George Chrisman Jr.
Bob McEwen Chris Whiting
The 2014-15 Dedicated Member Campaign has begun. This year you can designate where your contribution goes. Your name and dedication will also appear in the Annual Conference Journal at the end of the year:
HLM Capt Steve Illes
Cynthia Graham LaJeunesse
George Christman Jr.
Roland Jarrell Jr.
Bob McEwen Tom Kerr Neil Gillespie
Charles “Chip” Jones
Mike Pitts, left, Dale Dye and Don Gee share a laugh at the hospitality suite during the 2010 annual conference in Reno. Mike passed away in his sleep on Tuesday.
CCHQ was informed by Mike Pitts’ twin brother, Fred, that Mike passed away in his sleep last night (July 28). We have no further details. We do know that Mike had been in relatively poor health recently. As more information is gathered it will be posted.
From Fred Pitts: It is with a heavy heart that I tell my friends that my twin brother, Mike, passed away in his sleep Tuesday at his home in Virginia. Mike was a retired Marine who served his country honorably for twenty years, and during that time he did two tours in Viet Nam, where he was awarded a Purple Heart, and received a battlefield commission to Captain. He had been ill for the past week but doctors were unsure of the cause. Mike joins his wife Sarah in heaven.
From the Executive Director: Due to recent activities, we are removing the USMCCCA Membership Roster and access to it via our website. Both President Manny Pacheco and I feel this is necessary in light of recent activities, both nationally and on our Facebook pages. In the latter situation there were implications that individuals might have been granted permission to use member’s names for mass emailings; several of which could be considered political in nature.
I would remind all members that we, as a non-profit organization, are apolitical and, for those who do not understand that word, it simply means that we cannot take a stand for any person, party or legislative act, regardless of how the person, party or the act might benefit us. To do so would endanger our standing with the IRS and jeopardize the good work our Foundation does. It should also be pointed out that the only person authorized to speak for this organization is its President and, in some cases and when authorized, myself.
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Sunday – August 16
Early bird arrival – No scheduled activities
Monday – August 17 1030: Registration begins 1400:Old Board Meeting, USMCCCA 1600:Board Meeting, USMCCCA Foundation 1800: Welcome Reception 2000: Hospitality Suite Open
Tuesday – August 18 0830: Bus ride to Camp Lejeune 1000: Op Brief, MEU, Amphib Demo 1130: Adopt a Marine For Lunch 1300: Visit Beirut Memorial, return to hotel 1900: Hospitality Suite Open
Wednesday – August 19 0830: Welcome: President Manny Pacheco
History Update Proposal & 2016 Plans
Dave Biesel, St. Johann Press
Jack Paxton, Exec. Dir. 1000: State of the Corps:
Col. Sean Gibson, Public Affairs
Mr. Chris Cox, Combat Camera
Lt. Col. Brian Thompson, Combat Camera 1300: Annual Business Meeting 1430: Afternoon open 1800: Pre-DPA Banquet Reception 1845: DPA Banquet: Keith Oliver, Emcee 2200: Hospitality Suite Open
Thursday – August 20 0800: Sayanora Breakfast:
Address: Joe Galloway
New Board Meeting 1000: Conference Adjourns
Maj. Gen. Gary Thomas, CG 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, Cherry Point, will represent the Commandant of the Marine Corps as guest of honor at our Distinguished Performance Awards Banquet, August 19 in New Bern, N.C.
With that locked in, President Manny Pacheco announced this week that plans for our 74th anniversary conference are fairly complete. “I think everything is falling into place nicely,” Pacheco said. “We have a couple of loose ends but, overall, we will have a great week.”
Pacheco thanked newly-promoted (and CC Life member) Col. Riccoh Player, PAO, MarForCom, Norfolk, and PA Director, Nat Fahy at Camp Lejeune, for helping assure that active duty Marines are aware of the conference and the DPA awards banquet.
Members are reminded that the guaranteed room rate of $90 ended July 17. CCHQ is working with the Hilton to get an extension but, if you are reading this and have not attempted a reservation, we encourage you to try it quickly! If you have to cancel your room registration for any reason be advised that the hotel requires cancellation within 72 hours of your arrival.
