Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Merry Christmas, Marines

Merry Christmas, Marines


Happy Holidays 


Happy Hanukkah, Marines!

When Jews begin their Hanukkah celebrations this week, they will commemorate a 2,200-year old revolt led by Judah Maccabee against a Greek empire attempting to crush the Jewish faith. For some, the holiday holds an added resonance, linking their military service to one of the greatest Jewish warriors of all time.
These are the Jews of the United States Marine Corps.
In the popular mind, a Jewish Marine may sound exotic. In fact, Jews have their own chapters in the history of the Corps. In his book "Semper Chai!" Howard J. Leavitt explains the compatibility with a refreshing lack of nuance: "[M]any Jews were—and are—Marines, and the basic and lofty precepts and spiritual underpinnings of the United States, the U.S. Marine Corps and Judaism are one and the same, without any differences or conflict."

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Happy Marine Corps Birthday

Happy birthday to the Marines. We proudly share this 236th birthday 
with all Marines and our thoughts go out especially to those serving 
in the face of danger today who are adding to our rich traditions.  


236 years of tradition unhampered by progress.

Happy birthday.

Semper Fi

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Lynn Wardlow on Wikipedia

Lynn D. Wardlow (born November 11, 1943) is a former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, where he represented District 38B from 2003-2009. The district includes over half of the city of Eagan in Dakota County, which is in the southeastern part of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. 

A Republican, he was elected to the open seat vacated by Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty in 2002. As a legislator, he focused on the issues of education, transportation, tax reduction, small business promotion, and health care reform.[1]
While in office, Wardlow served on the following House committees: E-12 Education, Early Childhood Learning Finance Division, Education Finance and Economic Competitiveness Finance Division, Mental Health Division, and Veterans Affairs Division.[2]

1st Lt. Lynn Wardlow receiving Navy Commendation with "Combat V"
Before running for political office, Wardlow was a middle school and high school mathematics teacher and coach for over 30 years in the Rosemount-Eagan-Apple Valley School District. He also served in Vietnam in 1969 as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps, earning two Navy Commendation Medals with one a Combat V. He retired from the Marine Corps Reserve in 1995 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He holds a B.A. from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and a M.S. in Mathematics from Mankato State University in Mankato.[3][4]

In the November 2008 general election, Wardlow was unseated by Democrat Mike Obermueller in his bid for a fourth term.[5] His son, Doug Wardlow, subsequently ran for the same seat in the 2010 general election, unseating Obermueller.[6


Tuesday, August 02, 2011


Chicago downtown       9  Davis, Wozniak, Hullinger, Dunne, McLaughlin, Anderson, Johnson, Wood, Sevold,

Resort Near Chicago    3  Wilkes, Wardlow, Magilligan

Don't Care                    4   Barney, Morey,  Harper, Hudon

Very Attractive Leadership of Det-4

Monday, August 01, 2011

Next Drill Weekend Date

How does August 10 Friday to 12 Sunday, 2012 work?

Or August 17-19?

I am pretty sure the bad dates and year I put out yesterday were a result of Communist Electronic Warfare. 

Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Vote is for Chicago 14 to 7

Former Mayor Daley USMCR Marine is pleased.  One week AT to follow in California or Nevada in 2013 / 14 To Be Determined

More Choices. Do we want downtown Chicago or a resort near Chicago?


1.  Downtown Chicago, probably near north. Advantages - Don't need a car, easy to get to from the airport, walk everywhere, great shopping on Michigan Ave, nice restaurants, Amphibious Operation available at Navy Pier and Chicago River. Disadvantage room costs.

2. Resort near Chicago - say Starved Rock or Lake Geneva or Galena or? Advantages lower room and food costs. Disadvantages are you need a car. If we vote for 2 we will have a discussion and run off election for the actual site.


