Official Publication of the Women Marines Association
Fall 2003 Vol. 28 • No. 4
Spring 2007 Serving our members since 1969 Vol. 32 No. 2
Women on the battlefield
This is just a small portion of the I’m extremely proud when I travel really quick whether they were com-
transcript of an interview with SgtMaj now. I see females with the MEUs, in plying with what I asked them to do,
John Estrada conducted by The Marine combat at a [forward operating base] bottom line. And I traveled and I saw
Corps Times two days before he was somewhere. I see them all over the them and I think we get an “A” for
relieved of his post as SgtMaj of the battlefield. We didn’t use to do that that. And I have a lot of pride in that
Marine Corps. before. We changed because the young
that, so what you’re Marines can come
Women today going to have down and see, “wow,
in the Marine there is female ser- there’s a chance I
Corps, they are geants major com- could get up here.”
all over the frick- ing down he road, I remember
in’ battlefield. they’re going to be two little females,
They are. That is competitive. Hispanic girls, came
motivating. That’s [Estrada said he back in a convoy
one of the things made phone calls to that got attacked
I wanted to do. force-level sergeants and laid down fire
[Sergeants major] SgtMaj John L. Estrada major to get more on insurgents. They
will tell you, I want- females into the were so pumped up
ed to start seeing female Marines in fight.] Did I threaten and I was looking
positions where we didn’t have them them? I influenced them. I told them at them. They’re about 80, 85 pounds,
before. We were the culprits that were this is what I wanted to start seeing but they shot up some insurgents.
not allowing them to reach their full and they knew, being that I travel so They get that Combat Action Ribbon
potential. We were. We assigned them much, that I was going to find out and I’m proud of that.
to all the administrative billets here and
the schoolhouse here and all these bil-
lets. And what happened: we started to Association Officer Changes
They always say when a celeb- And VAVS Chair Ellen Leidy also
rity dies, it runs in threes and two resigned. Her replacement is Deb
“We were the culprits more will follow close behind. This Beutel, whose contact information is
is certainly not the case here, but it NOT listed on page 2, but IS listed
that were not seems that when one officer resigns, here: 70 Olde Concord Rd., Stafford,
allowing them to reach more follow. VA 22554, 540-446-1770, e-mail:
Secretary Maria Crowley had email@example.com.
their full potential. to resign due to family health prob- WMA thanks those who regretta-
lems. Kathy Sutphen (former Area 5 bly had to leave office for their dedi-
We were. Director) has stepped in to take over cation and hard work for the asso-
her position. Her contact informa- ciation and hopes their personal and
tion can be found on Page 2 of this health issues do not keep them from
General Hagee asked me that question, newsletter. participating in association events in
“Why are they all getting out, sergeant Area 1 Director June Worden also the future.
major?” And we looked at it. This is why had to resign for the same reason. Welcome aboard, ladies!
they’re getting out: Because they know Mary Ann Green has volunteered to Sondra Metzger
they will never reach their full potential take over June’s term. Her contact
of getting to a force-level billet, or a info can also be found on Page 2.
[major subordinate command] billet.
Why didn’t they get there? ‘Cause they
weren’t as competitive as their male ‘Nouncements Deadlines
counterparts who went out and did their
[Marine expeditionary unit] float. Summer Issue: July 16 • Fall Issue: October 15
“64 years of proud service to country and Corps”
WOMEN MARINES ASSOCIATION 64 YEARS OF PROUD SERVICE
TO COUNTRY AND CORPS
National Officers Area Directors
President (1) Mary Ann Green (5) Mary Ellen Stone (9) Karen L. Reeves
Paula Sarlls 35 Barrows Drive 611 Old Paint Rd. 6923 Jessica Dr.
3066 S. Granby Topham, ME 04086-1327 Raymore, MO 64083 Springfield, OR 97478
Aurora, CO 80014 (207) 373-0402 (816) 322-6444 (541) 741-1213
(303) 766-9023 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
PaulaSarlls@comcast.net (2) Alice Dolbear (6) Judy Anderson (10) Geraldine Fiorello
5521 Ecoff Ave. 726 Beachcomber 5327 Baza Ave.
Immediate Past President Chester, VA 23831-1516 Houston, TX 77062-4202 Woodland Hills, CA 91354-1806
Carol A. Mutter (804) 748-2101 (281) 480-2038 (818) 346-4520
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Brownsburg, IN 46112-1048 (3) Sheryl L.Young (7) Pamela A. Garcia
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1st Vice President (678) 313-2533 (303) 388-2153
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160 Highland (4) Betty Jean Cannon (8) Carol Watson
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(757) 564-3496 Erie, MI 48133 Las Vegas, NV 89134
firstname.lastname@example.org (734) 848-4088 (702) 240-6997
2nd Vice President
Sara Phoenix Appointed Officers
11705 Boyette Rd. #487
Riverview, FL 33569-5533 Chaplain Historian Parliamentarian
(813) 436-9831 Joan Hammond Nancy Wilt Anne Zink
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Fairfax Station, VA 22039-3288 Castle Rock, CO 80104 Dahlgren, VA 22448
3rd Vice President (703) 250-3288 (303) 663-3747 (540) 663-0539
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Ken Cross Jeanne Cantrell Tabitha Cunningham
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3122 Morningside Dr.
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40039 Booth Kelly Rd. Don Cannon email@example.com
Springfield, OR 97478 6400 Dixie Hwy, Lot #7
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firstname.lastname@example.org 5521 Ecoff Ave. (586) 491-7151
Chester, VA 23831-1516 email@example.com
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Women of the Corps - hello again and happy spring! I hope Representative and Mary Ann Green has
you each had a wonderful change of seasons, but from the TV agreed to be the new Area 1 Director.
I see that many of you shared the snow we had in Denver! I’m Thanks and congratulations to both of you
ready for some sunshine, now! Can we go to Texas this from all of us.
month? Seriously, I can’t wait for the Houston Convention and I’d like to congratulate Eleanor Wilson
keep hearing of the great work they’re doing in planning. I on her receipt of the Julia B. Hamblet
know it will be one of our best conventions ever. Award from the Marine Corps Heritage
Your board has been diligently work- Foundation. Eleanor
ing on projects we developed at the did stellar work on
board meeting. I hope you’re enjoying Thanks to the many oral histories and also on museum exhib-
the changes to the web site, that you its in California.
received your RM&D, and last issue of of you who At the time I’m writing this I still have
‘Nouncements. Our editor, Sondra Metzger, not heard from the IRS with a written
continues to amaze us as does Carol Mutter, sacrifice time, letter regarding our group exemption. I
who developed and made changes to the will notify all through the chain of com-
RM&D (with the approval of the board) a energy, and money to mand as soon as I do. I talked to our agent
reality. We hope you appreciate the work recently who told me to call back in two
that goes into these publications and notice keep this big weeks. I’ll keep checking on it.
the changes. Also, if you aren’t on the Thanks to the Loyal Escorts for
WMA ListServ, I do hope you will sign up RIG rollin’ along. their support across the country and the
with Mary Ann Merritt on that. She does many of you who sacrifice time, energy,
an excellent job getting the news out to us and money to keep this Big RIG rollin’
via that medium. along. My challenge to Rise, Initiate, and
We have a couple changes in the leadership to announce, Give on our journey to keep WMA Relevant, Improving, and
too. Deb Beutel has agreed to accept the appointed rep- Growing stands and I remain yours, Semper Fidelis!
resentative position of Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service Paula Sarlls
1st VP Message
So how is your recruiting effort going? cation and came up with the following estimated totals for the
How many new members have you number of female active duty Marines at each of these sample
recruited to WMA or Loyal Escorts? duty stations: Total Total
What have you done as an individual Active Duty % of Female
or as a chapter to increase membership Base (AD) Female AD AD
to WMA? As I mentioned in my first
MCAS Beaufort 3536 7% 247
letter to you after assuming the office of
MCAS Cherry Pt 7825 8% 626
1st VP, one of my main responsibilities
CLNC 30926 6% 1855
is membership. I want to emphasize once
HQBN HQMC 1982 10% 198
again the importance of individual and
MARFORES (N.O.) 334 13% 43
chapter recruiting efforts. We will continue
MOBCOM K.C. 222 7% 15
the recruiting contest for the next convention
MCAS YUMA 3567 8% 285
with the “Recruiting Roundup” (more info to follow in future
MCRD San Diego 3597 1% 35
issues of ‘Nouncements), so now is the time to get your recruit-
MCAS Miramar 6817 9% 613
ing effort on the “launch pad!”
Camp Pendleton 33615 6% 2016
Have you seen the great information that our Public
29 Palms 8429 4% 337
Relations Officer (PRO) Mary Ann Merritt has provided about
Camp Butler, Oki 10336 8% 826
recruiting? If you haven’t seen copies of her PRO newsletter
Semper Finesse, contact your area director or let me know and Total of potential new WMA members 7,096
we will ensure you get a copy. She has already published six of So if my calculations are correct, using just these few exam-
these monthly newsletters and they all contain great ideas on ples, there are over 7,000 potential new WMA members out
many topics including recruiting. there just waiting to be contacted. If your chapter is not located
Our PRO also recently sent a copy of a document called near a Marine Corps base, here are a few other ideas for finding
“USMC Demographics Update” to all area directors. It has a lot new members:
of great general information but I want to focus on a particular Look in ‘Nouncements and find the new members listed that
way this information can be used in your recruiting efforts. I live in your area. Contact them and see if they would like to
join your chapter. (Continued on next page)
did some quick calculating using the information in this publi-
’Nouncements 3 Spring 2007
1st VP Message Continued
Look in your copy of the Resource Always carry a calling card with your ing tool for potential WMA members as
Manual & Directory (RM&D). Many chapter and WMA national information well. Chapters will be receiving some-
members are just national members but for someone you meet out shopping or thing from the local recruiters in the near
are not affiliated with a chapter. Perhaps dining out. You just never know who you future to begin this project. But you don’t
they are too far away from an established might meet and if they are Marines. have to wait to hear from the recruiters. I
chapter, but that is no reason why you Also on a similar recruiting topic, Carol encourage you all to contact your local
can’t contact them and include them in Mutter is in contact with the Recruiting recruiters NOW to get started! This is a
your chapter events by sending them a Command at Headquarters Marine great mentoring and recruiting tool!
copy of your newsletter or just call them Corps. We plan to work with them to There are many great ideas out there for
every once in a while to keep in touch coordinate with all local recruiting offices recruiting and these are just a few. Take
with them. and WMA chapters throughout the U.S. advantage of them. Be proactive! Let’s
Advertise in your local paper, or have to help in the mentoring of new female see who is ready to “blast off” and be the
your local news station do a human inter- recruits. Some chapters are already work- winner of the next “Recruiting Roundup”
est story on a chapter member, advertise ing with their local recruiters to get names in Houston next year.
a chapter event, etc. Be sure to include of those females going to recruit training Semper Fidelis,
information on WMA national and your and writing to them to begin the men-
Rhonda LeBrescu Amtower
local chapter in all advertisements. toring process. It is also a great recruit-
WIMSA News the services as well as senior Department
of Defense and other government offi-
We have a 10th Anniversary Celebration cials.
date! Mark your calendars to join us and The closing event will be a candlelight
other military women, past and present, march from the Lincoln Memorial to the
along with family members and friends Women’s Memorial, a favorite event for
on November 1, 2 and 3 for the Women’s many attending the dedication celebration
Memorial 10th Anniversary celebration. 10 years ago.
After struggling for the last sev- Watch The e-Register, your mail and
eral weeks to find a place large enough the website over the coming weeks and
and available, we finally settled on the The WIMSA Memorial. Photo by Carol Highsmith. months for more celebration specifics,
November dates. We want to thank every- gram for Friday, November 2, at the DC reservation information and other perti-
one for their patience over the past few Armory. This will be a more casual time nent details.
weeks. We are confident it is going to be a of fun and camaraderie. We are thinking In the interim, we are still collect-
terrific time and we are working in earnest of holding the reunion in the late after- ing data about possible attendance, so if
to put together a fantastic program for the noon and early evening to give folks the you are even thinking about attending
3-day event. opportunity for a free evening with old the 10th Anniversary Celebration, please
Preliminary plans include a gala on the friends and comrades. let us know by e-mailing at 10anniv@
night of November 1. This formal event is Saturday, November 3, will be the womensmemorial.org or by calling 703-
planned for the Great Hall of the National anniversary program, which is scheduled 533-1155 or 800-222-2294. Please be sure
Building Museum, an extraordinary place for early afternoon at the Memorial. We to include your name. We’d also be inter-
that has been the site for many presidential expect this program to include formal mil- ested in getting your thoughts about the
inaugural balls beginning in 1885. itary honors, remarks by former and cur- proposed time for the reunion program.
We are planning the reunion pro- rent military women representing each of The WIMSA e-Register
Marines Pound Nails for Charity
Nail after nail, and swollen thumb after splinter, MCRD
leathernecks and sailors pounded away with hammers at a
muddy construction site in Escondido to help build homes for
the non-profit organization Habitat for Humanity, January 24
and February 1.
The Marines helped build homes that are going to be sold to
low-income families in the community at 20-year, zero-percent
interest mortgage rates.
They helped finish the framing for the roof on one house,
while starting the framing on another.
Among the modest volunteers were the depot’s top leader-
ship, BGen Angie Salinas, Commanding General, and her right-
hand man, SgtMaj Bobby B. Woods.
LCpl Lindsey Cook, Service
Company admin clerk, drives nails
Side-by-side with junior Marines, the senior leadership
into the studs along the outside of helped haul and cut wood and hammer hundreds of nails during BGen Angie Salinas nails brackets
into a wall, connecting it with the
a Habitat for Humanity house. each eight-hour volunteer session. ceiling.
Spring 2007 4 ’Nouncements
Last WWI Female Vet Passes
Charlotte Winters lived for 109 years. Charlotte Louise Berry was
To some, she may have appeared to be born on Nov. 10, 1897. In 1916,
just an ordinary woman who enjoyed Charlotte paid a call to Secretary
an extraordinarily long life. But the of the Navy Josephus Daniels.
passing of Charlotte Winters on March The 19 year old wanted to find
27, 2007, marked the end of an era in out why women weren’t allowed
military women’s history – she was the to join the Navy. Although it is
last-known surviving woman veteran of not known if Charlotte directly
World War I (WWI). Ninety years after influenced Daniels’ opinions con-
serving her country, the Navy yeoman cerning the service of women,
(F) was laid to rest with full military her long-time friend Mrs. Kelly
honors on March 30, in Frederick, MD, Auber said that notes in Secretary
leaving only four other known surviving Daniels’ journals confirm that
WWI veterans. she met with him. Former Yeoman (F) Charlotte Winters in 2006.
Photo by David J. DeJonge.
“The passing of Charlotte Winters
truly marks the end of an era,” said BGen “She was more than just a job.” To make the distinction between the
trailblazer. She’s responsible
Wilma L. Vaught. “The women of World sexes, the Navy added “(F)” to indicate
War I served their country at a time when the yeoman was a woman.
they did not yet enjoy the full rights of
citizenship – they couldn’t even vote
for the trail getting blazed.” Charlotte, a yeoman third class, was
assigned as a typist at the Washington
for their commander-in-chief – yet they -- Vice AdmirAl NANcy BrowN Navy Gun Factory, also called the
raised their right hands and promised Washington Navy Yard. One of 2,000
to support and defend the Constitution women to serve in the Washington, DC,
of the United States. Every generation Sometime after his meeting with area, Charlotte earned the rank of yeo-
of servicewomen since has stood on her, he realized that the Navy would man second class by war’s end. She was
the shoulders of patriots like Charlotte be shorthanded when the need arose to honorably discharged in 1919. Although
Winters.” send more U.S. sailors to sea. On March the war was over, Charlotte’s service to
Although she’ll probably be most 14, 1917, finding no legal basis for the her country was not. Almost immedi-
remembered for this distinction at death exclusion of women, Secretary Daniels ately, she returned to the Washington
– being the last living woman veteran of ordered that women could enlist in the Navy Yard where she was employed as a
this era – a few things about Charlotte’s Navy Reserve as yeoman, radio electri- civilian typist – a post she held through
109 years remind us of just how extraor- cians and “other useful ratings.” another world war as well as the Korean
dinary she was in life. As a young On March 21, the Navy enlisted War. In 1953, she retired from civil ser-
woman, she met with the Secretary of its first women and Charlotte and her vice after 34 years.
the Navy to make a case for women to younger sister Sophy (Berry) Bean were Always proud of her military service,
serve in the US military and she was one among them. Young patriots Charlotte Charlotte continued her association with
of the first women to wear the uniform and Sophy easily met the Navy’s enlist- military organizations immediately fol-
of the US Navy ment criteria. Women had to be US citi- lowing her discharge. She joined the
Reserve during zens between the ages of 18-35. Women American Legion in 1919, held sev-
WWI. She also like Charlotte who possessed a high eral offices and remained a member for
served her coun- school diploma, business school training nearly 90 years. In fact, she helped form
try as a civil ser- or clerical experience had an advantage the Jacob Jones American Legion Post
vant for 34 years. because they could be enlisted and put to 2 in Washington, the first chapter for
She was one of work immediately. These reservists were women only. Charlotte also co-founded
the first women enlisted for four years and were paid the the National Yeoman (F) Association in
to join the same salary as men, $30 per month plus 1926 and served as its commander in
American Legion a $1.25 per day subsistence allowance. 1940-41. Charlotte also became a char-
and she was a co- For young women like Charlotte, ter member of the Women in Military
founder of the being a pioneer came with its share Service for America Memorial in 1987,
National Yeoman of challenges, including how this new one of its first members.
(F) Association. crop of enlistees would be addressed. Some might say that Charlotte’s love
At Charlotte’s The women who joined the Navy in of the Navy even found its way into her
funeral, Navy WWI were, like their male counterparts, personal life. She met and married fel-
VAdm Nancy called yeoman, a role-based title for low sailor John Russell Winters, a Navy
Brown, director those assigned clerical duties. Soon, a Yard machinist, in 1949. The two were
for C4 Systems variety of nicknames abounded; names avid Civil War historians and their pas-
(J6), said, “She like “yeomanettes,” “yeowomen,” “lady sion for documenting campaign strate-
was more than Navy Yeoman (F) Charlotte sailors” and even “petticoat pets,” but gies and the lives of Civil War soldiers
just a trailblazer. (Berry) Winters (left) and Secretary Daniels soon put an end to took them all over the country.
a woman thought to be
She’s responsible her younger sister Sophy the nicknames. He said, “I never did like (Continued on next page)
for the trail get- (Berry) Bean, circa 1919. this ‘ette’ business. … If a woman does
ting blazed.” Photo courtesy of
Mrs. Kelly Auber.
a job, she ought to have the name of the
’Nouncements 5 Spring 2007
Charlotte Winters Continued
The pair lived in a pre-Civil War era of 109. last Yeoman (F), but most of all Charlotte
home in Maryland – which they restored From that pre-WWI meeting with the Winters will always be known as a true
and modernized themselves – until John’s Navy Secretary through every decade of American patriot.
death in 1984. In her final years, Charlotte her life, it is clear that Charlotte believed
made her home at the Fahrney-Keedy women had a right and a duty to serve their Excerpted from WIMSA
Senior Residential Home in Boonsboro, country. She will be forever remembered e-Register online newsletter
MD, where she passed away at the age as the last WWI woman veteran and the
More Honors for Maj McClung
The Hawaii State Senate and Hawaii State House of also contains just over 100 names of other military communica-
Representatives convened in a rare joint session to recognize tions specialists who were killed during the Gulf War, and the
military service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Korean and Vietnam Wars.
