Scuttlebutt — March 2019

Scuttlebutt — March 2019

ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER UPDATE | March 2019
Thank you for your continued membership and support of our chapter. Below you will find the “scuttlebutt” on recent accomplishments, upcoming missions, and other valuable information. We look forward to seeing you at upcoming events.

UPCOMING CHAPTER MEETING

Next Chapter Meeting PictureNEXT CHAPTER MEETING
MARCH 21 2019
1130 HOURS

Please make your reservations early by calling
760 901 5494
Speak slowly, loudly and clearly.

SGTMAJ ANTHONY POMPOS TO SPEAK AT MARCH MEETING

Picture of Sgt Major A. J. PomposWe are fortunate to have as our March guest speaker 7th Marines Regimental Sergeant Major Anthony “AJ” Pompos, who just completed several months deployed on the California Mexico border with Marines from 7th Regiment Headquarters Company. We look forward to SgtMajor Pompos sharing his border experience with us.

NEWEST MEMBER

 

QUESTION TO ALL HANDS

What effort have you made to place a new member’s name in this space?

ELECTION RESULTS

ELECTION RESULTS
results

Most of the ballots for the election of new Chapter officers have been returned and the Board can now declare the slate of candidates recommended by the nominating committee as elected.

Thanks to all who voted in this bi-annual election. The new Board will consist of:

  •  President: Harry Covert
  •  Vice President: Vince Mast
  •  Treasurer: Hank Monahan
  •  Secretary: Quint Villanueva
  •  Sgt At Arms: Jim Olson
  •  Board Member: Bob Shepard
  •  Board Member: Dick Partee

The new Board members will be installed at the March 21 Chapter meeting.

RECRUITMENT DRIVE SET TO LAUNCH

Thanks to the tremendous support from Jensen’s Market’s CEO Matt Zack our Chapter is preparing to launch a professional public relations program designed to build community support and attract new members.

The advertising firm for Jensen’s Markets has been working with members of our Board for several weeks designing a program for use by several media outlets in the Coachella Valley.

Don’t be surprised to see Harry Covert or Vince Mast on local television talking up all good work our Chapter has done over the years in support of Marine families, young men and women involved in Jr ROTC, Devil Pups and the Armed Service YMCA at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center 29 Palms.

Hopefully, the initiative will inspire each member to make a max effort to recruit at least one new member to join the Chapter.

FRIENDLY REMINDER ANNUAL DUES NOW OVERDUE

Fifty DollarsANNUAL DUES: $50.

FOR TUN TAVERN SWASHBUCKLERS
ANNUAL DONATION IS $100.

SUBMIT PAYMENTS TO:
FMDA DESERT CITIES
P.O. BOX 10856
PALM DESERT, CA 92255

Picture of Uncle Sam Asking for Dues

Some Folks STILL haven’t been heard from
…you know who you are. Get hot!

BOOK REVIEW

No shortage of excellent books have been written about the Korean War. Now comes another great read about the Marines at the Chosin Reservoir authored by Hampton Sides.

On Desperate Ground is about the Korean war’s greatest battle i.e. the 1st Marine Division fighting its way from the Chosin Reservoir to the security of the twin cities Hamhung/Hungnam. The book chronicles the extraordinary acts of heroism and leadership called on by every Marine to do the impossible to escape certain annihilation of the 1st Marine Division by an overwhelming Chinese force.
A must read for every Marine.

DID YOU KNOW...

In November 1950 Mao Zetung, titular head of Communist China ordered Dehuai Peng, Commander of the Chinese armies to send one of their best armies, the Ninth Army Group against the 1st Marine Division. Mao believed the 1st Marine Division had the highest combat effectiveness in the American Armed Forces. Peng’s Generals of the Ninth Army Group were given explicit orders to destroy
the 1st Marine Division.

As the 1st MarDiv fought its way from the Chosin Reservoir for 75 miles on a single lane road to the safe harbor of Hamhung it left in its wake a completely destroyed Chinese Ninth Army Group, 30,000 Chinese killed and 12,500 wounded, Marines of the 1st MarDiv demonstrated they can do the difficult immediately, the impossible took a little longer.

TALES FROM THE TUN - RECAP

The Tun Tavern crew convened at the Fire House restaurant in Palm Desert on February 27 for food, grog, camaraderie and sea stories. Dick Partee was called upon to give an impromptu presentation of his Marine development from Lieutenant to Colonel with a few comments about his high school football days when he was coached by the great Don Coryell.