As announced many weeks ago, due to the lack of bus transportation in the New Bern area, we are limited to one 37 passenger bus for the trip to Camp Lejeune on Tuesday, August 18. In all of our announcements we stressed the fact that the first 37 to register would take priority on this bus. This does not mean that you will necessarily be excluded from the trip. Some will cancel at the last minute. Also, there will be member-owned vehicles that will be able to carry any overflow.
Dress for the DPA banquet Wednesday evening will be service “alpha” for Marines, appropriate business attire (coat and tie) for men and appropriate cocktail attire for ladies.
We are working on the Final Phase galleries, which includes an exhibit about Beirut. One of the design elements in the exhibit will be a wall-sized image of the barracks rubble.
Do you have a negative or slide that we could scan for this purpose? We can scan the film, or give you the specs if you’d prefer to scan the image yourself. If so, please contact me at email@example.com.
Frank Lee sent a link to this article about Marilane Perkins Jacobson, mother of MOH recipient and combat photographer, Cpl. William Thomas Perkins Jr. His posthumously awarded Medal of Honor will go to Washington, D.C., to document his role in the Vietnam War. Photo by Greg Kocher, Lexington Herald-Leader
If you are coming to New Bern next month you need to immediately make your hotel reservation (easy on this site) and also register with CCHQ (also easy here). Our hotel contract guarantees the room rate of $90 only until July 27. After our allotted room block is filled the rate goes up. Do it now!
In making the announcement President Manny Pacheco called attention to the fact that in addition to this being the 50th anniversary year of her death (Nov. 4, 1965), it corrects what should have been corrected many years ago. “It had always been thought that this organization had honored Dickey in the late 1960s but in checking all known records, there is nothing in existence proving any award was made. In voting her the Denig award we have corrected that situation.”
For those members either did not know or were too young to have remembered her, Dickey Chapelle was a war correspondent who covered Marine action during the battles of Okinawa and Iwo Jima in World War II. She later became very well known for her interviews in 1958 with President Fidel Castro of Cuba and for her coverage in Hungary of the freedom fighters where she was captured for nearly a month and thought to be a spy.
In the early 1960s Dickey would travel very early to Vietnam covering our advisory activities. She would return again several times before her death. At a plaque dedication near ChuLai and the site of her death, III MAF Commanding General Lewis Walt would remember something Dickey had said to him months before:
“When I die, I want it to be on patrol with the United States Marines.” She’d gotten her wish.
Dickey and the love affair she had with “her Marines” were well known in the ranks. On learning of her death, then-Commandant, General Wallace M. Greene Jr., issued the following statement (in part):
“… She was not only a skilled, dedicated newspaperwoman, but she was an exemplary patriot whose great love for her country was an inspiration to all who knew her and worked with her. It has been said by her media colleagues that she died with the men she loved. It must also be said that affection, admiration and respect was mutual. She was one of us, and we will miss her.”
We who knew her would quickly agree that, had she been eligible in 1942, she would have been one of the first to answer General Denig’s call for combat correspondents. She embodied all of the great traits found in our early CCs and combat camera Marines. One of our Life Members who was professionally associated with her during several Vietnam campaigns said it best:
“Anyone who has ever known the waspish little foreign correspondent/writer/photographer, even casually, knew what she was doing in Vietnam. She belonged there – she was a Marine, as much so as any who ever took the oath of enlistment.
Defense Media Activity (DINFOS) is looking for a Training Instructor, GS-1712-11. The Job Opportunity Announcement (DMA- 15-1433117-B) opens on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 and closes on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, This announcement is open to all US Citizens and Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles). For your convenience, the JOA is located at the following website: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/407347600.
Defense Media Activity (JOC) is looking for a Public Affairs Specialist, GS-1035-13. The Job Opportunity Announcement (DMA-15-1435416-B) opens on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 and closes on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, This announcement is open to all US Citizens and Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles). For your convenience, the JOA is located at the following website: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/407327800
Note:The Thomas Jefferson Awards award, 1st, 2rd, 3rd, and Honorable Mention. USMCCCA only recognizes the top three places. Click on the (YouTube) links to see the winning work of photo, multimedia, broadcasting and audio categories:
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