The families of these fallen service members all received the The Hall of Heroes honors military communicators who made
Hawaii Medal of Honor on behalf of their loved ones. the ultimate sacrifice while working in public affairs or the visual
Recipients of the medal information career fields.
include members of the United A frosted glass plate is
Armed Forces, the United engraved with McClung’s name.
States Military Reserves, and The glass plate, and others like
the Hawaii National Guard, who it, is attached to a dark gran-
were residents of the State of ite-patterned wall. The columns
Hawaii, attended an educational of nameplates, some yet to be
institution in Hawaii, or were inscribed with names, stretch
stationed in Hawaii by order of from the floor to the ceiling in
the United States Department of the north lobby of the DINFOS
Defense. building. The columns of names
Maj Megan McClung was are accented by darkened, verti-
among those honored. Maj cal mirrors, which contrast the
McClung was born in Hawaii. dark background of the wall.
Her parents, Mike and Re Embedded in the floor in front
McClung (in leis), accepted the of the memorial is the DINFOS
award from Hawaii state officials (l-r): Hawaii Speaker of the seal, while up above, flags of the five military branches stand as
House Calvin Say, the McClungs, Senate President Colleen silent sentinels over the memorial. Poster-sized prints of military
Hanabusa and MajGen Robert G.F. Lee, state adjutant general. journalists and photographers working in their respective fields
Also, Detachment 1210, Marine Corps League, has honored adorn the far wall from floor to ceiling, next to the memorial.
the major by renaming itself as The Major Megan McClung The memorial was unveiled at an informal ceremony in
Whidbey Island Marine Corps League Detachment 1210. March. There are plans to hold a formal dedication for the Hall
Maj McClung’s name was also added to the wall in the Hall of of Heroes in the near future.
Heroes at the Defense Information School (DINFOS). The wall
Toys for Tots
Many of our chapters work with the
Toys for Tots program and I know how Dear President Sarlls,
much work that is because I’ve done it As the United States Marine Corps liaison to the greater Boston Toys for Tots program, I would like to
myself several times. let you know what a pleasure it was for me to work with seven members of the Bay State Chapter, MA-
I received a very nice letter from 1, WMA during the 2006 Toys for Tots Campaign. These women, along with two civilians, volunteered
SgtMajor Eric Loya in Boston thanking 1100 hours of their time from mid October to mid January to assure a successful campaign.
the following folks from the Bay State Barbara Signor, Chapter Secretary, Pat Morrissette, Chapter Treasurer, along with Kay Carpenter, Jean
Jackman, Barbara Blount and Ellie Canty worked the Administrative side of the program answering tele-
Chapter, MA-1 for their 1100 hours of
phones, setting up collection points, mailing posters, processing orders, and doing the myriad other tasks
volunteer time from mid October to mid that encompass this program each year. Kay manages the office, pays the bills and handles the incidental
January: Barbara Signor, Pat Morrissette, expense fund. Connie Libardoni, another chapter member, enjoys working in the warehouse, sorting toys
Kay Carpenter, Jean Jackman, Barbara and packaging them for shipment to the various institutions that request our help. Without these women,
Blount and Ellie Canty. I understand this this program would not run as smoothly as it does.
was the last year that Jean Jackman was This year we provided over eighty thousand toys to 300 agencies, who in turn distributed them to the
going to be part of it, that she would drive needy children of the greater Boston area.
90 miles round trip each day that she I am very pleased that the dedicated women of the Bay State Chapter, MA-1 have chosen to be part of
volunteered. this annual effort.
Nice work ladies and congratulations! Sincerely, (signed)
SgtMajor Eric Loya, USMC
Paula Sarlls Boston Toys for Tots program
Spring 2007 6 ’Nouncements
History on the Move
This past week when talking with a on this project in future issues and thank to make this project happen.
group of WWII veterans, I asked what you, Loretta. We now ask your help. This project
makes something historical. One veteran Many Thanks is for all of us and the future of our pre-
quietly said that history is anything that CA-3 has once again gifted The History served history. Costs include tempera-
happened yesterday and to be historical Project with a generous contribution of ture controlled storage facilities, acid free
means it must be at least as old as yester- $150.00. Our second gift from this chap- storage containers and computer support,
day. That’s not a bad description. So to all ter, these funds will be used to help pre- preservation costs (including uniforms,
our active duty members as well as past serve the many uniforms we have received art, memorabilia and photos), WMTEs
generations, share your stories and stuff recently. Many thanks to all of you for and their shipment costs, we also assist
with us. Current history is as important as your continuing support. members with the cost of mailing items
past history. Pat Landry of Texas has donated when it is a burden. We are continually
New Challenges on the Move another unique piece of history. Unlike the developing new exhibits and support our
The History Project has been chal- Colonel Waterhouse print she presented to current museum exhibit. This year we will
lenged with a new project. WMA will be The History Project, this is a 1952 maga- add the cost of Modern Day Marine and
expanding our involvement in military zine photo from Women’s Day Magazine future such exhibits.
exhibitions though The History Project. showing the women of all the services in Our current budget for the year is
Our first effort is planned for Modern their newly designed uniforms. Uniforms $22,000.00. If all of us would contribute
Day Marine at Quantico this fall. Mary were re-designed for the first time since $5.00 - $10.00 we would be well on our
Sabourin and some loyal helpers have WWII and they are striking. Those who way to next year’s budget. This project
supported and staffed WMA tables/booths have seen the photo are amazed by the fact receives no funds from WMA at this time
at a variety of these exhibitions for years. that only the women of the Marine Corps and we need your help. Checks can be
With Mary’s help and guidance we will be have bows on their shoes. Pat found this made to CO-1 and mailed to either Paula
expanding the exhibit to not only recruit- photo with story in a flea market many Sarlls or Nancy Wilt.
ing new members and general information years ago. This photo and story have been
on WMA but an exhibit that includes a preserved and framed for inclusion in our Special Needs
WMA display showing our organization’s growing art collection and will be made • 1970’s uniforms and accessories
history since 1960 as well as the history available to museums or other venues. • Montezuma Red Lipstick or
of the women who have earned the title Your Special Help is Needed other service colors
Marine. Success at Quantico will lead The success of The History Project • Military shoes 1940 to current
us to develop an SOP/and easy to ship has been the result of our Marine can-do • All current uniforms
displays for shows at Camp Pendleton, attitude. All who have shared memories, • Info and photos of the late 1940s
Camp Lejeune and other service/veterans photos, uniforms, memorabilia and stories through Korea
shows. This project is an expansion of have contributed greatly to our success. • All items and uniforms from
our WMTE’s (Women Marine Traveling However, like any project, money is need- Desert Storm
Exhibit) program. ed to support our efforts. To date 98% of
The Oral History Project has been added the funds have come from WMA member
to the list of projects under the History Mary Bacon Hale. Mary has generously Nancy Wilt
Committee. CO-1 member Loretta Krook and from behind the scenes provided WMA Historian
has stepped up to chair this project. More thousands of dollars over the last 2.5 years
Photo Gallery Left: Sent in by member and avid flyer Denne Howard, the
Compass Rose was painted by members of her flying group,
the Coachella Valley 99’s, at Jackie Cochran Airport.
Left: This memo-
rial is in London,
England, and is
a memorial to
the women who
World War II.
What is “hang-
Above: Mary Sabourin and Col Adele ing” on it are
Hodges were caught by Carol Mutter’s the different
camera lens in front of the WMA dis- uniforms the
play at the Marine South show at Camp Above: This photo comes from former Area 3 Director
women wore. and now MGySgt Pat McLane. An IED (improvised ex-
plosive device) was being identified by a patrol when
the insurgent set it off to escape. No one was injured.
’Nouncements 7 Spring 2007
The Texas Gulf Coast Chapter 5. Celebrating the 65 years of our “History Collection.”
is pleased to inform you of our women in the Marine Corps Expect a warm Texas welcome upon
“flight plan” for the 2008 WMA A panel discussion, moderated arrival at the Westin Galleria. The
National Convention and Professional by Capt Vernice “Junk” Armour, convention will include many different
Development Conference. The con- will address “The Changing Roles of formats to enable interaction among
vention is designed to conduct the Women in the Marine Corps”. Capt the participants, provide continued
business of WMA, update members on Armour will plan the discussion to personal and professional growth for
the ever changing role of women in the best represent the challenges today’s active duty and WMA members, and a
Marine Corps, and provide personal Marines face. An open dialog with the chance to engage in a dialog with the
and professional growth. Additionally, audience will allow time for questions WMA membership. Look for surprises
the social events will allow an “out for the panel. to slip into the schedule…as we say in
of this world” opportunity for net- One of the most exciting events Houston, “Expect the Unexpected.”
working and visiting for WMA members In order to plan ahead for our most
with WMA friends and is the Recognition popular banquets, Opening and Closing
family. Whether you & Awards Banquet. Banquet seat assignments will be made
are a seasoned conven- During the banquet, at the time of registration. The registra-
tion attendee or a “first
timer,” the convention
will be informative and
WMA 2008 we will recognize
WMA chapters and
members for their
tion form will allow the attendees to
indicate the names of people they wish
to share a table. Those who register
introduce you to WMA accomplishments. late will be assigned to the remaining
members who share Many WMA chap- open seating.
your history. ters are doing good works, as evi- We realize many of our members
This will be the 25th biennial con- denced by the streamers on their flags. travel on a limited budget. Therefore,
vention - a major milestone, and a time However, some awards go unclaimed in order to have full participation, we
to recognize and honor our history. because no entries are received. are hoping to include core activities at
Our organization began as a dream of Although it is a lot of work to pre- a budget friendly rate. This is why we
WWI veterans, was born of the WWII pare the entries for competition, please are asking WMA members to help sup-
veterans, and it continues to be nur- think about the hard work and good port the convention through donations
tured by all of our members. In honor deeds your chapter does. Both should and by participating in our “Convention
of this milestone, we will have a 25th be recognized as well as documented. Lift-Off” contest (see next page).
anniversary party as a “celebration of Winning is good for the chapter, and As you make your travel plans,
WMA conventions” the evening before recognizing chapter achievement also please remember that Houston has
the convention. builds chapter spirit. two airports: Bush Intercontinental
Aside from the normal convention The 25th convention anniversary Airport, north of Houston, and Hobby
plans on opening day, the first-timers will also be an opportunity to recognize Airport, south of Houston. As a note,
are invited to a Mardi Gras party hosted the 65th anniversary of women serving Continental Airlines flies into Bush and
by the Marines of New Orleans. Wear in the Marine Corps. Although every Southwest Airlines flies into Hobby.
festive attire and expect an exciting, WMA member volunteered to serve Check with your favorite airline to see
get-acquainted time chock full of good our country, very few participated in which airport they use.
information and good will. And oh yes, a victory parade or welcome home Make your plans now to GIDDY’UP
good times will be a-rollin’! parade. While we are together, we will to Houston, and remember…Texas is
We will kick off the convention with have a “homecoming.” Each genera- still BIGGER THAN FRANCE!
a “wear red for the troops” opening tion will be recognized and presented
banquet and traditional flag ceremony. in a victory parade, followed by a tra- 2008 Convention Committee
We are pleased to announce that BGen ditional cake cutting ceremony. It Judy Anderson & Karen Beatty
Angie Salinas, Commanding Officer will be an over the top patriotic
of MCRD San Diego, is scheduled to pat on the back to our all vol-
be the guest speaker. unteer WMA members.
During the following days, the con- The Installation, Memorial
vention will focus on the many aspects Service and Closing Banquet
of the Marine Corps and the WMA, are traditional convention
such as the following: events that we all look forward
1. Workshops for active duty and to. It is also exciting to see
WMA members what the next convention host
2. WMA business meetings has planned. We will find that
3. Board meetings and committee out when the Colorado chap-
meetings ter hosts the 2010 Presentation
4. Chapter leadership, and Luncheon, which will feature The Westin Galleria, Houston, TX.
Spring 2007 8 ’Nouncements
Convention Molly Marine
“Lift Off” Contest Presentation
On February 21, the Molly Marine Award
The goal is simple: raise the most money was presented to recruits from P Company,
PFC Amanda Meade, Richmond, VA (Platoon
Purpose: the convention needs to raise funds to pay for activities and ser- 4004) and PFC Belle Reid, Ashland, OR
vices that will be part of the convention program. Transportation, printing, (Platoon 4005).
guests, music, decorations, audio-visual, supplies, and activities can add to Presentations were made by SC-1 members
the cost of hosting the convention. To help reduce those expenses, the con- Brenda Moore and Linda Priest.
vention committee is asking WMA members, Loyal Escorts and friends of
Marines to help raise convention funds in the following ways.
Actions: one way to donate money to the convention fund raising will be to
make a contribution as an individual or chapter. All donation amounts are
welcome. Each of our donors who contribute $100.00 or more will be rec-
ognized in the convention program with their level of donation. Donations
are tax deductible and receipts will be mailed to the donor.
The “Convention Lift Off Contest” is another way to raise money for the
convention. All of our WMA and Loyal Escort members are invited to par-
ticipate. The goal is simple: raise the most money. A view of the area as Linda Priest explains the
meaning of the Molly Marine Award before
• Form your team of up to eight members either from your presenting the awards.
chapter, members-at-large, family, friends, or co-workers.
• Raise your funds…yard sales, eBay auctions, bake sales,
baby sitting, pet walking, sell cans or bottles; whatever you
do to earn extra money.
• Mail your donation to Lisa Huerta, 4403 Pickering Place,
College Station, Texas 77845.
• Make checks payable to “2008 WMA Convention and
• Identify your team/chapter name and always submit your
donations under that name.
• Lisa will record the progress of your team and update it on
Significant milestones will be recognized with awards. From left to right: Brenda Moore, PFC Meade,
The leading team: PFC Reid, Linda Priest.
• on 1 April 2008 will win reserved seating at all events Recognition of Donations for
• on 1 August 2008 will be the grand prize winners of:
Team/chapter recognition as the “2008 Crew for Lift Off Houston” WMA Annual Contributions
Escorted trip with “Texanna” to tour Space Center Houston With special thanks to the following contributors
(Texanna is also known as the TX-2 Astronaut) to Women Marines Association
A “Lift Off Houston” gift basket for each team member!
Patrick F. Taylor Foundation
Reading, PA MCJROTC Cadets Impressive Rolls-Royce North America, Inc.
While she was at New York Community Trust –
a PA-2 event, Alice Robert Kaufman
Dolbear (far right)
was so impressed Bronze $1,000
with the MCJROTC
cadets from Read-
AT&T Enterprise Services. Inc.
ing that she in- Copper $500
sisted on having a
photo taken with
Marine Military Expos
them. That’s Ferne Steel $100 or more
J. Walter Thompson Ad Agency
O’Rourke Petroleum Products
’Nouncements 9 Spring 2007
Politics During Wartime
As the deputy commander at United evidence was reviewed. who witnessed the operation from the
States Central Command from 2001 to The politicians did not like this. planning to the execution, I can tell you it
2003, I represented the military in dealing They called repeatedly, through their was one of the most spectacularly executed
with politicians regarding the capture and Congressional liaison, and pressured us rescues I’ve seen in my 36-year career. Our
rescue of Pfc. Jessica D. Lynch in Iraq, and to recommend her for the medal, even receiving word of Private Lynch’s rescue
thus I can speak with authority about what before all the evidence had been analyzed. and subsequently, news of the rescue of the
really happened after her maintenance con- I would not relent and we had many heated other prisoners was a high point of the war
voy got lost near Nasiriya in 2003 and discussions. for all of us at CentCom.
she was taken prisoner. I feel compelled The politicians repeatedly said that a None of us were in it for the publicity:
to respond to accusations that have been medal would be good for women in the we did it to save a comrade. Period. We
made in recent days by several politicians. military; I responded that the paramount never ordered the operation filmed the
The initial reports from the field regard- issue was finding out what had really hap- troops who executed it decided to film it
ing Private Lynch stated that she had gone pened. on their own. Ultimately, it was good that
down fighting, had emptied her weapon As it turned out, after a careful review they did, not for publicity purposes, but
and that her actions were heroic. Based on of the facts, the military concluded that because that film can now be used to train
these reports, politicians from her home the initial reports were incorrect. Ballistic soldiers.
state, West Virginia, wanted the military tests on Private Lynch’s weapon demon- A nation needs heroes. Hero-making
to award her the Medal of Honor. Their strated that she had never fired; she had in itself is not a bad thing. But hero-mak-
request rose up the ladder until finally it merely been a passenger in a vehicle that ing without grounds is. In the case of
reached me. went astray, came under fire and crashed. Ms. Lynch, overzealous politicians and a
But initial combat reports are often Private Lynch was badly hurt, and in her frenzied press distorted facts. For these
wrong. Time must always be taken to thor- condition, she could not fight back. Her politicians to step forward now and accuse
oughly investigate all claims. In the case of actions were understandable and justifi- the military of capitalizing on the Jessica
Private Lynch, additional time was needed, able, but they could not be labeled heroic. Lynch story is utter hypocrisy.
since she was suffering from combat shock (It’s important to make clear, too, that By Michael DeLong
and loss of memory; facts, therefore, had Private Lynch has never claimed to be
to be gathered from other sources. The a hero. As she told Congress earlier this Michael DeLong, a retired Marine lieutenant
military simply didn’t know at that point week, the “story of the little girl Rambo general, is the author, with Noah Lukeman, of
whether her actions merited a medal. from the hills who went down fighting” “A General Speaks Out: The Truth About the
This is why, when the request landed on was not true.) Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.”
my desk, I told the politicians that we’d Accusations that the military played
need to wait. I made it clear that no one up Private Lynch’s rescue for its own pub- Courtesy of the New York Times
would be awarded anything until all of the licity purposes are also false. As someone April 27, 2007
16th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps assumes post
Sgt. Maj. Carlton W. Kent assumed the position as the 16th has served in various key billets throughout his career to
Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps from Sgt. Maj. John L. include as a Marine security guard, drill instructor, and Naval
Estrada during a post-and-relief ceremony at Marine Barracks Aviation Officers Candidate School drill instructor. He has
Washington. also served as Sergeant Major of
During the ceremony, Estrada 2nd Recruit Training Battalion and
passed the sword of office to Recruit Training Regiment, MCRD
Commandant of the Marine Corps San Diego, and Sergeant Major of
Gen. James T. Conway who then Marine Forces Europe. He spent 13
passed the sword to Kent. The pass- months straight in Iraq as the senior
ing of swords between Marine Corps enlisted leader.
leaders signifies the completion of “I am looking forward to being able
one tour and the beginning of anoth- to continue to serve with the great
er. Marines [and] sailors we have in our
“I think the next few years [for the Corps,” said Kent, who served as the
Corps] are going to be exciting,” said I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp
Estrada, during an interview earlier Pendleton, Calif., Sergeant Major,
this week. “It’s even more exciting prior to his current assignment. “I
to see General Conway’s vision of look forward to being a combat mul-
where he’s taking our Corps. I would tiplier for Marines and their families
love to be a part of it, but all good by getting out and hearing what their
things come to an end.” issues are and making recommenda-
Estrada will retire later this year tions to our commandant.”
after completing more than 34 years in Sgt. Maj. Carlton W. Kent receives the sword of office from
Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James T. Conway
the Marine Corps. during his post-and-relief ceremony at Marine Barracks SSgt Christina C. Delai
Kent, who has been in the Washington. Photo by: PFC Jacob H. Harrer. Headquarters Marine Corps
Marine Corps for more than 31 years,
Spring 2007 10 ’Nouncements
’Nouncements 11 Spring 2007
Marine Corps Heritage Foundation Annual Awards Dinner
On 27 April, at the Sheraton Premiere Hotel, approximately Wilson; BGen Wilma Vaught and Marilla Cushman from
500 Marines and their families celebrated the Marine Corps WIMSA who were guests of Sue Sousa, Past National
Heritage Foundation (MCHF) Awards Dinner. It also marked President, WMA; LtGen Frances Wilson and her husband Ed;
the second presentation of the Colonel Julia Hamblet Award. Eileen Scanlon, WMA Liaison to MCHF Julia Hamblet Award.
