Thursday, July 01, 2021
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
i. Your arrival day/time.ii. Your intended participation in:
1. Friday Naval Academy tour2. Friday Lunch at the Naval Academy Club (number)3. Friday Skipjack Cruise (number of cruisers)(price TBD)4. Friday Boatyard dinner (number)5. Saturday State Capitol tour6. Saturday football game and tailgate (number of tickets)7. Saturday McGarvey’s dinner (number)8. Sunday Annapolis Yacht Club brunch (number)
The hotel reservation number is also below, but they're not quite ready yet to take reservations. So, DON'T CALL THE HOTEL YET. I'll let you know when it's okay to call and what our contract rate is.
a. Thursday, 21 October:
i. Arrive in Annapolis, check in to Historic Inns of Annapolis Governor Calvert House, 58 State Circle, Annapolis.ii. 1700 Assembly and Happy Hour upstairs bar at Harry Browne’s Tavern, 66 State Circle (next to Calvert House)iii. 1830 Dinner at Galway Bay Irish Restaurant, 63 Maryland Ave (around corner from Harry Browne’s)iv. Post dinner socializing: Harry Browne’s Bar
i. 0815 Breakfast on own at Chick and Ruth’s Del, 185 Main Street (three blocks from Calvert House) Web www.chickandruths.comii. 0830 Recite Pledge of Allegiance at Chick and Ruth’s Deli (an Annapolis tradition worth participation)iii. 0930 Walk to Naval Academy Gate 1 visitor’s entrance. Need military ID or two forms of civilian ID.iv. 1000-1230 Walking tour of Naval Academy: Dahlgren Hall, Memorial Hall, Chapel, John Paul Jones Crypt, USNA History Museum.v. 1230-1400 Lunch at Naval Academy Club The Alley.vi. Afternoon: Afternoon cruise on historic Skipjack “Wilma Lee”vii. 1800 Happy Hour and dinner at The Boatyard Bar and Grill, 400 4th Street
i. Breakfast on ownii. 1000 Visit State Capitol and tour historic chambers where Washington resigned his commission.iii. 1100-1300 Lunch on own and personal time to explore shops of Main Street and Maryland Avenue. (Be sure to visit Irish Traditions, 141 Main Street where Col Will Holahan’s Military Tartans are on sale.)iv. 1300-1445 Tailgate party (beer and snacks) at Davis parking spot No. 458 in the Gold Parking Lot at Navy Marine Corps Stadium. (Stadium is walking distance from hotel.) Wear Marine Corps logowear.v. 1500 In seats for impressive March On of the Brigade of Midshipman and flyover.vi. 1530-1830 Navy Midshipman vs Uiversity of Cincinnati Bearcats (an AAC Conference game) . Go Navy!vii. 1700 Happy Hour and Dinner McGarvey’s Saloon and Oyster Bar, City Dock. (McGarvey’s is a favorite gathering spot for Marines especially on 10 November.)
i. 1000 Brunch and farewell at Annapolis Yacht Club, 2 Compromise Street
a. Annapolis is 30 minutes drive time from BWI Airport or the BWI Amtrak Station. It’s an hour drive (traffic permitting from Reagan National Airport and 1-1/2 hours drive from Dulles Airport. The hotel has parking access and there is plenty of public lot parking.
b. Hotel reservations may be made at Historic Inns of Annapolis by calling 410-263-2641. Room rate is $299 per night. Individuals must identify themselves as being with the group MARINE CORPS HEADQUARTERS DET 4 at the time the reservation is made. Cutoff date for reservations will be 10 September 2020.
d. Reply to Drew Davis (firstname.lastname@example.org) with:
i. Your arrival day/time.ii. Your intended participation in:1. Friday Naval Academy tour2. Friday Lunch at the Naval Academy Club (number)3. Friday Skipjack Cruise (number of cruisers)(price TBD)4. Friday Boatyard dinner (number)5. Saturday State Capitol tour6. Saturday football game and tailgate (number of tickets)7. Saturday McGarvey’s dinner (number)8. Sunday Annapolis Yacht Club brunch (number)
e. Command and Communications
i. Drew Davis mobile phone is (847) 867-7026ii. Margaret Davis is (202) 271-5845iii. Drew’s email is email@example.com. Historic Inns number is 410-263-2641. Web address is www.
Sunday, March 28, 2021
Some very sad news. Jim Dunn just called to let us know that his wife Mary just died. She was a lovely lady. We will let you know when we know about the arrangements.
So very sorry to hear about Mary. May the Holy Spirit grant and magnify His comfort to you and family in this hour.
If there is anything that we can do please let us know.
Steve and Janet Eddington
Joanne and I send our love and prayers during this time. Mary was a fun and loving person.
We will miss her. If you need anything give me a call.
Thursday, March 04, 2021
Wednesday, March 03, 2021
Joseph Jeremiah McCarthy (August 10, 1911 – June 15, 1996) was a mustang officer in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, who served during World War II and the Korean War. He was also the Superintendent of Ambulances in the Chicago Fire Department, however, with respect for his wartime heroics, firefighters continued to address him by his wartime military rank of "Captain."
Historian Bill D. Ross would write about him in 1985: "McCarthy was thirty three; overage for a company commander. He was Irish and he looked it: husky, red complexioned, pug nose. Superior officers sometimes found his manner abrasive, but unlike many Irishmen, he wasn't talkative. He was, in fact, laconic and tight-lipped. "I don't like malarkey or bullshit," the Chicagoan often said. But Joe McCarthy knew the uncompromising business of battle; he had the Silver Star for leading his company up a savagely contested hill on Saipan and his men called him "the best damned officer in the Marine Corps."
