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Leatherneck hits century mark

INK-STAINED COLONELS WALT FORD, Bill White and Mary Reinwald have each had a turn editing the Marines' Leatherneck magazine in recent years.

INK-STAINED COLONELS WALT FORD, Bill White and Mary Reinwald have each had a turn editing the Marines’ Leatherneck magazine in recent years.

ARTIST NICOLE'S HAMILTON cover painting graced he 100th Anniversary edition of Leatherneck last month.

ARTIST NICOLE’S HAMILTON cover painting graced he 100th Anniversary edition of Leatherneck last month.

 President’s Notes

In case you missed it, ye olde Leatherneck, the unrivaled “Magazine of the Marines,” turned 100 last month.

Easily the USMCCCA’s longest-running partner in the ink-and-paper biz (and now wowing readers on the web, as well), Leatherneck has featured the bylines, photo credits and manual arts contributions of many an Association member.

And up into the 1970s, our favorite mag included active duty CCs on the fulltime, editorial staff.

The commemorative issue, fronted by Nicole Hamilton’s classic artwork, made special note of such luminaries as Tom Bartlett, Steve Stibbens, Bob Bowen, Ron Keene, Jack Lewis, Bob Jordan, Herb Richardson, Randy Gaddo and Keith Milks.

Special shout-out to our Association’s webmaster Kate Stark, who brought Leatherneck to the next level in graphics and design in the 1990s – and to our how-does-he-find-the-time CC Executive Director Jack Paxton for his continued feature article and book review submissions.

Congratulations to current editor Mary Reinwald and her illustrious keepers of the flame; and a tip o’ the skimmer to those many CCs who filled Leatherneck’s pages throughout WWII, Korea and Vietnam – right up ‘til today.

Got a Leatherneck yarn or photo to share?  Maybe a memory of your first Marine Corps product making Leatherneck’s pages?  Chat it up on the USMCCCA Facebook page or, better, send it to your professional association’s headquarters via www.usmccca.org.

Semper Fidelis,

Keith

 

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CC Spotlight: Gunnery Sgt. Robert D. Brown

Practicing what he preaches, 11th MEU Communications Strategy and Operations Chief, Gunnery Sgt. Robert D. Brown, snagged a Marine Corps Association calendar shot with this image from the unit’s last deployment.  The photo also appeared in the September issue of the Naval Institute Proceedings.

Practicing what he preaches, 11th MEU Communications Strategy and Operations Chief, Gunnery Sgt. Robert D. Brown, snagged a Marine Corps Association calendar shot with this image from the unit’s last deployment. The photo also appeared in the September issue of the Naval Institute Proceedings.

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Dale Dye to Receive Inaugural Pat Conroy Lifetime Achievement Award

Dale Dye will be presented the inaugural Pat Conroy Lifetime Achievement Award at the 12th annual Beaufort International Film Festival. The festival dates are February 21-25, 2018 with the Red Carpet Reception and Awards Gala taking place on Sunday, February 25th at the University of South Carolina, Beaufort, Center for the Arts.

Dale Dye will be presented the inaugural Pat Conroy Lifetime Achievement Award at the 12th annual Beaufort International Film Festival. The festival dates are February 21-25, 2018 with the Red Carpet Reception and Awards Gala taking place on Sunday, February 25th at the University of South Carolina, Beaufort, Center for the Arts.

The Beaufort Film Society is pleased to announce that Dale Dye will be presented the inaugural Pat Conroy Lifetime Achievement Award at the 12th annual Beaufort International Film Festival. The festival dates are February 21-25, 2018 with the Red Carpet Reception and Awards Gala taking place on Sunday, February 25th at the University of South Carolina, Beaufort, Center for the Arts.

“If you look at his body of work in the film industry over the past three decades, read the stories from the directors he has worked with like Robert Zemeckis, Steven Spielberg, and Oliver Stone, you’ll see why we’re so very honored to present the first Pat Conroy Lifetime Achievement Award to Hollywood Legend Dale Dye,” stated Beaufort Film Society President Ron Tucker.

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CC Spotlight: Sgt Levi Shultz

Sgt. Levi Shultz, presently pulling duty at Recruiting Station Des Moines, Iowa, made the Marine Corps Association 2018 calendar with his photo of cold weather training.

Sgt. Levi Shultz, presently pulling duty at Recruiting Station Des Moines, Iowa, made the Marine Corps Association 2018 calendar with his photo of cold weather training.

