cemetery
Chester County Marine, the only
publication paid for by Chester County 24 March 1944 – The 22nd Marine The Secretary of Veterans Affairs announced
Detachment MCL #286, is published monthly the opening of the new Washington Crossing
Regiment captured Ebon and Namu
as a service to the membership and other National Cemetery in Newtown, PA. The new
interested organizations. We will reprint any Atolls in the Marshall Islands.
article deemed to be newsworthy and not 205-acre national cemetery in the
political. The editor reserves the right to 28 March 1918 – Marines were placed Philadelphia area will serve Veterans’ needs
modify any items selected for printing.
under the command of French for at least the next 50 years.
The views expressed herein are those of the
authors and do not necessarily reflect the Marshal Foch in WWI.
Information on VA burial benefits can be
position of National MCL, Inc., Pennsylvania obtained from national cemetery offices, from
MCL, Inc. or the Chester County Detachment. 29 March 1917 – Marines were garrisoned VA’s Burial and Memorial benefits webpage
All members and other interested parties are St. Croix to deny harbor to German
invited to submit articles for publication.
or by calling VA regional offices toll-free at
submarines. 800 827 1000.
Chester County Marine
For information on Washington VMA-323 and was at K-3 (Po Hang, In P’nam mun jom, Korea there is a
Crossing National Cemetery, call the Korea). “par 3 one-hole golf course” located at
cemetery office at 215 504 5610. To 2nd Lt. Dick Kaleta was to join them Camp Bonifas, Korean Demilitar-ized
make burial arrange-ments at the time there. Zone, which includes an Astro-turf green
of need, call the national cemetery and is surrounded on three sides by
scheduling office at 800 535 1117. Notice in a farmer’s field: minefields. So far, at least one shot has
exploded a land mine. Were it not for
T;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;; The farmer allows walkers
;T the minefields and soldiers, it would
to cross the field for free, “look like a big Boy Scout camp.”
The cause of – but the Bull Charges.
The Forgotten War POW/MIA Remembered
26 April - Armistice talks resumed
1 May - The 1 Marine Division
was relieved by the U.S. 25th Divi-
sion on the MLR. They became the
reserve for the corps 15 miles
behind the lines.
Robert Leo Babula
29 May - The Eighth Army gave (2001 – Present)
up the Nevada Cities complex to Date of Birth: 7 March 1947
avoid greater casualties. Biloxi, MS The War on Terror, including Operations
Home: Indiana, PA Iraqi and Enduring Freedom are ongoing
30 June - The strength of the U.S. Rank: E2, PFC conflicts.
Marine Corps on active duty was Branch: U.S. Marines
18,731 officers and 230,488 enlisted. CO K, 1st PLT,
Marines Are Needed
122,000 reservists, both recruits 3rd BTN, 1st Marines We need your help on Saturday 5 June,
and veterans, saw active duty in 1st Marine Div to help out at the Exton Mall to collect
Korea. Date of Loss: 28 August 1966 American flags that need to be retired
Area of Loss: Hoa Hai village, Hoa and sell MCL Scholarship raffle tickets.
6 July - The 1 Marine Division Vang District, Quang Nam Province,
We need four hours of your time to
moved back to its old position on South Vietnam.
assist in this major MCL fund raising
the west flank of the Eighth Army
He and three other Marines were effort
assigned as an ambush detail. When If you can help, please contact Fred Le
th Clair, 610 518 3444. Your help would
6 – 11 July - 7 Infantry Division the four Marines failed to return as
abandoned Pork Chop Hill to the scheduled, searches were conducted be greatly appreciated.
Chinese; it’s not worth further with no results. The four were offi-
fighting. cially listed as captured, and no
7-8 July - Marine and Turkish
further contact has been made. Jeff
troops defended Outposts Berlin D’Ambrosio
and East Berlin. El Paso, TX Dodge – Mitsubishi
12 July - VMA-251 joined AG-12
Toughest Golf Course 1081 E. Lancaster Ave
in Korea as the replacement for Downingtown
610 269 9500
Chester County Marine
Outside a secondhand shop: He was a Brigadier General in the New
York militia, and rose to the rank of
We exchange anything – Major General.
Bicycles; Washing Machines; etc. 1776 the British forced his family to flee
and his home was destroyed.
