Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Doctor Master Gunnery Sergeant Harper's New Gig


Since Sebrena and I retired to Arkansas we have taken on raising miniature horses. That being said, it is difficult for us to leave them unattended for more than a day or two. Because of this, we will not be able to attend the reunion in Boston. We will miss seeing all of you and hope you have a great time!

All the best and Semper Fidelis,

Clarence and Sebrena Harper


Clarence, we will miss you and Sabrena.  Miniature horses, just curious,  What do you do with them?  Sounds interesting, there are few people near me here in Waterford that have miniature horse, I see on their land.  

Joe Brooks


Mainly we enjoy having the small horses. They are wonderful to watch and easy to work with. They need to be groomed regularly and have their hooves trimmed. We have a pony buggy and plan to train some of them to pull the buggy. 

One of the horses is actually a Shetland pony.and she is broke to ride. The grandkids and neighbor kids love riding her. We also have 2 donkeys to protect the herd. We had a 2 day old foal killed by a stray dog last year. The donkeys will chase a dog (or cat) and keep them out of the pasture. So as you can see, they keep us busy and we love it! We are expecting new foals this summer...

Ya'll take care, as they say here locally.

Clarence Harper

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Schedule of Events

This is a link to a Google Document that we can all edit - our developing Schedule of Events

You can all edit and improve it. Please do so. Don't worry about screwing it up - it is grunt and arty guy proof.  You can also find the link on our blog.  It is kind of a Group Grope planning document.

Such a Deal!

​Semper Fi


The gray house above is Paul Revere's home. The historic Mariners House marinershouse.org is next to and behind it. 11 North Square, Boston, MA 02113 (617) 227-3979, 1-877-SEA-9494

Affordable Luxury When You’re Anchored In Boston
Mariners House is a mission reserved exclusively for the men and women who work at sea, including but not limited to merchant mariners, afloat military personnel, maritime institution affiliates, and other professional seafarers and their families.

Mariners House offers a variety of rooms, including full and queen rooms and suites. Group rates are also available - please contact the Inn for details. (617) 227-3979

• In the heart of Boston's famous North End
• Private air-conditioned rooms with private baths
• Custom furnishings, large work desks
• In-room telephones, work desk, flat screen TV, complimentary WiFi
• Comfortable library with a business centerwith internet access
• Garden courtyard
• Complimentary breakfast, with lunch and dinner available in our galley
• Elevator to all floors
• Smoke-free environment
• Conference room and packages available

All guests must show documented proof of active service or retired status after a full 20-year service in order to make re

Monday 16 Sep 2024 - Arrive at the Mariners House


1300+- Meet in the Front Parlors of the House. Smooze, recon the neighborhood, have a drink. Visit Paul Revere's home next door - free admission for people staying in the Mariners House. No alchohol permitted in the hotel.

The neighborhood - The North End

The North End, Boston’s Little Italy, is a maze of narrow streets with some of the city’s oldest buildings. On the self-guided Freedom Trail, tourists pass historic sites like the 1680 Paul Revere House and the Old North Church, which played a key role at the beginning of the Revolutionary War. Italian restaurants, coffeehouses, pastry shops and old-school delis pack the area, especially on lively Hanover



1700 Meet in the front parlor of the Mariners House

1800 Dinner - Location TBD


Tuesday 17 Sep 2024

0800-1000 - Breakfast, to order, Mariners House

1000- Museum Visit

1700 Meet in the front parlor

1800 Dinner - Location TBD


Wednesday 18 Sep 2024 

0800-1000 Breakfast at the Mariners House

1030 - Meet in the front lobby. Walk the Freedom Trail or take an Uber to the USS Constitution, Old Ironsides. 28 minute walk, or 10 minute Uber Ride. Google map directions:


Tour the ship. And also visit the Museum. The ship tour is free - it is our oldest Naval Warship.  



Wander back to to the hootch on your own.

1800 - Meet in the front parlor 

1900 - Dinner Location to be determined

Thursday 19 Sep 2024 

0800-1000 - Breakfast, to order, Mariners House

1000 - Visit - Walk to Faneuil Hall Market Place


Adios, Amigo, Semper Fi


Things to do:

The North End neighborhood  https://www.boston-discovery-guide.com/north-end.html

Walk to downtown Boston, the waterfront, wander back to the hootch.



Restaurant Recommendations From Will Holahan's sister who lives in the neighborhood.

North Square MAMMA MARIE -

easy walking distance. Great reviews private room seats up to 50.

