WWII Navajo Code Talker To Speak

There is a great possibility that there will be an actual WWII Navajo Code Talker at the 87th National Marine Corps League Convention.  This flyer is requesting the financial assistance of every Division, Department and Detachment to donate what they can so that every attending Marine can have the opportunity to experience and spend time with a living legend!

Click HERE to view the flyer.

Thank you in advance for your assistance with this event.

Semper Fidelis,

Bruce R. Rakfeldt
Department of North Carolina
Mideast Division,
Marine Corps League
Home Phone:  (336) 578-9446
Cell Phone:  (336)380-1001

Published in: on June 8, 2010 at 21:10  Leave a Comment  

Department of Arkansas 2010 Marine of the Year Announced

David R. Dubois - Department of Arkansas 2010 Marine of the Year

Marine David R. Dubois was named the 2010 Department of Arkansas Marine of the Year  during the department convention banquet held the evening of  May 15th.

“Wow!,” commented Marine Dubois.  “To be recognized in this way is an absolute honor.”

During the past year, David Dubois has served as the Commandant for the Faulkner County Detachment #1323, Judge Advocate for the Department of Arkansas, Liason to the Veterans Administration Volunteer Services, representative to the Arkansas Veteran’s Coalition and established the Department’s Blog to help communicate League news, activities and events.

Dignitaries also in attendance at the banquet were Ken Henry, Asst. Division Vice Commandant; Guest Speaker, Colonel Patrick Ferral; and two Marines who fought the Battle of Iwo Jima.

Published in: on June 5, 2010 at 18:47  Comments (1)  

Faulkner County Detachment Announces Marine of the Year

Dwight Witcher

Dwight Witcher - Faulkner County Detachment #1323 Marine of the Year

The Faulkner County Detachment #1323 in Conway, Arkansas conducted its annual awards ceremony during a specially called detachment meeting on Thursday, April 29, 2010. David Skelton, the chairman of the detachment Marine of the Year committee announced that this year’s recipient was Dwight Witcher , the current Sr. Vice Commandant.
Detachment Commandant, David Dubois commented, “The Marine of the Year committee made a great selection… Dwight is a hard working and dedicated Marine and I attribute much of the detachment’s success this past year to his sound leadership.”

Other Marine Corps League Awards Presented:

Marine Corps League Distinguished Citizen Medal (Bronze)

  • Dwight Witcher
  • Frank Lambert

Marine Corps League Distinguished Service Medal

  • David Skelton
  • W.T. Thomas
  • Donnie Hay
  • Al Meyer
  • Jim Stroud

Marine Corps League Meritorious Commendation (Individual)

  • James Gibson
Published in: on April 29, 2010 at 21:13  Comments (2)  

An Iwo Jima Veteran

It seems like the subject of Iwo Jima has come up quite a bit lately here in Central Arkansas, and they say things happen in “threes”. First, Young Marine SgtMaj Sara Stovall visited Iwo Jima and said it was the trip of a lifetime; 2nd the NW Arkansas detachment received a U.S. flag flown over the US Marine Corps Memorial (the statue of the flag raising over Iwo Jima); and now, #3, the topic of this post.

Yesterday, I received a call that there was a Marine Veteran in the hospital here in Central Arkansas who was feeling down and could use a visit from another Marine. No other information was available. I was, of course, more than happy to respond.

Today I had the honor of meeting and visiting with that Marine Veteran who served in the Pacific and fought the battles of Tinian, Sipan and Iwo Jima. Mr. Roland Coleman is currently in a rehab hospital undergoing therapy after breaking a hip last week in his home. His daughter, Debbie, was there at the hospital during our visit. Mr. Coleman has a long road to full recovery and the family will need some help. I had a great visit with Mr. Coleman. He is wonderful man with a great demeanor.

Mr. Coleman’s daughter shared with me that her father refused the Purple Heart Medal for wounds he received on Iwo Jima. Her uncle has started the process to get that medal awarded from the Department of Defense. I asked her to pass my contact information along to her uncle for the purpose of joining in his efforts to get this Marine the award(s) he so greatly deserves.

I call on all Marine Corps League members in the area to join with me (as their schedule’s allow) in visiting with this Iwo Jima hero and keeping his spirits high. For security/privacy reasons, details will not be posted online. You can contact me at 501-733-2592 or email me at drdubois@gmail.com for more info.

Semper Fidelis!

David R. Dubois
Judge Advocate
Marine Corps League, Department of Arkansas

Published in: on March 10, 2010 at 15:36  Leave a Comment  

Marine Corps War Memorial Flag

Commandant Lewis Kaslow of the Northwest Arkansas Detachment #854 received a very special FedEx package today. The return address was that of Headquarters & Service Battalion, Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington, D.C.

