Monday, February 29, 2016

March Commandant's Corner

Both the Senior Vice Commandant (Dave Waters) and myself will be attending the Department of Utah Marine Corps League meeting which is being held in Salt Lake City, Saturday 5 March 2016. Topics to be discussed include:

Bring interest back to the Marine Corps League Convention

New Marine Corps League ribbon authorized for
“Honor Guard” participants.

We also will have an opportunity to discuss what Utah Dixie Detachment #1270 has accomplished since the last meeting I attended.  This is always the most enjoyable period in the meeting for me.  As a Detachment Commandant, I am proud of what we have accomplished and look forward to share with all in attendance our accomplishments.  If any member has anything they think would be of interest to add to the discussion(s), let us know before Friday, 4 March, and we will insure that it is presented at the meeting.

Many of you are aware of the “Special Birthday Card” that was prepared by the Detachment to send to Marine John L. Moon, Pfc (the last record of his rank).  Moon was involved in the first wave to capture Iwo Jima.  He has stated that he considers himself “lucky” since he was immediately shot on the beach and evacuated back to the states.  Pfc Moon lives in Macomb, Illinois and was celebrating his 100th birthday on 29 February.  Our National Commandant asked that all Detachments send a special card to Pfc Moon, c/o VFW Post 1921.  (The Post has taken it upon themselves to conduct this special “Birthday” Party for PFC Moon.)  It will be interesting to know how many “cards” were received.  I have been informed that the “Post” will send a picture of PFC Moon reading our card – we look forward to seeing the picture.

As of today we have 99 members of record.  (I am told that this number will increase by 2-3 at the next meeting.)  Of the 99 members, 42 have accepted some type of responsibility within the Detachment.  (Some have more than one type of responsibility).  I am happy to announce that Roger and Carolyn Clawson have accepted an assignment to help the staff at Switch Point.  Anyone else that might have some free hours that they could donate in assisting this worthwhile organization (Switch Point), please let me know.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Death of Jacquie Peterson's Husband

Jackie Peterson, of the Ivins Veterans Nursing Home, lost her husband to cancer today.  They had only had a few days' warning before he died.  This was sent out by Jackie:

02/26/2016:  The love of my life Martin passed away early this morning surrounded by all of his family.  I cannot believe we went to the hospital on Monday and he was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer and now he is gone.  I am thankful that he did not suffer.  I appreciate all of your love and support that you have given me through these last few days.  He is traveling home to Santaquin where he will be buried. He just wanted a graveside and I will keep you posted with the date and time.  Once again thanks for all the thoughts and prayers they really helped comfort me and I am so grateful for all of you.

Marty's obituary  

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Visit a Marine

Marines storm hospital room to rally around one of their own

See the video at this link compliments of Commandant Grisier:
Buddies Visit a Marine

Friday, February 5, 2016

2016 Birthday Ball Planning

Marines of Utah Dixie Detachment #1270:

The 2016 Marine Corps Ball will be held November 12th at the Sun River Community Center.  That may seem like a long way off but the time will pass quickly between now and then.  We’re starting to form a committee for the Ball and need a few good men and women.  We want five (5) volunteers for this task.  The most important person on the committee will be in complete charge of ticket sales.  This person needs to be able to concentrate solely on that aspect of the Ball.  Preferably, we’d like this person to not be a Staff member of the Detachment but rather from the ‘rank and file.’  Please call me, Pat Lisi, at 435-215-3090 to join the committee and also let me know if you will take the role of Sales so that I can tell you about the job.  Thanks, Marines!  We get better at the Ball every year, so the bar is rising!
Patrick Lisi
435 215-3090