Eleanor Wilson was the recipient of the award for her dedica- Other WMA members in attendance were Maria Crowley and
tion and professionalism, devoting her time and finances to Elaine Stem.
interview over 100 women Marines for oral histories that We hope that next year we will have more WMA members
are on file at the Marine Corps History Museum, Library in attendance to represent our association.
of Congress and WIMSA. She was also instrumental in the Eileen R. Scanlon
History of Women Marines displays at El Toro and MCAS MCHF Liaison
General Charles C. Krulak, the 31st Commandant of the
Marine Corps, received the General O.P. Smith Award for his
special contribution to the preservation of the heritage of the
Marine Corps Museum.
The master of ceremonies was Bernard Shaw, former
CNN principal anchor and former Marine; the military guest
of honor was General James T. Conway, Commandant of the
Marine Corps and guest of honor was Frederick W. Smith,
Chairman, President and CEO of FedEx Corporation, and
Our table for ten had seven persons: our recipient Eleanor
Judy Whittleson (Susan Davis Public Relations), BGen Wilma Vaught,
Eleanor Wilson and LtGen Frances Wilson.
Eileen Scanlon, LtGen Frances Wilson, Sue Sousa, Susan Hodges All the recipients of Marine Corps Heritage Foundation awards with
(MCHF) and award recipient Eleanor Wilson at the awards banquet. CMC Gen James Conway (center).
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Spring 2007 12 ’Nouncements
A Letter to the Commandant
Dear General Conway, On May 7th, she will undergo a blad- encouragement. She and her family need
On April 4, 2007, I had the honor and der operation at the Children’s Hospital support and encouragement. With the
privilege of meeting 11 year old Kimberly in Seattle. The Helena Marine Corps help and support of the United States
Best and her family. Kimberly’s father League, along with other Marines in the Marine Corps and their friends, this fam-
is a 100% disabled Gulf War Marine State of Montana have a mission to see ily will know that they are not alone in
Veteran. Kimberly was born with one that the bladder operation, a prelude to the battle for Kimberly’s health and hap-
kidney that works at 10% efficiency the kidney transplant, will be given the piness. “SepiuS exertuS, Semper FideliS,
and her bladder is too small and is of greatest opportunity for success. While FrAterS iNFiNitAS” (Often Tested, Always
no use. At her birth, she had many other staying in the Seattle area, the Best Faithful, Brothers Forever).
defects as well and to date, has had over family will be billeted at the Ronald Prayers are encouraged. Cards and
50 operations. She is a delightful girl. McDonald House. Transportation will letters may be sent to: Kimberly Best,
She wore her Easter dress and came in be coordinated by the Seattle Marine P.O. Box 2223, East Helena, MT 59635
a wheel chair to conserve her energy for Corps League membership. The Helena Inquiries on Project Kimberly may be
a tour of the Capitol. Her two brothers Marine Corps League is working with directed to: Jim Heffernan, USMC, (406)
and her parents, Peter and Nita were by the local airlines office for “Pro-Bono” 458-6256 or cell phone: 431-USMC.
her side. flight to Seattle for Kimberly and her Thank you for your help with this
This family needs our help. Montana parents. project. If you are in Montana, I encour-
Marines and friends of Kimberly Best, One of the elements of the many age you to come by the Capitol. It would
asked me to write you to garner your operations that Kimberly has and will be a pleasure to have the opportunity of
assistance in helping a Marine in his time be expected to endure is psychological. visiting with you.
of need. Project Kimberly is about build- I, as a Marine, ask that Marines from Semper Fi,
ing Kimberly’s courage, self esteem and across the United States be encouraged John Bohlinger
confidence for the upcoming operations. to send Kimberly cards and letters of Lieutenant Governor
Women Marines Association “rebuilds” Louisiana chapter
The Women Marines Association is trying
to rebuild its chapter in New Orleans since
there has not been an active chapter here
Women Marines celebrated their anniver-
sary at the Molly Marine statue downtown.
The event commemorated the 64th year since
the official establishment of the Marine Corps
Women’s Reserve on Feb. 13, 1943. The
Women’s Reserve is the component of the
Marine Corps the females would enter.
Col. Catherine D. Chase, assistant chief
of staff, 4th Marine Logistics Group, was the
guest speaker at the event. Members of the
WMA, the Marine Corps League and Marine
Forces Reserve Marines came to support the
event. Marian Landry, 87 WW II WR, speaks at the ceremony.
“The longer I’m in the Corps, the more of
an honor it is to speak on behalf of the women
Marines,” said Chase. “When I was a lieuten-
ant, the Marine Corps was definitely a differ-
ent experience than others may have had, but it was always a memorable
journey. It was 30 years ago, but I can remember it being a very historic
time for women Marines.”
The event took place at the Molly Marine statue, because it is the first
monument of a woman in a United States military uniform in the nation.
The statue, called “Molly,” was dedicated Nov. 10, 1943, the year the
Women’s Reserve was activated.
When the New Orleans chapter is revived, it will be called the “Molly
In order to become part of the chapter, contact Melanie Young at (985)
285-7007 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Story and photos by
PFC Mary A. Staes
Marine Forces Reserve
Spring 2007 13 ’Nouncements
Loyal Escorts of the Green Garter
Fellow Loyal Escorts, President: chapter flag toppers will be Manual and Directory was mailed to
Again I would like to introduce our something other than the eagle at con- all current WMA members on record.
new Loyal Escorts of the Green Garter vention. Only the National Ensign will Please make note of changes to the Loyal
patch. We have sold a few and so far carry the eagle. I have received a number Escort section on page 25. Email changes
they have been well received. of catalogs from different flag are: Ken Cross, email@example.com; Don
Please see the picture for a companies. The pricing is wild Cannon, firstname.lastname@example.org;
glimpse of what it looks like. so be sure you understand what and Tabitha Cunningham, tlcmenagerie@
If you would like to have one you are getting. Some toppers are aol.com.
the cost is only $5.00. Mail plastic and some of those only fit A reminder to all term members,
your check, made out to the plastic poles. In most cases metal please check the expiration date of your
Loyal Escorts of the Green ornaments will require a 5/16 nc membership and keep your membership
Garter, to Ken Cross, 3122 thread to affix to wooden poles. If current. Applications for membership are
Morningside Drive, Oceanside, you are not sure if the ornament fits printed on page 25 of the RM&D and
CA 92056-4401. your pole, contact the company. They on the back outside cover of all WMA
A word concerning the new rule usually have a toll free number. ’Nouncements. Thank you.
put out by Paula Sarlls, WMA National The 2006-2008 WMA Resource Ken Cross
Loyal Escorts New Members
#334 Clara Mark, 212 NW 54th Dr, Apt #A, Oklahoma City, OK 73118, sponsor: OK-2, gift from chapter
#335 Nancy Brook, 1776 Avenda Cherylita, El Cajon, CA 92070-7701, sponsor: Roberta Tidmore, CA-2
#337 Eleanor Craig, 258 San Dimas, Oceanside, CA 92057, sponsor: Eleanor Judge, CA-7
#338 Dolores A. Tonegatto, 60875 Mound Rd, Washington, MI 48094, sponsor: Christine (Salo) Tonegatto, MI-2
Term to Life
#336 James Kerley, Willow Rd, POB 21, Perry, MI 48872
Derek Caputi, 1153 Cajon Cr., Vista, CA 92083, sponsor: Jacqueline Caputi, CA-7
Michael J. Cochenour, 1037 Michigan Ave., Adrian, MI 49221, sponsor: Ann-Marie Cochenour, MI-2
Thomas H. Hall, 2209 Allwood Ave., Valrico, FL 33594, sponsor: Marilyn Dolyak
Johnnie Johnson, PO Box 863, Idyllwild, CA 92549-0563, sponsor: Marie Proulx, CA-7
Nadine Lewis, 4001 NW 122nd St, Apt 326, Oklahoma City, OK 73120, sponsor: Pam Bloustine, OK-2
Robert D. Lewis, 9085 Judicial Dr #2517, San Diego, CA 92111, 858-658-0828, sponsor: Roberta Tidmore, CA-2
Jacqueline Mente, 1410 McCarthy, Ypsilanti, MI 48198-6633, sponsor: R. Nichols, MI-2
Alexia (Lexie) Peirano, 17066 N Broadway, Escondido, CA 92026, sponsor: Patricia Ramoss, CA-7
Gwendolyn Phillips, 1564 Mission Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601-5241, sponsor: Ozetta Hirschmann, PA-2
Kay R. Reeb, (CDR), Office of the Chaplain, MWSS 372, PO Box 5550861, Camp Pendleton, CA 92055,sponsor: Eleanor Judge, CA-7
Show and Tell
This photo is what I call “show and tell”. I wanted to show our
This photo comes to us from LtCol Kim Johnson who is currently in
“Old Corps” members (and in this case, that includes ME!) what a
Iraq. The Marines from her section are (l-r): CWO-3 Joseph Charles,
recruit platoon looks like now, especially the bags they are carry-
Cpl Royneka L. Hood, Sgt Gavilanes, Cpl Pinto-Olachea and LtCol
ing. Could one of our younger female warriors fill us in on what’s
Johnson. They work at the 2D MLG Group Consolidated Admin
carried in the bags? We only had 3-ring binders when I went
Center at Camp Taqaddum. Sgt Gavilanes is now back in the states.
through in the 70s. ~~ Editor
Spring 2007 14 ’Nouncements
Lowcountry mourns loss of fallen Blue Angel
In the final moments of the (Bill) Rauch, County Council
last performance during day one Chair Weston Newton and Vice-
of the 2007 MCAS Beaufort Air Chair Skeet Von Harten. There
Show, tragedy struck when the was a lot of solidarity between
Blue Angel # 6 jet from the Navy’s the military and the civilian com-
Flight Demonstration Squadron munity to go ahead with it.”
crashed. In the wake of Saturday’s
The pilot, who did not survive, tragic event, many critics have
was Lt. Cmdr. Kevin J. Davis, a begun voicing their opinions,
second year member of the team. saying that air shows are danger-
At approximately 4 p.m. on ous and perhaps shouldn’t be
April 22nd, Davis was joining flown over cities.
the Delta formation for the final “It’s not Air shows that are
maneuver of the aerial demonstra- dangerous, it’s flying,” Lanham
tion when the mishap occurred. said. “The flying business can be
The other five Blue Angel jets dangerous. Air show’s are done
were not involved in the incident for specific reasons - to provide
and landed safely moments later. community relations for us, to
Davis served as the opposing assist in recruiting, and to dem-
solo pilot for the F/A-18 Hornet onstrate aviation and air power
squadron. This was his first year to a public that largely doesn’t
as a demonstration pilot and for know a lot about what we do.
his parents, who were in the crowd So I think it’s worth the risk that
watching their son, it was their we take.”
first Air Show. “We are entirely committed to
The crash occurred approxi- safety in our historical organiza-
mately three miles outside of tion and in Naval Aviation,” Lt
the air station and was quickly Cmdr Anthony Walley, the pilot
responded to by both civilian and The Blue Angels break from formation to perform one of their final for Blue Angel # 2, said.
military emergency services. maneuvers during the Air Show April 21 before Lt. Cmdr. Kevin J. While the second day of air
Davis’ fatal crash. He is the lowest plane on the bottom left
“From my vantage point, the coming out of the maneuver. Photo by Lance Cpl. Charles M. Groff show events continued, the death
response was phenomenal,” said Col. of Davis affected the entire county.
The decision was made to continue with
Robert Lanham, the air station’s com- “Beaufort County is very saddened by
the second day of air show performances,
manding officer. this incident,” Winn said. “We’re sorry to
and the day began with a moving open-
“All of the coordination exercises that lose one of our Naval heroes.”
ing ceremony paying tribute to Davis by
we do with the Beaufort County first “It was a tragedy that the Blue Angel
observing a moment of silence, an aerial
responders paid off, because the coordi- mishap occurred,” Lanham said. “I think
missing man formation performed by the
nation with them at the accident scene other than that it was a flawless effort
GEICO Skytypers and the playing of
was superb. Emergency responders were on both days. The whole Marine Corps
where they needed to be immediately and and Navy community at MCAS Beaufort
“We put a lot of thought into (continuing
began to work to contain turned out a great show. I received feed-
with the air show) for a
the situation and handle back from the performers that it was one
few reasons,” Lanham
the emergency. I was very of the better-organized shows that they
said. “One is that’s
proud of everyone.” attended and everybody I talked to was
what we do and even
A special tribute was made having a really, really good time. And
the air show perform-
to honor Davis Saturday even when we were challenged by trag-
ers wanted to go ahead
night by personnel at the edy, Team Beaufort responded very well. I
with it because that’s
crash site. Emergency was very proud of the effort and it doesn’t
how we’ve always done
services removed the diminish the level of teamwork and pro-
business in aviation. As
American flag from the fessionalism that the sailors and Marines
tragic as it is, it’s part of
Burton Fire Department demonstrated here.”
our business. We accept
and placed it over the The family has asked that any donations
those risks and we have
stretcher carrying the pilot be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation
to go on with the mis-
from the scene, according in Lt. Cmdr. Kevin J. Davis’ name. The
sion. And going on with
to William Winn, direc- cause of the accident is currently under
the air show is symbolic
tor of Beaufort County investigation.
of how we handle the
Emergency Management. Lt. Cmdr Kevin J. Davis.
LCpl Monique Smith
dangerous aspects of our
“Full honors were rendered Photo courtesy Blue Angels website.
mission. The other aspect MCAS Beaufort
at that time by emergency
is the solid support we got
services personnel and by military authori-
from the community to go along with it.
At the opening ceremony we had Mayor
Spring 2007 15 ’Nouncements
Free Folding Canes Available to WW II, Korean War Vets
A program was announced on April 13 in World War II and the Korean War and stability. The HUGO Folding Cane is also
that will provide free folding canes with give back in a small way to those who gra- the only cane to feature an interchangeable
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II and Korean War veterans. The HUGO Folding customize the cane.
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Salutes Our Veterans,” to recognize heights, and fits most HUGO Rolling Walker with a
the support and efforts the members people between 5’ to 6’5” Seat, and the HUGO Transport
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Canes with Interchangeable Handles will is flared with an ultra Can-Am Care is also the maker
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USMC Major receives medal at Buckingham Palace
On March 21st, Maj William Chesarek climbed onto the top of the vehicle to
received the Distinguished Flying Cross tend his wounds, ignoring a succession of
from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II further near-misses from the sniper that
at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, impacted around her, as well as being
London, in recognition of his outstanding fully exposed to other small arms and
gallantry in action during operations in RPG fire. One bullet from an AK47 rifle
Iraq last year. He is the first US service- ripped through her rucksack as she came
man to receive the British DFC since the under fire from five different positions.
Second World War. But she refused to let go of Colour Sgt Ian
Major Chesarek served as an exchange Page, dragging him to safety. Her selfless
officer with 847 Naval Air Squadron of efforts stabilized the casualty and with the
the Fleet Air Arm during a tour of duty help of a colleague, she was able to get
in southern Iraq, from January to July Maj Chesarek and Pvt Norris with their medals. him under the cover of the armor. When
2006. On the night of 10 June 2006, he before. Chesarek also acted as a Forward Major Chesarek was able to land nearby,
was the commander of a Lynx helicopter Air Controller, successfully designating she supervised the loading of the casualty
operating in Maysan province in support targets for fixed-wing air support, as on the helicopter before returning to the
of Operation Darius, a search operation in well as coordinating low-level passes battle. The promptness of Norris’ and
Al Amarah to disrupt mortar and rocket by the jets to support his own efforts to Chesarek’s actions was instrumental in
attacks on a nearby Coalition base. A disperse the crowds, and was judged by saving the NCO’s life.
Warrior armored vehicle was disabled the Commander of 20 Armoured Brigade The Distinguished Flying Cross was
within the city and during its recovery, to have played a pivotal role in the safe instituted in 1918 to recognize gallantry
British forces came under repeated attack extraction of the Coalition forces. in the air during active operations against
from rocket-propelled grenades and small In addition to this, when one of the the enemy; its nearest US equivalent is
arms fire from insurgents using large, British soldiers suffered a life-threaten- probably the Silver Star. The US and
hostile crowds for cover. ing head wound from a sniper, Major UK Armed Forces have a long-standing
Major Chesarek and his crew flew over Chesarek and his crew landed immedi- exchange program whereby officers serve
five hours providing top cover, break- ately, despite the huge risks, to evacuate tours of duty in each others forces, includ-
ing off only to refuel. Given the serious the casualty. ing front-line units, which has proven its
threat to the forces on the ground, and the Also receiving a medal from The great value on many occasions.
inability to return fire given the crowds Queen with Major Chesarek was Private Major Chesarek was accompanied to the
of protestors, Chesarek elected to fly Michelle Norris, aged 19, the first woman investiture ceremony by his family, and
repeated passes at very low level, under ever to receive the Military Cross (the Major General Andrew Davis, USMCR.
heavy small arms fire and at least one land warfare equivalent of the DFC). Her D B Stevens
near-miss from an RPG, in an attempt medal was earned in the same incident Iraq & Special Projects
to distract and disperse the crowds; this for which Major Chesarek was honored. Directorate for Communications
was in full knowledge of the tragic loss When the insurgent sniper hit the Warrior Planning
of his RAF commanding officer and crew commander in the head, she, a medic with
in a Lynx over Basrah only a few weeks the Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment,
Spring 2007 16 ’Nouncements
WMA Chapter Tool Kit
So how many streamers do you have your area director or let me know and we will But the interesting fact is that there are
on your chapter flag? The way to earn make sure you get a copy. Here is just a short many awards that are not presented since
one is through our Recognition and Awards synopsis of the R&A Program that will help there are not enough submissions. Last year
(R&A) program where chapter streamers you get started. There are three main catego- we only had a total of thirteen out of 80+
are presented as awards at each Biennial ries of awards: Best Newsletter, Best History chapters competing! So don’t think that just
Convention and Professional Development Book and Chapter Achievement. There is because you are a small chapter you can’t
Conference. Are you saying to yourselves also a separate grand prize award for “overall win anything! There is a chance to compete
that we just had a convention and that the outstanding chapter achievement” called the just within your “class level” or chapter size
next one is too far away? Well think again Ruth and Dick Broe Award. First place for as described above. So get your chapters
and check out the articles in this issue of each of these award categories includes a involved and start working on those newslet-
‘Nouncements from the TX-2 Chapter who is streamer for chapter flags as recognition for ters, history books and chapter projects. If
already in the planning process for Houston special achievement in these areas. you have any questions or need help, contact
in 2008. Even though there are two years in There are 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards your area director, Public Relations Officer
between each convention it doesn’t mean that given in each category for the best newsletter Mary Ann Merritt, or myself and we will
you can sit back and forget about it until just and best history book. For chapter achieve- be glad to help you in any way possible.
a few months beforehand. Supporting the ment there are a total of nine each for 1st, Remember, you can’t win if you don’t play!
goals of WMA through your many chapter 2nd, and 3rd place based on three individual I hope that we can give away all possible
projects; creating and sustaining your news- categories and three “class levels” which are awards in Houston! What a “Blast Off” per-
letters and history books, takes constant time defined by chapter size. The class levels are formance that would be!
and effort. defined as follows: 5-20 members in a chap- Semper Fidelis,
Details of the R&A Program can be found ter; 21-45 members in a chapter; and 46 + Rhonda LeBrescu Amtower
in your chapter copy of the “How To” book. members in a chapter. So you can compete in
If you don’t have the “How To” book contact many different levels and categories.
