ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER UPDATE | April 2018
Thank you for your continued membership and support of our chapter.  Below you will find the "scuttlebutt" on recent accomplishments, upcoming missions, and other valuable information.  We look forward to seeing you at upcoming events.
NEXT CHAPTER MEETING: APRIL 19, 2018 1130 Hrs
April 19, 2018
Chapter Meeting  |   1130 hours

Please make your reservations early by calling  
760 901 5494 
Speak slowly, loudly and clearly. 

Or email Jim Olson at 
Olsoncj5@aol.com to make  a reservation.
As usual, our meeting will take place at the Classic Club  in Palm Desert.

Guest Speaker to be Announced
NEW RECRUITS!
WELCOME OUR NEW MEMBER
A hearty Welcome Aboard to Bob Ferris  our newest member recuited by Bob Shepard and Quint Villanueva.

Bob served  a four year hitch in the Corps from 1968 to 1972 and saw action in the Viet Nam war with the 2nd Bn 5th Marines.
Bob Ferris splits the year between Massachusetts and California where he resides at Indian Ridge Country Club.

No sooner had the ink dried on Bob's membership application before
he was shanghaied  into the Tun Tavern Club  by Dick Partee and Harry Covert.
AFTER ACTION REPORT
KUDOS TO OUR PRESIDENT 

Vince Mast arranged for and coordinated the donation and delivery of 500 pounds of  tree ripened fruit to the ASYMCA for distribution to Marine families at MCAGCC, 29 Palms.
This is the second year that Carolyn and Jim Ausman made such a generous donation.  This initiative is in keeping with our Chapter's mission to support 7th  Marines' families and other Marine families in residence at the MCAGCC 29 Palms.   Well done. Vince!
Mitchell Paige Award Presentation

Last month Chaptermembers  Dick Partee and Hank Monahan presented the Colonel Mitchell Paige award to the outstanding graduate of the Staff NCO Leadership March  class at Camp Pendleteon.  The award,  established in the name of Medal of Honor recipient Colonel Mitchell Paige, a founding member of our Chapter, is presented to the outstanding student from each of  four annual  Staff NCO  Leaderhip graduating  classes.  
Members of the Desert Citires, Mitchell Paige MOH Chapter have a standing invitation to attend Staff NCO Leadership graduating class ceremonies.

CANADIAN SOLDIER DELIVERS A KNOCKOUT PRESENTATION 

MAJOR ALASTAIR McMURACHY CANADIAN ARMY, delivered a very informative address to Chapter members at its March luncheon meeting describing the similarities and differences between the US and Canadian military establishments and sharing with us his personal opinion of the 
Marine Corps

As an example, he pointed out that the entire Canadian military establishment is not as large as the United Stares Marine Corps. However, despite is size, the Canadian soldiers and airman are currently involved in all the hot spots around the world  where  Marines are deployed. 

The Major expressed his great admiration for  the Marine Corps and its aggressive can do attitude in confronting all its challenges in peace and war.  
We call it, Esprit de Corps.
Major McMurachy, a highly decorated soldier,  is the Canadian military liaison officer to all United States Marine Corps assets located in an area stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the State of Louisiana.

 Dorothee Irwin, Corporal USMC, WWII veternan is flanked by Canadian
Major Alison McMurachy and Lt Colonel USMC (ret) Jim Irwin. Dorothee is Jim's mom and in her family household a Corporal out ranks a Lt. Colonel.
FIELD TRIP!
Old Salts from the Desert Cities, Michell Paige, Medal of Honor Chapter. 1st MarDiv Association pose with with 7th Marine Regiment C.O. Colonel Ellison (upper left), SgrMajor Ed Zapata (upper right),1stLt  Andrew Clark and   2nd Lt. Matt Wyckoff (both kneeling) on the 7th Regiment Command Deck after a  hard day in the field. Also in the photo are Palm Desert Mayor Pro Tem Susan Weber and Analyst Deborah Glickman both of whom participated in the field exercises

Colonela Ellison arranged a full day of briefings and activities which began with  an up to date briefing of 7th Marines' deployment at various places in the world; hands on indoor simulated marksmanship; static display and walk thorough of  an M1A1 Abrams Tank; lunch in he Corporal Dunham chowhall; live fire rifle shoot; and a gun truck convoy static display.

We were escorted by Lt.s Clark and Wyckoff and other Marines throughout the day.
At the completion of our day in the filed we were greeted by Colonel Ellison and 
Sgt Major Zapata at the 7th Regiment Command Post where we engaged in a 
Q and A session and refreshments and were invited to join members of the command staff  at the O Club. A few members accepted the invitation and found themselves to be part of a hail and farewell celebration for Sgt Major Zapata who is transferring out of the Regiment.