Why not bring your wife along
1798, he died at the age of 71.
and get a wonderful bargain? _
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Most Accidents –
VIETNAM CONNECTIONS The 1700’s Vieques
Declaration of Independence Signers
Vieques, Puerto Rico was one of the
Who were they and what happened U.S. Navy’s largest firing ranges and
to them? weapons testing sites for nearly six
decades beginning right after World War
II. After years of protests the Navy left
from Delaware was born in Chester
Vieques in 2003.
County, PA and was a lawyer and
The only ones left are the island resi-
jurist. He represented and led the
dents who can’t use the base and target
state of Delaware but later was
1962 areas but are now getting sick.
17 May - 3 Marine Expeditionary
selected as Chief Justice of the
During their tests the Navy fired wea-
Brigade landed at Bangkok, Thai- Pennsylvania Superior Court (1777- pons that had napalm, depleted uranium,
land in a show of support for that 1799).
or Agent Orange, the defoliant used on
government. The Brigade stayed He signed the Declaration after
the Vietnamese jungles that was later
three months. Udorn and Korat January 18, 1777.
linked to cancer and other illnesses in
were rice fields full of cobras. 1787 – 1790, he was a Federalist.
veterans. Agent Orange was also used
1790s, he became a Democratic-
around the perimeter fence to keep it
1 July - The entire Marine Corps Republican.
Reserve was restructured from 1799-1808, he was the governor of
Numerous unexploded ordinance and
independent battalions and Pennsylvania.
bombs continue to litter the former bomb
squadrons to form a complete 4th 1817, died at age 83.
site and the surrounding waters. This
Marine Division and 4th MAW. -
Arthur Middleton: litter continues to corrode, leaching
22 August - U.S. officials felt the war had graduated from Cambridge and dangerously high levels of carcinogens.
had reached a stalemate. studied law in London. He became a
Justice of the Peace and plantations There are no shortcuts
31 December - 109 U.S. troops were owner in Charleston, SC with over To any place worth going.
killed or wounded this year. 800 slaves.
There were 11,000 American While defending Charleston in Wegmans
troops in Vietnam. 1780 he was captured along with
Heyward and Rutledge as traitors and has a . . .
all three were imprisoned where he
Murphy's Laws of Business hours 24/7
was tortured until July 1781. Catering Department
1787, he died at age 44. Delicatessen
The only time Grocery Store
Lewis Morris: Market
you have more than enough fuel
from Bronx, NY had graduated from Pharmacy
is when you’re on fire.
*** Yale College in 1746 and inherited Pizza Shop
an estate. Restaurant
Chester County Marine
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Military Medical records, DD214 required to ensure honorable service
Parkinson’s To become a Life Member,
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;;;;T Parkinson Support Grp 610 431 1852 you must already be a
Telecommunication Device “Member in Good Standing”.
Is High H.P. – (Hearing Impaired/TTD) 800 829 4833
Fort Mifflin Celebration PTSD Diagnoses
C C D Committees Independence Day, 4 July 2010 TIME / CNN
Americanism D. Condron For all the attention focused on PTSD in
Auxiliary Liaison D. Condron
The Marine Corps League in conjunct- recent years, doctors have never had a clear-
Bingo B. Shields tion with Ft. Mifflin on the Delaware will cut way to be certain a patient has it. But
Highway Cleanup D. Brown honor Revolutionary War heroes on 4 Minnesota scientists how believe they have
Home Liaison E. Dymek July 2010. The event will take place at found a PTSD fingerprint that confirms the
Locker Box J. Ceschan Ft. Mifflin on Hog Island and Ft. Mifflin disorder by measuring electromagnetic fields
Marine Corps Ball R. Spina Roads in Philadelphia at 1:00 pm. in the brain.
A. Harper Ft. Mifflin was the site of one of the This could help the 300,000 cases of PTSD
Membership R. Spina most significant battles of the Revolu- that are anticipated among the U.S. troops
MOY W. Tapper tionary War where a few hundred who have gone to war in Afghanistan and
Newsletter D. Mundy defenders held off the invading British
Parades B. White Iraq.
force from 10 to 15 November 1777. Dr. Apostolos Georgopoulos, the researcher
Marksmanship Team D. Brown
Scholarships B. White
Under continuous bombardments by says, “This shows that PTSD is a brain
Special Events the British Armada, the fort was disease. There have been questions that this
Ticket Sales R. Spina destroyed, but the Continental forces is a made-up disorder and isn’t a true brain
VAVS Dr. Wells, never surrendered. disease, but it is.” The magnetic-imaging bio-
R. Spina The ceremony will include Color marker shows changes over time in a brain’s
West Chester Guards, Rifle Squad, wreath-laying, and electrical activity, allowing mental-health
Vets Council P Powell a brief speech followed by a tour of the workers to chart the effectiveness of various
restored fort. therapies.