Limoncello -only about 100 yds from the hotel. 

ITALIAN -DAVIOS in the seaport ..short Uber ride.

SEAFOOD - UNION Oyster House.. short walking distance.

As far as your group’s plans go, I include a link to a good summary article on things to do in Boston. https://www.planetware.com/tourist-attractions-/boston-us-ma-boston.htm#US-MA-BBH. Given where you will be, I suggest # 7 (the Constitution is a pretty amazing ship, great tour), some part of # 1 (the Freedom Trail), linked to a walk in the Pubic Garden (forget the Swan Boats), a ferry boat ride out and back to Castle Island (strangely not on the list of places to see, but readily internet searchable) where military defenses have been repeatedly deployed over a couple centuries (also gets you views of many of Boston’s 32 Harbor Islands), the Harborwalk (# 19) . Also, when I first moved to Boston, I lived in Concord, a bit west of the City, in a house boardering the historic MinuteMan National Historic Park/North Bridge - where the Revolutionary War Battle of Lex and Concord took place. Wonderful tour/museum there, a couple good restaurants, interesting town architecturally/historically. Also, if  you are into the Arts, there is a great Fine Arts Museum. I could go on. 


Please let your colleague know he should feel free to call about your plans or the pros and cons of differing sites/choices, given your objectives.


Hope you are managing well,  Bill


Bill TenHoor

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Our Next Marine Corps Symposium 16-19 September 2024

The Mariners House in Boston

Arrive 16 Sep 2024 Monday, Depart Thursday Sep 19 2024

We will make our reservations individually 6 months to the day before 16 Sep, which by my calculations is Mar 16, 2024. I will send a headsup to the Mariner House that we will be individually asking for reservations during this time period. This is a great location, and you may want to come earlier / Leave later.

In the near north Italian neighorhood, next to Paul Revere's home.  Owned by a not for profit for seamen and naval retirees - Marines included. Rooms about $100+- includes a cooked to order breakfast.  Dozens of Italian restaurants nearby, everything is walking distance. No car needed, close to the Boston Airport. Walk to the USS Constitution, waterfront, downtown.  marinershouse.org 

The neighborhood is The North End. (Little Italy)

Directions from the Mariners House to Faneuil Hall in downtown Boston. Eight Minute Walk.

Directions from the Mariners House to the USS Constitution. 26 minute walk or uber ride.

Logan Airport is 2.4 miles from the Mariners House - Uber, Cab, or transit.

The Freedom Trail runs past the Mariners house and connects to the historic sites in Boston.

Saturday, January 13, 2024


“The love of a staunch true man,
The love of a baby, unafraid,
Have existed since time began.

But the greatest of loves, The quintessence of loves.
even greater than that of a mother,
Is the tender, passionate, infinite love,
of one drunken Marine for another.”

—Toast given at the 203rd Marine Corps Birthday Ball, Camp Lejeune, N.C. 1978. Written by General Wilson, Commandant of the Marine Corps. Besides being Commandant, Gen. Wilson was a poet:

Thursday, January 04, 2024

The Marine Corps Has Been Gender Neutral......Forever


Maggot was one of the many things our drill instructors called us at Parris Island. 

Thanks to Byron for sharing.

Thursday, December 07, 2023

Pearl Harbor Night

In about 1987 we had a first ever (and only) Pearl Harbor Celebration in Indiana. We combined Det-4 and MWCS-48 and wore our Green uniforms to a Japanese Restaurant in Indiana.

The pairing of the two units was awkward. Woz, Eric Bennet, Drew Davis, and I had been members of both units. But the other Marines did not know each other and the two units had little in common. But it went pretty well.

We had not realized it was Pearl Harbor Day. The poor proprietor of the restaurant probably was frightened. He was talking fast and telling us his life story. Something about being interned in WWII. But then he realised we were friendly, unaware of the date, with no plans to avenge Pearl Harbor.

We had a fine time at the Japanese restaurant. And got pretty lubricated. There are some other stories that shall not be repeated online.

Then we went to another bar where a fashion show was underway. The bikers were buying us shots and beers. Naturally, being Marines in uniform, we had to consume it.

I personally was so drunk that as I drove home I was stopped by a train, and fell asleep, waking up after the train had gone by.



1. Good thing you didn’t die;
2. Good thing no one else didn’t die;
3. Good thing the Statute has run.


Larry Anderson


Good memories

Keith Carr


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