Attention Chapter Clipping Authors!!
With all this technology happening newsletter, and if a photo isn’t clear or is them scan it to a CD or diskette.
around us, it’s time to chat about the “rules” too dark for us to fix, it’s not good enough Whatever you do, do not write on back of
for submitting your Chapter Clippings. to publish. Now, there are always excep- the photographs! Sometimes the impression
Text tions, such as scholarship recipient photos, of the pen comes through to the other side,
From this point forward, it does NOT but very few. I’ve actually turned down and if there’s more than one photo, some-
have to be double-spaced. Was that a “yip- MCJROTC photos. So let’s talk photog- times ink gets on the second photo.
pee” I just heard? Double-spacing was raphy, and let’s start with the MCJROTC Sending a photo via email is another
required before to edit using hand written photos. I know, it’s a bit late now, but plan method of getting it to me. It’s fine to send
notes within the clipping. With computers, for next year! it as an attachment, but do not add it to the
that’s not necessary. It’s wonderful if you can catch the actual document and then send the document. This
I’ve had a few complaints that Chapter presentation, but if you’re not close enough is called “embedding”. When it gets to me,
Clippings is too long. I would like you to to it, the quality diminishes the moment. I have to extract it from the document and
tell me what you think. Drop me a line, The flash on most cameras only goes about when I do, the quality goes from a great 10
send me email, or call and let me know eight feet. Either get closer or re-create to a lousy -1. Always send it separate from
if you think I should put a length limit on the moment afterward. Along those same the text.
Chapter Clippings. lines, watch your composition. If your Digital Photography
And by the way, who are you? Please do photo shows half-inch high participants in The last photo hint is for those who
not forget to put your name at the end. the middle with all this space around them, have digital cameras. One thing you need to
Email – yes, you can send things you’re too far away. Move in! Get that remember is resolution. Most cameras offer
via email. Again, they do not have to be smile on the cadet’s face! The last thing is, different settings for resolution, a low set-
double-spaced. You can either put the clip- watch your background. You don’t want ting which enables you to get more photos
ping right in the body of the email, or send flag poles coming out of heads. The most on a memory card and a high setting that
it as an attachment. That line above about common problem I see has to do with dark drastically drops that number. However, the
adding your name at the end goes double backgrounds. Standing in front of a dark high setting of 300 dpi (dots per inch) is the
for emailed clippings. Some members send background with a cadet in dark dress blues best setting for publishing/printing digital
email FOR someone, so the sender and the causes them to completely blend into it. photos. Please try to shoot your chapter-
author may not be one and the same. Even more so if the cadet happens to have related and newsletter-bound photos at 300
Who are you, again?? ALWAYS a dark or olive complexion. Chose a well-lit dpi. They’ll look great in the newsletter,
INCLUDE YOUR NAME!!! background so we all can beam with pride and make a big difference in your history
Photographs at their accomplishment. book! And please, don’t edit your digital
I’m sure you’ve noticed that the quality I’ve said in the past that photo copies photos. That’s my job!
of the photographs in our newsletter over done on a color copier are okay to send. I would like to ask a favor of all
the last few years has greatly improved. Well, lately I’ve noticed a lot of problems the authors. When you send in your next
That’s partially because of the paper and with those. When scanned in, lines form Chapter Clipping, just for the summer
partially because the designer and I work across them called a “screen” because it issue, please include your phone number.
at it. looks like it was shot through a screen That way if I have questions, I can give you
The quality of the photo you send makes door. When at all possible, send the original a quick call.
a drastic difference. I take pride in our photo or go to a place like Kinko’s and have Sondra Metzger
Spring 2007 17 ’Nouncements
CA-1 Greater Los Angeles
California CA-l chapter celebrated the 64th Anniversary
of Women Marines with a luncheon meeting at Taix’s French
Country Restaurant near downtown Los Angeles on February
Members of CA-15 were also invited to attend this luncheon
and several of their members did so.
President Anna T. Brown introduced guest speaker Geraldine
Fiorello, who is the new Area 10 Director and also a member of
CA-15. Geri spoke on future plans for Area 10. Larry Wright with his “harem”.
The current chapter officers are Anna T. Brown, president;
Fern Hauss, vice president and treasurer; Shasta Anker, secre- CA-3 held their anniversary luncheon at the Hayward Ranch
tary; and Beatrice Gabel, bulletin editor. Restaurant. Twenty three members and guests were in atten-
Shasta L. Anker dance. CA-6 and CA-9 joined us for our luncheon. We held a
raffle and everyone went home with at least one gift. LaVerne
CA-2 San Diego County made a motion to make Shaaron an honorary member and
everyone approved with a resounding “YES.” Shaaron has taken
on the responsibility of doing most of the decorations for our
CA-2 members, active duty Marines and guests celebrated the meetings.
64th women Marines anniversary signifying 64 years of service We lost three of our members in the last two months:
and dedication with a luncheon at Butler Gardens, MCRD on 13 Mary Standley, Anna Fuchs, and Ann Molnar. A great loss to
February. BGen Angela Salinas, Commanding General MCRD, our chapter.
was the delightful hostess insuring everyone was welcomed and Our Chaplain Connie Davis did the invocation and the
inviting everyone to tour the historic General’s Quarters with it’s memorial service for our sister Marines who have reported to
many souvenirs. Active duty Marines modeled uniforms worn the Supreme Commander. At our March meeting held at Harry’s
by Marines from 1812 (Lucy Brewer) to dinner dress worn by Hoff Brau hosted by Nell Stevens and Junamay Coffey, a motion
present Marines. A running narrative was read identifying each was made to send donations in memory of our three sister
uniform. Marines to their favorite charities.
Afterwards the Alice Gunnerson installed the officers for 2007-2009: LaVerne
retirement ceremony Marts, president; Maggie Hart, vice president; Maryannette
of CWO-5 Cheryl E. Schneider, secretary and Betty Lieser, treasurer.
Spencer was held with On March 10 we attended another anniversary luncheon, this
full military honors in one held by CA-9 at the Dead Fish Restaurant. Four members
front of Bldg. 31. On of CA-3 attended and a good time was had by all. The officers
the previous Saturday, were installed at this time.
several CA-2 members “Operation MOM” held a garage sale April 14-15 with pro-
attended the 64th anni- CA-2 members (l-r) “Randy” Tidmore, ceeds to benefit “OP MOM”.
versary celebration spon- “Tex” Cornwell, “Bucky” Edwards and Alice Gunnerson, who volunteers as a “driver” for Heart
sored by CA-7 at the Staff Ruth Gallivan at the Veterans’ Day of the Valley, was awarded a certificate for all of her services.
parade with their new banner.
Club, Camp Pendleton. Heart of the Valley is located in Santa Clara and provides ser-
We also had 24 members and guests attend a luncheon on 10 vices for seniors, driving them to doctor appointments, dentists
March with guest speaker Cheryl Spencer showing a DVD and and whatever is needed.
telling of her 28 years in the Marine Corps. Also, Robert Lewis, LaVerne Marts
commandant of the “Bulldog Unit” of the Marine Corps League,
said a few words about their activities and requested our help at
their upcoming convention in June. CA-4 North Central California
The new year ushered in several outstanding social events
CA-3 Greater San Francisco Bay Area for the members of CA-4. The first of these events was the 64th
Anniversary of Women Marines. Our group held the celebration
At our January meeting we had in attendance Larry Wright,
in MonTikos Restaurant in the Arden area of Sacramento on
father of Shaaron and Kathleen, in his Marine Civil War
Valentine’s Day. Fifteen attendees and their guests enjoyed a
Uniform, and did he look sharp. He has adopted us and of course
wonderful selection from the menu. The afternoon was rounded
we have adopted him as well.
out with a sing-a-long of WR songs which was led by Jeanne
On February 10, we were invited to attend the anniversary
Bartelt. The dessert was a beautiful anniversary cake which was
celebration with CA-6 held at the Pitsburg Golf Clubhouse.
made especially for the occasion. It was served by Jeanne Morse
Three CA-3 members attended the luncheon and enjoyed meet-
and Lea Cassidy.
ing other members of CA-6.
Spring 2007 18 ’Nouncements
It was a great day for the Irish on March 17th. Our ladies
joined in on it by wearing green. This event took place at
Brother Oliver’s Restaurant in Carmichael. Corned beef and
cabbage was the bill of fare. Celtic music was piped into the
dining room throughout the luncheon and a bouquet of balloons
added to the festivities. A grand time was enjoyed by all!
Until next time, Semper Fidelis!
CA-5 Orange County California
Co-Chairs of the event pause for a picture with our guest speaker,
(l-r): Lillian Cross, BGen Angelina Salinas, Eleanor Judge and
Our chapter is pleased to announce that member Eleanor Charlene Itchkawich.
Wilson is the recipient of the Julia B. Hamlet award. She was
given the award for her work on the oral histories and the The event was highlighted with a wonderful concert by
museum at Balboa. Congratulations! the Camp Pendleton band, and the colors were presented by
We will be hosting the Annual Women Veterans luncheon in the El Camino High School MJROTC. The guest speaker was
November. Valorie Lephart will chair the committee. Proceeds BGen Angelina Salinas, the first female Commanding General
go to WIMSA. of MCRD San Diego.
Sixteen members have signed up to go to the museum at BGen Salinas treated the attendees to a wonderful speech
Miramar May 22nd. Eleanor Wilson is making arrangements about the women in the audience who paved the roads for her to
for us. get where she is today. This was accompanied by a wonderful,
Helen Hannah Campbell joined us at our general meeting and at times funny, PowerPoint presentation of pictures from old
in March. She is looking forward to driving again. Our best to new. One was of her at about 7 playing cowboys, play T/O
to all who are ill, hope they can all join us at our picnic on pistol and all.
August25th. CA-7 President Kara Harris thanked everyone for all their
Mary Ann Rogers efforts including member Mary Lou Voight for the homemade
chocolate medallions and member Alyce Williamson who pro-
CA-6 Mt Diablo vided the centerpieces and decorated every table so beautifully.
The event was wonderful, and was a true team effort. The only
On 17 February, 19 members of CA-6 celebrated the concern is how we will top it for the 65th anniversary!
64th Anniversary of Women Marines at Zandonella’s Italian Peggy Reiber
Restaurant in Pittsburg (no, computer, there is no “h” in our
Pittsburg). It was for the last time, as the restaurant has been CA-15 San Fernando Valley
sold. We will miss it, as the food and service there was always
excellent. Jill Martinez, our guest speaker, is from the Veteran’s We were pleased to
service center in Martinez. She talked to us about the benefits again accept an invi-
available to veterans. She was well informed, and our questions tation from Barnes &
kept her busy. Now that I have transferred my own health care to Noble Books to wrap
the VA here in Martinez, I was able to affirm her statement that customers’ purchases
we would receive excellent care there. for “tips”. We were sure
As more of us give up driving, carpooling is becoming a to be noticed with a sign
necessity. Most of the cars arrived fully loaded. It’s just as well, reading, “Gift Wrapping
with the threat of global warming becoming a reality. Provided by the Women
The following evening, yours truly attended a crab feed given Marines Association”.
by the Marine Corps League in Lafayette. One Marine there told Many of those stopping
me his daughter was in a tizzy because she didn’t have a book to by asked us about our
read for a book report, so he gave her his copy of “A Few Good service experiences and
Women.” She read the book, wrote the report and got an A! shared theirs with us, making for a very interesting day.
Sure would like to read that report to learn what she said The photo shows Joan Vitale (left) and Nonie Lann ready to
about us. ‘Til next time, Semper Fidelis! wrap. We were greatly helped by CA-15 member Pat Murray.
Inga Ferris Pat arrived before the store opened and left about 3, as she had a
(Ed. Note – For those who may not know, Inga is the author long drive home. Unfortunately, the photo was taken after she’d
of “A Few Good Women”, an excellent book on her boot camp left. Note to Pat: we are very sorry you are not in the photo, but
experiences and her service afterward.) please know that your enthusiasm and effort helped to make this
project a great success.
CA-7 Edith Macias Vann S. California We left the bookstore with $221.36 to add to our treasury,
which we use to help support worthwhile efforts to help our
The Camp Pendleton SNCO Club was alive and filled with military – such as Operation Helmet, to provide helmet linings
over 180 guests for the 64th Women Marines anniversary lun- with the hope of sparing our troops some of the injuries they
cheon. The co-chairs of the event, Ellie Judge, Lillian Cross and sustain.
Charlene Itchkawich, outdid themselves! Joan Vitale
’Nouncements 19 Spring 2007
CA-29 Twenty Nine Palms FL-3 Gold Coast
CA-29 officers at their February meeting:
Front row, l-r: President Elaine Bowden and
Treasurer Denne Howard. Back row, l-r: Vice
President Dorothee Irwin,
Secretary Barbara Pudinski and Mary Zingg.
United we stand, and we are
mighty in outreach projects,
although few in numbers. Members
participate in the Young Marines
program in Desert Hot Springs,
sponsorship of MCJROTC female
cadets in Desert Hot Springs for the WMA scholarship program It has been a very busy spring for FL-3. At our January
and participate in making quilts and baby items for the Navy- meeting we had an unusual event. Three couples in our chap-
Marine Corps Relief Society located at the MCAGCC in Twenty ter reached a milestone in life that many of us were unable to
Nine Palms. achieve. In the photo, left to right: John and Molly Manolakis
The next membership meeting will be a lunch in Yucca Valley (Samaras), married 60 years January 19th; Jerry & Marcae
on June 23rd. The members invite all women Marines, (active Carolan (BITOUF), married 59 years October 18th; and Frank
duty, retired and former), to join them for a fun day. Please & Natalie Champagne (Huhn), married 50 years September
contact Elaine Bowden or Denne Howard for any questions or 29th. Our chapter presented each couple with a $50 gold money
information. tree. Congratulations and best wishes were extended for contin-
Elaine Bowden ued happiness.
In February we celebrated the 64th Anniversary of Women
CO-1 Colorado Columbine Marines at the home of past president Alice Stupariu. A bar-
beque and covered dish affair complete with cake – delicious,
and as always good company and lots of fun.
Columbines celebrat- My house looks like a PX as we continue to shop and pack
ed the anniversary on boxes for Iraq, everything from shoelaces to home made cook-
February 17th at the ies. Several replies trickle in stating how pleased they are to be
Castle Cafe in Castle remembered and many thanks for our prayers.
Rock. A special exhibit National Women’s History Month was celebrated March
of art was set up in the 23rd at the Miami VA by the Touring Theatre Ensemble of
spare dining room for all
CO-1’s anniversary celebration. North Carolina. The star Spangled Girls dedicated the program
to see the many treasures that cannot be exhibited at the museum to WWII veterans. The skits were wonderful and everyone who
for security reasons. Among them were the recently framed served in this era would surely relate to the words and songs.
and preserved Bowen portraits, a Waterhouse print donated Their voices were beautiful and the concert was most enjoy-
by Pat Landry in Texas and four acrylics from our own Marge able.
Alexander. We had a great luncheon and then adjourned to the Happy spring to all, until next time,
Castle Rock Museum to view the exhibit. Over 130 attendees Jane Kane
from many walks of life including the Colorado Secretary of
State, Mike Coffman, a Marine Iraq War veteran! FL-4 Tampa Tarpon
President Sarlls spoke on the radio about the anniversary and
also represented WMA and our chapter at the State Capitol on
Veterans Appreciation Day. The chapter was also represented at Our chapter met on February 10 at the Piccadilly Cafeteria,
the Saint Patrick’s Day parade in Denver, the Veteran’s Forum Brandon, for the 64th Anniversary lunch and business meeting
in Aurora, and the Fitzsimons State and Veterans Nursing to review and update our bylaws. Some members with health
Home. Issues affecting veterans were addressed by the State problems were unable to attend, notably our V.P. Frances Ruth
Congressional Delegation and WMA as part of the United Jones who fell while playing golf and fractured her hip. Becky
Veterans Committee of Colorado testified in support of those Elmore will now assume V.P. duties.
non-partisan issues that affect veterans. Among those issues We are very excited to welcome new member Babette Henry.
included property tax exemption for 100% disabled veterans, We were fortunate to receive donations of clothing and useful
special license plates, and oversight committees for the state items for our Abused Women spring project.
and veterans nursing homes. This chapter works closely with On April 11 presentation of the MCJROTC certificate was
the Frank J Carroll Detachment of the Marine Corps League and made to outstanding Cadet Neeham Kansara at Chamberlain
the Marine Corps Memorial Association in Golden, as well as High School, Tampa.
several units of Young Marines. Meetings will resume in October after summer vacations are
Our business meeting in March yielded one new life member completed.
- welcome to Dorothy Pridmore. Laverne Myers
Spring 2007 20 ’Nouncements
GA-1 Dogwood Hughes, Micaila Britto, Ruth Sullivan, Barbara Signor and Betty
Celebrating the 64th anniversary, fifteen members of On February 11 we
the Dogwood chapter gathered at the National Museum of were invited by President
Patriotism on February 17th to enjoy camaraderie and a catered Jane Sipila to attend
lunch topped off with a cake ceremony. Three of those in atten- the Women Marines
dance were new members to the chapter. Attending their first Anniversary party in
meeting were: Ellen Lamb, Sandy Wilson #2 and Sharon Tutt. Connecticut to help CT-1
We say Sandy Wilson #2 because long time member Sandy celebrate. Six of us drove
Wilson #1 was present for the first time in a couple of years (l-r): CWO-5 Cheryl E. Spencer (CA-2), Micaila
down and had a wonder-
and we enjoyed catching up with her and meeting her friend, an Britto (President MA-1), Aunty Ruth Ingram ful time.
