The Marine Experience and Civic Institute
"The Draft" Newsletter Vol. 2, No. 2 February 2021
The Marine Experience and Civic Institute

We understand the importance of preserving the legacy of Carolina Marines and Sailors and are excited to enhance that mission with The Civic Institute - an educational component founded by General Al Gray, 29th Commandant - that will teach citizens of all ages about the ideals that are the foundation of our nation as so ably demonstrated by Marines since 1775. Courses will be offered on location at schools and businesses, online and - when the museum is completed - onsite.
Honoring the legacy, sustaining the ideals,
keeping the flame burning brightly
for future generations.
Successful Civilian Leaders
who served as Marines

Burton "Skip" Sack

Photo: Sack, serving as a judge for the MajGen W. P. T. Hill Memorial Award for Food Service competition. May 21, 2005. Public domain.

"The Marine Corps was a turning point in my life."

Burton "Skip" Sack

Our nation's military service branches produce more than their fair share of entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, and entertainers. The Marine Corps, in particular, graduates individuals who enter their civilian lives as good citizens. And that, for Americans, almost always includes philanthropy...
Burton "Skip" Sack embodies the spirit of Marine and philanthropist. Honor, courage, commitment - the values of Marines - are qualities he has taken with him into a civilian life of service excellence.
Skip's business involvement started in 1951 as a dishwasher at Howard Johnson's. He enlisted in the United States Marines at 17 and, three years later, on the same day he was discharged from the military, he received his acceptance letter from Cornell. It's his degree from Cornell that helped him land work as an advertising assistant back at Howard Johnson's. Skip's career in restaurants led him to begin an association with Applebee's in which he built 16 Applebee's restaurants, selling to Applebee's International in 1994. At one point, Skip was the largest individual shareholder in the Applebee's system.  He was Chairman and Partner in Classic Restaurant Concepts and served on the Board of Directors of Applebee's, the National Restaurant Association, TIBERSOFT, is one of the “Founders” of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, and served on the Board of the Marine Corps Association and Foundation.
Skip founded The Sack Family Charitable Foundation
with a primary focus on meeting the needs of the homeless and hungry. The Foundation has given generously to numerous organizations including All Faiths Food Bank, Vets2Success, Harvest House Transitional Centers, The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation and the Marine Corps Association & Foundation, The Wellness Community, Cornell University, Catholic Charities, Jewish Family and Children's Services, The Salvation Army, and numerous other worthy charitable organizations.

Skip is a highly valued volunteer with Carolina Museum of the Marine & Civic Institute as its programs of civics education are developing for offer across the nation.
LtCol Lynn "Kim" Kimball, USMC (Ret)
Carolina Marines can rightfully take credit for playing a major role in developing several of the major warfare innovations of the 20th century, along with meriting credit for numerous “firsts”, within the Marine Corps, and having a close association with many of the notable figures populating Marine Corps history. Two of the latter, one also a major innovator in his own right, deserve and appropriately receive special recognition here in the bases and stations of the Carolina Marines.
LtCol Armond H. Delalio, USMC, joined the Marine Corps as an aviation cadet and was commissioned in 1940. June 1942 found him (then Capt) as a SB2U-3 Vindicator dive-bomber pilot in Marine Aircraft Group (MAG)-22’s Scout-Bombing Squadron (VMSB)-241 assigned to Midway Island’s Shore-Based Air on the eve of one of the most decisive battles of WW II, the Battle of Midway. During the 4th and 5th of June, Delalio distinguished himself by conducting perilously low-level attacks on a Japanese aircraft carrier and battleship in the face of intensive antiaircraft fire and fighter opposition with his own aircraft heavily damaged and himself wounded. For these actions he was awarded the Navy Cross.


Important Dates
in U.S. History
February 2, 1848 - The war between the U.S. and Mexico ended with the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. In exchange for $15 million, the U.S. acquired the areas encompassing parts or all of present day California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, and Texas. The treaty was ratified on March 10, 1848.

February 3, 1865 - A four-hour peace conference occurred between President Abraham Lincoln and Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens at Hampton Roads, Virginia. The meeting was unsuccessful as President Lincoln insisted there could be no armistice until the Confederates acknowledged Federal authority. The Confederates wanted an armistice first. Thus the Civil War continued.

February 3, 1870 - The 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, guaranteeing the right of citizens to vote, regardless of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.

February 3, 1913 - The 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, granting Congress the authority to collect income taxes.

February 3, 1943 - An extraordinary act of heroism occurred in the icy waters off Greenland after the U.S. Army transport ship Dorchester was hit by a German torpedo and began to sink rapidly. When it became apparent there were not enough life jackets, four U.S. Army chaplains on board removed theirs, handed them to frightened young soldiers, and chose to go down with the ship while praying.

February 6, 1788 - Massachusetts became the sixth state to ratify the new U.S. Constitution, by a vote of 187 to 168.

February 6, 1933 - The 20th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was adopted. It set the date for the Presidential Inauguration as January 20th, instead of the old date of March 4th. It also sets January 3rd as the official opening date of Congress.

February 7, 1795 - The 11th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, limiting the powers of the Federal Judiciary over the states by prohibiting Federal lawsuits against individual states.
February 10, 1967 - The 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, clarifying the procedures for presidential succession in the event of the disability of a sitting president.

February 20, 1962 - Former Marine and astronaut Colonel John Glenn became the first American launched into orbit. Traveling aboard the "Friendship 7" spacecraft, Glenn reached an altitude of 162 miles (260 kilometers) and completed three orbits in a flight lasting just under five hours.

February 27, 1950 - The 22nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, limiting the president to two terms or a maximum of ten years in office.

February 28, 1994 - NATO conducted its first combat action in its 45 year history as four Bosnian Serb jets were shot down by American fighters in a no-fly zone
How Much Do you Know
about the First Amendment?
Leadership Traits:

United States Marines adhere to three core values: honor, courage and commitment.
Marines demonstrate these core values with key leadership traits and principles:
This month, we feature one of the 14 leadership traits:


Justice, Judgment, Dependability, Initiative, Decisiveness, Tact, Integrity, Endurance, Bearing, Unselfishness, Courage, Knowledge, Loyalty, & Enthusiasm

Definition: Knowledge
Knowledge is the understanding of a science or art. Knowledge means that you have acquired information and that you understand people. Your knowledge should be broad, and in addition to knowing your job, you should know your unit's policies and keep up with current events.
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2020-2021 Board of Directors

Executive Committee
BGen Dick Vercauteren, USMC (Ret) - Chairman
Mr. Mark Cramer, JD - Vice Chairman
CAPT Pat Alford, USN (Ret) - Treasurer
Col Joe Atkins, USAF (Ret) - Secretary
Col John B. Sollis, USMC (Ret) - Immediate Past Chairman
General Al Gray, USMC (Ret), 29th Commandant - At-Large Member
LtGen Gary S. McKissock, USMC (Ret) - At-Large Member

Mr. Terry Branton
Mr. Tom DeSanctis
MyGySgt Osceola Elliss, USMC (Ret)
Col Chuck Geiger, USMC (Ret)
Col Bruce Gombar, USMC (Ret)
LtCol Lynn "Kim" Kimball, USMC (Ret)
CWO4 Richard McIntosh, USMC (Ret)
CWO5 Lisa Potts, USMC (Ret)
Col Grant Sparks, USMC (Ret)
GySgt Forest Spencer, USMC (Ret)