Very nice surprise of the evening was Wes Ahlgen’s generous act of picking up the drink and dinner tab for all present.

The Tun Tavern group will meet again on April 10 at which time any member may be called upon by the chairman to share with us his Marine Corps experience. So be prepared.

UP NEXT: TUN TAVERN CLUB MEETINGS

TUN TAVERN GROUP MEETING

Picture of Tun TavernThe Tun Tavern Club meets several times a year for dinner, fellowship, camaraderie, to swap sea stories and to pig out on food and grog. The few shekels accumulated by the club, if any, are turned over to the Chapter to use at its discretion. There are no club officers or rules or regulations guiding the demeanor of members and guests other than military courtesy extended to each other.

From time to time members may be tasked with sharing their military experiences with the members. Tun Tavern meetings are open to guests both military and civilian.

 

 


The next meeting of the Tun Tavern Club is April 10,
1700 hours at the Firehouse Grill, Palm Desert.
Roc's FireHouse Grille


CURRENT TUN TAVERN MEMBERS

Wes Ahlgren | Michael Bales (in memoriam)| Harry Covert| Joe Daily |Dave Dangwillo | Dave Franklin | Charlie Garbarini | Bob Ferris | Frank Gillette |Charlie Hall |Sam Huttenhower| Jim Irwin | Franz Jevene | Howard Lehman | Jimmy Martin |Vince Mast| Gene McClendon | Jack Mennis | George Moffatt | Hank Monahan |Gene Mooring | James Olson | Mike Ostrom | Marilyn Paige | Richard Partee | Dino Ruffoni |Henry Sanchez | Sandy Sandoval |Ray Schum | Bob Shepard | Buddy Sklar |George Stettler | Dale Turner | Quint Villanueva | Mike Walker | Michael Walker |Myrl Wallace | Linn Wiley | Tom Woulfe

 

CHAPTER BOARD OF DIRECTORS
PRESIDENT | Harry Covert
VICE PRESIDENT | Vince Mast
SECRETARY | Quint Villanueva
TREASURER | Richard Partee
SERGEANT AT ARMS | James Olson
DIRECTORS |
Michael Holquin, Robert Shepard, George Stettler, Hank Monahan,
Dave Dangwillo.
PAST PRESIDENTS
Bill Ping (RIP) 1998-2002 | Joseph A. Daily 2002-2006 | James Sullivan (RIP) 2006-2009
Quint Villanueva 2009-2012 | Richard Partee 2012-2014 | George Stettler 2014-2016
THANK YOU FROM THE EDITOR
We hope you find this newsletter of benefit. We appreciate your continued membership and support of the chapter. 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, qlv@aol.com

March 21st Chapter Meeting Update

March 21st Chapter Meeting Update

Picture of Sgt Major A. J. PomposOur guest Speaker March 21st will be 7th Regiment 29 Palms CA – Regimental Sergeant Major -A J Pompos. SGTMAJOR will fill us in on Commandant of the Marine Corps recent visit to 1st Marine Division – Camp Pendleton CA, and current events. Meeting at Classic Club 1100 – 1300 hours!

Scuttlebutt — January 2019

Scuttlebutt — January 2019

ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER UPDATE | January 2019 
Thank you for your continued membership and support of our chapter. Below you will find the “scuttlebutt” on recent accomplishments, upcoming missions, and other valuable information. We look forward to seeing you at upcoming events.

Happy New Year

Happy  New Year Picture

Upcoming Chapter Meeting

Next Chapter Meeting PictureNEXT CHAPTER MEETING
JANUARY 17 2019
1130 HOURS

Please make your reservations early by calling
760 901 5494

 

Speak slowly, loudly and clearly.

Or email Jim Olson at
Jim Olson to make a reservation.
As usual, our meeting will take place at the Classic Club in Palm Desert.

 

WELCOME ABOARD - Newest Member

Hugh McFarlane
Welcome Aboard to Hugh McFarlane and his wife Catherine. Hugh was a cannon cocker sergeant with the 11th Marines from Feb 1989 to May 2009 and is currently employed as a Corrections Officer with the State of California. Hugh was recruited by Vince Mast when they met at a Marine Corps Ball sponsored by a Marine veterans’ organization.

7th REGIMENT FAMILIES

A working party composed of Chapter members Vince Mast, Dave Dangwillo,
Bob Shepard, Charlie Garbarini, Jim Irwin, Dorothee Irwin, Quint Villanueva and
Matt Zack delivered 180 boxes of turkey dinners to 7th Regiment families at 29 Palms Marine Base on Friday Dec 21 in time for Christmas.
Each box contained eight to ten fully prepared, complete turkey dinners.
Do the math, that’s at least 1440 meals. Good work, folks!