Army veteran, who tagged along and held her own in a group (Cheryl’s Aunt) and Eleanor M. Warner (HI-1) The following week
of Marines. we were off again to
The ladies discussed upcoming events and enjoyed an oppor- western Massachusetts to help President Ernestine Stowell,
tunity to get to know the new members. MA-2 and her members celebrate. We were treated to a wonder-
Sheryl Young ful lunch cooked and served by the women of the Marine Corps
League unit in Westfield. Entertainment followed by members
IL-2 Blanche S. Osborne of MA-2. A wonderful time was had by all.
Our President Micaila Britto traveled to California to cel-
ebrate the Anniversary of the Women Marines and to attend
The chapter’s big event in the past few months was celebrat-
several functions. Micaila gave a presentation on “Networking
ing the 64th anniversary of the signing into law Public Law 689
and Staying Connected” to a mixed group of active duty women
allowing women to enlist in the Marine Corps. At the luncheon
and civilians at Camp Pendleton. She attended a luncheon in
there was a very nice turnout welcoming a new member to our
celebration of the anniversary and hosted by BGen Angela
chapter, Mitzi Lee Erickson, a former WMA member at large.
Salinas, Commanding General of MCRD, at the General’s
Our sky diving member, Connie Svoboda who lives 2 hours
quarters. At the luncheon, BGen Salinas was presented with the
drive away, came up with her husband, and he has decided to
“Band of Sisters” challenge coin designed with the assistance
join the Loyal Escorts. Connie is working on a program for this
of numerous active duty Marines at WMA’s recent Convention/
summer involving sky diving - us watching while she sky dives.
Conference in Louisville.
We’re looking forward to that. Our speaker for the luncheon was
Micaila also attended the retirement ceremony of CWO-5
SSgt Derek Hawkins, a friend of member Melissa Josephson,
Cheryl Spencer. This event had many WMA members in atten-
who told of his experiences of being an embassy guard in far off
dance from all over Southern California and as far away as
places of Egypt and Peru.
Hawaii and the East Coast. Micaila reports an outstanding time
We were very sorry to lose our long-time Ways & Means
was had by all.
member, Veronica “Red” Harrison, who moved to Tucson to
In January, long time chapter member Irene Ruth Rapaport
be with her daughter. If you went to the WMA convention in
passed away. Jean, Eleanor, Kay, Pat and Ginnie attended the
Washington, DC in 2000, you were given a little clothespin
service and the burial. Eleanor read our prayer prior to the
woman Marine doll, the creation and work of Red. She made
service. We were proud to accompany the casket from the
over 500 for that luncheon.
funeral chapel. The family was very pleased that we were able
We also lost a long time Escorts member Vera Pallin, my
to attend and to participate in the service.
sister, who died on February 14th at 91.
MI-2 Motor City
MA-1 Bay State
Here we are again. The calendar says “spring” and it is one
lovely freezing winter day outside. Chin up, better days are
Here in Boston, we hold no chapter meetings from our
Christmas party until the end of March due to the weather. It
is usually a quiet time for us, but these past three months have
been very busy.
In January, we held another Welcome Baby Veteran
shower. The new arrival, Sophia, accompanied by her mother,
Renee Mendoza, attended the event held at the Brockton
VA Medical Center. Mom serves in the Army and is an Iraqi MI-2 at their anniversary luncheon.
veteran. Sophia received lots of gifts to get her on her way. Her Motor City chapter celebrated our anniversary in March at
mother was just overwhelmed. MA-1’s Jean Jackman has been our local Mountain Jacks with appetizers, soup, salad and a great
instrumental in getting these baby showers organized. Eleanor prime rib dinner with the trimmings. To end the meal we all cel-
Canty, Kay Carpenter, Pat Morrissette, Velma Mooney, Betty ebrated the Anniversary of Women Marines with a cake.
’Nouncements 21 Spring 2007
Our oldest and youngest Marines present shared in the cake
cutting ceremony. Sally Rizzo and Ann-Marie Krcmarick-
Cochenour took the honors.
We have many irons in the fire from working on the next
Habitat for Humanity Home (we already have eight volunteers
ready to go) to working on the Welcome Back Celebration for
our 1/24 Marines from Selfridge Air National Guard Base.
Operation Caring Friends is still going strong and sending
packages on a monthly basis to our Marines and military that MO-2 at their anniversary luncheon.
are deployed in harm’s way. On average we have been shipping Held a ceremony that included an anniversary cake. Oldest
out 200 boxes a month. We currently are working to support the Marine present – Lee Fellman (class of 1943), and Melissa
II MEF during their deployment which does include our very Busby (enlisted in 1986).
own Pat McLane who is currently deployed in Iraq. Packages Acknowledged chapter member Tracy Moye on receiving rec-
include everything from spa items to sweet treats. Thanks to Col ognition from DoD Salutes African-American Service members
Phoenix we have also learned of needs from our military hospi- for Wartime Service for outstanding legal assistance work at
tals and work to assure that those needs are filled as well. Camp Lemonier, Djibouti, from December 2004 through June
Motor City is proud to welcome new members. We know that 2005.
we are right on track with our recruiting efforts as we have got- Acknowledged chapter member Crystal Kelly’s birthday.
ten new members at each meeting. Look for great things from Thank you letter read from sister chapter Iraqi Lionesses for
our chapter in the coming months and at convention. care package sent.
Mary Ann Merritt Acknowledged the Shawnee Mission North HS NJROTC
for their accomplishments at the Western Regional Academic,
MO-1 St Louis Athletic, and Drill Competition in Albuquerque, NM. Of the 11
events they finished with six first place finishes, and five second
The St. Louis chapter celebrated our 64th anniversary on place finishes.
March 18 at The Old Spaghetti Factory in Chesterfield. With Motion made and accepted to create a benevolent
25 people in attendance, we set a new record. Of course, on committee. Joyce Campbell – Chair with the assistance of Pearl
February 13 we had ice covered streets so that’s why we do Shaklee.
it later in the spring. Mary Ellen Stone, Area 5 Director and II. Discussion
a member of MO-KAN-2 joined us for lunch. Also, Lauren Fundraising ideas for chapter, to be discussed at future meet-
Schlosser, a candidate for a WMA scholarship and her mother, ings.
Carol Tracey, joined us. Lauren has been accepted at Cornell
University and Missouri University, Columbia, MO. She wishes NM-l Sandia Chapter
to be a veterinarian. What a great young lady. We wish her well
in her pursuits. Our February meeting was well attended with 12 members in
We had the honor of Leontone Meyer to cut the cake and Cari attendance. Our guest of honor was Jeanette Brito, a Blue Star
Cluck, a recently discharged Marine, new WMA member and Mother and mother of Sgt Alicia Brito who is headed to the
our youngest attendee, to receive the first piece of cake. A great White House to be the President’s own personal video/photog-
time was had by all, and the food was delicious. rapher. This will be a three year commitment for Alicia. Good
We held our meeting after lunch, but it was so noisy that it luck on your tour of duty. We are proud of Alicia as she has just
was not an easy task. completed her second tour of duty in Iraq.
We regret to announce that two of our very faithful mem- We welcomed our new members Susan Spicer, Eve Stith,
bers of the chapter, Valeria Meyer and Jacquelyn Rockamann, and Rosanna Valencia. They were greeted by members of our
passed away in March. Both these Marines, WWII vets, were chapter. Our members voted to resume the sale of our Bumper
regular attendees at our functions and meetings. Both were bur- Stickers “The Few, The Proud, The Women Marines”. They
ied at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. We held a woman will be up for sale in this issue of ‘Nouncements. We have had
Marine memorial for both of these great ladies. many requests to take on this project for the second time. Phyllis
See ya in Houston! Young will be our Chairperson.
Mary Jantosik President Barbara Winslow asked for volunteers to be pre-
senters for the MCJROTC awards at eight high schools in New
MO-2 MO-KAN Mexico. Thanks to our members, we quickly had our volun-
Meeting Minutes Kathryn Cordova, our VAVS Deputy Rep, has been busy
02/18/2007 overseeing our projects at the VA. She encouraged our members
Present: 28 present Members/LEGGS/Guests to become volunteers and handed out applications. Laurel Hull
Next meeting: 04/22/2007, 1330, Cinzetti’s Italian Market is our VA Rep.
Restaurant Sick Call included the following: Barbara Winslow had eye
I. Activities surgery and Barbara Archer is recovering from a fall.
Celebrate anniversary with a static display of memorabilia con- Our next meeting will be at the VAMC for lunch and a tour.
sisting of photos, uniforms, posters, and a PowerPoint presenta- Thanks to all who support our chapter.
tion from the Area 5 Director. Barbara Winslow
Spring 2007 22 ’Nouncements
On February 10 our chapter had a first of it’s own kind of
celebration here in Las Vegas - our 64th anniversary of the
formation of the WRs and the tenth year of WIMSA honoring
women veterans. We decided to invite all women veterans and
we would host the celebration. In the spirit of sharing we had a
pot luck luncheon at the Leatherneck Club. We had 55 women
veterans in attendance and everyone had the spirit of loyalty and OH-2’s anniversary celebration.
camaraderie. Two of our Marines wrote me the following which
I want to share with you. On a brisk February morning we met at Wolfe Park in
“Super great get together! Columbus for an anniversary get together we will never forget.
I couldn’t believe it — yet I should have been prepared as We had women from around the state and Don Cannon, Loyal
your meeting at Christmas time was so well planned. However, Escort Vice President, drove in from Michigan. Paula Rogers,
once again you made this the most outstanding of all meetings. and family, hosted the event.
What a way to celebrate the 64th anniversary of the formation We all fell in formation with four squads. Squads one and
of the WRs. You had the tables decorated, even a rose and spray three did about face and interviewed the person across from
for each chair, a print-out of the complete program, even a three them. We later introduced each other and gave a brief sum-
piece band that played all the old melodies that most of us could mation of our interview. We each brought in items from our
sing because we knew the words. Then a great presentation to Marines Corps days. We had uniforms, books, shoes, photos,
renew the privileges of belonging to WIMSA. laundry bag, tapes/DVDs, covers, etc.
And the food! To get members to make calls for those of us We later went to the mess hall and had three members
who want to bring certain items for lunch – Steve Wynn should on mess duty: officers Ellen Leidy, Lois Cameron, and Elva
have seen that display! There was nothing missing. And the cake Pounders. They tried to remind people about the diet line, but
— well, I must say I was happy that I was 89! I got to cut the we were lucky, no dieters. The food was very good. We later had
most beautifully decorated and delicious cake to celebrate the a cake cutting ceremony. Frances Steube was the oldest, only in
64th Anniversary of the formation of the WRs. To top it all off age and Susan Daood the youngest. We finished off with a busi-
were the tickets for sale to boost our budget and the prizes for ness meeting and recruited several new members.
those of us who were winners. All for a good cause. We will be meeting in Sandusky and Avon Lake in the coming
Thanks for the wonderful get-together. You are really special. months. We are also planning a trip to WIMSA and the Marine
OOH-RAH is all I can say. Corps Museum.
Laurie Quateman WR” Four of our members are on the Governor’s Advisory
And the other: Committee for Women Veterans: Chairman, Rebecca Lee
“I had the greatest time at the gathering of my Marine (Tubbs), Vice Chairman, Elva Pounders, Chaplain, Ardis Howell
sisters on Feb. 10th. But what made it the greatest was having (Beckwith), and Parliamentarian, Ellen Leidy (Cook). I would
all the services present, all my sisters in arms, Marines, Navy, say “The Marines have landed”.
Air Force, Army, and Coast Guard, and the honor of speaking Meetings have started for our next Stand Down in September.
to all of them personally and welcoming the new members. It’s OH-2 and North Coast WAVES Unit 21 will again take care of
really a wonderful feeling you get inside when you have the personal hygiene items for our needy women veterans.
opportunity to hear all the individual stories of these precious Elva (Elvie) Pounders
veterans of America. And I’m so proud to know each and every
one of them. OK-2 Heartland
I was honored to celebrate the 64th anniversary of the forma-
tion of the WRs with all my Marine sisters and all my sisters of February brought the loss of another OK-2 member, Billie
other branches. Thank you for this happy celebration. ‘Jackie’ Parnin, who had only recently joined our chapter. She
Teresa Ignagni (USMC)” will be missed. Our President, Joan Willauer, is well on her
As you can tell from the letters, our celebration was very way to recovery after sustaining a broken shoulder when she
successful. We were very honored to host this event and hope to slipped on the ice while feeding the birds in her front yard.
do more in the future. She joined other OK-2 and WVO of Oklahoma members at
Carol Watson a planning meeting recently to get the ball rolling to plan the
Annual Oklahoma Starlight Dance & Benefit Show and our
OH-2 Chesty Puller annual Oklahoma Women Veterans Recognition Day program.
Both events have become joint ventures for our chapter and the
Several members -- Paula, Ardis, Jan and Elva -- met in Women Veterans Organization.
Lancaster to box items for our service personnel in Iraq. They The Starlight Dance, which is scheduled for September
said it was a good day and there will be more boxing days this 22nd, is a fund raiser for the Recognition Day event which will
spring. be held this year on November 17th. These two events have
Brandie, who lives in Hawaii, was home for the holidays and provided several opportunities for both organizations to network
we met at the Olive Garden. In attendance were Ellen, Nancy, and attract new members and supporters, and both events have
Elva, Tabitha (LE), Marilyn (LE), Laura (Army) and Brandie’s become very successful over the past few years.
’Nouncements 23 Spring 2007
Our dance this year will be held at American Legion Post and our trips to Eugene and Salem to join those chapters in their
#73 in Del City which has a great hall, plenty of parking, and the annual summer festivities.
post commander is a woman veteran. The committee promises Have a happy summer, but don’t forget to remember our
an even bigger and better Recognition Day this year. This event troops in your prayers. Semper Fidelis.
will be held at Fort Sill on November 17th. Golda Fabian
Several of our members are looking forward to visiting
Branson, MO in May to participate in the annual Women OR-3 Eager Beaver
Veterans Week. We hope to see other WMA members there.
Also, many of us presented awards at the MCJROTC unit at Greetings from the Pacific Northwest...
US Grant High School, attended the annual meeting of our OK To paraphrase a line from an early movie...”All’s quiet on
Marine Corps Coordinating Council, and also stopped by Sgt the western front”.
Grit’s Annual Grit-Together. We all made it through the holidays except for members Mary
Brenda Blair was recently appointed Women Veterans Alice Sidwell and Carolyn Anderson. Mary Alice reported to
Coordinator for the VA Regional Office in Muskogee. This sick bay with pneumonia and spent several weeks between the
is an additional duty to her regular duty as Military Services hospital and a rehab facility. Good news is she is on the mend
Coordinator at Tinker AFB. Congratulations, Brenda! and feisty as ever. Carolyn on the other hand, decided that pre-
Congratulations also go out to our member Sharon McLain senting a bleeding ulcer was a grand way to get a three-day trip
on the birth of her son last October and making the list for lieu- to the hospital and scare the pants off all of us. Good news again
tenant colonel! Welcome to the world, Conner! in that Carolyn is mending quickly and under strict orders NOT
Back with more for the summer issue!! to do that again!! We’re just very glad that both of our gals are
Dorothy (Jingles) Rimbold doing well.
In mid-February, Deb Barker and husband Mike, Carolyn
OR-1 Lady Marine Rose Anderson, Sandi Morris, Marge Shelton, Hellene Walker, and
Karen Reeves traveled to join the Portland chapter (OR-1) to
celebrate the 64th Anniversary of Women Marines. The lun-
cheon was well attended and everyone enjoyed the day. Yours
truly was honored to be their guest speaker.
In her capacity as Area 9 Director, Karen Reeves visited with
the OR-4 chapter in Salem in January and also with the WA-1
chapter in Seattle in April.
Our chapter’s annual Spring Luncheon is absorbing all of
our efforts at the moment. This year the event will take place on
May 5th, Cinco de Mayo, and that theme will be incorporated
Flowering trees, tulips, daffodils and camellias are in full into our festivities. In the next ‘Noucements there will certainly
bloom this time of year in our beautiful Pacific Northwest. be more to report on how the day went.
Of course, along with the beautiful flowers comes the off and Our chapter is working toward adding a few new members
on again showers, but we Oregonians have developed webs soon and hopefully we’ll be able to share that news by next
between our toes and take it all in stride. newsletter.
Our 64th anniversary luncheon was again held at the Until next time then, we hope everyone enjoys a beautiful
Monarch Hotel in Milwaukie. Area 9 Director Karen Reeves and spring! Semper Fidelis!
Karen L. Reeves
her entourage of seven members from OR-3, the Eager Beavers,
were most welcome guests. Karen was our honorary guest and OR-4 Oregon Capitol
speaker whose subject was “Firsts” — a fitting title since of the
37 members and guests attending the luncheon, 11 were WWII Salem’s Oregon Capitol Chapter met for their spring meet-
WRs. She held everyone’s attention with her enumeration of ing at the home of Treasurer Barbe Hosier. Several topics
the many “firsts” attributed to women in the Marine Corps. Our were discussed with much interest: OR-3’s Spring Luncheon,
bake and craft sale, efficiently managed by Joyce Olson and scheduled for May 5th, and our own chapter’s annual summer
Betty Workman netted the treasury a tidy sum with Lorraine potluck-auction. This event is our only fundraiser, and we rely
McCameron’s Hobo Bread and Rum Cake runaway winners. on our sister Oregon chapters to support us each year. We are
We understand the Eugene ladies munched happily all the way fortunate to have the use of a great location at the clubhouse of
home! a Salem mobile home park, which includes a swimming pool
Hattie Kelley and Golda Fabian attended the funeral for and shuffleboard court.
Margaret “Peggy” Parsons (Anderson) who served in the Marine This year our potluck-auction will take place on July 14th,
Corps in WWII. Peggy was stationed at Quantico where she which will also be our chapter’s 25th anniversary. We hope to
competed in and won many shooting championships. A red- have the founder of our chapter, “Dolly” Yandle, with us on
headed daredevil, at 74, she sky-dived solo on a static line. She this occasion. She lives in Portland now and no longer drives,
was not a member of WMA but some of you who were stationed so we don’t see her very often. One of the fun features of our
in Quantico might remember her. auction is that each item is wrapped and tagged with a hint as to
Our March meeting was canceled because of an unusual num- the contents. There are some surprises, as you can imagine! We
ber of members who were either ill, out of town, or otherwise hope everyone has a great summer!
unable to attend; however we are looking forward to summer Barbe Hosier
Spring 2007 24 ’Nouncements
WA-1 The Evergreen State
PA-2 Liberty Belles
Our chapter had a great February meeting with 11 members
and three guests in attendance. Our guest speaker was GySgt
Dawn Hagman, who serves at a local recruiting station. She
looked sharp in her dress blues, as she told us a little about
Marine life now, and the various jobs women can hold during
their career. She also told us that women are no longer referred
to as “women Marines”, but simply “Marines”. After her talk,
we all stood with pride and raised hands as she gave us the
enlistment oath. This was our way to say goodbye to “women”
Marines and become just “MARINES”.
We are happy to announce that Dawn had such a good time
The proud members of PA-2 at their anniversary luncheon. at the meeting that she has joined our chapter. It’s great to have
We are still growing! Since our last report, PA-2 Liberty an active duty Marine with us.