McCarthy first enlisted in the Marine Corps on February 20, 1937, in Chicago and served for four years. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, he re-enlisted and returned to active duty in February 1942. In June of that year, he was discharged with the rank of first sergeant in order to accept a commission in the Marine Corps Reserve.
McCarthy joined the 4th Marine Division shortly thereafter, and went overseas in January 1944. While deployed, he took part in the Roi-Namur, Saipan-Tinian, and Iwo Jima campaigns. He was awarded the Silver Star for heroism as a rifle company commander on Saipan in 1944. He received the Purple Heart with Gold Star for wounds received in action on Saipan and Iwo Jima.
On Iwo Jima McCarthy was the company commander of G Co 2nd Battalion 24th Marines. He landed on yellow beach 2 alongside the 23rd Marines. On D plus 3 the 24th RCT relieved the 25th. His battalion moved and was supported by the blue beaches. On February 21, 1945, as a captain, he earned the Medal of Honor while leading an assault team across exposed ground to wipe out positions holding up the advance of his company at airfield No. 2. It is believed that a Seabee heavy weapons platoon provided the fire support he needed that day. (Fig. 1) President Harry S. Truman presented the Medal of Honor to McCarthy in ceremonies at the White House, held on October 5, 1945.
Released from active duty following the war, he continued to serve in the Marine Corps Reserve, eventually being promoted to the grade of lieutenant colonel.
"I would hope and pray there never be another Medal of Honor issued," he said in a 1992 interview. "I hope and pray there's never any more wars."
Medal of Honor citation
The President of the United States in the name of The Congress takes pride in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR to
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Captain Joseph Jeremiah McCarthy (MCSN: 0-11098), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as Commanding Officer of Company G, Second Battalion, Twenty-fourth Marines, FOURTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Saipan, Marianas Islands, 4 July 1944. With his company in a defensive position and receiving intense and accurate enemy rifle and machine-gun fire, Captain McCarthy gallantly left cover to answer the cries of the wounded after two hospital corpsmen had been shot in quick succession while attempting to aid a wounded officer. Finding one of the men still alive, he attempted to remove him to safety despite the withering enemy fire, but during this endeavor the wounded man was shot through the head and died in Captain McCarthy's arms. His outstanding courage, unselfish efforts and gallant devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
In 1949 McCarthy drove from Maine to North Carolina visiting the families of 26 Marines that had been killed on Iwo Jima. He told each family that their man had been just as brave as he was, just not as lucky.
McCarthy was the Grand Marshal of the City of Chicago's Saint Patrick's Day Parade in 1959.
McCarthy retired from the Marine Corps Reserve in 1971 and from the Chicago Fire Department in 1973. Thereafter, he and his wife split their time between their homes in Wisconsin and Delray Beach, Florida. His wife, Anita, died in 1978. The couple had no children.
The building that houses the Headquarters of the 2nd Battalion 24th Marines in Chicago is named in his honor. Lt. Col. McCarthy was buried at Arlington National Cemetery following a funeral mass at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago.
Tuesday, March 02, 2021
The new 2nd Edition of the The Citizen Marine is now available on Amazon!
The Citizen Marine is a story of the fragile balance between our service members’ love for family and their sense of duty. While running in the beautiful Tampa Bay area near the end of four years of Marine Corps retired recall duty a plane ascends from the nearby airport. Mike knew he’d soon be on one again himself. But, would he be going back home to his loving family for good, or would he be going back to the Middle East for yet another deployment?
His beautiful wife and best friend Terri was anxious for his return. They had already been apart more than five of their 15 years of marriage, but she supported him every step of the way. His mind drifts back through his 40 year career during his run to search his soul for an answer. The internal tug of war between his love for Terri and the sound of distant drums was tearing him apart.
Along the way there was love, joy, sacrifice, marriage, divorce, and loss of loved ones and friends. There was peace and there was war. There was contentment, and there was restlessness, but there was never a dull moment…
A must read for all active, reserve, retired, and veteran service members and their families and friends who have endured years of separations and multiple deployments. Whether it was World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, or the current War on Terrorism, we all share many of the same experiences far and away different from the average American citizen. The training, the travel, the duty, the loneliness, the camaraderie, the inferiority, the pride, the sadness, the elation, the depression, and the desire to make time go faster and sometimes slower.
Only one percent of America’s citizens have experienced it, and The Citizen Marine tells our story that many Americans would never otherwise understand. Blended in all this is some informative historical background on why we are in the Middle East and why our military families are called upon to serve so often.
More on: https://citizenmarine.com/
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Very interesting book and a must read for Chicago Marines. Mike served a lot of time with Marine Corps Reserve 2/24 infantry battalion and MWCS-48, the Marine Air Wing communication squadron. He enlisted in the Marines at the end of Vietnam and then served on active duty and the Reserve, promoted to Chief Warrant Officer-4 before retiring. When 2/24 was activated in 2007 he worked his bolt to come out of retirement and served with the Battalion in Iraq.
The regular Marine Corps liked him and unretired him several more times to serve at Central Command (CentCom) in Tampa at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, with deployments Afghanistan. He worked on numerous important missions throughout his career, notably implementing satellite communication throughout Afghanistan. He ended up serving close to 40 years from first enlistment until final retirement.
Monday, March 01, 2021
4th MarDiv, HQ Det-4 was known as the 15th Staff Group prior to being designated as Det-4. This is a photo of most of the officers of that unit while still claiming the title of 15th Staff Group.
Photo taken at the Scholarship Ball, ca 2000.
L to R:
Al Jennings, behind him partial face Jim Weinlader
Bill Price, behind him partial face George Braun
MGen Dean Sangalis
Gen James Jones (CMC)
MGen Mitch Waters
Read about 2/24, the Chicago Infantry Battalion
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