Members participating in the day's activities were: Vince Mast, Quint Villanueva, Bob Shepard,  Charlie Garbarini, Jim Irwin, Gene Mooring, Henry Sanchez, Dino Ruffino, Bob Puentes, Dick Belgum and  Dave Dangwillo,
SERGEANTS MAJOR ZAPATA AND POMPOS
RELIEF AND ASSIGNMENT CEREMONY
Chapter Vice President George Stettler and Quint Villanueva represented our Chapter as guests of honor at the Relief and Assignment ceremony as SgtMajor Pompos relieved SgtMajor Zapata as the 7th Marines Sergeant Major.  The ceremony included music by the 1st MAW Marine Band and parading the colors. 
Our Chapter had the pleasure of of working with SgtMajor Zapata duting his tenure on a number of projects in support of the Marines and their families.
In their remarks to the audience, both Colonel Ellison, Regimental C.O 
and Sergeant Major Zapata singled out our Chapter by name and expressed their appreciation for the support the Chapter  provided  the Regiment over the years.
NEW FUND RAISING INITIATIVES 

WE NEED NAMES AND ADDRESSES OF PROSPECTIVE DONORS TO KICK OFF OUR NEW FUND RAISING INITIATIVE

Our Chapter is expanding its initiatives to raise funds that will enable us to grow our mission of supporting Marines.  We need the participation of all Chapter members to make this initiative successful.  All a member has to do is submit the name and address of at least one prospect that can possibly help in our efforts.
Please forward names, addresses and telephone numbers of individuals and businesses you would recommend  be included on the donors database. 

Forward the information to Chapter Secretary Quint Villanueva at Qlv@aol.com.
The donors list will be confidential and will not be shared with any other organizations.

Did you know.....
United States Marine ground crewmen at Suwon's K-13 Airbase in Korea were alerted that trouble was afoot when they noticed the crash, fire and rescue crews hurriedly manning their emergency vehicles on 16 Feb. 1953. The source of that trouble quickly became apparent when a Marine fighter plane appeared on the horizon.

The midnight-blue F9F "Panther" jet was coming in "heavy" and very fast. Its sluggish movements, trailing smoke and streaming 30-foot ribbon of fire all indicated serious danger. The pilot obviously was having difficulty controlling his aircraft, but he was too low to eject. His only course, therefore, was to try to bring his crippled aircraft in.

An already tense situation became worse when an explosion rocked the undercarriage as the plane approached the airstrip. The stubby fighter plane made a wheels-up "belly" landing, skidding along the tarmac with sparks flying for almost a mile before coming to a stop. The nose promptly burst into flames that threatened the cockpit. The trapped aviator blew off the canopy, struggled out of the plane and limped away, hitting the ground in a less-than-perfect baseball slide.

The plane was a total wreck, but the fortunate pilot suffered only minor scrapes. Later, the airmen at Suwon learned they had witnessed the dramatic escape of the most famous flying leatherneck in Korea; that lucky pilot was none other than Ted Williams, a star professional baseball player who was serving as a Marine reservist.

Ted Williams and John Glenn flew wingmen 
for each other during the Korean War.
CURRENT TUN TAVERN MEMBERS

Wes Ahlgren | Michael Bales (in memorium) | Harry Covert | Joe Daily  
Dave Franklin |  Charlie Garbarini | BobFerris | Frank Gillette | Charlie Hall |   Sam Huttenhower | Jim Irwin  Franz Jevene |  Jim Larsh | Howard Lehman 
Jimmy Martin |  Vince Mast  |  Gene McClendon |  Jack Mennis | George Moffatt Hank Monahan |  Gene Mooring | Mike Ostrom |  Marilyn Paige 
Richard Partee |  Henry Sanchez |  Sandy Sandoval | Ray Schum 
Bob Shepard |  Buddy Sklar |  George Stettler |   Dale Turner |  Quint Villanueva Mike Walker |  Michael Walker |  Myrl Wallace |  Linn Wiley 
PAST PRESIDENTS
Bill Ping (RIP) 1998-2002 | J oseph A. Daily 2002-2006 | James Sullivan (RIP) 2006-2009
Quint Villanueva 2009-2012 | Richard Partee 2012-2014 | George Stettler 2014-2016
THANK YOU FROM THE EDITOR
We hope you find this newsletter of benefit.  We appreciate your continued membership and support of the chapter.  If you are interested in contributing to this newsletter with news or stories, or if interested in helping edit and produce the newsletter please email the editor.

Quint Villanueva, qlv@aol.com