Thinking July Aug Sep 2012.  Woz suggests building it around July 4 which is on a Wedneday. So say:

No Dead Bug Permitted

1.     6 Friday - 8 Sun July 2012

2.     Or Make a suggestion

Draft Schedule Chicago, Subject to Change
Why Plan, When We Can React?
July 6 Friday - July 8 Sunday, 2012

Friday 1330 - Gather in the hotel Lobby, wander the town
Friday 1600 - Join us at the Bar / Lobby, dinner TBD

Saturday 0900 - Breakfast Hotel (Continental 7-11)
Saturday 1330 - Meet in the lobby - Wander off to lunch
Saturday 1600 - Join us at the Bar / Lobby, dinner TBD

Sunday 0900 - Breakfast (Continental 7-11)

Sunday 1200 - Adios, Amigo 

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

2012 Reunion Location - The Vote

Larry, Doug, Will Last Chicago Reunion
Vote so far – double check. I have been known to screw up plus Iamfromda soutsideaChicaga where we steal votes. Sevold voted for both Chicago and Away so he must be from Chicago.

14 to 7 in favor of Chicago on July 23, 2011


Barney, Brooks, Dunne, Eddington, Hudon, Hullinger, Johnson, Magilligan,  McLaughin, Sevold, Wardlow, Wilkes, C. Wood, Wozniak


Bailey, Davis, B. Hill, Holahan, Homan, Joralemon, L Woods

2010 Reunion Pensacola

If this vote holds up, I suggest we do the drill weekend in Chicago in 2012, and do an active duty week in the west in 2013 or 2014. We could do the major weekend in Las Vegas, Pendleton, Miramar, or San Diego/Coronado/North Island. Some folks would probably just do the weekend. The rest could spend the balance of the ADT week in southern California / Las Vegas.

Did Not Cast a Vote - UA, May have changed their emails or are taking it under advisement or are cannon cockers and cannot hear their email. Ivan's email is bouncing. If you have a better email for the guys below please send it on to them.

Larry Anderson colloanderson@yahoo.com,
Eric Bennett ebennett401@yahoo.com,  
Ken Morey morey24@earthlink.net,  
Bob Raclaw bob.raclaw@morgancorp.com,
Ed Sandrick esandrick@aol.com,
Terry Sebold tsebold39@comcast.net,
john warneke sgtmajjohn@yahoo.com,  
Cindy Waters cfwaters39@yahoo.com, 
Ivan Zimmer colonel86@hughes.net;

Monday, July 18, 2011

Osprey Over Afghanistan

An MV-22B Osprey with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365, the "Blue Knights," flies over the Helmand Province of Afghanistan. Ospreys fly all types of troops and cargo across the region, including Afghan forces, coalition troops, reconstruction supplies, and gear and equipment for troops in remote locations.

Click for USMC Photos

Tuesday, July 05, 2011


New Book written by Colonel John Wilkes United States Marine Corps Reserve Retired

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Marine Leadership for Government

Marine Corps Leadership Principles
for Local Government
Mayors, City Council Members,
City Managers, and Planners
The Marine Corps motivates American teenagers to wake up at 5:00 am, work hard, and charge machine guns uphill, all for minimum wage.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Vietnam War 50th Anniversary

January 14, 2011

DOD Announces Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration Program

The Department of Defense announced today its program to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. The program will:

- Thank and honor veterans of the Vietnam War, including personnel who were held as prisoners of war or listed as missing in action, for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the United States and to thank and honor the families of these veterans.

              - Highlight the service of the armed forces during the Vietnam War and the contributions of federal agencies and governmental and non-governmental organizations that served with, or in support of, the armed forces.

             - Pay tribute to the contributions made on the home front by the people of the United States during the Vietnam War.

             - Highlight the advances in technology, science, and medicine related to the military research conducted during the Vietnam War.

             - Recognize the contributions and sacrifices made by the allies of the United States during the Vietnam War.

                DoD representatives will coordinate with other federal agencies, veteran groups, state, local government and non-government organizations for their input in Vietnam War commemoration activities. For more information call 877-387-9951 or visit the official website at 

http://www.vietnamwar50th.com/ .

U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)

On the Web: http://www.defense.gov/releases/
Media Contact: +1 (703) 697-5131/697-5132
Public Contact: 

or +1 (703) 428-0711 +1