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Dedicated Members

The 2017-18 Dedicated Member Campaign has begun. This year you can designate where your contribution goes. Your name and dedication will also appear in the Annual Conference Journal at the end of the year:

Walt Ford
Mal Barr
Cal Openshaw
Sally Pritchett
Joe Galloway
Sue Sousa
Dale Baird
George Chrisman
Jack Holsomback
Pat Coulter
Dan Bisher
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Fred Tucker
Emil Dansker
Keith Oliver
Joe Skymba
Mike Rhea
Don Coleman
Dr. Re McClung
Ed Benevente
Tom Kerr

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DPA Winners, will you be there?

If your name is listed below, you get a free meal at our annual Conference & Training Symposium, Aug. 21-24, 2017 in San Diego. (That’s a $50 value) Plus you will receive recognition and a certificate. Please ask your commands if you can attend. Uniform is Dress Blues. Contact Jack Paxton, executive director at 352-748-4698 or email:

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Gee: Past president, director and long-time member passes

Sadly, Don Gee passed away on July 28, 2017. He is survived by his wife, Iris (above).

Donald H. Gee Sr., a longtime Chalfont resident, passed away on Friday, July 28, 2017 at the Doylestown Hospital. He was 77.
Don was the husband of Iris Gee. Born in Bristol and raised in Warrington, Don was a son of the late Harry and Alberta Gee. He was a 1957 Central Bucks High School graduate.
Don was a proud Gunnery Sergeant with the US Marine Corps retiring in 1977, after 20 years of service. Following his retirement, he remained active with the military as the Public Affairs Officer with the Veterans Administration, Philadelphia. Don was on the Bucks County World War II Memorial Committee. He was the Doylestown Township Veterans Memorial initiator and founding member. He was the driving force behind the United Veterans of Doylestown for the sole purpose of making sure the Memorial Day Parade continued. Don was involved in many other organizations, with the goal of helping veterans wherever he could, such as:
Central Bucks Marine Corps League Detachment
Masonic Mitchell Lodge #296, Jenkintown, PA
United States Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Association
1st, 2nd and 3rd Marine Division Associations
Chapel of Four Chaplains
American Legion, VFW and the Marine Corps Association
Chapel of Four Chaplains
Marine Corps Mustang Association
Chosin FewIn addition to his wife, Don is survived by a son Don, Jr. (Michele), a daughter Tammy Gee (Daniel Milillo), 3 step sons, Corey Fisher, Jeremy Smith (Kimberly) and Paul Smith and 2 grandchildren, Don III and Chris. He is also survived by a sister Lois Mims and several Step grand and great grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to Don’s funeral service with military honors 11:00 am, Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at the Shelly Funeral Home, 1460 Easton Road, Warrington, where the family will receive friends from 9:00 am until the time of service.
Interment will be held privately.
Memorial contributions in Don’s name may be made to the Marine Corps League Foundation of PA.

Doc Church donates MIA/POW chair

Taken from the Summer 2017 edition of  Keystone Leatherneck: On April 28, 2017, Valley Forge Military Academy and College held a wonderful dedication ceremony for a Chair of Honor for Prisoners of War-Missing in Action in Wayne, Pa. Commander Paul Galanti USN (Ret), a seven-year POW during the Vietnam War, accepted the chair from Colonel John C. “Doc” Church, Jr.,USMCR (Ret.), president of VFMAC. This chair symbolizes there will always be a place at Valley Forge Military Academy & College awaiting the return of those service members. Paul is a graduate of VFMAC. He spoke about his POW experience and commented upon his special relationship with Colonel John Ripley,USMC (Ret.). Doc noted that his youngest daughter, Claire Ripley, is named after the Marine Corps legend. Paul told the gathering which included his VFMAC classmates that he “never had a bad day as a POW.” All were humbled and honored to be in his presence. The chair was graciously donated by the Consentino Family, left of chair. Also pictured is Commander Galanti and President Church.


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Conference fact sheet

Everything you need to know about attending next month's Conference and Training Symposium.

Everything you need to know about attending next month’s Conference and Training Symposium. Click on the image to download a printable version.


Longtime member, officer, Eddie Kafafian passes July 9

Eddie Kafafian

Eddie Kafafian

Thomas “Ace” Peters writes: Its with sadness that I inform you Eddie Kafafian passed this morning. (July 9, 2017)

CCHQ will post more info as it becomes available.