Pictured to the left, Jensen’s CEO, Matt Zack, preparing to off load turkey dinners for 7th Marines. Matt drove the delivery truck from Palm Desert to base. He participated in every Christmas dinner delivery since the beginning of the program more than five years ago.

Owing to generous donations from shoppers at Jensen’s Palm Springs and Palm Desert markets and the support of Jensen’s top management and staff our Chapter received enough in donations to increase the number of meals we provided to 7th Regiment families this year over last year.

Jensen’s once again allowed our Chapter to set up donation tables at the entrance to the Palm Desert and Palm Springs stores which were staffed by a handful of Chapter members for eight weekends. Special kudos to members who volunteered to work multiple shifts to get the job done, especially to Jim Irwin and Jim Olson who worked multiple shifts solo.

Of course, without support of the Regimental command staff our program would never get off the ground. Hats (covers) off to to Gisela Lemon, Regimental Family Resource Officer for a job well done organizing and coordinating delivery of the meals to recipient families.

Bravo Zulu to honorary Chapter member Matt Zack, CEO of Jensen’s Fine Foods, who drove the delivery truck from Palm Desert to the Marine base, with Board member Bob Shepard riding shotgun.

 

 

                       Pictured: the Turkey Preparation and Boxing Party

A PICTURE IS WORTH 1000 WORDS...or more

 WWII Marine Corps veteran Dorothee Irwin, Bob Shepard, Vince Mast and a Marine’s young daughter atop a box full of turkey dinners

OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW

Desert Cities, Mitchell Paige Medal of Honor Chapter marines and sailors convened for their final meeting of tin 2018 on December 20 with a hearty Ho Ho Ho from Santa Clause who led jolly crew and their spouses in singing a host of Christmas holiday songs as he distributed candy favors to the spouses.
Welcomed aboard was new member Hugh McFarlane and his wife Catherine.

President Vince Mast presented a recap of activities in which our Chapter was engaged in 2018. The list of organizations supported by our Chapter includes the 7th Marine Regiment and its families, the Armed Services YMCA at MCAGCC, Marne Corps JR ROTC at Desert Hot Springs High School, The Marine Corps League, the Staff NCO School at Camp Pendleton, the Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Cart Parade, and the City of Palm Desert Veterans’ Day Ceremony.

Our Chapter is fully engaged in community and Marine Corps activities that provide plenty of opportunities for Chapter members to be actively involved.

So make it one of your 2019 New Year’s resolution to become an active participant in Chapter activities.

AND...THE GOOD NEWS IS - ANNUAL DUES ARE DUE IN JANUARY

ANNUAL DUES: $50.

FOR TUN TAVERN SWASHBUCKLERS
ANNUAL DONATION IS $100.

SUBMIT PAYMENTS TO: FMDA DESERT CITIES
P.O. BOX 10856
PALM DESERT, CA 92255

OUR TREASURER HANK MONAHAN WOULD APPRECIATE EARLY PAYMENT SO GET HOT.

UPCOMING EVENTS - SAVE THE DATES

January 28 to February 1 2019

The 1st Marine Division, formed on February 1 1941, will celebrate its 78th anniversary on Feb 1.2019 at Camp Pendleton.
Detailed information re the schedule of events is available on the 1st MarDiv Association web site and was sent to all member via an email blast.

 

DID YOU KNOW...

Did you know…

Marines landed at Guantanamo Bay Cuba in 1741? No, not the Continental Marines of the Revolutionary War days.

These Marines were led by Colonel William Gooch, Royal Lieutenant Governor of colonial Virginia. These colonial Marines were securing a forward base in Cuba for the British fleet.

Four decades later these same colonial Marines would fight yet again but this time against the British mighty fleet in the American Revolution fight. They saw action in the Caribbean, at Trenton, at Princeton on Manhattan Island and New York City. down the Mississippi River to New Orleans and on Lake Champlain and even on mother country England’s own soil. And…these Continental Marines preceded the Declaration of Independence.
…more later.
Pictured: Sir William Gooch

UP NEXT: TUN TAVERN CLUB MEETINGS

CURRENT TUN TAVERN MEMBERS

TUN TAVERN GROUP MEETING
The Tun Tavern Club meets several times a year for dinner, fellowship, camaraderie, to swap sea stories and to pig out on food and grog. The few shekels accumulated by the club, if any, are turned over to the Chapter to use at its discretion. There are no club officers or rules or regulations guiding the demeanor of members and guests other than military courtesy extended to each other.
From time to time members may be tasked with sharing their military experiences with the members. Tun Tavern meetings are open to guests both military and civilian.
The next meeting of the Tun Tavern Club is January 9, 1730 at the Firehouse Grill, Palm Desert.

