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  • Vol. LXiV Vol. LXiV ww No. 4No. 4 October - November - December 2015October - November - December 2015

    O Guadalcanal O New Britain O Peleliu O Okinawa O North China OO Korea O Vietnam O Kuwait O Somalia O Afghanistan O Iraq O

    The Official Publication of the 1st Marine Division Association, Incorporated

    Christmas is just another day for Marines

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    October - November - December 2015October - November - December 2015 The Old Breed News

    EXECUTIVE COMMITTEEAll Elected Officers Are Members

    Of Executive Committee PresidentVincent Rios2024 Greenway Crossing, Haslet, TX 76052Home (817) 847-9937 Cell (817-304-3596Email vrmarine@msn.comVice PresidentJerry Johs4057 W. Hwy 21, Paige, TX 78659-4221Cell (503) 784-7697Email geronamo0122@gmail.comDeputy Vice President, East Elmer HawkinsDeputy Vice President, Central Daniel T. FlavinDeputy Vice President, WestGeorge A. Sager1025 Lupine Rd.Healdsburg, CA 95448-3436Ph: Home (707) 433-2044, Cell (707) 696-0504Email georgesager1948@gmail.comSecretary Pierre A. Sims841 W Birchtree LaneClaymont, DE 19703-1604Ph: (302) 792-1497; Emailpierresims@comcast.netTreasurer(Open)Legal OfficerJames T. Allison475 N. Highland St. Apt. 7BMemphis, TN 38122-4530Ph: (901) 324-2231; Email wymae@aol.comChaplainWilliam (Denny) Weisgerber195 Casper St.Milpitas, CA 95035-4842Home (408) 262-1776 Cell (408) 221-6607Email wdw2710@gmail.comSergeant At ArmsLee Rux15111 Sun SpurSan Antonio, TX 78232-4624Home (210) 499-0707 Cell (210) 213-3453Email rux@satx.rr.comAssociation Staff June Cormier- Executive Assistant Heidi Lamb- Administrative Assistant1902 Wright Place Ste. 200, Carlsbad, CA 92008(760) 918-5801 FAX: (760) 918-5803Email jmailto:june.oldbreed@fmda.us

    hmailto:heidi.oldbreed@fmda.us

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    Editor, The Old Breed NewsArthur G. Sharp2473 New Haven CircleSun City Center, FL 33573-7141(860) 202-3088Email: sharp_arthur_g@sbcglobal.netPublisherFinisterre Publishing Incorporated3 Black Skimmer Ct., Beaufort, SC 29907(843) 521-1896Email: Finisterre@ISLC.net

    The 1st MarineDivision Association

    DepartmentsPresidents Message..................................................................................................3Blue Diamond Team/Southern Cross Team............................................................5Reunion Calendar......................................................................................................8Feedback/Letters to the Editor ..............................................................................14Quests & Queries ....................................................................................................17Chapter Scuttlebutt..................................................................................................20Contributions to the First Marine Division Association ........................................22Book Review............................................................................................................27Welcome Aboard......................................................................................................28Taps..........................................................................................................................31

    News & Notes1/5 hones advance searching capabilities ................................................................6Save the Date to Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the 1st Marine Division..........7Challenge Coin Available ..........................................................................................8Update on the 2016 Reunion in Houston, Texas, August 1-8, 2016 ........................8Visit Oceanside ........................................................................................................875th Anniversary Commemoration Registration ......................................................9Colt 1911 A1 Pistol To Be Raffled ......................................................................................11Sgt. John McLaughlin Returned: Korean War MIA Recently Identified ..............11Recon falls into action: Marines execute parachute ops ........................................12FMDA Scholarship Donations At Work..................................................................13How I Almost Got Dumped Into A Ravine ............................................................15Letters From Korea..................................................................................................16A Journal Of Item Company: 3rd Bat., 1st Reg., 1st Marine Division ..................18The Disappearance of Blackman and Heyne ........................................................195 Things You (Probably) Didnt Know About The Medal Of Honor ..................231st Annual Blue Diamond Sporting Clays Championship Hits The Target..........241st Tanks joins Royal Marines in live-fire exercise ................................................26

