Sunday, December 22, 2013

Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots is *wrapping* up for 2013.  Rick has done a super fine job once again of heading this project for Washington County.  Many toys have been delivered and more to follow, thanks to many generous Washington County residents and hard work from Utah Dixie Detachment, Marine Corps League, members.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Veteran Job Fair

Jobs & Benefits Fair
for Veterans, active duty military members, 
Guard and Reserve members and their spouses
Thursday, January 23, 2014
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. • Dixie Center 
1835 Convention Center Drive
Workshops on resumé writing and interview skills will be held January 22 at the Dixie Center.
For workshop registration please call 801-432-4536 or 801-432-4242.
Employers: take advantage of this opportunity to prescreen qualified and talented applicants.
No cost to register at: Job Fair Registration

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Marine Visited Bloomington Hills

Here's a Spectrum article on a Marine Navajo Code Talker you might find interesting:

Navajo Code Talker in St. George

This code talker has a web site:  Samuel Holiday

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Veterans Day Parades

Marines from Utah-Dixie Detachment #1270, Marine Corps League, performed ceremonies and walked parades on Veterans Day 2013.  The Spectrum newspaper featured Marines as shown below:

Veterans Day Parade
11 Nov 2013 
The Few, The Proud!
SunRiver St. George's Honor Park Parade was the first parade of the day, followed by the St. George Parade, followed by the Washington City Parade.  Not only did you walk all three parades, you walked them twice - once for the parade and back along the parade route to get to your transportation!  Thank you, Marines!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

238th Marine Corps Birthday Ball

SunRiver St. George Community Center Ballroom was the scene of the 238th Marine Corps Birthday Ball, sponsored by the Utah Dixie Marine Corps League #1270 Detachment.  The room was packed, the entertainment superb, the cake ceremony exceptional and a good time was had by all.

Click here to see our photo album: 
 2013 Ball Photos
Dave Mineer's Photos 


 Audrey Wells, oldest Marine present at age 96, waiting for the first slice of Birthday Cake, 
which is then handed off to the younger Marine present, Mercy Wright.

238th Marine Corps Birthday Ball-St. George, Utah
9 November 2013

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Breakfast with Marines

On November 9, beginning at 8:30 a.m., the Utah Dixie Detachment #1270 is serving breakfast free of charge to all Marines who are members of the Detachment and to all Marines or Navy Corpsmen guests who are potential members.  It's a full breakfast, better than Grandma's, so be there or be square!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Raising the Flag

ST. GEORGE – The Dixie Elks Lodge #1743 held its first clay shooting competition at the Southern Utah Shooting Sports Park, Purgatory Clay Sports venue in Hurricane Nov. 2.  Prizes were awarded for the top shooters and high overall scores at a celebratory dinner at the lodge at 5 p.m.  The event will benefit Elks charities and youth activities, including scholarships.  Utah Dixie Marine Corps League Detachment #1270 raised the flag to begin the ceremonies.  OooRah!!

Commandant's November 2013 Message

The month of November remains one of the most important months to Marines - even beats out personal birthdays (as far as I am concerned).  It should not, however, beat out spouses or children (grandchildren) birthdays.  I don't believe that there is a Marine in the Detachment who cannot remember their first time celebrating the Marine Corps Birthday (and probably many after that experience). 

The first time I attended a Marine Corps Birthday Ball was in November 1949 at Camp Lejeune.  Since that time I have attended Marine Corps Birthdays every year I was in the Corps and many after I retired.  The most remember-able was in 1953 at Quantico.  This was the year that I met my wife, Okalene. I asked her to marry me after the next ten days traveling back and forth from Quantico to Washington, D. C. (And I didn't even own an automobile at that time).

From all reports I have read and heard this year's Marine Corps Ball will rank right up with the best one at St George.  (And may be the first one where the Detachment will break even financially.)  All tickets have been sold.  Each member of the Birthday Ball Committee has contributed their expertise and experience to ensure that all who attend will have the "Ball of their life."  The big surprise to all will be who has been selected as the oldest and youngest Marine (of record) to share the Birthday Cake honors.

We are mindful, however, that November contains other significant events e.g., Veterans Day, on November 11th where the Detachment will have the opportunity to join other military units at SunRiver and participate in honoring those who have served our nation. There also will be commemorations of two significant events in American history: November 19th will mark 150 years since President Abraham Lincoln delivered his now famous Address at Gettysburg, Penn, and November 22 the nation will commemorate 50 years since President John Kennedy was lost to an assassin's bullet.

I would be remiss if I didn't mention November 28th Thanksgiving Day.  A day where the traditional "Turkey" is shared and a time to reflect on all the blessings that we have experienced with our families and friends.  Let us not forget those that are in need locally and provide what we can to the Dixie Share and Care (628-3661).

D'Arcy Grisier, Commandant

Thursday, October 3, 2013

October 2013 Commandant's Corner

The month of October has finally arrived. Most of the children and grandchildren will be focusing on Halloween. While I enjoy the holiday - passing out candy and fruit, looking at the new costumes and trying to convince a five year old ghost that he has scared his grandparents - I caution all Marines to be extra careful as they drive through their neighborhood during the evening hours. Besides the Marine Corps Ball is right around the corner and we want all of you (and your guests) to attend.

