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WWII Dive Bomber Lands

They are making progress…  good progress for the re-opening in April 2016…

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Posted 1 year, 6 months ago at 11:13 am.

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Too Busy to Read? – GEN Mattis Doesn’t Think So

TIME TO READ – General Mattis Thinks So!

In my exploring, I came across an interesting article penned by Geoffrey Ingersoll, who at that time worked for the “Business Insider”  It included an email from US Marine Corps General James Mattis commenting on how there’s always time to read – in fact a necessity!  I offer it to you with links to the books mentioned in the email with a couple of suggestions of my own at the end of the blog entry.

Thank you Geoffrey Ingersoll!

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Posted 1 year, 6 months ago at 2:34 pm.

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National Museum of the Marine Corps Expansion – Part 1

HERE THEY GROW AGAIN …

One of my favorite museums since 2006 has been the National Museum of the Marine Corps located just outside the Marine Corps Base at Quantico, Virginia.  It’s a short ride down the interstate from the Washington DC area and the spire of the museum building is always beckoning to visit (you’ll be glad you did!)

On Friday 27 MAR 2015 despite the rainy weather, a celebratory ceremony took place both in and outside the spacious atrium marking the new expansion of the museum that will double the exhibit space – adding 120,000 square feet – and more.  The new Timothy T. Day Overlook was also dedicated.  Among the special guests and speaker on hand was the 35th Commandant of the US Marine Corps retired General  James F. Amos USMC (Ret.)

 

Presiding over the official groundbreaking of the expansion of the National Museum of the Marine Corps, (left to right) Lin Ezell, Director, National Museum of the Marine Corps; Gen. Walter E. Boomer, USMC (Ret), Chairman of the Board, Marine Corps Heritage Foundation; Timothy T. Day, Founder, Bar-S Foods, Inc.; Sandy R. Day, Director, Timothy T. Day Foundation; Lt. Gen. Glenn M. Walters, USMC, Deputy Commandant for Programs & Resources; Lt. Gen. Robert R. Blackman, Jr., USMC (Ret), President and CEO, Marine Corps Heritage Foundation; Gen. James F. Amos, USMC (Ret), 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps; Lt. Gen. Ron Christmas, USMC (Ret), former President and CEO, Marine Corps Heritage Foundation

Presiding over the official groundbreaking of the expansion of the National Museum of the Marine Corps, (left to right) Lin Ezell, Director, National Museum of the Marine Corps; Gen. Walter E. Boomer, USMC (Ret), Chairman of the Board, Marine Corps Heritage Foundation; Timothy T. Day, Founder, Bar-S Foods, Inc.; Sandy R. Day, Director, Timothy T. Day Foundation; Lt. Gen. Glenn M. Walters, USMC, Deputy Commandant for Programs & Resources; Lt. Gen. Robert R. Blackman, Jr., USMC (Ret), President and CEO, Marine Corps Heritage Foundation; Gen. James F. Amos, USMC (Ret), 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps; Lt. Gen. Ron Christmas, USMC (Ret), former President and CEO, Marine Corps Heritage Foundation

Dumfries, Va. (March 27, 2015) – The first visitors of the day were beginning to file into the National Museum of the Marine Corps outside Quantico, Va. this morning, when an excavator sitting on the steep hill rising against the north wall of the museum rumbled to life and drove its bucket into the earth, officially breaking ground on a historic expansion of the nation’s home for Marine Corps history. The operator behind the controls of the excavator was himself a Marine who served during the 40 years since the end of the Vietnam War that are not yet represented in the museum’s galleries. Upon completion of the construction, the museum will have doubled in size to make room for a giant screen movie theater, expanded education suite, a Marine Sports Hall of Fame, Marine Corps Combat Art Gallery, and two additional galleries depicting the bravery and service of the men and women who served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1976 though present day.

The award-winning museum, which opened in 2006 and completed its first additions in 2010, currently includes permanent galleries representing Marine Corps history from the Corps’ establishment in 1775, through the end of the Vietnam War. Construction of the 120,000 square feet of new physical space is expected to be finished in 2017. The first of the new artifacts will be installed beginning in 2016, and all new galleries and exhibits will be complete by 2020.

“The National Museum of the Marine Corps is a world-class institution that has been enjoyed by more than four million visitors from around the world. Yet, it remains incomplete until it tells the story of every man and woman who has earned the title, ‘Marine,” said Lt. Gen. Robert R. Blackman, Jr., president and CEO of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. “Marines, corporations, foundations and individual Americans have made this magnificent museum possible. And I have no doubt that we will see their continued support as we construct spaces to honor today’s generation of Marines.”

Nearly 200 guests attended the groundbreaking ceremony, including one Marine Corps veteran who helped make the expansion possible as the foundation’s largest individual donor. Timothy T. Day, founder of Bar-S Foods, donated more than $12 million toward construction of the new spaces. A portion of his gift also sponsored the Timothy T. Day Overlook in Semper Fidelis Memorial Park, adjacent to the museum. The overlook was dedicated shortly after the groundbreaking ceremony, and will offer visitors a scenic vista along the park’s memorial lined paths.

A committee of senior advisors, including general officers and senior enlisted Marines, and a long list of subject matter experts representing veteran service organizations, education groups, Marine Corps family focus groups, and the Marine Corps’ Wounded Warrior Regiment, guided the planning of the expansion’s design and contents. The first artifacts to be added will be among the most dramatic. A World War II SBD Dauntless dive bomber will be hung from the museum’s soaring glass ceiling above the existing Tarawa display. A tableau featuring a Vietnam-era Sikorsky UH-340D helicopter will also be added.  In 2017, a two-story, giant-screen theater with a 350-seat capacity will open and feature a spectacular film about the celebrated history of the Marine Corps with a focus on the modern day Marine.

