Electronic Chapter Newsletter Update
June 2017 Issue     www.1stmardivassocdesertcities.net
Board of Directors
Vince Mast
Vice President 
George Stettler
Quint Villanueva
Dick Partee
Sergeant At Arms  
James Olson
Michael Holguin
Robert Shepard
Harry Covert
Past Presidents
Bill Ping, 1998- 2002  RIP
Joseph A. Daily, 2002-2006
James Sullivan, 2006-09 RIP
Quint Villanueva, 2009-2012
Richard Partee,  2012- 2014
George Stettler,  2014- 2016

Marines Helping Marines


This should apply to our membership.  We should help our fellow members who have medical issues and need help with transportation to our monthly luncheons.


So, if you should need transportation to meetings or events, let us know. 

 Call (760) 901-5494 and leave a message


We are always 
looking for 
It's official; DD-214s are NOW Online. Please pass on to other vets. The  National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) has provided the following website
for veterans to gain access to their DD-214s online:

or try
Your DD 214 is vitally impartant in obtaining assistance from the Veterans' Adminisration and other government agencies having to to with veterans' and veterans' survivors benefits.

T o avoid mistakes, errors and goof ups, all orders must be in writing...orders by email will be accepted....include your size when ordering.email to Qlv@aol.com

Red w chapter logo  

Jacket, red, wind breaker type with logo $30

Jacket, red fleece lined type with logo  

Shirt, red or blue, with Chapter logo 
Welcome Aboard  to  new Chapter member David Dangwillow .
David and his wife Jo Ann are residents of the City of Indio.
Dave served in the Marine Corps from 1965 to 1972 with the 12th and 13th Marines.

Vince Mast and Dick Partee present the Semper Fi award to JROTC Cadet Lieutenant Ruben Alverez

P resident Vince Mast, Treasurer Dick Pardee,   Gene McClendon, George Stetler and their wives attended the JROTC awards ceremony at Desert Hot Springs High School on May 11. Vince Mast and Dick Pardee presented our Chapter's  Semper Fi   award  to "The Most Outstanding" all around cadet Ruben Alverez.  Ruben will be entering the Marine Corps in the very near future.
The Desert Cities Mitchell Paige MOH Chapter initiated the Semper Fi Award 15 years ago to recognize the outstanding JROTC Cadet.  
7th Marines Executive Officer Briefs Chapter On Deployment and Training
Lt Colonel Frank Dorio, Executive Officer, 7th Marine Regiment was  guest speaker at the Chapter's May meeting. Colonel Dorio updated members on the current deployment status of the  7th Regiment and gave  a very enlightening presentation on the perennial training cycles of today's infantry Marines. The sophistication skill sets required of the current infantry Marine is almost beyond comprehension to the old salts of yesteryear. 

The Colonel also informed the Chapter that the 7th Regiment will celebrate its 100th anniversary in September and graciously invited the Chapter to participate in the planned two day celebration. 
Invitation accepted!
June  Luncheon | June 15- RSVP 
Lunch meeting will be held at the 
Classic Club in Palm Desert
on June 15
11:30am to 1pm

Make your reservations now by email to  olsoncj5@aol.com
or phone to 760-901-5494

June meeting scheduled guest speaker is 
Master Gunnery Sergeant Rathburn
3rd Light Armored  Reconnaissance (LAR), a fast and mobilized  armored  terrestrial reconnaissance battalion  which is part of the 

Jensen's CEO, Mark Zack invited the Chapter to place its donation collection tables in front of the  Palm Springs and Palm Desert stores on the days preceding Memorial Day.

A call went out for volunteers to staff the tables and within hours Vince Mast, Harry Covert, Hank Monahan,  Jim Irwin, Dick Partee, Charlie Knickerbocker,  Quint Villanueva and  Mike Ostrom stepped forward.  

All are  Tun Tavern Club members always ready, willing and able to take on the tasks that make our Chapter so productive.
2017 1st Marine Division Reunion, Norfolk Virginia | July 31-Aug 6
2017 1st Marine Division Reunion will be held in Norfolk Virginia, July 31 to August 6.

The reunion will be held at
Norfolk Waterside Marriott Hotel Telephone (757) 627 4200.. 

Room rate $119 + tax.
Make reservations directly with the hotel to receive the  1st MarDiv group rate. MARRIOTT WEBSITE HERE

The 1st MarDiv reunions are great events and provide a chance to reconnect with shipmates of yesteryear.
From Mr. George Bullis, Principal, Desert Hot Springs High School

adapted from a poem by Max McGovern

Les Carlyle was a special man 
who came along 
at a time when he was needed most.
A time enshrined forever.
When men  believed and  sacrificed,
When heroes walked the earth in mass.

When patriotism was not just a word but by what men lived 
and judged the worth of each.
A Marine's life that most cannot comprehend

An era now gone
as this warrior's tour of duty ends 
and begins anew in  that heavenly place.

What greater honor, that when a man moves forward, 
he leaves behind in each of us
the best of what he was.

A defender, protector,supporter, victor, warrior, Marine!
One of the last of the breed of his era.

This Marine has reported for duty that takes him away from us now.

Those of us who remain behind remember and will continue to remember,
Because Les now resides forever in our memory a s quietly he waits,
The guardian of heaven's gates.

Wes Ahlgren | Mike Bales | Carl Brooks | Harry Covert | Joe Daily | Dave Franklin | Charlie Garbarini | Frank Gillette |  Charlaie 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
In case you missed it.

A dirty dozen Tun Taverneers gathered at Villagio's Italian restaurant for three hours of food, grog and camaraderie on May 3 including two new members Jim Irwin and Gene Mooring who both ponied up $100 cash on the barrel head for their initiation fee.
A hardy welcome aboard to Jim and Gene!

Quint Villanueva gave an outstanding presentation on the
Battle of  Chosin Reservoir highlighting the battle of Fox Hill where for five days Marines of Fox Co 2/7, surrounded by a force of 1400 Chinese soldiers, fought off their repeated attacks to seize control of the hill that commanded the escape route for the 5th and 7th Marines.  When his commanding officer radioed that rescuing Fox company would be impossible, a seriously wounded Captain Barber responded, "We will hold, sir!" 
Captain Barber was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic leadership at the battle of the Chosin Reservoir.

This swashbuckling Tun Tavern crew will meet again in a few months.  
Date to be determined. 
Membership is open to all Chapter members for a small annual donation of $100.

Semper Fidelis
Quint Villanueva

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