The Marine Corps Ball committee is doing a great job. An update on their accomplishments (so far) should be included in the October Newsletter.

The leaders of your Detachment held their Monthly Meeting on the fourth Thursday of the month. This past meeting was quite interesting and informative. Many of you saw the display of the Dixie Detachment Charter. The encasement was built and donated by our own Rick Massey - thanks again Rick. The Charter will be displayed at all future Detachment Meetings.

Gene Gregory’s health has greatly improved and he has agreed to accept the Chairmanship of the "Donations Planning/Review Committee."  Clyde Johnston has accepted the assignment as Committee member.

By virtue of his current assignment (Paymaster), Jim Haney, will be an ex-officio on the Committee. An additional member will be announced soon. The primary mission of the Committee will be to develop an overall system for closely monitoring and reviewing the Detachment’s philanthropic works.

Bill Toole is doing a bang-up job as the PAO/Historian. Unbeknownst to me, his very competent wife, Donna, has been maintaining a comprehensive record of the Detachment over the years. Each year is encompassed in a three ring binder. These binders will be on displayed at each monthly Detachment meeting. Any questions ask Bill.

Oscar Garcia has volunteered to monitor the selling of Dixie Direct Books. The revenue has provided the Detachment with additional funds to help others. Ask your neighbors, friends, doctors, dentists, barbers, business acquaintances and others if they are going to purchase a Dixie Direct Book to purchase the book from you. You may take advance order(s). Make the contact NOW!! Books will be available end of October.

Our guest speaker for 14 October’s Monthly Meeting at Abby’s Inn is: Dr. Ben FOX, Neurosurgeon, Medical Center. Our thanks go out to Steve IKUTA for his dedication in ensuring that the Detachment always has outstanding speakers for our Monthly Meeting.

I hope all of the Fire Team Leaders have overcome all obsoletes and were able to contact the members of their Fire Teams. It was noted that a couple of telephone numbers were incorrect (and have now been corrected), preventing them from completing their task. One objective we are trying to reach is: Obtaining the REAL reasons why many members do not attend the Monthly meetings. As Commandant I appreciate feedback from conversations held: good - or bad. I ask all members to "TELL IT LIKE IT IS."

I encourage all Marines to attend the Marine Corps Ball - see you there.

D’Arcy Grisier, Commandant

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

September Commandant's Message

The passing of our beloved friend and fellow Marine William “Bill” Feeney brought sorrow to us all.  He will be remembered for his constant dedication and inspiration to do whatever may be requested.  In his last assignment as the Chairman of the GIVE BACK Program he was instrumental in spearheading available donations to the many needy organizations throughout the local area.  While these programs helped many, Bill always reminded us it is better to give then to receive.  As I write these words the Detachment is preparing to attend Bill's memorial service in Dammeron Valley on the 24th of August. May we make him Proud. 
D’Arcy Grisier

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Bill Feeney Memorial Service

24 August 2013 Dammeron Valley, Utah

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Bill Feeney Memorial Service

A memorial service for Utah Dixie Detachment #1270 member Bill Feeney will be held as follows:

When:        Saturday, 24 August 2013, at 4:00 PM.

Location:    Main Station, Dammeron Valley Fire Department.


1. Starting point is intersection of Red Hills Parkway & Bluff St. (Rte 18).

2. Proceed on Rte 18 for 23.0 miles. Right turn (note Red Dog Cafe on right).

3. Proceed .2 miles(2/10ths mile); Main building is on the left.

Uniform:  Marine Corps League Members who have dress blues, they should be worn.  Other members, black trousers, red polo shirt, black shoes, MCL cover.

Friday, August 16, 2013

2013 Steve Lewis Funeral Detail

Here's your funeral detail for the Steve Lewis graveside service.  Vietnam Vets also provided honors for this service.  Steve's son is Bryce Lewis, a 2007 Devil Pup, and Marine wounded in Afghanistan.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

2013 Devil Pups

At the August MCL Detachment breakfast meeting, five of eight Devil Pup graduates from the summer camp program at Camp Pendleton turned out to thank the Detachment for its support of their camp experience this year.  Here are these fine kids - a bright future is ahead of them!
 Daniel, McKenzie, Andrew, Justin and Ty

Sunday, August 4, 2013

August 10 - Monthly Meeting

Mark your calendars for this month's Detachment meeting.  8:30 Abbey Inn Annex, 1129 S. Bluff Street in St. George.  Breakfast at 8:30; meeting starts at 9:00.  Learn about Fire Teams and maybe a special surprise!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Funeral Detail 27 Jul 2013

Attention Utah Dixie MCL Members:  Funeral Detail
Saturday 27 Jul 2013 at Washington City Cemetery
Services for Corpsman Harris.

We need to be at the cemetery at 2:30 P.M. to practice and get ready for graveside services at the cemetery approximately 3:15 P.M.

We will need 12 people if we can so we can cover the rifles, flag folding, bugle and reading at the service. Need about 4 more bodies.

Stephen Handy, Chaplain