July Leatherneck cover highlights cannon cockers

President’s Notes

Photo by Cpl. Zachery Laning

Photo by Cpl. Zachery Laning

Cpl. Zachery Laning’s compelling shot of  11th MEU artillery operations in northern Syria garnered him a great cover just in time for the 4th of July.

The Chincoteague, Virginia native is a videographer by training (see some of his work in that realm @ but  his NCOIC, Gunnery Sgt. Robert Brown of Spring Lake, North Carolina said Laning used the  unit’s recent  far-ranging deployment to “cross-train into still.”

Brown said that Laning continues to do “game changing stuff on the video side of the house,” noting that he was a lance corporal during the float and regularly “thinks way outside the box.”

“This guy is beyond the box,” brags his gunny.  “Laning is the future of what this hubrid MOS is becoming for our Marine Corps.”

A tribute to Norm Hatch

A tribute to Norm Hatch. (click on the image to download the page.)

Appropriate that Leatherneck editor Mary Reinwald paid grand tribute to our beloved USMCCCA icon, the late Norm Hatch, in the same issue in Nancy S. Lichtman’s “Saved Round” feature on page 92.

Word is that a handful of present and former  11th MEU storytellers will join us in San Diego next month.  Gunnery Sgt. Scott McAdam of Des Moines is Acting PAO of the current time, awaiting the arrival of Capt. Jim Stenger.


Keith Oliver, USMCCCA President


Major General Paul Kennedy

Maj. Gen. Paul Kennedy

Maj. Gen. Paul Kennedy, CG Recruiting Command, will represent the Commandant of the Marine Corps as guest of honor of our 2017 Distinguished Performance Awards Banquet on August 23 in San Diego.  As you may remember, General Kennedy served as Director of Information a number of years ago and was our guest of honor at the New Orleans conference.  He also presided over the ceremony at the opening of the Denig Memorial at the National Museum. 


“Terminal Lance” Wins 2017 Brig. Gen. Robert L. Denig Sr. Memorial Distinguished Service Award

Maximilian Uriarte, AKA

Maximilian Uriarte, AKA “Terminal Lance.”

The USMCCCA Board of Directors has announced that Maximilian Uriarte, AKA Terminal Lance, is the 2017 Brig. Gen. Robert L. Denig Sr. Memorial Distinguished Service Award winner.

If the name does not immediately come to you, we would bet a year’s membership he is known by thousands of Marines who saw similar actions in Iraq and Afghanistan.  He caught our attention several years ago with his weekly strip in Marine Corps Times.  When his book, The White Donkey, Terminal Lance, was selected a 2016 winner in the recently concluded Heritage Foundation competition, we had a chance to read it.  As a Marine who has been around a long time, we finally really understood what PTSD and our concern over the suicide rate among servicemen and women was all about.  It is a powerful work.

CC Life member Chas Henry made the Denig nomination.  His words: “In 2016, Mr. Uriarte — using crowdsourced funding — independently published The White Donkey: Terminal Lance — the first graphic novel created by an Iraq War veteran.  Its success was so immediately evident that — 72 hours after its initial release — the book was optioned for commercial publication by Little, Brown and Company. 

“Mr. Uriarte joined the Marine Corps in 2006, at age 19 — enlisting as an open-contract infantry Marine.  His initial service was as an MOS 0351 assaultman with 3rd Battalion, Third Marines.  He deployed twice to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom — the second time attached to an infantry battalion as it’s combat photographer and artist (Ed. Note:  He retained his MOS 0351)  While still on active duty, Mr. Uriarte created the often satirical, always entertaining and popular comic strip Terminal Lance.  Discharged in 2010, he used GI Bill benefits to fund his earning of a bachelor of fine arts degree from the California College of the Arts.  He has worked as a motion picture storyboard artist.

“In The White Donkey: Terminal Lance, Mr. Uriarte has masterfully employed a comparatively new form of artful literature to skillfully and unsentimentally capture and share essential aspects of life as a combat Marine.  Having been only nominally familiar with the graphic novel medium, I have to admit to being surprised by the weight of The White Donkey’s emotional impact.  It brought tears to my eyes.  Mr. Uriarte’s work depicts the sometimes profane, but very profound interactions of young Marines maturing in the forge of war.  It is without question a valuable contribution to the body of literature perpetuating the ideals, traditions, stature and achievements of the United States Marine Corps.” 