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Shawn Rhodes is back aboard

Shawn Rhodes

Shawn Rhodes

Tampa, Florida CC, former Sgt. Shawn Rhodes, rejoined his former Devil Dog colleagues in the USMCCCA this fall.

An international expert in creating high-performing organizations, Shawn is a Tampa-based TEDx speaker whose work studying organizations in more than two dozen countries has been highlighted in TIME, CNN, NBC and INC. The former Camp Lejeune-based combat correspondent deployed to Iraq during the war’s kickoff in 2003.

More recently, the Western Carolina University alum authored “Pivot Point: Turn On A Dime Without Sacrificing Results.”

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Progress for Rosenthal Chapter on naming ship

Progress continues on our effort to honor Joe Rosenthal with a Navy ship. While Joe earned the Pulitzer Prize and many other awards during his long career, newer generations of San Franciscans and Americans deserve to know the name of the creator of the most significant photograph ever taken. While some of us may have faded over the decades, Joe’s photo shines just a brightly as it did 72 years ago!
 
Our current efforts fall into three categories:
 
1. Outreach and signature collection during Veterans Day Weekend, when numerous public events take place, more than we can hope to attend. But we will represent the USS Joe wherever we can in the Bay Area, and this year, in Philadelphia.
 
2. Increased contact with the Press. Joe’s birthday, Fleet Week, and now Veterans Day, all provide opportunities for the Press to run the story. Last week I was interviewed for  www.ConnectingVeterans.com and their show on CBS radio. 
 
I am now contacting organizations and websites serving the photography community. While we think of Joe in the context of history, he was, after all, a successful photojournalist for most of his life, and his name is up there with the other photography greats. In addition to his Pulitzer Prize, Joe was a longtime President of the San Francisco Press Club, a member of the USMC Combat Correspondents Association, is in the International Photography Hall of Fame, and Time Magazine ranked his Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima among the 100 greatest photos ever taken (Personally, I would say it’s in the top five.). Our outreach to date has been largely aimed at the veterans community; we are now connecting with a new audience. 

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Birthday breakfast for some CCs

Three key members of the USMCCCA Combat Correspondents Association living in the Orlando, FL area celebrated the 242nd Birthday of the Marine Corps attending an SOS Breakfast sponsored by the Central Florida Chapter, 1st Marine Division Association. From left: Keith Oliver, National President, Bob Jordan, and Jack Paxton, National Executive Director. The guest speaker was retired BrigGen. Tom Draude, who, prior to his Marine retirement several years ago was Director of Information. In addition to one of the best speeches any of us had heard, his parting words to me:

Three key members of the USMCCCA Combat Correspondents Association living in the Orlando, FL area celebrated the 242nd Birthday of the Marine Corps attending an SOS Breakfast sponsored by the Central Florida Chapter, 1st Marine Division Association. From left: Keith Oliver, National President, Bob Jordan, and Jack Paxton, National Executive Director. The guest speaker was retired BrigGen. Tom Draude, who, prior to his Marine retirement several years ago was Director of Information. In addition to one of the best speeches any of us had heard, his parting words to me: “Take care of those Marine Combat Correspondents!” A great leader of Marines!

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McMeen appointed DMA liaison

Chad McMeen availed himself of OJT opportunities in Quantico and elsewhere when he executed a lateral move from admin to public affairs in the mid-1990s.

Chad McMeen availed himself of OJT opportunities in Quantico and elsewhere when he executed a lateral move from admin to public affairs in the mid-1990s.

Master Gunnery Sgt. Chad McMeen was appointed Defense Media Activity (DMA) Liaison last week by National President Keith Oliver.

“The Master Guns is in a perfect spot to help us track and recognize the magnificent day to day work done by our storytelling warriors,” said Oliver.

“Not only does DMA execute the newest version of the DoD-level media awards,” he said, “the organization is where Stars and Stripes, the Defense Information School and the American Forces Network are nested. And some of the Corps’ top young talent regularly pulls duty at DMA proper.”

McMeen has always been “a hard charger with a youthful Marine’s energy and creative mindset,” Keith said. “And he keeps it that way. We’re mighty glad to have him working with us in this new capacity.”

Currently serving as the Director of Marines Production, formerly a field grade officer billet, McMeen is dual-hatted as the Senior Enlisted Leader on the headquarters’ joint service production floor.

McMeen is a native of Salem, Ilinois and enlisted in September 1992. He made a lateral move into public affairs in 1994 while assigned to the Marine Air staff at Headquarters Marine Corps in Washington. He notched distinguished graduate honors at DINFOS’ Basic Journalism Course and went almost immediately to Recruiting Station Dallas as the Marketing and Public Affairs Representative.