Belles Chapter has picked up another two members. Our We are looking forward to our annual meeting in August at
strength now stands at 22 proud and few women Marine veter- the local racetrack, where they name a race for us. Here’s hoping
ans. We range in age and time of service from WWII all the way we all “know” our horses! Semper Fidelis!
through Desert Shield and Desert Storm into the late 1990s. Barbara Betts
PA-2 Liberty Belles chapter members, like many of us, are
beyond the age to re-enlist, so we are doing our part to help
those who have been there, done that and are still doing it. We
have signed on with the Southeast PA Veteran’s Center for their Missing the winter edition, Maj. Julie Schaeffer had been
Friend of a Vet program and adopted one of the residents there. settling into life in Madison with her family when two compa-
We have “adopted” several Marines still serving in Iraq (male nies in Madison hosted an appreciation dinner for any troops
and female) and have been in close contact via email with them, who had recently returned from overseas duty. Julie, still in the
offering moral support, friendship and comfort with care pack- reserves, had served in Iraq so she and her husband attended
ages and email. We actively support several MCJROTC units the event at the Elks Club and she reported it was a lovely
with awards and cash prizes, and serve on the committees and affair. What a welcome switch from the “unwelcome” received
boards of directors of several civic and youth programs. We hold by Vietnam veterans. You’ll be hearing more of Julie in later
leadership offices in several different veterans’ organizations. issues.
We help veterans who need transportation to keep appointments, The annual Salute to the Legislature falls during February
contact and support Marines returned wounded from Iraq dur- and was combined with the scheduled meetings of the State
ing their recovery, and are sponsoring a Marine Vietnam vet’s Department of Veterans Affairs, all being held this year at
daughter for a scholarship from WMA to attend Gettysburg Monona Terrace Conference Center. A stakeholder’s conference
College. Most of all, we try to support each other, reaching out was held in the morning, various meetings with the legisla-
to all veterans, male and female, to let them know they are not tors in the afternoon and the usual programs and reception in
forgotten, and that we are grateful for their accomplishments the evening with Governor Doyle being one of the speakers.
and service. Annette Howards and Connie Allord, a committee member of
On April 15 we hosted a dinner near Reading to commemo- the department, attended all events and Connie, the usual meet-
rate the 64th Anniversary of the Women Marines, and to honor ings the next day.
our WWII Marines who so courageously stepped forward when Winter months in Wisconsin are rather inactive but plans for
it just wasn’t the proper thing to do. For photos from this din- the months ahead are never ending. The Wisconsin Department
ner, log on to our new website at: http://wmapa2.org/. We had of Veterans Affairs has instituted a women veterans program and
a wonderful time sharing camaraderie with veterans of all eras, in February hosted a forum at the Veterans Museum in Madison
male and female, and raised some extra money with a really fun for any women veterans who could attend, also inviting men and
silent auction. Certificates of appreciation were presented to two family members. A panel of three Army women (two veterans
Marine Corps League Detachments for their considerable sup- and one active) led the discussions which were most informa-
port of our chapter activities, and to our faithful Area 2 Director, tive.
Alice Dolbear, for leading us through this first year. She was One of the ongoing events that knows no season are funerals
also drafted to perform an impromptu officer installation to and Marge Marshman, being the chaplain on the Madison area
replace our current president who had to step down for personal firing squad, has dutifully fulfilled her role for the many funer-
and career scheduling conflicts. Our newest member, Joan als of our departed comrades. Her dedication is commendable.
Alexander, agreed to step in to Leticia Rodriguez’ shoes and A first for Wisconsin - the Secretary of the Department of
take the reins for this second year. Joan is also the driving force, Veterans Affairs, John Scocos, is also a colonel in the Army
creator and manager behind our new web site noted above. We reserves and was deployed to Iraq in April. Although he’ll be
hope you will take the time to check in on this site regularly, to greatly missed, he’s leaving the department in the able hands of
keep up with all the activities and to find useful links to other the deputy secretary, William Kloster.
areas of interest to Marines and veterans. Looking forward to our spring meeting May 5
Kathy Van Gorder Connie Allord
’Nouncements 25 Spring 2007
WV-1 MARTCOTO Association, West
Our chapter attended a special session at our state capitol: West
Virginia state legislation salutes veterans for their uncommon
valor, recognizing the extreme sacrifices made by men and
and our local chap-
women of the United States military. Members of the state leg-
ter represented the
islature deemed February 19, 2007, Veterans Visibility Day to
women of the United
honor the state’s sons and daughters who dedicated themselves
States Marine Corps
in service to this country and to each West Virginian.
- past and present.
The state legislature is presenting a bill that would provide a
bonus of $400 to $600 to veterans who fought inside or outside a Cheryl Arbogast
combat zone. The state legisla In attendance were organizations Representatives from all the veterans’ organizations
representing every facet of military services to inc1ude Veterans attending Veterans Visibility Day.
of Foreign Wars, Vietnam Veterans of America, the Korean
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GALLAGHER, KRISTEN S 11134 TIMMERMAN ST QUANTICO, VA 22134-4234 RAVITHIS, KATHERINE JO 2323 7TH AVE # A GREELEY, CO 80631
GANZEL, THELMA S 800 SMITH RD APT 18 TEMPERANCE MI 48182-1086 REED, JACKLYN M 8275 MARINERS DR, APT 252 STOCKTON, CA 95219-4579
GILMORE, MARIA E 5150 N VALENTINE AVE # 215 FRESNO, CA 93711-4000 REILLY, HELEN G 321 MADISN GREEN POMPTON PLAINS, NJ 07444-2139
GORDON, DOROTHY MARIE 93 HIGH RIDGE DRIVE STAFFORD, VA 22554 REW, GLEE H 9311 LUCE PL PICO RIVERA, CA 90660-1434
GOVE, BARBARA EVELYN 240 OAK CIRCLE MILLS RIVER, NC 28759-6716 ROETHLER, JOYCE D 4110 DEBARR RD SUITE I18 ANCHORAGE, AK 99508
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GRASSI, ANDREA M 6315 89TH AVE W UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA 984671643 RUIZ, PATRICIA DAWN 22506 JOHN ROLFE LANE KATY, TX 77449-3635
GROVE, HILMA E 19547 PINE CONE DR MACOMB, MI 48042-4244 SALIC, FRANCES W 627 S ILLINOIS AVE APT B2 LITCHFIELD, IL 62056-2737
GUNION, M. LUCILLE 1620 PARKVIEW LANE LARGO, FL 33770-4415 SANCHEZ, TAMARA L 2570 SKYLINE DR LEMON GROVE, CA 91945-2961
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HARTMANN, BEATRICE C 1200 CYPRESS POINT LANE APT 234 VENTURA, CA 93003 SEVERSON, STEPHANIE V 6604 N 3RD STREET WELLS, MI 49894-9741
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HIGGINS, BARBARA E CHARLOTTE HALL VETERANS HOME 29449 CHARLOTTE HALL RD. SHANKLE, MEIKO L 1840 LANDIS CT APT A COLORADO SPRINGS, CO 80904-4984
CHARLOTTE HALL, MD 20622 SHEARER, PEGGY A PO BOX 552 EMMETSBURG, IA 50536-0552
HINOJOSA, JENNIFER P 105 BROWNING CT MIDWAY PARK, NC 28544-1675 SILLSTROP, CARMEN I 2476 MCKAY LANDING PARKWAY BROOMFIELD, CO 80020-6518
HOWARD, JANE L 7019 LOST LAKE LN ROSEVILLE, CA 95747-8318 SIMMS, KIMBERLY A 1427 BRISBANE WOODS WAY CARY NC 27518-9252
JOHNSON, KIM C 2D MLG FWD HQCO UNIT 739 FPO AE 09509 SMITH, BETTY L 2535 WOODCHUCK ST NE CANTON, OH 44705-3240
JOHNSON, STELLA 6925 BROKEN ARROW TRAIL, S LAKELAND, FL 33183-4845 STEAR, SALLY J 345 HIGHBURY CRESCENT GAHANNA, OH 43230-2520
JONES, CHARMAIN A 104 PINEFIELD DR . GREENVILLE, SC 29605-3514 STOKES, BEVERLY A 4208 DUFFER LOOP SEBRING, FL 33872-3858
JOSEPHSON, MELISSA L 730 N ARLINGTON HEIGHTS RD. ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL 60004-5664 STORM, JENNY I 823 E WARNER GUTHRIE, OK 73044
KALIAN, EVELYN C 701 COLUMBIA ST APT 113 VANCOUVER, WA 98660-3486 SWEEZEY, JODIE L 43205 CASHEW ST EUSTIS, FL 32736-8668
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TAYNOR, JANET A 1245 S TOMICHI DR FRANKTOWN, CO 80116-8359 WEINER, ETTA P 2200 MILL CROSSING DR. APT 215 VIRGINIA BEACH, VA 234541251
TSABETSAYE, LYNELLE S PO BOX 1076 SANDERS, AZ 86512 WILSON, VELMA L 1624 CROWN AVE MEDFORD, OR 97504-7006
WALTON, BRENDA E 6504 HANCOCK ROAD SEBRING, FL 33875 WYNN-HUDGINS, RUBY M 301 MCMENCHEN ST #321 BALTIMORE, MD 21217
WEEKS, TORRIE B 2046 BARNETT AVE, #6933 QUANTICO, VA 22134 ZARATE, AMERICA X 6506 CARRINGTON SKY DR APPOLLO BEACH, FL 33572-1731
Membership Update JOHNSTON, SUSAN ELLEN PO BOX 1642 TRACY, CA 95378
KELCH, LUCILLE 1000 SOUTH ANZA #5 EL CAJON, CA 92020
Life (From Term) KENVILLE, COLETTE DAWN 730 BROOKS ST. ANN ARBOR, MI 48103
ANDERSON, NANCY P 201 MAPLE DR. GREENSBURG . PA 15601 KLOEHN, DONNA L 6913 GLEN LANDING AV. LAS VEGAS, NV 89130
BAILEY, JACQUELINE E 15 GLENN ST. CANTON, NC 28716 KNIGHT, PORTIA FI\’ONN-FYNESE 908 SILVERTREE CT. VIRGINIA BEACH, VA 23452
BEATTY, KAREN E 5227 OAK AV. PASADENA, TX 77503-3919 KOROL, TAMERA LYNN 850 S. PRAIRIE PARK WICHITA, KS 67218
DERMODY, KELLY M 3110 BORGE ST. OAKTON, VA 22124 LAKE, TERESA NICOLE P.O. BOX 33071 FORT SILL, OK 73503
FRANK, HARRIET J 2518 EAST 54TH ST. TULSA, OK 74105-7219 LAYTHE, DEBRA JEANNE 306 CONNER GRANT RD. NEW BERN, NC 28662
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LEVESQUE, NANCY L 532 WELSH DR. RUTHER GLEN, VA 22546 LLOYD, MARY C 1611 MOLINE ST. STOUGHTON, WI 53589
NEAL, DANIELLE L 284-101 MOKIHANA LOOP WAHIAWA, HI 96786-5666 LOTH, PATRICIA CAROL 175 MARILYN DR E. FAYETTEVILLE, GA 30214
LUOMA, MAGGIE GRUBB 1113 APACHE TR. GEORGETOWN, KY 40324
Life (New) MARRERO, PATRICIA 9968 GARDENIA LN. PHILADELPHIA, PA 19115
BARNES, STACEY L 1921 CASSIA RD APT 203 CARLSBAD, CA 92009 MCCLEARY, PATRICIA ANNE 134 WERTS RD. SILVERSTREET, SC 29145
BIEDENBENDER, PAMELA 12604 VENTURA LN FREDERICKSBURG, VA 22407 MCHAN, AMBER ECHO-ANNA 3860 S. TURKEYFOOT RD. AKRON, OH 44319
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BORGES, STEPHANIE ANN 6245 BRANDON AV. SPRINGFIELD, VA 22150 MERK, JEANNE P 1138 COUNT WUTZKE AV. LAS VEGAS, NV 89119
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CHASE, CATHERINE DEHAVEN 12602 ORO VALLEY TR. AUSTIN, TX 78729 MILLER, SHAWNA MARIE 1926 LEONARD RD. ROCKFORD, IL 61109
COLON, TERESA MARIE 1755 GOLF GARDEN WAY APOPKA, FL 32712 NUNEZ, JOY LYDIA 400 KENSINGTON DR. APT 407 JACKSONVILLE, NC 28546
CROSS, BARBARA B 180 SPRINGVIEW RD. CARLISLE, PA 17015 OCONNELL, ELIZABETH MAXINE 354 MARTINS CORNER RD. COATESVILLE, PA 19320
DUMM, ALLYSON ANNE PO BOX 1345 114 RING NECK EAGLE, CO 81631 OVALLE, TERESA LYNN 20 TEMPLE DR. STAFFORD, VA 22554
O’NEAL, IRENE ZAMORA 22863 VALLEY VISTA CR. WILDOMAR, CA 92595 PALERMO, ANNETTE MARIE 170 MAGNOLIA AVE. CRESSKILL, NJ 07626
PEREZ, BERNADETTE T 9854 E ROCKY VISTA DR. TUCSON, AZ 85748-5804 PARKS, JENNIFER M 4800 W ZENITH ST APT 133 METAIRIE, LA 70001
PHILMAN, JOAN MARCIA 96 CR 577 MOUNTAIN HOME, AR 72653 PHILLIPS, DIANA C 730 LOWE DR. CEDAR HILL, TX 75104
PRIDMORE, DOROTHY M 4631 S NORFOLD WAY AURORA, CO 80015 PIERSON, MARY A 4 DUFFY CT APT 32 BINGHAMTON, NY 13905
RECTOR, MARTY K 372 PINE AVE. APT C-4 CARLSBAD, CA 92008 PLOURDE, KATHY KAYE 102 MILLSTONE TERRACE FOREST, VA 24551
TARVER, EUGENIA M 304 COUNTY RD 363 ROSEBUD, TX 76570 POLACEK, ANNA JUSTINE 9201 PORTNER AV. APT 128 MANASSAS, VA 20110
TUCKER, CLARA L 4510 BENTON RD BOSSIER CITY, LA 71111 PROVOLT, THERESA RHEA 2281 WILLIAMS ST. LONG BEACH, CA 90810
WRIGHT, VIRGINIA RUTH 3253 ROBERTSON RD. BELLINGHAM, WA 98226 RAINES, ELIZABETH M 12201 ROYAL COACH DR. YUKON, OK 73099
[REINSTATED] PICKUREL, TAMMY MARIE 10609 VIRGINIA AV. BASSETT, VA 24055 RALEY, DIANA JORDAN 93 SAPPHIRE DR. JULIETTE, GA 31046
[REINSTATED] TONEGATTO-SALO, CHRISTINE A. 7585 JEANETTE DR. SHELBY TWP, MI 48317 RATES-DOUGLAS, GLYNIS V. V. 4934 S. JERICHO ST. AURORA, CO 80015
New Members REHAHN, BETTY JANE 38651 LAKEVIEW RICHMOND, MI 48602-1457
RHOADES, STEPHANIE NICOLE 102 CARDEN ST. HENDERSONVILLE , TN 37075
ALEXANDER, JOAN V 7 EAST VINE ST STOWE, PA 19464
RYON, ROSALIND R 3207 N MONROE ST. APT 209 TALLAHASSEE, FL 32303-2866
ANNALA, JEANETTE S 9890 SW 192ND COURT RD DUNNELLON, FL 34432-4247
SANCHEZ, IRMA REYNA 5724 94TH ST. LUBBOCK, TX 79424
APONTE, ANN C 4820 NW FIELDING PL #2 TOPEKA, KS 66618
SCHMOLL, ANASTASIA 3890 MARGARET WAY CARLSBAD, CA 92008
ARENDSEE, LAVONNE CLAUDIA 2194 SOUTHGATE DR. DAVIS, IL 61019
SHEFFIELD, ROSE MARIE 1655 MACOMBS RD #3D BRONX, NY 10453
ARROYO-AVILA NANCY A 4875 FRAZER RD. #1016 OCEANSIDE, CA 92057
SHILLING, SANDRA G 630 W NC 102 AYDEN, NC 28513
AULET, SHARON YVETTE 403 SAWYERS MILL CROSSING CHESAPEAKE, VA 23323
STUMP, CATHERINE M 1811 DOLPHIN ROW DR. BEAUFORT, SC 29906
BABICKI, EILEEN 100 BELLS CT. HAVELOCK, NC 28532
TABOR, CYNTHIA KAY1619 KELLIWOOD OAKS DR. KATY, TX 77450
BARTON, AMY D 12129 SIERRA ROJO RD. VALLEY CENTER, CA 92082-5710
TAYLOR, ELIZABETH 689 ESTONIA CT. SAN JOSE, CA 95123
BEAMER, KIMBERLY ERIN 211 FARRAR RD. PENSACOLA, FL 32508
THOMAS, ROBIN 56208 SADDLEBACK RD. BANDON, OR 97411
BECK, CASSIE NICOLE 245 SOUTH CREEK DR. JACKSONVILLE, NC 28540
TRUELOVE, ALLISON H 226 BUNKER HILL DR. BELLE CHASSE, LA 70037
BORNS, MIRIAM KAYE 103 CASEY SAN CLEMENTE, CA 92672
UPWARD, SUSAN ELIZABETH 1002 TAIT ST. APT B OCEANSIDE, CA 92054
BROOKS, PAMELA 4607 RIO GRANDE LN NW ALBUQUERQUE, NM 87107
VANHOUTEN, JESSICA LYNN 519 CEDAR BROOK CRESCENT UTICA, NY 13502
BRYANT, JUNE NAOMI 6670 BLANTYRE BLVD. STONE MOUNTAIN, GA 30087
WHITE, JANET KAY 2009 BIERCE DR, VIRGINIA BEACH, VA 23454
BUNN, CAROL L 2808 VAN AKEN BLVD. APT 4 SHAKER HEIGHTS, OH 44120
WILLIAMS, JANNIFER ROSEMARY 33740 WILLOW HAVEN LN. UNIT #101, MURRIETA, CA 92563
BURCH-PAGEAMBER, SUZANNE 623 JOE FARRIS DR. HAMMOND, LA 70403
WILSON, ELLEN FRANCELLA 473 SAILFISH COVE SATELLITE BEACH, FL 32937-3723
BURNS, KAYCIE LYNN 5807 W CAMELBACK RD. PHOENIX, AZ 85031
WILSON, SANDY M 421 LEE ROAD, #439 SELMA, AL 36874
BUSBY, MELISSA ANN 5151 BONG AV. BELTON, MO 64012
WOLFE, REBECCA BROWN 10876 CATLETTS STATION COURT BRISTOW, VA 20136
CAHILL, LORI ANN 186 MAIN ST. WEST CREEK, NJ 08092
WRIGHT, CONNIE R PSC 557 BOX 1231 FPO AP 96379
CAMPBELL, DONNA MCLENNAN 2105 N. KENTUCKY ST. ARLINGTON, VA 22205
WRIGHT, LANETTE NICOLE 7018 WYTHEVILLE CIRCLE FREDERICKSBURG, VA 22407
CARMICKLE, MARY A 18750 RED BANK RD. RED BLUFF, CA 96080
WRUBLE, LUPE 1239 REDFISH DR, RIVIERA, TX 78379
CLUCK, CARI L 3604 LOUGHBOROUGH AV. ST LOUIS, MO 63116
[REINSTATED] BARTELT, M JEANNE 6922 VERA CRUZ CT CITRUS HGTS, CA 95621-4329
COLLINS, PATRICIA MAUREEN 1787 VILLANOVA DR. NAPERVILLE, IL 60565
[REINSTATED] BROOKS, MONICA 296 LOS PADRES DR. OCEANSIDE, CA 92054
DIEHL, LISA MARIE 4881 S. TORREY PINES DR. SUITE 202 LAS VEGAS, NV 89103
[REINSTATED] GAGLIANO, MELANIE W 126 JASON’S RIDGE GRIFFIN, GA 30233-5867
EASTER, CAMILLE T 3928 69TH ST. URBANDALE, IA 50322
[REINSTATED] GEESAMAN, MARION C 4830 KENNETT PIKE APT 2506 WILMINGTON, DE 19807-1852
FELICIANO, IRIS MADELYN 5725 N BERNARD ST. APT 2 CHICAGO, IL 60659
[REINSTATED] GRIFFIN, AGNES C 30 CHELSEA ST. UNIT 506 EVERETT, MA 02149
FORESTER, KAREN DRAUGHN 2285 DENISE LN. WINSTON-SALEM NC 27127
[REINSTATED] GWIN, VERA 2201 WILSON DR BEAUFORT, SC 29902
FRENCH, JANE ELISABETH 502 FAIRLAWN DR. GRETNA, LA 70056
[REINSTATED] HORVAT, DOROTHY J 200 KOPPER KETTLE RD. WASHINGTON, PA 15301-3161