The package contained an American flag which was flown atop the Marine Corps War Memorial in Washington, D.C. on November 10th, 2009 — the 234th birthday of the United States Marine Corps. The accompanying Certificate of Flag Presentation was signed and authenticated by J.F. Schumacher, Adjutant – Headquarters Marine Corps.

“As I read the certificate,” commented Commandant Kaslow, “I had cold chills go down my back as I read the history and significance of the Marine Corps Memorial. To hold a flag that had been flown on that great Memorial was inspirational and humbling. If you have ever been to Washington D.C. and seen the Memorial, you know what I mean,” added Kaslow. “Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz captured the essence of the moment when he said ‘Uncommon Valor Was A Common Virtue’.”

“This honor would not have been possible,” said Commandant Kaslow, “if it were not for the effort and tenacity of Mr. Zachary Hartman, Legislative Assistant to Congressman John Boozman. He filed the necessary paperwork and completed the follow-up to make it happen.”

The Flag will be dedicated at the next Detachment meeting on Tuesday, 16 March 2010 and a color copy of the Certificate of Flag Presentation will be given to a every Marine and Corpsman in attendance.

For more information, contact Lewis Kaslow at 479-254-0005 or email him at LewisKaslow@aol.com

Published in: on March 8, 2010 at 18:19  Leave a Comment  

Pearl Harbor Survivor dies at at 86.

Gene Prescott, a Pearl Harbor survivor, veteran Arkansas Gazette photographer and good guy, died Thursday at 86. Genial and gentle, he was also Marine tough.

The Marine Corps League will be rendering honors to Marine Carroll Eugene “Gene” Prescott at memorial service to be held at 11 a.m. March 2 at Geyer Springs United Methodist Church in Little Rock. Marine Corps League members who wish to participate should contact David Dubois, Dept of Arkansas Judge Advocate at 501-733-2592.

Gene Prescott

Gene was born January 29, 1924 in Okemah, OK. At 17 he joined the United States Marine Corps. He served bravely during WWII, including at the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

More information about Marine Prescott can be found HERE.

Published in: on February 26, 2010 at 21:58  Comments (2)  

Marine Corps League to Announce Legislation, Campaign to Give Marines Equal Status With Navy

When a soldier, airman or sailor dies in conflict, families receive letters from the Army, Air Force or Navy. When a Marine dies, the family receives a letter from the Department of the Navy.

The Marine Corps League will hold a press conference Feb. 11 in Washington D.C. to announce legislation and a grassroots campaign that would change this—and give Marines equal status with the Navy.

U.S. Representative Walter Jones’ bill H.R. 24 would change the name of the Department of the Navy to the “Department of the Navy and Marine Corps.” So far, the bill has garnered supporters including former Secretary of the Navy Lawrence Garrett, FedEx founder Fred Smith and Col. Oliver North.

“Marines have fought and died with their Navy brothers and sisters for more than 200 years,” said Michael Blum, Marine Corps League Executive Director. “It’s finally time to give the Marine Corps the recognition the branch has long deserved.”

For more information on the conference and legislation, go to the Marine Corps Identity Cause website at www.marinecause.com. While there you can Sign the Petition to change the name of the Department of the Navy to the “Department of the Navy and Marine Corps.”

Published in: on February 5, 2010 at 17:22  Leave a Comment  

NW Arkansas Detachment #854 has new Commandant.

Marine Lewis Kaslow of the NW Arkansas Detachment #854 has assumed the office of Detachment Commandant and will finish out the remainder of the term made vacant by the resignation of the elected Commandant. The former Commandant had personal matters which required his attention and felt it in the best interest of the League for that the detachment to have a new Commandant able to give more attention to the detachment members.

In an interview with Commandant Kaslow he said the detachment Trustees were meeting to approve the appointment of Sr. Vice Commandant, the office formerly held by Kaslow before assuming the Commandant’s office. “Our membership has nearly tripled in the past six months,” added Commandant Kaslow.
In addition to regularly schedule detachment meetings, a monthly social brings members together for camaraderie and fun.

Published in: on January 19, 2010 at 11:46  Leave a Comment  

New Officers Installed – Sidney S. McMath Razorback Det. #532

The Sidney S. McMath Razorback Detachment #532 held a “meet & greet” on Saturday, January 16th at the American Legion Post #1 in Little Rock, AR.  It was a good turnout and the detachment signed up several new Marine Corps Leaguers.  Dept of Arkansas, Johnny Gothard installed new officers for the detachment.  Other Department of Arkansas officers in attendance were Randy Rigg, Department Adjutant/Paymaster and David Dubois, Department Judge Advocate.

Congratulations to Vance Cornelison, the new Commandant of the Sydney S. McMath Razorback Detachment!

Published in: on January 17, 2010 at 08:16  Comments (1)