You and your family’s attendance at Up until now, conventional diagnostic tools,
The CCD Home is available CCD event would be greatly appreciated including MRI, X-Rays, and tomography have
for private parties either as a participant or a spectator. We not been able to detect evidence of PTSD
to CCD MCL members. need to know beforehand how many plan because their snap-shots of brain activity
Contact Pat Powell for details. to attend. Arrangements for bus trans-
occur too slowly.
portation from the Home are being The procedure (MEG) was used to assess
VA Information considered. 74 Veterans believed to be suffering from
There will be a $3.00 charge for non- PTSD, along with 250 subjects not suffering
VA Benefits booklet participants by Ft. Mifflin. that condition.
& Information http://www.vw.gov
VA Benefits 800 827 1000 For additional information please Other doctors are still skeptical.
VA Health Benefits 877 222 8387 contact Fort Mifflin, 215 685 4167 or Fred
VA Education Benefits 888 442 4551 Le Clair 610 518 3444.
VA Life Insurance 800 669 8477
VA Debt Management 800 827 0648
Health Eligibility Center Life Membership Rates
1644 Tullie Circle 2009
Atlanta, GA 30329-2303 404 235 1257 Up to 35 years of age $500
800 929 8387
Chester County Marine
May – Jim Bradford departed Parris We want to notify friends, if Dan has
Island and was sent to Sea School, any, and family especially his daughter
Portsmouth, VA. and sisters who know the good stuff
28 May – The U.S. Army launched a ******************************************
rhesus monkey, Able, and a squirrel
monkey, Baker, aboard a Jupiter Many a man who makes hay
missile for a suborbital flight, which While the sun shines
both primates survived. Baker Would prefer to make love
expired shortly after arriving at the While the moon shines.
Army Lab; the body was thrown into
a suitcase and taken to Washington, When in Rome do as the Romans do
D.C. for a final checkup. Except if your wife is with you.
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And low I.Q. !
6 Vet Suicides It’s Your Funeral
The Cold War
1959 Suicide rates for veterans not on active When you die, does your family know
2 January – A3C Dave Mundy duty in the military have gone up signifi- where your DD214 is?
arrived at Otis AF Base, Cape Cod, cantly. One of the first things the funeral
MA. According to the VA, in 2007, for every director will ask is: were you in the
100,000 veterans 57 committed suicide; military, and if so, do you want a
10 January – The USS Independence that number is up from 45 just two years military funeral. If your family indicates
(CV-62) was commissioned. This earlier. The suicide rate among 18- to that you want military honors, the funeral
was the fifth ship with that name. 29-year-old male veterans jumped 26% director will need your DD214 to notify
from 2005 to 2007. the Marine Corps.
January – Jim Bradford departed VA Secretary Eric Shinseki noted
for Parris Island. If you want the Marine Corps League
recently that of the 30,000 suicides each to provide a uniformed casket watch or
16 February – Fidel Castro became
year in America, about 20% are commit- grave side honors, your family must call
premier of Cuba after the ted by veterans. 610 857 2378 or have the funeral director
overthrow of Fulgencio Batista. call Al Harper of the Chester County
(There went the casinos.) Marine of the Year Roast Detachment to make the arrangements.
th The purpose of having a ‘Marine of When you prepare or revise your will,
February – The 8 Marines, along
the Year’ is in order to have a Spring be sure your family knows where your
with Cpl Al Harper, were sent to
Fund Raiser, get-together and thaw- DD214 is kept and if you want military
Cuba to help generate water for
out. Spring is coming on and we honors at your funeral leave the phone
Guantanamo when the Castro gov-
hope to have the MOY Roast before numbers for the detail NCOIC and the
ernment threatened to cut off all
new robins start hatching. detachment Commandant.
The MOY Roast is to be held on 24 If you wish to make a donation to the
18 April – Ron and Joanne Heckman April at 6:00 PM here at the Home. I MCL send your donations to:
were married. hope as many of you can attend CCD MCL
especially members we haven’t seen 430 Acorn Lane,
29 April – Robert D. Westfall went in a while. Please let us know if you PO Box 828,
on flying status at Otis AF Base. would like to attend but need a ride. Downingtown, Pa. 19335-0828
The announcement and invitation Jamie W. Goncharoff, 610 436 9700,
19 May – BLT 1,2 and HMR (L)-262
will be sent out soon. We would like is a practicing attorney who can help you
were alerted for deployment to
for all attendees to provide a small prepare your will.