FULLERTON, DONNA ELIZABETH 1226 BENT OAK TR. ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, FL 32714
[REINSTATED] HOWARD, JOYCE A 243 VALLEY FORGE ST. BELLE CHASSE, LA 70037
GARCIA, CYNTHIA ANN P.O. BOX 741910 NEW ORLEANS, LA 70174-1910
[REINSTATED] NOVACK, KATHY L 6905 CHERRY LN. ANNANDALE, VA 22003
GLOVER, MELISSA ANN 305 RUNNING STONE WAY CHESAPEAKE, VA 23323
[REINSTATED] SILLENCE, ROSE MARIE 7508 28TH NE SEATTLE, WA 98115-4636
GORDON, JESSICA JONELLAG 511 SOUTH MAIN ST. NORFOLK, VA 23523
[REINSTATED] THOMPSON, BONNIE J 306 BATTERY CREEK RD. BEAUFORT, SC 29902
HAGMAN, DAWN K 13414 33RD AVE MILL CREEK, WA 98012
[REINSTATED] THOMPSON, JEAN C 809 ALAMANDA DR. LARGO, FL 33770-4025
HAMLETT, JUANA ELIZABETH 123 BATCHELORS TR. JACKSONVILLE, NC 28546
[REINSTATED] VALENCIA, ROSANNA B PO BOX 12084 ALBUQUERQUE, NM 87195
HANCOCK, ELIZABETH MARIE 29930 COTTONWOOD COVE DR. MENIFEE, CA 92584
[REINSTATED] WILSON, JESSIE M 5507 SCANDIA LN APT G310 KANSAS CITY, MO 64118-5835
HARRIS, JEANNE M 8552 E INDIAN SCHOOL RD. UNIT A SCOTTSDALE, AZ 85251
HERTHEL, KRISTIAN N 941 E LAWN DR. FORT WAYNE, IN 46819 LIFE MEMBERS 2118
HEWITT, LINDA K 5201 E. EVERETT DR. SCOTTSDALE, AZ 85254
HOBEN, KRISTINE LOVE 10105 TERRACE CT. FREDERICKSBURG, VA 22408
Membership TERM MEMBERS 1422
HOCKENHULL, BRENDA R 1050 CALLE DEL SERO #608 SAN CLEMENTE, CA 92672-6067
HOLDEN, BONNIE MARIE 17823 GILBERT ST SE TENINO, WA 98589
Totals HONORARY MEMBER
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Donor Honoree Donor Honoree
VIRGINIA ALLRED Mary Knapp, Olga Bullock & Hazel Reuter GEORGIA RAHMOELLER Valerina Annette Meyer & Jacquelyn Rockarmann
JUDITH F ANDERSON Sondra Metzger & Mary Ann Merritt ELIZABETH F RICE Margaret (Peg) Pruett
LENA V ANDERSON Ida (Caires) Murray PAULA D SARLLS Sondra Metzger & Mary Ann Merritt
BARBARA M ARCHER Betty Noble PAULA SARLLS No specific honoree
MARY EV BANE Margaret (Peg) Pruett JANET K SHAW Olga Bullock
DEBRA BARKER No specific honoree ANITA & NANCY
ZELDA K. BARROWS No specific honoree SIEGMUND Olga Bullock
BASTROP POST OFFICE Martha Montgomery LYLA M SPELBRING Margaret Dekiep
DORIS A BELL Sondra Metzger & Mary Ann Merritt WILLIAM R STRAUWALD Marie T. Bressemann
PAMELA JOHNSON CATHERINE Y TELFORD No specific honoree
BLOUSTINE Olga Bullock, Shirley Heckard, RUBY L TUCKER Billie Jean Riddle
& Tim Willauer, son of Joan Willauer MARGARET M WALKER Olga Bullock
JEANNE A BOTWRIGHT Sondra Metzger & Mary Ann Merritt CAROL J WATSON Sondra Metzger & Mary Ann Merritt
KATHERINE M BRNJAC Olga Bullock JUNE E WORDEN Sondra Metzger & Mary Ann Merritt
LEA M CASSIDY Mary Jane Diver WMA CHAPTER DONATIONS SUBMITTED
FRANCES DAVIS Olga Bullock CA-2 SAN DIEGO
ALICE P DOLBEAR Sondra Metzger & Mary Ann Merritt COUNTY Olga Bullock
KATHLEEN EIDSON Olga Bullock CA-4 NORTH CENTRAL
CAROL M EUBANKS Mary Rose, Louise Jones & Vera Pallin CALIFORNIA Lucille Harness
BEVERLY J FRANKLIN Jane Wallis CA-6 MT. DIABLO
FRANCES L FOSTYK Margaret J. Caponi CALIFORNIA Martye Johnson
GLADYS R GALLIVAN Olga Bullock CO-2 PIKES PEAK
LOUISE O GEORGE Hazel M. Reuter MUTTER Cara Sankey
ANN LAWRENCE GRASTY Marie T. Bressemann CT-1 NUTMEG Scholarship Donation
ALICE J HABER Lucille Otis FL-2 FLORIDA
PATRICIA M HAMILTON Shirley C. Heckard GULF COAST Alice Chaney, Virginia Thomas, Marie T. Bressemann
JOYCE M HARTLEY Irene Fritz & William Billeb, husband of Bertha Billeb & no specific honoree
JOYCE M HARTLEY Mary Knapp & Ethel Zabelski FL-8 SPACEPORT Margaretta Ann (Peg) Anderson, Nancylee Paul,
FERN P HAUSS Carol J. Hoffman, Louise Jones, Mary Jane Diver, Rita Schwall & Beverly Stokes
Mary Knapp & Olga Bullock IL-2 BLANCHE
KAREN SUE HEAVENS Marie T. Bressemann S. OSBORNE Louise Jones, Mary Rose, Dorthea Love, Margaret Valentine,
MARY E HUGHES Mary Lally & Annette (White) Toomy Josephene Heustes, & Florence Berke
INEZ JOHANNSEN Hazel M. Reuter MA-1 BAY STATE Mary Lally, Victoria Perez, Evelyn Norton, & Annette Toomey
MARJORIE A KOTLER Olga Bullock MI-1 MICHIGAN Betty J. Freeman, Lucille Otis & Bill Luckey,
CAROL A KRALL Doris Higden husband of Jenny Luckey
HELEN H LAUKES Louise Jones, Mary Ann Rose, Maxine Darr, Dorthea Love, NV-1 SAGEBRUSH Mary Knapp & Ethel Zabelski
Mary Knapp, Josephene Heustes, Florence Berke, and MO-1 ST. LOUIS Jacquelyn Rockamann, Betty W. Chaffin,
Arthur Valentine, brother of Margaret Valentine Betty L. Anderson, & Valerina Meyer
RHONDA G OK-1 OKLAHOMA
LEBRESCU-AMTOWER Sondra Metzger & Mary Ann Merritt SOONERS Virginia Beekman
MARGARET J MAGES Olga Bullock OR-1 LADY MARINE
MITZI MANNING Olga Bullock ROSE Sylvia E. Simpson
BETTY V MCGHEE Edna Martin, Cuba Pilant and Grace Santee PA-3 MOUNTAIN
EVELYN D MONTGOMERY Olga Bullock LAUREL Maude (Holigan) Gottlieb
CAROL ANN MUTTER No specific honoree, Sondra Metzger & Mary Ann Merritt TX-1 LONE STAR
JACQUELINE NASH Beverly Russell STATE Helen J. Sanford
BARBARA JO OLIVER Pauline Piskorik WI-1 WISCONSIN
LUCILLE A OTIS Gloria Weiss & Frank Koob, son of June Koob WOMEN MARINES Eleanore Little & Rose M White
MARIA PELLITIER No specific honoree WA-1 THE EVERGREEN
ALICE R PHILLIPS Gloria Weiss & Frank Koob, son of June Koob STATE Hazel M Reuter, Marian E McNamara, & Alice Bond
Members who contributed in response to the mailer envelope in the 2006-2008 RM&D
MARY H. ADKINS MARY M. COLLINS MARION FITCHETT ELIZABETH W. HEAPY MARY A. MCGEE ERMA M. STREETMAN
MARIA R. ALEXANDER PAMELA R. COLTON LORRAINE B. FLANAGAN RUTH B. HORGAN PAULINE A. MCLAUGHLIN CATHERINE Y. TELFORD
VERONICA B. ALFORD ARLINE COOK HARRIET J. FRIED ANNETTE M. HOWARDS BLANCHE G. METLER CORALIE C. THOMSON
ELSIE M. ANDERSON JOAN FAY COOK MURIEL M. FRISE JEAN M. JACKMAN BARBARA A .MEYERS CLARE TROTTER
DOROTHY JEAN ARTHUR MARJORIE L. COX HELEN M. GALVAN ROBYN E. JOGNSON CATHARINE J. MILLER JOAN VITALE
JULIANA H. AUSTIN LOIS M. DALE MARILYN F. GERHARDT ELIZABETH J. KELLEY STEFANIE C. NEGLEY KAY VON INS
BETTY L. BAKER HEDWIG E. DASSINGER HELEN S. GRAHL MILDRED L. KELLIHER BETTY B. NOTAR HELEN WECERA
MARGARET C. BANDY NORMA R. DAVIES LEIDA E. GRANDBOUCHE MARY E. KEOWN VERONICA L. NOYES ELEANOR M. WILSON
ROSMARIE BARBERA EILEEN J. DAVIS MARY A. GREGORIE LILLIAN E. KONKLIN ANNE M. O’CONNELL ELIZABETH WIMMER
FLORENCE A. BIEBER KELLY M. DERMODY ELLEN TOWNSEND GRIMM VIRGINIA B. KOUBA HELENE B. PERKINS RUTH WIRSTAD
JANE K. BLACK WALTHA DIDSTRUP BLANCHE L. GRUESSER DOROTHY A. KRAEMER PATRICIA PERSINGER VIVIAN I. WOOD
DOROTHY BLACKWELL E. LUCAS DOWLER ALICE E. GUNNERSON HELEN H. LAUKES DOROTHY L. POBOZNY MARGARET F. WOODS
KATHRYN WIGGINS BRAND MAE P. DUGE PATRICIA DAY HALLAGAN FERNE L. LAUTER GEORGIA A. PORTER JEANETTE H. ZAJAC
HELEN M. CAMPBELL JUNE E. DUKES CAROL P. HAMM BETTIE P. LERDALL LILLIAN L. RENFRO YVONNE M. ZIEGLER
JEAN L CARROLL BARBARA J. DUNTLEY DOROTHY D. HARBIN ARDITH E. LONG JO ANN SHIPPEE
PATRICIA A. CARROLL NANCY M. DUSSEAULT BILLEE J. HARE JAYNE B. LORAINE MARY ALICE SIDWELL
ANNIE L. CHIVERS JUNE M. ENZENBACHER MICHELLE HAYNESWORTH GENE E. MANCHESTER URSULA SMITH
JOAN M COLLINS RUTH E. FITCH CONSTANCE A. HAZEN ELIZABETH L. MARSH JEANNE K. STOPULOS
WMA’s WIMSA Chair Matching Donations (as of 05/14/07)
Contributions for BGen Brewer’s Chair : Contributions for Col Bishop’s Chair:
WMA Members - total contributions = $279.50 WMA Members - total contributions = $435.50
Ethel D Fritts, June E Dukes, Cheryl W. Jackson, Kathryn J Van Hool Ethel D Fritts, Thelma Green, Cheryl W Jackson
WMA Matching contribution - $279.50 WMA Matching contribution - $435.50
Total for BG GenBrewer’s Chair - $559.00 - This completes the balance needed for this chair. Total for Col Bishop’s Chair - $871.00
Spring 2007 28 ’Nouncements
The first female has been appointed as the sergeant major of attending the opening ceremony of the state Senate in Olympia, where
Marine Corps Installations West, a command overseeing seven instal- he gave the opening prayer.
lations west of the Mississippi River. Marine Corps Times
SgtMaj Wayne R. Bell officially “passed the sword” to SgtMaj HHH
Barbara J. Titus. The new sergeant major’s responsibilities will be to The Navy honored Medal of Honor recipient Cpl Jason L.
oversee the organization’s drills, discipline, morale and administra- Dunham on March 24, 2007 by naming a guided missile destroyer
tion, USMC officials said. after the fallen Marine hero during a ceremony in his home town.
SgtMaj Titus enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserves on March 3, Hundreds of students, teachers and veterans packed the gym of Scio
1978. She attended DI School at Parris Island, later becoming a Chief Central High School as Navy Secretary Donald C. Winter announced
Drill Instructor, and also served as an instructor at the Air Traffic that the name of the Navy’s newest Arleigh Burke class guided missile
Control Maintenance School in Millington, TN. destroyer (DDG19) would honor his memory.
In Congressional speeches honoring women in the military, Titus, The Navy currently has six destroyers named after Marine Medal
who has served overseas, was praised in May 2004 as “an invaluable of Honor recipients. Winter said he expects the USS Jason Dunham to
leader in the Marine Corps.” serve the fleet well for many years to come.
HHH The USS Jason Dunham will be christened in 2009 and commis-
The price you pay to be a “wanna-be”: sioned in 2010.
A St. Louis man who posed as a Marine and wore military med- Sgt. Helen M. Searcy
als not awarded to him was sentenced to two years of probation on a HHH
federal charge on April 10. Injured Marines now have a new chain of command in place to help
Michael Gerald Weilbacher, 48, also will serve 120 hours of com- streamline medical care bureaucracy.
munity service at a military organization and pay a $3,000 fine. He The Wounded Warrior Regiment will help wounded leathernecks
pleaded guilty February 1. through medical and physical evaluation boards, assist them in mak-
Weilbacher joined the South St. Louis Detachment of the Marine ing insurance claims, act as a clearing house for charitable donations
Corps League by representing that he had been honorably discharged and work to ensure accountability and non-medical case management
from the Marines. He appeared at the Marine Corps Birthday Ball on during their recovery. The regiment will focus on ensuring the injured
receive the same level of medical care no matter where they live in
November 11 wearing several medals and decorations, including the
the country, according to the regimental commander, Col Gregory
Several people who were there contacted the FBI, suspicious of The colonel also wants to have the ability to reach back to the
Weilbacher. He admitted he had never been a Marine. The original Marines who have already left the service, including those injured in
charge against Weilbacher was a misdemeanor. After he was charged, the first wave of the Iraq war, and wants to contact them on a monthly
Congress passed the Stolen Valor Act, making the crime a felony. basis to let them know the Corps is still out there and still cares about
And yet another: them.
A Puyallup man posing as a Marine Corps captain admitted in court Excerpted from Marine Corps Times
April 5 that he was a fake. Kimberly Johnson, Staff Writer
Reggie L. Buddle, 59, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in HHH
Tacoma to unlawful wearing of U.S. military medals and decorations. According to Gen Richard A. Cody, vice chief of staff of the Army,
He faces a maximum six months in prison and a $5,000 fine when all of Walter Reed’s problems in wounded warrior care have either
sentenced June 21. been fixed or are being fixed, and are being fixed across the Army.
Buddle never served in the Marines and is not ordained, but during The problems brought about the activation of the Warrior Transition
2005 and 2006 he repeatedly posed as a decorated Marine captain, as Brigade, which will serve as the model for all of the Army’s medical
well as a chaplain. He wore a uniform that included medals awarded treatment facilities with a wounded warrior population.
for extraordinary contribution to national defense and heroism in Among the solutions: all wounded warriors have been moved out
combat, as well as one for service in Vietnam. He bought the uniform of Building 18; a soldier and family assistance center was established
at a military surplus store. The medals belonged to his brother, a that consolidates seven in-processing locations down to two; every
Marine who died in Vietnam. As a chaplain, he presided at weddings, family member traveling to DC to be with a wounded warrior is now
baptisms and funerals of service members. met at the airport by a soldier in uniform and taken to the assistance
He wore the uniform and posed as a chaplain Feb. 27, 2006, while center.
American Forces Press Service
WMA National WMA insulated travel mugs (red w/ USMC emblem on both sides). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$8.00
WMA insulated travel mugs
(green with WMA patch on one side and the USMC emblem on the other side). . . . . . . . . . $8.00
WMA Cap (3 months delivery). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $30.00
WMA Patch, small . . . . . . . $4.00 WMA Patch, large . . . . . . . $4.50 Chapter designation: ___ ___ -___ ___
WMA Pin, Hat (pin or clutch) . . . . $3.00 WMA Pin, Life . . . . . . $3.90 Example: CA-1 (4 spaces only except USA-1,2,3.) Size: (1” above ears - allow for hair style)
WMA Clock (10 3/4” diameter gold toned frame, green lettering and logo) . . . $10.00 Sizes for WMA Caps:
Bezel . . . . .$4.00
WMA Flag . . . . . $182.00
20 1/2 - 20 7/8 . . . . . XSm 22 3/4 - 23 1/8 . . . . . . L
Chapter Streamers 21 1/4 - 21 5/8 . . . . . . Sm 23 1/2 - 23 7/8 . . . . . . XL
(36” red ribbon embroidered with chapt. designation and name). . . . . . . . . . . $35.00 22 - 22 3/8 . . . . . . . . . M 24 1/4 - 24 5/8 . . . . . . XXL
Book, “Above & Beyond, Former Marines Conquer the Civilian World”
(shipping & handling included) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $30.00 Medallion,’90 Denver Conv . . . . . . . . $3.00
50th Anniversary Medallions . . . . . . . $5.00
50th Anniversary Paper Weights . . . $10.00
Make All Checks Payable to WMA
Contact: Gloria Nix, Merchandise Sales Chairman • 3802 North 12th Ave., Pensacola, FL 32503-3162 • Cell: (850) 936-2016 Home: (850) 433-5292 • email: email@example.com
’Nouncements 29 Spring 2007
Women Marines Association Merchandise sales Women Marines Association
Item: WMA Decal (Inside auto windshield)
Chapter Send chapter ads to Sondra Metzger, 3805 NE141 Circle, Edmond, OK 73013- Cost: $1.00 ea. (includes postage). For Chapters: $20 for 25 decals
Merchandise 7221. When WMA sales items are no longer available, notify Sondra so they can Chapter: Make checks payable to Gold Coast of Florida (FL-3)
Sales be removed. Contact: Ruth Beisner, Lyndhurst E-99, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
Books Cost: $1.25 for 10 Chapter: Make checks to FL-2
Item: Not “Just Another Cookbook” More than 100 recipes Contact: Sylvia Morgan, 13662 87th Avenue, Seminole, FL 33776
by food grouping. Size: 6”x9”
Cost: $5.75 (includes shipping) Chapter: NC-1 Shirts and Sweats
Contact: Mary Sabourin, 339 Bear Creek Rd., Hubert, NC 28539-3409
✰ Item: Night Shirt/VCoverup, White, knee length, round neck, WMA logo
Item: A limited edition booklet of line drawings portraying Women Marines, signed “The Few, The Proud” in green
and numbered by the artist, Marion A. Alien, a Regimental Artist during WWII. The Cost: $20.00 (Incl. postage and handling)
original art is now a part of the U.S. Marine Corps Art Collection at the Museums Size: One-size-fits-most, short sleeve only Chapter: Bay State, MA-1
Branch, Washington, D.C. Printed in Forest Green ink.
