Electronic Chapter Newsletter Update
October 2016 Issue   Check Out our Website here  www.1stmardivassocdesertcities.net
Executive Board
Vince Mast
Vice President 
George Stettler
Post Vacant
Sergeant At Arms  
Bruce Takacs
Michael Holquin
Richard Partee
Robert Shepard
Quint Villanueva
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
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

This may be particularly helpful when a veteran needs a copy of his DD-214  for employment purposes. NPRC is working to make it easier for veterans with
computers and Internet access to obtain copies of documents from their  military files.

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.


Quick Calendar:

Thurs 10/20 -  Chapter Lunch Meeting

Sun 10/30 - Golf Cart Parade

Thurs 11/10 - Marine Corp Birthday Lunch

Friday 11/11 - Veterans Day Celebration

Notable Quote

"The Marines I have seen around the world have cleanest bodies, filthiest minds, highest morale, lowest morals of any group of animals I have ever seen!
Thank God for the United States Marine Corps!"

-Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt

Below is a copy of a daily intelligence report written 65 years ago during the Korean War.  Note the last paragraph.
subnitted by Mike Walker

RESTRICTED 28 Oct 1951

(PERIOD 270800-280800)

On the Western front enemy resistance continued in the west central sector against friendly units as battalion and company size enemy units supported by a considerable volume of mortar and artillery fire stubbornly resisted friendly attacks. Elsewhere in the sector only light patrol contacts were reported.

On the Central front the enemy defensive attitude remained unch-anged as friendly patrols ranged 1,400 yards in advance of forward positions. Brief light probes and minor patrol contacts comprised the action in the rest of the sector for the period.

On the East Central front patrol action in the west sector was moderate with squad to company size enemy engaging friendly patrols in fire fights lasting up to one hour. In all engagements the friendly patrols withdrew. In the central sector friendly patrols supported by tanks engaged an estimated enemy platoon. Also in the central sector action involving an estimated enemy battalion and elements of a friendly battalion ceased, after friendly elements secured positions and started mopping up.

In the 1st Marine Division zone light to heavy patrol contacts were made with friendly patrols supported by tanks engaging estimated squad to company size units. A North Korean POW taken from a company opposing Dog Company stated that he had received no combat equipment until he joined his company. He also stated that he had never fired a rifle until he joined his company. Another North Korean POW said that the CO of Recon Battalion had told his men that at present they were opposed by the United States Marines, which he, the CO said was the strongest of the United Nations Forces; and if the United States Marines are re-placed by other units the NKPA would launch an offensive.

Chapter luncheon meeting at the Classic Club
Be sure to make your reservation by email to bvi47@yahoo.com or phone to 760-901-5494

The Golf Cart Parade
sponsored by the City of Palm Desert.  The Marine Corps band will lead the parade followed by our Chapter which will be first in marching order. 
Our WWII and Korean War vets will ride in golf carts, as  will some of our sick, lame and lazy.

(click the logo to explore the parade page, the announcement mentions the 1st Marine Division)

We need YOUR help to recruit at least one new member in 2016 for the final four months of the year. 

Please help us grow the Chapter.  Membership applications can be down loaded off our website or calling (760) 901-5494.

Check with Quint or Vince if you would like a copy of the NEW recruiting promo card to pass along to potential members.

(weekends in November)

Our Chapter's annual fund raising event for providing Thanksgiving dinners to enlisted   7th Marine families gets  under weigh the first weekend in November. 
As in past years,we will set up  donation tables at the entrance to Jensen's markets in Palm Springs and Palm Desert on each weekend leading up to Thanksgiving Day.  

Chapter members will be called upon to staff at the least one four hour shift at one of the Jensen's markets.  Check your calendars and save a date when you will be available to volunteer for one four hour shift.

If you haven't yet worked a donation table shift, we encourage you to do it this year. 
You'll be quite favorably impressed with shoppers generosity when their donation is for a worthy cause like ours. And it will make you proud when a shopper thanks you for your service to Marine families.

November 10
Marine Corps Birthday Luncheon sponsored by the Marine Corps League Detachment. Make your reservations now to attend because tickets are going fast. This is the Detachment's main fund raising event to support the Marine JROTC at Desert Hot Springs High School.  To make a reservation email your home address to Carl Lewke at clewke@psusd.us.  Carl will then send you an invitation.  This event is a sell out each year so it's essential you get your reservation and check in early.

November 11
Veterans' Day Celebration sponsored by the  City of Palm Desert honoring all veterans. 
The event will be held at the Palm Desert Civic Park and is open to the public.

Tun Tavern History (cont.)
Just a bit more history about Tun Tavern. It's common Marine Corps knowledge that Captain Samuel Nichols is traditionally considered to be the first Commandant of the Marine Corps.  

But do you know that Robert Mullen was arguably the first Marine recruiter?

You see, Robert Mullen was the owner of Tun Tavern and was commissioned as a Captain in the Marines.  His skill as a recruiter made Tun Tavern the focal point of initial enlistment efforts.  Scuttlebutt  has it that Captain Mullen plied young able bodied men with food and grog until they were out of sorts at which time he had them shanghied to the nearest square rigger where, after coming to, they found themselves in the employ of the United State Marine Corps.

Thank you to this team of individuals who annually provide an additional $100 of financial support to the 1st Marines Division Desert Cities MPMOH Chapter - it is greatly appreciated by everyone! 
Wes Ahlgren | Mike Bales | Carl Brooks | Joe Daily | Dave Franklin | Charlie Garbarini | Frank Gillette
  Sam Huttenhower |  Franz Jevene |  Jim Larsh | Howard Lehman | Vince Mast | Gene McClendon | Jack Mennis   George Moffatt |  Marilyn Paige | Richard Partee | Henry Sanchez |  Sandy Sandoval | Ray Schum | Bob Shepard 
Buddy Sklar |  George Stettler | Jim Sullivan | Dale Turner | Quint Villanueva | Col Mike Walker
Michael Walker|  Myrl Wallace | Linn Wiley

 We hope you find this newsletter of benefit.  We appreciate your membership.  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.