Berlin, West Germany during the
gift to be raffled at the roast. That is If you can serve on the funeral detail,
Communist threats to renew the
our fundraiser for the spring and please contact Al Harper at 610 857
blockade of the divided city.
gives Ed a chance to talk at us. 2378. He can provide information on the
uniforms and procedures required.
Chester County Marine
Chester High Schools. They want West
On a pamphlet:
Chester to be aware of past resident
If you cannot read, ‘Smedley D. Butler’.
This leaflet will tell you - We are to make a donation to the
how to get lessons. “Philadelphia Comfort House”.
- The S.E. Division Meeting is to be held
at our Home 31 January; Al wants the CCD
members to participate. He expects 40
officers from the District to attend plus the
12/10 Auxiliary intends to have 35 more participants
so he needs funds for the ‘cold cuts platter’.
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challenge to increase donations to the “Hardy
Scholarship Fundraising Meetings Gleanings
Challenge Dennis Brown - The first Pistol Team meet-
Meeting Opened: At 1937
ing was held on 24 January at 1400. The
As most of you know, CCD MCL Roll Call of Officers:
Pistol Match will be 5 -7 June so the paper
awards two scholarships annually. 10 officers present
One is in honor of Ed Hogg, a work needs to be done quickly. The next
meetings will be 28 February, 28 March; live
World War II veteran and former Al Harper introduced Gene Gerard who
firing will be 25th of April and the 23rd of May.
member of CCD. was accepted and sworn in.
- Road Clean up is scheduled for 11th of
The other is in honor of Chester Minutes: from the December
April 9:00, Sunday.
County fallen hero Cpl Brandon meeting were read and accepted.
- The Rifle Match is scheduled for the
24th – 26th of September.
However, you may not have Bill Tapper mentioned that the hospital
Standing Committees: -
known that Brandon was engaged in Afghanistan received the first ship-
Bill White - The West Chester Christmas
to my niece, Samantha DiGrazio. ment of the blankets they requested for
Parade is scheduled for the 3rd of December
My family and I wanted to find a patients going to Germany. The shipping
and a request for our participation has been
way to honor Brandon, his service boxes are small to ensure delivery.
to our country and his ultimate Paymaster Report: Not available.
sacrifice. - A Scholarship request was made for
Member or family members Sick
We also would like to support the Downingtown High School.
or In Distress:
- The Philadelphia 4th of July Parade
mission and goals of the CCD Al Harper - CCD member, Charles
would like our participation. What day is it
MCL. Therefore, my family and I Tuerk passed away and is to be cre-
on? CCD MCL will be at FT Mifflin on the 4th.
are making the following fundraiser mated. The memorial service is planned
Doc Wells - The VAVS the St Valentine’s
challenge: We will match dollar- for 5 February. The CCD is invited to
Bingo is 10 February and the St Patrick’s
for-dollar all monies raised up to contribute a short ceremony in his honor
Bingo is 17 March both at 6:30 in VA Building
$5,000 by the CCD MCL for the at 1100 hrs.
scholarship fund from 1 January to - Phil Murray had a death in the
Good of the League:
30 April 2010. family.
Think about it – your $50 dona- Tom Fisher - The Veterans’ Breakfast at
the Exton Diner is on the 2nd of February.
tion becomes $100 or your $100 Al Harper - A new Memorial Plaque
Tom Tanner - We need to nominate a
donation becomes $200! needs to be made for our departed
person for “The Four Chaplins’” award.
This is a great way to have a posi- members.
- MCL Scholarship applications are
tive impact on a young person’s life Tom Tanner - John Ceschan may be
while honoring our fallen warriors planning to have it made.
and supporting your detachment. - Smedley D. Butler Detachment is
Al Harper - Bob Concordia has written a
Semper Fi, Phil Murray providing scholarship funds for the West
new book; Last Resort is at the bookstores.
Chester County Marine
- Ann Marie, a Bingo-business
expert is available to help us generate For information on the claims pro-cess, One student said to him,
more business. contact the Stop Loss Program Office at “You must have Peltry Syndrome.”