CURRENT TUN TAVERN MEMBERS

Wes Ahlgren | Michael Bales (in memoriam)| Harry Covert| Joe Daily | Dave Dangwillo Dave Franklin | Charlie Garbarini | Bob Ferris | Frank Gillette | Charlie Hall |Sam Huttenhower| Jim Irwin | Franz Jevene Howard Lehman | Jimmy Martin | Vince Mast| Gene McClendon | Jack Mennis | George Moffatt | Hank Monahan | Gene Mooring | James Olson | 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

CHAPTER BOARD OF DIRECTORS
PRESIDENT | Vince Mast
VICE PRESIDENT | George Stettler
SECRETARY | Quint Villanueva
TREASURER | Richard Partee
SERGEANT AT ARMS | James Olson
DIRECTORS |
Michael Holquin, Robert Shepard, Harry Covert, Hank Monahan,
Dave Dangwillo.
PAST PRESIDENTS
Bill Ping (RIP) 1998-2002 | Joseph A. Daily 2002-2006 | James Sullivan (RIP) 2006-2009
Quint Villanueva 2009-2012 | Richard Partee 2012-2014 | George Stettler 2014-2016

THANK YOU FROM THE EDITOR
We hope you find this newsletter of benefit. We appreciate your continued membership and support of the chapter. 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, qlv@aol.com

Scuttlebutt — December 2018

Scuttlebutt — December 2018

ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER UPDATE | November 2018
Thank you for your continued membership and support of our chapter. Below you will find the “scuttlebutt” on recent accomplishments, upcoming missions, and other valuable information. We look forward to seeing you at upcoming events.

MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY HOLIDAYS

UPCOMING CHAPTER MEETING

December 20, 2018
1130 HOURS

Please make your reservations early by calling 760-901-5494
Speak slowly, loudly and clearly.

Or email Jim Olson at Olsoncj5@aol.com to make a reservation.

As usual, our meeting will take place at the Classic Club in Palm Desert.

CHAPTER MEMBERS HONORED

DOROTHY IRWIN HONORED AT
MARINE CORPS BIRTHDAY LUNCHEON

Pictured: Dorothy Irwin in uniform, oldest Marine present, is pictured here with Corporal Keyshia Riogonzalez, youngest Marine present; Guest of Honor Colonel Shane Edwards, HQ Bn C.O. MAGCC, 29 Palms and Lt. Colonel Carl Lewke, USMC (retired) Senior Adviser, MCJROTC, Desert Hot Springs High School.

Chapter member Corporal Dorothy Irwin graced the ceremonial Marine Corps birthday cake cutting with her participation as the oldest Marine present at the MCL Marine Corps Birthday luncheon.

The sell-out event held at the Fantasy Springs Resort and Spa each year is supported by our Chapter and was well attended by Chapter members. Dorothy was escorted by her son Lt Col James Irwin USMC(ret) who, like his mom, is an active Chapter member.

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SAM HUTTENHOWER
Oldest Marine Present at 3rd Battalion 7th Marines USMC Birthday Ball!

 

Sam Huttenhower receives the ceremonial piece of birthday cake from Lt. Colonel Ford, Commanding Officer of the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines.

Our own Sam Huttenhower participated in the ceremonial cake cutting as the oldest Marine present at the 3/7 Marine Corps Birthday Ball.

Sam was given a rousing cheer by the 1000 marines, sailors and guests that shook the rafters when Lt Colonel Ford, 3/7 commanding officer, announced during the ceremony that Sam was a 3/7 young Marine when it landed at Guadalcanal during World War II. At the conclusion of the ceremony

Lt Colonel Ford and Mrs. Ford visited the Chapter table and thanked each of us individually and our Chapter for supporting their Birthday Ball.

During the course of the evening many Marines, officers and enlisted, approached our members and expressed their appreciation for our support.

Several Chapter members and their wives attended the Ball which was held at the JW Marriott Hotel in Palm Desert.

Chapter members and their wives attended the 3rd Battalion 7th Marines USMC Birthday Ball. Pictured standing left to right are Vince Mast, Tom Woulfe, Quint Villanueva, and Harry Covert Seated left to right are Sam Huttenhower, May Woulfe, Yolanda Villanueva and Nancy Covert. Also attending but not in the photo were Hank and Rozalin Monahan

It was one terrific birthday party!

