August 4, 2016
Semper Fi Marine Corps Families!

Thank you for opening and reading this edition of our weekly newsletter. We've got great articles to share with you this week.'s Warrior Support Team strives to provide resources and fellowship to wounded, ill, and injured troops and veterans, including those living with post-traumatic stress, as well as to provide resources and support to family members. See what they've been up to in our first piece.

To see what else is new with the organization or to learn more about the Marine Corps, check out the rest of our articles. We hope you enjoy! 

Thank you for your continued support of our brave men and women in uniform.

God Bless and Semper Fi!
Warrior Support Team Focus: WST-East Has Record-Breaking Dinner!, Inc.® believes that the highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is that of ensuring that all men and women who have borne arms for our country are cared for and supported in an adequate manner upon their return to America and reintegration into society.

With that in mind, our Warrior Support Team™ (WST) strives to provide resources and fellowship to wounded, ill, and injured troops and veterans, including those living with post-traumatic stress, as well as to provide resources and support to family members.

WST volunteers serve meals, assist at events, provide resources to enhance the comfort of patients, and distribute educational materials at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, California. 

We are proud to announce that, after nine years of serving meals to recovering warriors, our mission remains strong. In fact, at our July 24 dinner at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, we had a record number of attendees show up. In all, approximately 115 people were served at the USO and an additional 25 were served at the TBI and Behavioral Health wards of the hospital. The line at the USO was so long that it was literally out the door!

Many people make these dinners possible--The dedicated volunteers of the Warrior Support Team, the supporters of the EGA shop whose purchases help fund the dinners, the Paul E. Singer Foundation and other generous individual donors, the USO staff, and California Tortilla of Bethesda Maryland, who gives us a generous military discount. We'd like to extend our thanks to all, and we look forward to continuing to serve our military at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and elsewhere.

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*Image info: Warrior Support Team-East volunteers and dinner attendees.
(Images used with permission).
Team Marine Parents Participants Need Your Help!

With August now upon us, the 2016 Marine Corps Marathon is less than three months away. 

While many members of Team Marine Parents have reached their fundraising goals, there are still a number of team members working toward reaching fundraising goals of $500 to  qualify for their bib for the Marine Corps Marathon.

The team members who are still trying to reach their fundraising goals of $500 only have until TOMORROW to do so, and they need your help!

With your kindness and generosity, we know these team members can reach their respective goals.

Whether it's $5, $10, or more, every bit helps, and  100% of your donations will go back to funding the outreach programs of!

Click on any name below to donate. Thank you for your support! 
TMP Spotlight: Aisha Hill

Team Marine Parents™ (TMP) is a group of individuals, generally parents, family, and friends of Marines, who participate in athletic events nationwide to support our troops.  The mission is to raise funds and awareness of the organization's outreach programs. 

This week's TMP featured participant is a proud Marine supporter from California--Aisha Hill.

Aisha decided to join TMP to run this year's Marine Corps Marathon in honor of her uncle, Ron, who has proudly served in the Corps for 21 years.

We're happy to announce that Aisha has recently reached her fundraising goal of $500 for TMP this year. Thank you, Aisha, for being a part of the team and good luck in October!

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*Image info: Aisha Hill. (Image used with permission).
Volunteer Spotlight: Julie Halsey

Here at Marine Parents, nothing we do would be possible without our amazing volunteers across the country. Our volunteers truly are the backbone of our organization, and we'd like to take this opportunity to recognize the efforts of one individual in particular. 

This week's featured volunteer is a proud Marine mother from Texas--Julie Halsey.

Julie initially volunteered as a Platoon Parent for 1st Battalion, Delta Company, San Diego to keep herself busy while her son was in recruit training. Julie's Marine son left for San Diego the day after Mother's Day. The comfort and support Julie received from other parents while her son was in recruit training inspired her to continue volunteering with Marine Parents after her son graduated boot camp to "pay it forward."

According to 1st Battalion, San Diego Battalion Leader Barb Jackson, "Julie has been outstanding as the Alpha Co Leader and goes above and beyond to support the loved ones of the Alpha recruits. She is always available to answer questions and encourage her Alpha Family!"

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*Image info: Julie Halsey and her Marine son. (Image used with permission).
Marine Corps News: Additional Marine Remains Found on Tarawa

A World War II Marine who was killed on the first day of the Battle of Tarawa on November 20, 1943, was buried with full military honors this past Saturday, July 30, in Alsip, Illinois.

The remains of Private First Class Charles E. Oetjen, of Blue Island, Illinois, were among those of dozens of Marines discovered last year in a mass grave on Betio Island by History Flight, a Florida-based non-profit. DNA testing recently confirmed his identity.

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*Image info:  Private First Class Charles E. Oetjen, 18, died on the first day of battle of Tarawa, November 20, 1943. (Department of Defense image/released).
Marine Corps News: Montford Point Marine Memorial Unveiled

A ceremony last Friday, July 29, aboard Camp Lejeune, North Carolina saw  the dedication of phase one of the national Montford Point Marine Memorial, located within Lejeune Memorial Gardens aboard the base.

Guests at the ceremony were given the opportunity to view the memorial, which includes a restored 90-mm M1A1 anti-aircraft gun, a 15-foot bronze statue of a Montford Point Marine, and a “Wall of Stars” commemorating the Marines who trained at the Montford Point boot camp during the 1940s.

Approximately 45 Montford Point Marines attended the ceremony, many of whom were wearing the Congressional Gold Medals, the nation's highest civilian award, that they were awarded in 2012.

“These men came forward in a time when the Marine Corps didn’t want them, when the Commandant didn’t want them...They weren’t allowed to go out in town to eat and when they came down on trains they had to move to the front cars…(where) all that heat and soot got all over them. And they were on their way to Montford Point to be Marines,” said retired General James Amos, 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps, who was speaking at the event. “I look at that and I have not met a single bitter one, not one. It’s absolutely just the opposite.”

*Image info: Two Montford Point Marines share memories during the Montford Point Marine Memorial Dedication at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune July 29, 2016. 
(USMC photo by Sean Berry).
This Week in Marine Corps History: Tinian Declared Secure

Seventy-two years ago this week, on August 1, 1944, Major General Harry Schmidt, commander of V Amphibious Corps, declared the island of Tinian secure. This declaration came after nine days of fighting Japanese forces that were occupying the island.

The combination of surprise, heavy preassault bombardment, and effective logistical support resulted in significantly fewer casualties (344 killed and 1550 wounded) than were experienced in previous landings during the Corps' Pacific Campaign. As a result, the assault on Tinian was coined "the perfect amphibious operation of World War II."

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*Image info:  Marines wading ashore on Tinian. (U.S. Government photo/released).
This Week in Marine Corps History:  Black Sheep Squadron Begins Marine Aviation Involvement in Korean War

Sixty-six years ago this week, on August 3, 1950, eight Corsair fighter planes launched from the USS Sicily and carried out the first Marine aviation mission in the Korean War. The raid targeted enemy installations with incendiary bombs, rockets, and strafing runs near Inchon, Korea. The Corsairs were with VMF-214, more famously known as the "Black Sheep" squadron of World War II.

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*Image info:  Four U.S. Marine Corps Vought F4U-1 fighters armed with bombs in late 1943 or early 1944. (U.S. government photo/released).
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