Kathy Van Gorder – The N.E. District email@example.com or The man said,
Meeting in Scranton will have awards 1 877 242 2830. Additional information is “No…. You are wrong.”
for the Detachments’ high recruiter. available in the Marine Administrative
Message 624/09 at https:// The other student suggested,
- Forms for the National Meeting “You must have Zovitzki Syndrome.”
need to be filled out.
insearch.aspx. The man said,
- We need to create an ‘ad’ for the “No…. You are wrong.
State Convention and an ‘ad’ for the Semper Fidelis I thought I had
National Conven-tion at a cost of $100 Memorandum for Retired Marines
for each. Gene Gerard is willing to do October – December 2009
but I was wrong, too.”
Closing: At 2115
Marines Eligible for Last November, Secretary of the VA, Source: Texas VV News
Retroactive Stop Loss Pay Eric K Shinseki unveiled the VA’s plan to Dioxins, a group of defoliant chemicals
end homelessness among Veterans by now considered the most toxic ever
The DoD announced recently plans to created by man, are linked to a higher
provide Retroactive Stop Loss Special marshalling the resources of government,
business and the private sector. risk of multiple cancers, birth defects,
Pay to eligible service members. and other conditions that are contributing
Marines can now submit their claims “Those who have served this nation as
Veterans should never find themselves to an increase in financial compensation
and have one year to apply. All appli- for U.S. veterans and their families.
cations must be received no later than on the streets, living without care and
without hope.” Until recently, the VA would grant
21 Oct. 2010. compensation to veterans exposed to
Active and reserve Marines, including The plan includes preventive measures
like discharge planning for incarcerated Agent Orange (AO) outside of Vietnam
former and retired Marines, who served only if the claimant proved exposure to
on active duty while their enlistment or Veterans re-entering society, supportive
services for low-income Veterans and AO and provided a medical connection
period of obligated service was involun- between the current disease and that
tarily extended, or whose retirement their families and a national referral
center to link Veterans to local service exposure, and the veteran had one of the
was suspended, as a result of stop loss ten diseases presumed by law to be
between 11 Sept.2001 and 30 Sept. providers.
It also calls for expanded efforts for related to exposure to AO, the medical
2009, are eligible to receive a payment connection would be presumed and the
of $500 per month or any portion of a education, jobs, health care and housing.
“In the past, the VA focused largely on claim granted unless there were other
qualifying month. disqualifying factors.
Marines must meet eligibility require- getting homeless Veterans off the streets.
Our five-year plan aims also at The only issue is proving exposure. All
ments established by the 2009 Supple- persons who served in Vietnam are
mental Appropriations Act and must be preventing them from ever ending up
homeless. presumed to have been exposed. The VA
prepared to provide documented proof
with their claim. Family members of The Small Business Administration is to is determining whether DoD information
deceased or incapacitated Marines can certify Veteran-owned small businesses is sufficient to add some non-Vietnam
submit claims and should contact the for listing on the Federal Supply Register units to the presumptive exposure list.
Stop Loss Program Office web site at Confirmed places AO was used:
https:// www.manpower,usmc.mil/stoploss. The Korean De-Militarized Zone in
Two medical students
Marines should submit their payment were out walking 1968-1969 was sprayed by South Korean
claim using the Marine Corps web- when they noticed a man troops.
based, online application system, the walking slowly, bent over, A New Brunswick, Canada forest was
Stop Loss Case Management System legs spread apart, and stiff-legged. used to secretly test unregistered herbi-
at https:// www.manpower,usmc.mil/slcms.
Chester County Marine
cides with the permission of the Tickets will be mailed out to every tion process for benefits, according to
Cana-dian government. member soon. VA officials.
Tonto National Forrest near ************************************************** The secretary’s decision brings to 15
Globe, Arizona was sprayed in War Dogs Remembered the number of presumed illnesses
1968-1969 with guidance from the recognized by the VA.
About 200 Vietnam War dog
U.S Forest Service.
handlers that had trained to read and Semper Fidelis
A CBS News report said that AO
communicate with their canine
was sprayed on Guam from 1955 to The only time my prayers
partners gathered in February for a
the 1960s and in the Panama Canal are never answered
reunion honoring their K-9 friends.
during 1960s-1970s. Guam was is playing golf.