2018 CHRISTMAS FUNDRAISING

Chapter Kicked Off Its 2018
Christmas Fundraising Initiative

Jensen's Finest Foods

Our Chapter launched its annual fund raising drive on the weekend of November 9-10 at Jensen’s markets in Palm Desert and
Palm Springs. Through the courtesy of Matt Zack, CEO of Jensen’s markets the Chapter set up donation stations in front of both markets easily identified by US and Marine Corps colors. The kickoff was the first of a series of fund raising weekends running into the third weekend in December.

Board member Harry Covert is compiled a list of Chapter volunteer watch-standers who will work at least one three hour watch during the initiative.


If you have not already placed your name on the volunteer list contact Harry at 760-200-0094 to sign up.

Not only is this assignment fun. you will no doubt be moved by the expressions of support and gratitude we receive from residents of the Coachella Valley as they donate to our Chapter.

Volunteers are still needed to fill in the afternoon shifts at the Palm Springs Market. So saddle up and sign up!

UPCOMING EVENTS - SAVE THE DATES

December 5
Veterans’ Holiday Party
Classic Club Palm Desert.

December 20
Chapter Christmas Meeting. Spouses and guests welcome. Special appearance by Santa Claus is expected.

December 21
Christmas dinners delivery to MAGCC 29 Palm is scheduled to depart from Jensen’s Market, Palm Desert at 0800.

February 1 2019
The 1st Marine Division, formed on February 1 1941, will celebrate its 78th anniversary on Feb 1., 2019.
Stand by for further information re the Blue Diamond’s birthday party which will be held at Camp Pendleton.

UP NEXT: VETERANS HOLIDAY PARTY

DID YOU KNOW...

Did you know…
15 December 1948: The Secretary of the Navy, John Sullivan, signed a “Memorandum of Agreement” with the State Department which laid the basis for the modern Marine Security Guard program at U.S. embassies throughout the world.

 

SNAPSHOT OF HISTORY

CHRISTMAS DAY MIRACLE OF 1914 – WW1
Germany Won 3 to 2

With the horrors of World War I five months old, with British and German troops stalled in trenches, only a football field apart, rifles loaded and bayonets ready, a “Christmas Truce” was announced.

At midnight, it began to happen. At first, there were only a couple of soldiers from both sides who cautiously rose from the trenches, guns left behind, hands high and unthreatening.
The others watched, as these few from each side got closer, and – surprise! – shook hands and smiled!

Before long, dozens, hundreds, thousands, we’re told, of German and British soldiers were visiting, singing carols, showing the simple gifts they had received from home, exchanging some, and even praying.
That’s the miracle of Christmas. The pope a century ago, Pope Benedict XV, tearfully asked why we just didn’t extend the “Christmas Truce” for the rest of history, but the political and military leaders had other ideas.

Most of the men were transferred, out of fear that they could no longer shoot a man with whom they had shaken hands at Christmas.

If Christmas Miracles can happen in the trenches of 1914. Then today, let’s also look inside, in our homes and neighborhoods, our city, country and world.

TUN TAVERN NEWS

CURRENT TUN TAVERN MEMBERS

Wes Ahlgren | Michael Bales (in memorium) |Harry Covert Joe Daily | Dave Dangwillo | Dave Franklin | Charlie Garbarini |BobFerris | Frank Gillette | Charlie Hall | Sam Huttenhower | Jim Irwin | Franz Jevene Howard Lehman | Jimmy Martin | Vince Mast | Gene McClendon | Jack Mennis |George Moffatt | Hank Monahan | Gene Mooring | James Olson | 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

CHAPTER BOARD OF DIRECTORS
PRESIDENT | Vince Mast
VICE PRESIDENT | George Stettler
SECRETARY | Quint Villanueva
TREASURER | Richard Partee
SERGEANT AT ARMS | James Olson
DIRECTORS |
Michael Holquin, Robert Shepard, Harry Covert, Hank Monahan,
Dave Dangwillo.
PAST PRESIDENTS
Bill Ping (RIP) 1998-2002 | Joseph A. Daily 2002-2006 | James Sullivan (RIP) 2006-2009
Quint Villanueva 2009-2012 | Richard Partee 2012-2014 | George Stettler 2014-2016

THANK YOU FROM THE EDITOR
We hope you find this newsletter of benefit. We appreciate your continued membership and support of the chapter. 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, qlv@aol.com