    OFFICERS AND COMMITTEES 2016

    DAL-EastRobin L. Montgomery12 Yankee Drive Brookfield Ct. 06804Cell (460-4817) Office (203) 740-4110Email mariannerobin@aol.comDAL-CentralBen Drollinger

    DAL-WestBud Eckert3884 Oakes Dr. Hayward, CA 94542-1742Cell (510) 538-2382; Email budeckert@hotmail.com

    TheOld Breed NewsThe Old Breed News (USPS 599-860) ISSN: 0745-287X is published four times a year during the monthsof March, June, September, and December by the 1st Marine Division Association, Inc., 1902 WrightPlace, Suite 200, Carlsbad, CA 92008; Phone: 760-918-5801; FAX: 760-918-5803. Email:oldbreed@fmda.us; Web Site: www.1stMarineDivisionAssociation.org.Postmaster: Send address changes to The Old Breed News, 1902 Wright Place, Ste 200, Carlsbad, CA92008. Periodical postage paid at Carlsbad, California and at additional mailing offices.This publication may be quoted without permission if the 1st Marine Division Association is credited. TheAssociation requests a copy of any such use.

    Directors at Large 2016

    Cover: Gen. John R. Allen, International Security Assistance Force commander,speaks with troops gathered at Combat Outpost Jannat in southern Afghanistan onChristmas Day in 2012.

  • The Old Breed NewsThe Old Breed News October - November - December 2015October - November - December 2015

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    This is my first Presidents Message sinceI was elected in August of this year inSan Diego. I am proud to say that the First

    Marine Division Association is doing excep-

    tionally well, in large part due to the

    tremendous help I have received from

    those who came rushing with aid when I

    needed it most. Heavy hitters, among oth-

    ers, who have emerged swinging, include:

    n Jim Zalpis, who has allayed ourfears of not finding someone competent

    enough to handle our accounting respon-

    sibilities honestly and who has demon-

    strated the best interest for the

    Association.

    n Nick Warr & John Stevens, whotogether have given me the comfort of

    knowing that the Association will not fold

    for lack of revenue sources as long as

    they are there.

    n June Cormier and Heidi Lamb, bothof whom have discovered talents they

    didnt know they had and developed new

    ones to supplement their skills for run-

    ning the Association Headquarters on the

    fast track.

    n Robert Montgomery and JimAllison who, with others of the best,

    brightest and fairest minds the

    Association can muster, have launched a

    fearless frontal assault on updating the

    Association By-laws.

    n Marty Vasquez, who relentlesslypursued better First Marine Division

    Association Headquarters office space

    aboard the Camp Pendleton Marine Base.

    n Charles Kershaw, whose effortssecured the 75th Anniversary of the

    Korean War Challenge Coins underwrit-

    ten by General J. Michael Myatt of the

    Marines Memorial Club in San Francisco.

    n Gary Brannan, Tom McLeod, andSandy Melander, who are joining their

    KSAs to work in tandem for immediately

    notifying (Gary) the membership of the

    passing of our members and to record for

    posterity (Sandy and Tom) their stories.

    n Art Sharp, who continues the heavylifting that is the task of editing the Old

    Breed News, all forthe thousands who

    compose our dedi-

    cated and demand-

    ing readership.

    n Carl Wenhold, who carries the minedetector for us, putting his past experi-

    ence with the Armed Forces Reunion

    group to point out where the contract land

    mines are.

    n Jim Fairbairn, my de facto chiefadviser. When things go wrong, dont be

    too quick to blame him; its usually

    because I didnt listen to him. He plays a

    very important, albeit behind the scenes,

    role.

    Although we havent had anyone step

    up to take the office of Treasurer yet, in

    spite of Jim Zalpis pledge to handle the

    accounting task, hope springs eternal.

    For $35 give a 1-year gift mem-bership

    Our Associations weakness is declin-

    ing membership. Christmas will soon be

    here. This year, give the gift of member-

    ship in the First Marine Division

    Association to that deserving someone

    you know. With membership comes the

    joy of reading about our pals and what

    they are up to in the OBN and the

    Constant Contact Presidents Blast.

    Please complete and mail in the form

    on page 31.

    Presidents MessageVince Rios

    Deadlines OBN MaterialThe new quarterly publication schedule dictates that we change deadline dates by whichwe must receive material. Here is the schedules for the next issue:

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