During the Vietnam War, more than
also a storage area during the Billy Graham
4,000 dogs served in various
positions and averted 10,000
Vietnamese filed a lawsuit but a A well regulated Militia,
casualties. But at the end of the war,
judge dismissed it stating that the Being necessary to the security
only about 200 dogs came home.
herbicides used during the war Of a Free State,
The rest who had survived were
were not intended to be used to The right of the people
either euthanized or turned over to
poison humans and therefore did To keep and bear Arms,
the South Vietnamese -- left behind,
not violate international law.
a surplus of war. Shall not be infringed.
VA Extends Agent Orange 9
Scholarship Tickets Benefits to More Veterans
Relying on an independent study by
Each year we send out “We must do better reviews of illnesses
the Institute of Medicine, Secretary
‘Scholarship Tickets’ hoping you that maybe connected to service, and we
of VA Eric K. Shinseki decided to
will sell them to help our will,” Secretary Shinseki added.
establish a service-connection for
Detachment. This is a very “Veterans who endure health problems
Vietnam veterans with three specific
important fundraiser for us because deserve timely decisions based on solid
illnesses based on the latest evidence
it gives inactive MCL members a evidence.”
of an association with the herbicides
chance to be involved in the
referred as Agent Orange.
Detachment and the proceeds help Other illnesses previously recognized
The Illnesses affect by the recent
fund Department scholarships. The under VA’s “presumption” rule as being
decision are B cell leukemia, such as
Detachment keeps $.40 out of each caused by exposure to herbicides during
hairy cell leukemia; Parkinson’s
dollar to: the Vietnam War are:
disease; and ischemic heart disease.
1) Support our year-round events Used in Vietnam to defoliate trees * Acute and Sub-acute Transient
for the veterans at the VA Medical and remove concealment for the Peripheral Neuropathy;
Center in Coatesville. We have a enemy, Agent Orange left a legacy of * AL Amyloidosis;
monthly Bingo party, an outdoor suffering disability that continues * Chloracne;
picnic, St. Valentine’s Bingo today. Between January 1965 and * Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
party, and a St. Patrick’s party. April 1970, an estimated 2.6 million * Diabetes Mellitus (Type 2)
2) Provide funds for our scholar- military personnel who served in * Hodgkin’s Disease
ships we give out locally. Vietnam were potentially exposed to * Multiple Myeloma
3) Help pay our Home electric sprayed Agent Orange. * Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
bill. In practical terms, veterans who * Porphyria Cutanea Tarda
The tickets won’t be drawn until served in Vietnam during the war and * Prostate Cancer
the Department meeting in June but who have a “presumed” illness do * Respiratory Cancers
by letting you know ahead of time not have to prove and association * Soft Tissue Sarcoma (other than
you may be able to give out some between their illnesses and their mili- Osteosarcoma, Chondrosarcoma,
of the tickets as birthday gifts. tary service. This “presumption” Kaposi’s sarcoma, or Mesothelioma)
Please call Rudy at 610 644 8409 if simplifies and speeds up the applica-
you would like some tickets.
Chester County Marine
Additional information about A resolution passed by the Conti- a uniform of the French and Indian War
Agent Orange and VA’s services nental Congress on 10 November with a British army sword hang-ing from
and programs for veterans exposed 1775 brought the Marines into exis- his waist, and the recruits dressed in
to the chemical are available at tence. Within three weeks officers hunting shirts, frock coats, petticoat
www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agent were appointed and the recruitment breeches, and carrying homemade
orange or call 1 800 749 8387. of several companies began. By mid- powder horns, cartridge boxes, and an
Memorandum for Retired Marines
December recruits thus far enlisted assortment of British and French
were assembled on the Willing and muskets. Then as now the sight of
Retirement Deal Morris Wharves and assigned the drilling troops probably attracted a
More than 4,300 Iraq and duty of guarding Continental ships variety of interested spectators.
Afghanistan war veterans who were stores on colonial Philadelphia’s The stern of the Alfred – flagship of the
diagnosed in service as suffering waterfront. Continental fleet commanded by
from PTSD have won an agreement As the first Marines were assem- Commodore Esek Hopkins is partial-ly
with the DoD to upgrade those bled, Captain Samuel Nicholas and obscured by the two ranks of privates
ratings retroactively to 50%. The Lieutenant Matthew Parke, dressed in and the gathered spectators.
higher rating will represent an green coats and off-white waist- In early January 1776, Continental
important win for this group of coats, breeches, and facings, stood by Marines would board her and six other
veterans mentally scarred by war. as a sergeant brought his men to ships of the Hopkins’ squadron and
It will mean, from date of order. within two months, land and occupy the
discharge, eligibility for disability Both the sergeant and privates British island of New Providence in the
retirement and access to TRICARE. were dressed and equipped as they Bahamas.
the sergeant in might have enlisted; *****************************************
A Pictorial History Revolution
The Marines in the
The birth of the Marine Corps discouraged now and then. But behind
took place two centuries ago in the
come alive. those who broke rank were others who
midst of the American Revolution.