The following year, a gallery depicting Marine Corps service in regional conflicts and in humanitarian relief missions after the Vietnam War, including those in Beirut, Grenada and the Persian Gulf, will open to visitors. The Global War on Terror gallery will open at the same time, telling the latest chapter of Marine Corps history following the attacks of September 11, 2001. These two galleries will feature an impressive collection of large artifacts, including an AAV7A1 amphibious vehicle, M198 howitzer, an M60A1 tank, MAT-V mine-resistant vehicle and Bell UH-1N Huey helicopter. Some of the smaller, yet powerfully symbolic artifacts will include an oil-soaked Marine Corp flag from Desert Storm, election ballots from Iraq, gear worn by Women Marines whose critical role during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom marked historic firsts for the Marine Corps, and the rifle carried by Navy Cross recipient Sgt. Rafael Peralta.

“Today’s Marines have made the same indelible mark on the history of our Marine Corps, nation and world as every Marine who has served since 1775,” said Lt. Gen. Blackman. “They have earned their place in this extraordinary museum, and the ground we broke today is a symbol of our commitment – our mission will not be accomplished until this museum is complete.”

Marine Corps Heritage Foundation

About the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation:

Dedicated to the preservation and promulgation of Marine Corps history, the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation was established in 1979 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. The Foundation supports the historical programs of the Marine Corps in ways not possible through government funds. The Foundation provides grants and scholarships for research and the renovation, restoration, and commissioning of historical Marine Corps artifacts and landmarks. Securing the necessary funding for the complete construction of the National Museum of the Marine Corps and Heritage Center, located in Triangle, Virginia, is the Foundation’s current primary mission while continuing to provide program support for the Corps’ historical, museum, and educational activities. For more information, visit MarineHeritage.org.

TO BE CONTINUED …

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Top 10 Things Your Combat Veteran Wants You To Know:

Iron Mike

Iron Mike

One of my Facebook friends (Thanks Chris…) shared this with me and I thought it deserved a permanent place on my website.

Over many years,  since 2000 specifically, I have had the honor of walking and working among many who have and are serving among the United States military. Many of them have shared some of their experiences with me… others haven’t.  In many cases I’ve heard and  seen first hand some of the sacrifices they and those around them have and are making to defend the freedoms that are enjoyed in the United States of America and are the envy of the world.

It is because of the military that I can post this and other items as they have sworn to defend the Constitution of the United States from all enemies both foreign and domestic.   I don’t know where or who originally wrote what follows, but I thank them for writing these words….

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Posted 4 years, 10 months ago at 6:13 am.

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Remembering our military

Saluting Soldier
 

 In a few days, we’ll honor our military on Veterans’s Day –

 
the 11th Month, the 11th Day at the 11th Hour…
 

 The sacrifices that they and their families have and continue to make to defend the freedoms and foundation of the United States of America.

 

 I am fortunate to have a fantastic group of friends and they are always giving me ideas or sending me great insights and items.  This is a special one from Larry who served in the US Marine Corps and I’d like to share it with you.    And please share it with your family and friends as a rememberance of what you have to be thankful.

 

And

Thank you for your service Larrry!

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Posted 6 years, 9 months ago at 11:56 am.

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Remembering the Brave

I have a dear friend who I met when traveling for Corporate America.   He is a Marine who served in many places including South America…  He sent me this and I thought it very appropriate to share …  will you? Continue Reading…

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Posted 6 years, 10 months ago at 5:30 am.

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Sometimes we forget the sacrifices..

Today 11 NOV is Veterans’ Day – I thank all  who have given of themselves for their service.

There are nearly 125,000 Americans who are buried on foreign soil among 24 cemeteries in places such as Tunisia in North Africa, Flanders Field in Belgium… Continue Reading…

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Posted 7 years, 9 months ago at 6:47 am.

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A place to reflect…

USMC Quantico Band

USMC Quantico Band

Triangle, VA – The newly built  “Semper Fidelis Memorial Chapel” was dedicated on 22 OCT 2009 with hundreds  of people attending the glorious event on the grounds of the National Museum of the Marine Corps.

Someone in my growing network of friends extended an invitation to attend and capture this historic moment in time. It was a special invite and I was honored & humbled by it.

It had been nearly two years since a good friend, who’s a Marine and I went to spend what turned out to be a day at the museum.   Likewise,  I also “spent the day” mingling among the noted attendees, from the Commandant of the Marine Corps: GEN James Conway, and President & CEO of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation:LTG Ron Christmas USMC (Ret.) and many US Marine Corps Generals…

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I will never leave a fallen comrade…

The news that the remains of the downed US Navy pilot from the first Iraq war was comforting for all and shows the determination to find those who have pledged to defend the United States of America.  They are’ also vigilant to remember a fallen comrade.

A Fallen Comrade Table

A Fallen Comrade Table

Over the years, I have been blessed to capture the final honors of many of those who were considered “Missing in Action” from WW II, from the Korean War, from the Vietnam War — it provides closure for the family, friends and comrades that anxiously await word that someday their loved ones were found.

 
Earlier this year, I attended a US Army Special Forces event and was moved by the narration that began the evening about the table that you see to your left. I was able to secure a copy of the narration and I offer it to you…
“Preserving the memories so others will remember…” ™
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Posted 8 years ago at 9:20 pm.

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