A Meritorious Service Medal recipient, he served two tours in Iraq while assigned to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing and was later a lead public affairs planner with Marine Forces Central Command, Marine Forces Europe and Marine Forces Africa, deploying numerous times to countries in those three regions.

Earlier assignments include the Motion Picture Liaison Office in Los Angeles and MCAS Beaufort, South Carolina where McMeen also served as a volunteer crew member on the Station’s C-12 aircraft.

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Happy Birthday Marines!

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FL Chapter gets new member

LANCE CORPORALS UNITE!   Tampa's James Chittenden (center), the newest USMCCCA national

LANCE CORPORALS UNITE! Tampa’s James Chittenden (center), the newest USMCCCA national “join,” was welcomed aboard by fellow Florida Chapter members Bob Jordan (l) and Keith Oliver at Clermont’s Sanctuary Ridge Golf Club on Saturday. All three Marine mustangers were lance corporals, so Bob and Keith gifted Chittenden with an authentic Max “Terminal Lance” Uriarte T-shirt to mark the auspicious occasion. (Kate Stark photo)

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Vietnam Combat Cameraman’s Medal of Honor To Be Displayed at Smithsonian

Corporal William T. Perkins Jr., filming U.S. Navy sailors aboard a Patrol Fast Craft, or

Corporal William T. Perkins Jr., filming U.S. Navy sailors aboard a Patrol Fast Craft, or “swift boat,” in the South China Sea, September 1967. Marilane Jacobson Collection, Division of Armed Forces History, National Museum of American History.

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will display the only Medal of Honor to be awarded to a combat photographer in the Medal of Honor Gallery of the “Price of Freedom” exhibition began Nov. 1.

Marine Cpl. William Thomas Perkins Jr. died at the age of 20 when he flung himself on a grenade to preserve the lives of three other Marines during Operation Medina, a Marine search and destroy operation in Quang Tri Province, Vietnam, Oct. 12, 1967. The Marine Corps posthumously awarded him the Medal of Honor for “his gallant actions.”

His mother, Marilane Perkins Jacobson of Lexington, Ky., donated the medal, her son’s letters and other personal effects to the museum’s permanent Armed Forces Collections in 2015. Museum Advisory Board member Jeff Garrett, also of Lexington, assisted with the acquisition.

“I didn’t want his possessions to end up in somebody’s brown box in a basement,” Jacobson said. “I figured they should go to the Smithsonian.”

Perkins’ award, his Purple Heart, and photography will be exhibited along with his Bell and Howell camera, which shows damage from the grenade attack and is on loan from National Museum of the Marine Corps. This will be the first time the camera and Medal of Honor are displayed together.

The Medal of Honor is America’s highest award for valor in combat. First authorized in 1861 for sailors and Marines and the following year for soldiers, more than 3,400 Medals of Honor have been bestowed for conspicuous and well-documented acts of gallantry in war. The Medal of Honor Gallery tells the story of the nation’s highest military honor through artifacts and interactive displays.

The “Price of Freedom: Americans at War” exhibition surveys the history of America’s military from the French and Indian Wars to the present conflict in Iraq, exploring ways in which wars have been defining episodes in American history. The exhibition extends far beyond a survey of battles to present the link between military conflict and American political leadership, social values, technological innovation, and personal sacrifice. The heart of the story is the impact of war on citizen soldiers, their families and communities.

Through incomparable collections, rigorous research and dynamic public outreach, the National Museum of American History explores the infinite richness and complexity of American history. It helps people understand the past in order to make sense of the present and shape a more humane future. The museum is continuing to renovate its west exhibition wing, developing galleries on democracy and culture. The museum is located on Constitution Avenue N.W., between 12th and 14th Streets, and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (closed Dec. 25). Admission is free. For more information, visit http://americanhistory.si.edu. For Smithsonian information, the public may call (202) 633-1000.

(Editor’s note: There is an excellent blog on Cpl. Perkins written by Frank Blazich here.)

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CC Spotlight: Cpl Devan Gowans

Tooele, Utah Marine, Cpl. Devan Gowans, captured one of the calendar shots in the Marine Corps Association’s 2018 offering.  Gowans is assigned to the Camp Pendleton, California-base lst Marine Expeditionary Force.

Tooele, Utah Marine, Cpl. Devan Gowans, captured one of the calendar shots in the Marine Corps Association’s 2018 offering. Gowans is assigned to the Camp Pendleton, California-base lst Marine Expeditionary Force.

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