Checks: Payable to Bay State Chapter, WMA
Size: 12-Page Booklet (10”X7-1/4”) Contact: Joyce Barden, 56 Poor St, Andover, MA 01810
Cost: $3.00 (including postage) Chapter: TX-2 ✰
Contact: Barbara Clark, 3539 Teakwood Drive, Pearland, TX 77584 Item: White Sweatshirts and T-Shirts Women Marines’ logo in green
or e-mail Brchoho@aol.com (WWI, Current, WWII) Courtesy of Col Charles Waterhouse
✰ Cost: T-Shirts- M, L, XL and XXL @ $10.00; Sweatshirts - M, L, XL@$24.00,
Item: We Are Marines: History & stories from women who served & are serving XXL @ $25.00 Pay to: WMA PA-2 Liberty Belles (Price includes shipping)
Cost: $25.00 ($4 shipping & handling) Checks: NC-1 Contact: Kathy Van Gorder, 584 Barrington Rd., Collegeville, PA 19426
Contact: Mary Sabourin, 339 Bear Creek Rd., Hubert, NC 28539-3409 ✰
✰ Item: Golf shirt Dark (Hunter) Green with WMA logo (matches green
covers) embroidered in white. Available in sizes (S) to (XXL)
Item: “The American Flag” Booklet Cost: $28.00 (includes postage) Chapter: VA-1 Crossroads
Cost: $4.00 (includes shipping) Payable to: CA-8, WMA Make checks payable to: WMA, VA-1
Chapter: Palms to Pines Contact: Lori B. Cousins, 2220 Wildflower Way, Locust Grove, VA
Contact: Ozell Barksdale, 22508 (540) 399-9925 Email: BronsonLC@juno.com
President, 5394 Sierra Street, Riverside, CA 92504 ✰
(951) 688-2806 e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org Item: Medium sage Green polo shirts with dark green trim around
✰ sleeves, collar and button plaquet. Two color logo on left chest
Item: “Parris Island: A Woman’s Memoir of Marine Corps Boot Camp” (dark green and khaki). Personalization with name and/or chapter
Signed copy by author Lisa Cordeiro affiliation available. Please specify.
Cost: $16.95 ($3.95 shipping) Cost: $35.00 includes shipping and personaliztion
Chapter: MA-1 Size: S, M, L, XL and 2XL (If you don’t want it snug, suggest a size up)
Contact: Lisa Cordeiro, 35 Berkeley St., Watertown, MA 02472 Chapter: GA-1 WMA
or order online at www.lisacordeiro.comhttp://lisacordeiro.com Contact: Sheryl Hobden, 7158 Avalon Dr., Douglasville, GA 30135. 678-838-
✰ 0620 WMAGeorgia@yahoo.com. Please include your phone and/or
Item: “Cooking With Marines”, a collection of recipes email with order. ✰
from Marines (2008 Fundraiser) Item: “I’m The Marine In This Family” t-shirt or sweatshirt; Your choice of
Cost: $12.50 (includes shipping) Chapter: TX-2 red or black.
Contact: B.J. Huggins, (WMA) P.O.Box 1821 Cost: T-Shirt, $15 plus $5 postage; Polo shirt, $20 plus $5 postage;
Pasadena, TX 77501 Sweatshirt, $20 plus $5 postage. Size: S-XXXL
Chapter: OH-2 Chesty Puller
Contact: Ellen Leidy, 1107 Columbus Ave., Barberton, OH 44203
Cards/Stationery (330) 825-8935 e-mail: email@example.com
Item: Name Tags, White w/ green border and logo; Item: Blue DenimShirt Eagle, Globe & Anchor in gold and silver
Two lines (name and organization); 3”x 1” embroidery over left pocket, Women Marines Association in red
Cost: $8.00 Chapter: Make checks to FL-2 print left of logo, individual’s name printed on right side.
Contact: Sylvia Morgan, 13662 87th Avenue, Seminole, FL 33776 Cost: $35.00 plus $5.00 for shipping
Size: S, M, L, and XL (shirts run large) specify short or long sleeve style
✰ Chapter: Texas Gulf Coast Checks: Payable to TX-2 WMA
Contact: Judy Anderson, 726 Beachcomber, Houston, TX 77062
Item: One-sided Chapter Membership cards e-mail: gulfcoastwm@AOL.com
Cost: 20 cents each (includes postage) Chapter: WMA-NJ-1, Garden State ✰
Contact: Winifred Reuschle, 49 Scott Drive, Bayville, NJ 08721-1224 Item: Forest Green Sweatshirts, t-shirts, short sleeved golf shirts, long sleeved
golf shirts and low profile cap.All shirts are embroidered with WMA on
✰ the left side and Women Marines Association underneath. Embroidery
is in white; low profile cap has WMA embroidered in white.
Item: WMA Postcard - 51/2” x 41/4” Wide green stripe top & left margins. Cost: All prices include shipping and handling per item.
WMA logo in upper left corner Sweatshirts: M- XL - $26 each; 2X - $28 each
Cost: 10 for $1.60; 15 for $2.10; 20 for $2.60 (prices include P&H) T-Shirts: M - 2XL - $16 each; Short sleeved golf shirts: M - XL - $28 each
Checks: CA-7, WMA Chapter: EMVSC (CA-7) Long sleeved golf shirts: M - XL - $32 each
Contact: Eleanor L. Judge, 282 San Dimas Avenue, Oceanside, CA 92057 Low profile cap: one size fits all - $16 each
Checks: Old Dominion Chapter, WMA VA-2
✰ Contact: Mickey Jennings, 6486 Lark Way, Mechanicsville, VA 23111
Item:“My Grandmother was a Marine” decal for t-shirt
“My mother was a Marine” decal for t-shirt Cost: $2.25 each Jewelry
Item: Women Marine Rose Decal (1 large, 2 small) Item: WMA Bolo w/ WMA Logo and cord in gold finish (also available bolo
Cost: $3.50 with USMC Emblem only).
Chapter: Ohio Emerald (OH-1) Cost: $20.00 (includes shipping) Chapter: Make checks payable to TX-3, WMA
Contact: Mary Lou Gruber, Treasurer, Contact: Anne M. Collins, 519 Devine St., San Antonio, TX 78210-1505
30427 Wolf Road, Bay Village, OH 44140
Spring 2007 30 ’Nouncements
Women Marines Association Merchandise sales Women Marines Association
Jewelry continued Item: WMA logo Rubber Stamps
Item: Pin “WOMAN MARINE” Cost: Large stamp: $11.00 (includes mailing) Small stamp: $8.00 (includes
Cost: $10.00 (includes shipping) mailing) 0Chapter: CA-7 (Checks to: EMV, CA-7, WMA)
Item: Marine Corps emblem pendant w/18” chain Contact: Marie A Proulx, 748 Pearwood Street, Oceanside, CA 92057-8618
Cost: $18.00 each (includes shipping) ✰
Chapter: New York Metropolitan Checks: Payable to NY-2 Item: Fanny Pack WMA Logo Cost: $10.00 Chapter: FL-2
Contact: Roberta Eaton, 18 Maple Court, New Hyde Park, NY 11040-3105 Contact: Sylvia Morgan, 13662 87th Avenue, Seminole, FL 33776
Item: WMA Logo Earrings (matches gold bolo) Item: Clear Vinyl Bag with Long Zipper, WMA Logo Women Marines
Cost: $10.00/pair (includes shipping) Association. Green/White Size: 9” x 12”
Chapter: Make checks payable to: TX-3 WMA Cost: $6.25 (includes shipping) Chapter: NC-1
Please designate one: ❏ Wire/Dangle ❏ Clip-on Contact: Mary Sabourin, 339 Bear Creek Rd., Hubert, NC 28539-3407
Contact: Anne M. Collins, 519 Devine St., San Antonio, TX 78210-1505 ✰
✰ Item: Mouse Pad, 7” x 8”, white background, WMA logo, “The Few, The Proud”
Item: WMA Ring. Jeweler - Jostens in green
Cost: Lustrium (non precious white) $181.00 Cost: $10 Chapter: Bay State, MA-1 Checks: Payable to Bay State Chapter, WMA
Questra (non precious gold) $218.00 Contact: Joyce Barden, 56 Poor Street, Andover, MA 01810
10 Karat Yellow Gold $325.00 ✰
14 Karat Gold $395.00 (Cost includes three initials inside ring & shipping) Item: Molly Marine picture, 8 x 10
Note: Include ring size and phone number when ordering Cost: $12 each (includes shipping) Chapter: AR-1
Chapter: FL-7 First Coast Contact: Vickie Davis, Treasurer, AR-1, 415 Maryland St.
Contact: Gayle Plant, President FL-7, PO Box 463, Keystone Heights, FL 32656; Benton, AR 72015
(352) 473-7826 ✰
✰ Item: 2007 WMA Historical Calendar:
Item: WMA Pendant on chain Size: 7/8 inches round “Strike Up the Band”
Item: WMA Lapel Pin Size: 7/8 inches round Cost: $15 each (includes S&H)
Cost: $19.75 each (including shipping) Chapter: TX-2, WMA
Chapter: FL-7 First Coast Contact: Judy Anderson,
Contact: Gayle Plant, President FL-7, PO Box 463 726 Beachcomber, Houston, TX 77062
Keystone Heights, FL 32656; (352) 473-7826 email, firstname.lastname@example.org
Item: Charm “Semper Fi” Item: Handmade soy wax candles (Lavender, White Tea and Ginger, Rose,
Cost: $15.00 Lemon and Lovespell)
Chapter: Lady Marine Rose (OR-1) Cost: 9 oz. $10 (plus $5 Shipping); 16 oz. $15 (plus $5 Shipping)
Contact: Cleary Creations, 2225 NE 130th Ave., Portland, OR 97230-1704 (Two candles or more contact Bonniesbunch@yahoo.com or Rosa_rmr@yahoo.
✰ com for correct shipping)
Item: Red, White, Blue Austrian Crystal elastic bracelet Checks: WMA-Phyllis Alexander Chapter: SC-1
Cost: $12.00 includes shipping Chapter: IN-1 Checks: Payable to IN-1 Contact: Rosa Robertson, WMA, P.O. Box 5296, Parris Island, SC 29905 (or via
Contact: Diane Ward, 8310 W. 88th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46278 (317) 873-4113 email)
Miscellaneous Items ✰
Item: USMC Sun catchers (also have other military branches)
Cost: $5.00 each Item: “I’m Proud To Be A Women Marine” ribbon magnet, 8”x 3”
Size: 4” round w/suction hanger Chapter: CA-15 Cost: $6 each (includes postage)
Contact: Pat Murray, 40701 Rancho Vista #92 Item: WW II magnet, 3-1/2”x 2-1/2”, red letering on white
Palmdale, CA., 93551 (661) 718-8324 background with blue border
✰ Cost: $2 each (includes postage)
Item: Travel neck pouch, black w/two zippered sections Contact: Marie Proulx, 748 Pearwood St., Oceanside, CA 92057-8618
on one side with clear section on reverse with
WMA logo; adjustable strap; size 6-1/2”x4-1/2” ✰
Cost: $5.00 each (includes shipping) Item: Woman Marine cover cross stitch pattern, with backstitch
Chapter: NM-1 (checks payable to NM-1 Sandia Chapter) eagle, globe and anchor.
Contact: Stella Delgado-Kinnison, 204 General Patch NE, Albuquerque, NM 87123 Cost: $2.50 each (includes shipping) Chapter: OH-1
✰ Contact: Janet Lascko, 3157 W. 82nd St., Cleveland, OH 44102 or
Item: WMA Logo Magnet. Ideal for gift. Size 2” long, 11/2” wide email@example.com. Payments can be made through PayPal at
Cost: $2.00 includes postage Chapter: NJ-2 this same email address. ✰
Contact: Lorraine Nankivell, PO Box 208, 38 Point Pleasant Rd, Hopatcong, NJ 07843-0208
✰ Item: 2006 convention Luggage Tags; Green vinyl with white lettering
Item: New aluminum license plate in distinctive RED Cost: 2/$5.75 (includes shipping & handling) Chapter: Rocky Top Chapter, TN-1
lettering on white. Includes a Semper Fi sticker Contact: WMA, TN-1, 818 Wild View Way, Knoxville, TN 379207609
Cost: $8.00 (postpaid) Chapter: FL-4, Tampa Tarpons
Contact: Laveme H. Myers, 3803 Drexel Avenue, Tampa, FL 33611-1517 ✰
Item: WMA “Semper Fi” bumper sticker (for anyplace—boat, luggage, etc.). Item: “Koozie” Bottle or Can size sleeve for sweat absorption, foldable foam,
White w/green - 2” x 9” green, with WMA logo in white on one side, other side in white letters: “No
Cost: $1.50 ea. for 5 for $6.45 or 10 for $11.00; postpaid Sweat, the WOMEN Marines are on duty” Cost: $4.00 each, or 20 for $75.00
Contact: Laverne H. Myers, 3803 Drexel Avenue, Tampa, FL 33611-1517 (Price includes shipping)
✰ Contact: Kathy Van Gorder, 584 Barrington Rd., Collegeville, PA 19426
Item: High quaity 16 oz Stainless Steel Insulated Travel Mug w/locking lid, green e-mail: VanGorders2@aol.com Fax: 610-489-4383
WMA logo on both sides, Comfort handle, fits universal auto holder. ✰
Cost: $10.00 each including shipping & handling
Chapter: OR-3 Checks: Payable to WMA OR-3 Item: Bumper sticker, The Few, The Proud, The Women Marines
Contact: Karen L. Reeves, 6923 Jessica Drive, Springfield, OR 97478 Cost: $1.50 each (Price includes shipping) Chapter: NM-1 (checks payable to
(541) 741-1213 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Sandia Chapter)
✰ Contact: Phyllis Young, 1070 Stovall Ave., Bosque Farms, NM 87068
Item: WMA Umbrella, green with WMA logo, Automatic Open Button
Size: Collapsed 15 inches long, open 21 inches long and 36 inches wide Acceptance of an advertisement for printing in ‘Nouncements in no way endorses, nor does it indi-
Cost: $17.75 (includes shipping) Chapter: FL-7 First Coast cate approval of the quality of the product. All local and state taxes, including any licenses, are the
Contact: Gayle Plant, President FL-7, PO Box 463, Keystone Heights, FL 32656 responsibility of the chapter submitting the ad. A percentage of profits from the sale of merchan-
(352) 473-7826 dise advertised on these pages must go to a chapter in order to be listed here.
’Nouncements 31 Spring 2007
WoMen Marines association
Application for Membership (PLEASE PRINT) Check Applicable box: ❏ New ❏ Renewal ❏ Reinstated ❏ New Life ❏ Life
Dates served to How did you hear about WMA?
(Last) (First) (M.I.) (Last Name Used On Active/Reserve Duty)
(Street) (City) (State) (Zip+4)
SSN DOB Chapter Code Phone ( )
(mo/day/yr) (i.e., CA-7)
Molly Marine Award Recipient If yes, year MOS/Special Skills
Email Address Please add Email to WMA Communications List
Dues include ‘Nouncements and the Resource Manual and Membership Directory. Please check your membership level
Dues: ❏ ❏ ❏
1 Year $15 2 Years $25 Life Dues (pro-rated by age): 30 & Under $220 31-45 $190 ❏ 46-60 $155 ❏61 & Over $120 ❏
I certify that by my signature that I am now serving or have served honorably in the Unted States Marine Corps, regular or reserve components.
Signature Date: Enrolled by: (member/chapter)
Please provide Next of Kin information in case of an emergency.
Next of Kin Relationship
Address Phone ( )
Make check payable to WMA and mail with application to: Women Marines Association
P.O. Box 8405 • Falls Church, VA 22041-8405
Application for membership in Loyal Escorts of the Green Garter The Auxiliary of the WMA
Check applicable box ❐ New ❐ Renewal ❐ Reinstated ❐ Regular ❐ Life (Sponsor must be a WMA Life Member)
2-year Membership - $25
Name: _________________________________________________________________ Life Membership
(Last) (First) (Middle Initial) (Fee pro-rated by age)
Address: ________________________________________________________________ (Sponsor must be a WMA Life member)
(Street) Sponsor’s WMA Life Membership # ________
City and State with Zip Code: ___________________________________________________ ❐ 40 & under ...$175.00 ❐ 41 to 45 ...$145.00
(City) (State) (zip + 4)
❐ 46 to 60 ...$125.00
Telephone with area code: (winter)______________________ (summer) ____________________
❐ 61 to 70 ...$100.00 ❐ 71 to 80 ...$75.00
e-mail address: ____________________________________________________________ ❐ 81 & Over ...$50.00
Contact in case of emergency with address and phone: ____________________________________
Address: ____________________________________ Telephone:_____________________ Signature: ______________________________
(Street) (City) (State)
DOB: ______________ SSN: _________________________________________ Date: ________________
Day / Month / Year (Necessary for machine accounting) LOYAL ESCORTS MUST BE SPONSORED
Sponsor’s Name: _________________________________ Sponsor’s Chapter Code: _________ BY A WMA MEMBER IN GOOD STANDING
(Last) (First) (Middle Initial) Make checks payable to Loyal Escorts of the Green
Is Your Sponsor a [a] Friend [b] Relative? Do You Live with Sponsor?: __ Yes __ No Garter and mail to:
Jeanne Cantrell, Secretary/Treasurer
Enclosed Amount of Dues: $____________ Loyal Escorts of the Green Garter
Dues include ‘Nouncements if not already received in household. 11 Brown Street
Irving, Texas 75061-6000
Address Service Requested
Women Marines Association
P.O. Box 8405
Falls Church, VA 22041-8405