A romantic haze has settled over were just as willing to take their place.
Intervening years, however, have
the whole affair, and when we look The pictorial history is an attempt to
done something to our recollection
through it the facts tend to become give flesh and blood to that group of men
of the circumstances. The legends
blurred. What is most worth re- who in a small way helped give us our
and a good body of tradition remain
membering – the thing that so often independence, to get back to the reality
but a good deal of the reality has
is forgotten – is the fact that like all beneath the legend – not only in the text
been filtered out. When we look
of history’s wars the American written by Charles R. Smith, but also
back we see Marine Captain Revolution, and the Continental through a series of paintings created by
Samuel Nicholas and his three Marine participation in it, was a hard, Major Charles H. Waterhouse, USMCR.
companies advancing across thewearing, bloody, and tragic business If the history provides a clearer under-
fields of Princeton on a cold winter
– a struggle that we came very close standing of what took place on a number
morning in January, or Nicholas
to losing. of significant dates during the eight hard
singlehandedly directing the cap-
But all this says nothing more than years, if it breathes a little life into the
ture of the island New Providence;
that Continental Marines were legend and tradition it will have served
we see the tall, lanky, enlisted
human. Most were willing to fight its purpose.
Marine picturesque in a clean,hard and even die for what they
bright, green uniform; but
believed in order to make the dream For sale by the Superintendent of Documents,
somehow it all seems to be out of a
of independence and freedom come U.S. Government Printing Office
pageant, and neither Nicholas nor
true. They did not have a very easy Washington, D.C:
the men who followed him quitetime, and it is not surprising that a Price $1.05
**************************** number of them got confused and *********************************
The First Recruits ****************************** Hannibal, from Carthage, was planning
The cover picture by December 1775 to cross the Pyrenees in north-east Spain
Maj Charles H. Waterhouse
Chester County Marine
and he needed Spanish guides to Being unfamiliar with that area, don't pronounce the letter "H" so
lead his large army, including the guides became lost all Hannibal heard was "Elp!” “Elp!"
elephants, through this unknown in the different canyons. And that's where the 'Alps'
mountainous area. When Hannibal demanded to know got there name; Eh?
Once through there he needed where they were, Reader's Digest
the guides again to lead the army the guides were yelling,
through the mountain valleys "Help! Help!"
leading into northern Italy. As everyone knows, the Spanish
“Once a Marine, Always a Marine.” Participation at the
Chester County The Chester County Detachment Coatesville Veterans Hospital,
was chartered on July 4, 1974. Our Color Guard for parades and ceremonies,
John A. Lejeune founded the regular meetings are held the forth Honor Guard for our fallen brothers and
Marine Corps League in 1923. He Monday of each month beginning at sisters,
said his first claim to fame was, “I Marine of the Year Banquet and Roast,
7:30 PM unless it conflicts with a
am a Marine!” All his other Flag Retirement Ceremony,
Holiday. Salvation Army Canned Food Drive,
attainments came further down the Scholarship programs,
list. The U.S. Congress felt that the Detachment Marine Corps Fund raising programs,
purposes of the Marine Corps Rifle and Pistol marksmanship programs,
League were so valid that in 1937 it Our meetings are conducted in our Cemetery site decoration for Memorial
granted the League a federal “Home” which is located on Day,
charter. There are detachments all Chestnut St. just off Boot Rd. in Our own newsletter,
across the country and each hold Downingtown. Membership dues
the slogan as a personal truth: are $35.00 annually.
Some of our activities include: League
Chester County Marine
Community Highway Cleanup
Toys for Tots and
A Marine Corps Birthday Ball with
The Chester County Detachment
has an Auxiliary Unit and their
members carry out the purposes of
the league and support our
We look forward to meeting you
and hope you will join with your
fellow Marines to continue the
special camaraderie unique to those
that have worn the Eagle, Globe
Chester County Detachment
Department of Penna.
Marine Corps League