 (Ed. Note:  Mr. Uriarte will accept the Denig Award at our awards banquet August 23 at the San Diego Crowne Plaza Hotel. )


Rosenthal Chapter needs signatures

Sign the petition today!

Sign the petition today!

The San Francisco Joe Rosenthal Chapter of the United States Combat Correspondents Association (USMCCCA) is collecting signatures to try and honor Joe Rosenthal — a San Francisco and national hero — by supporting an effort to name a US Navy warship in his honor. They currently have about 1700 signatures but need at least 10,000. Please pass this around if you can help. Go to and sign the petition.


A Reece Lodder shot adorns Leatherneck cover. Again.

President’s Notes

Perennial CC award winner, Staff Sgt . Reece Lodder,  nabbed another Leatherneck cover this month.

Editor Mary Reinwald chose Lodder’s strong vertical from 2012 operations in Afghanistan to highlight Aaron Fenwick’s tale of three lance corporals whose infantry squad leader work. in the Helmand Province earned them meritorious promotions to corporal.  The trio was serving under fire in sergeants’  billets.

Elsewhere in the May issue,  P.L. Thompson, one of the merry band of Marines who served on the Leatherneck staff while on active duty, penned a piece on former Pfc. Omer Hadsall’s return to Vietnam along with his son, retired Maj. Troy Hadsall.  The father and son are but two Marines who are part of an impressive Hadsall Family legacy of service in our Corps.

Please allow a Sunshine State shout-out to my fellow Floridian Bob Loring, whose review of Lucky 666: The Impossible Mission, adds to his prolific list (more than 100) of Leatherneck bylines. 

Hopefully our annual conference in San Diego in August is where you’ll meet some of today’s warrior-scribes and shooters whose  photo credits and/or bylines also appeared in the current edition:  Cpl. Kelsey Dornfield, Sgt. Ian Leones, Cpl. Melissa Martens, Cpl. Thomas Mudd, Cpl. Harley Robinson and Cpl. Daniel Jean-Paul.

Also:  Sgt. Ian Ferro, Cpl. Jessica Collins, Lance Cpl. Justin Bowles, Lance Cpl Andy Martinez and Sgt. Clemente Garcia.

In San Diego, two professional panels of special interest to our active duty Marines are very much in the purview of Leatherneck, both historically and in terms of today’s Marine Corps Association and Foundation staff:  “Life After the Corps” will address  civilian job possibilities in journalism, PR, marketing, imagery and other aspects familiar to combat camera and public affairs Marines.

And “Special Media Outlets”  seeks to rekindle an old fire, i.e., the importance of reaching out to military-oriented organizations and their outlets (print, video, web-based and in-person)  who are hungry for our active duty CCs’ copy and images (and/or their presence!).     

Keith Oliver, USMCCCA President


McEwen: CC President, mayor and officer passes

Bob McEwen passed away June 1, 2017

Bob McEwen passed away June 1, 2017

Robert (“Bob”) G. McEwen returned to his heavenly home on June 1, 2017, in Jefferson, GA.

Bob was born to the late Lillian and William McEwen on Sept. 21, 1929, in Cleveland, Ohio. Bob was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Mary-Carter Faust McEwen and son William “Gavin” McEwen. He is survived by his daughter, Margaret “Megan” Britt, son-in law Ellis “Butch” Britt Jr., of Jefferson, GA, grandson Robert Britt and wife Katie of Jefferson, GA, grandson Wesley Britt of Denver, CO, great-grandchildren Kenlee, Conner and Cohen Britt and brother Daniel McEwen.

Bob was a very proud United States Marine. He enlisted in 1946 at age 17 and retired as a 2ndLt in 1967. Following retirement, Bob was a Sales Manager for United Media for another 20 years, retiring as a VP of Sales in 1978. Bob served as President of the U.S. Marine Corps Correspondents Association in 1971, 1997 and 1998, served as Mayor of Indian Shores, FL, from 1990-2000 and was Commissioner of the Pinellas Suncoast Fire District from 2000-2008.

Bob lived life to the fullest. He and Mary-Carter were avid world travelers, visiting more than 30 countries after retirement.
At Bob’s request, no services will be held. His ashes will be buried next to his late wife Mary-Carter and son Gavin at Bay Pines National Veteran’s cemetery in St. Petersburg, FL.

The family is grateful for condolences, but declines flowers and donations.