Happy Birthday U.S. Marine Corps

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It was November 10, 1775 that the United States Marine Corps began, specifically with the Continental Marine, assuring our ships were safe and to assist landing forces. One of the first expressions you think of is “Semper Fi,” or “Always Faithful,” the Marine Corps motto. Then, you might think of “From the Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli, we fight our country’s battles in the air, on land, and sea,” the opening to the Marine Corps Hymn. Name someone you know locally who served as a member of the U.S. Marines. What distinguishes him or her to you?

Today’s Marine Corps serves in ground combat, aviation combat, logistics and command forces. Known to be decidedly accurate with weaponry, whether gun, knife, or hand-to-hand combat, a U.S. Marine is a fighting force that few opponents want to have to face. It’s not myth, it’s not hype, it’s for real.

Although not exclusively a trait only of the Marines, you do think of someone who is intense, focused, disciplined to the “nth” degree, and whose branch of service makes the phrase “Leave no man or woman behind” a code of honor and life that cannot and will not be breached.

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The term “Jarhead” is almost synonymous with “Marine,” within the U.S.M.C. itself. Instantly, you envision someone who has mastered hand-to-hand combat, who can survive desert climates, live under the worst weather conditions (from monsoons to intense drought), lacking food and water for longer than most people can be expected to survive.

The words “Marine sniper” just seem to go together because accuracy in marksmanship is a trait of importance. Bravery, courage, and refusal to leave a fellow Marine behind in combat are three more instant things we think of. Where do we get these images? We either know a Marine personally or we see them on television and in the movies. Fair enough to say.

Let’s face it, one of the most recognizable faces of the U.S. Marine Corps is not a Marine service person at all. It’s actor Mark Harmon, portraying Leroy Jethro Gibbs on the CBS drama, “NCIS.” There are two reasons it is acceptable to think of “Gibbs” when you think of Marine. For the 14 seasons it’s been on the air, “Gibbs” has never failed to be a Marine first, then NCIS employee second.

“Jethro” carries through Marine ideals faithfully in each episode. Second, the man who created the character and the show, Donald P. Bellisario, is a Marine who served four years and achieved the rank of sergeant. Bellisario created the show “JAG,” first, in which Marines and Navy personnel were depicted so positively that surely it had a role in serving as an exemplary recruitment tool. And for now 14 years, Marines and Naval personnel have come into the homes of millions of Americans in an exceptionally warm and positive way, based on Nielsen ratings. That’s positive to get you in the service, but what happens when you get there?

In the fiercely competitive and grueling training camps for Marine personnel, leadership characteristics come forward quickly. Each man and woman is taught the value of the life of each person in their unit. They are men and women together functioning as a single unit. There is no room for dislike and there is no time for dissension. It’s one for all, and all for one, just like the other service personnel branches.

As you review the names of those local Brazos Valley Residents whose names are recorded on our Wall of Honor, may we all take a moment to note them all and say thanks for their service to our country. We are all the better for it, every day we live here. Semper fi.

Cody D. Jones ‘02

Owner and Community Member

 

Brazos Valley Veterans Memorial

U.S. Marine Corps Personnel

A.H. Holland Winder

Travis C. Winder

J.P. ADAMS

Jason A. Adams

GEORGE A. “PETE” ADAMS, JR.

Robert Ray Akins

John Albers

Robert L. Allen

Dwight Reeve Allen, Jr.

George Amelia

JAMES W. AMOS

JOHN E. AMOS

TOMMY EUGENE ANDERSON

Richard Bret Anderson

Leonard James Arias

Robert Russell Armstrong

William Phillip Armstrong

Howard E. Austin

CLIFFORD AUTREY

Darrell Eugene Ayers

Richard E. “Rejy” Bacchus, Jr.

William L. Barba

Craig P. Barrow

ROY L. BARTON

WILLIAM C. BATTEN

Nathan E “Nate” Bauer, Jr.

JIM A. BAYER

NORMAN L. BEAL

Robert L. Beal

Paul D. Becker

Matthew Patrick Belcik

Timothy Bennett

Milton William Beran

Delroy J. Berdahl

Steven N. Berry

Peter E. Binion

ROBERT BIRDWELL

PAUL BLACK

  1. Gary Blair

Robert M. Blakely

Brett A. Bohne

Paul Mitchell Bonarrigo

ROBERT LEROY BOONE

Latham Boone III

Evan E. Borell

Joan Gregory Borell

JEROLD F. BORING

John Gregory Borrel

JAMES R. BOSWELL

Ernest E. Box

Raymond A. Box

Calvin Clay Boykin, III

BILLY RAY BRAATON

ROBERT ALLEN BRAATON

Ernest William Bracewell

Joseph Brandesky

Ercel Gene Brashear

JAMES O. BREWER

ROBERT E. BRISHER

Charles Ray Briton

August O. Brochu

John N. Brown

Luis Andres Bujanos

David Linton Burch

John Joseph Burchfield

O.T. “Ozzie” Burke

Carl Wm. “Bill” Burkhardt, Jr.

Carl William Burkhardt, Jr.

Olivia W. Burnside

Glenn G. Burnside, II

Benjamin Z. Burroughs

Christopher Buttry

Thomas L. Calvin

Frank Calvin

Earnest Stewart Camp

WILLIE N. CARGILL, JR.

LAWRENCE I. CARLSON

Jack Carpenter

Paul Tyler Carroll

Christopher Allen Carson

Juan B. Castillo

Danville Shaw Chadbourne

T.C. “Tom” Chandler

Thoams Ray Chaney II

WILLIAM W. CHARANZA

William H. Charlotn, Jr.

Rodney P. Chauvin, Jr.

Brian J. Chickadel

LEO S. CHILDERS

William J. Clark

Charles “Chuck” A. Clark

Coldy Jack Clemens

Lonnie Clinard

Bill Tom Closs

  1. Ross Closs

R.V. COLE

THOMAS T. COLE, SR.

Roland H. Collins

Roland K. Cook

William Frederick Cornish

LONNIE E. CRADDOCK

Floyd Crain

John Crenshaw

Mitchell Crenshaw

Carl Cummings

Norman Edward Cumings II

  1. David Cunningham

Herbert L. Currie

LUTHER BRACK DANIEL

Richard M. Daniels

LELAND L. DAVIS

Warren B. (Stub) Davis

Warren B. Davis

Jeffrey P. Davis

John F. Deatherage

TERRY M. DEES

Frederick A. Deitsch

ADOLPH C. DIAZ

ARTHUR E. DIXON

JAMES RAY DIXON

Daniel M. Dowd

John Daniel Dowling

William Ross Dowling

VICTOR B. DROZD, SR.

David Dudley

Weldon Dudley

Raymond Dusold

John W. Eason

William Truitt Easterling

WILLIAM S. EDMONDS

CLAUDE WALLACE EISSLER

EDWIN JOHN EYRE, SR.

JOE E. FANNIN

Thomas Joe Felts, Sr.

Daniel L. Fletcher

William Lamar Fly

Robert E. Fojt

Scott Alan Foltermann

Ronald “Ron” W. Forrester

Rex Forster, Jr.

John Fotorny

John H. foy

ERNEST E. FREEMAN

RAYMOND FREEMAN

Vernon L. Frenzel

Johnnie L. Garner

Johnnie L. Garrett

JOE O. GAUDET

HAL GAY

Darrell Ray Geisendorff

GEORGE P. GERONIME

Jeffrey E. Geronime II

Oliver Forrest Goen

Garrett Edward Goyen

Max Carl Grenwelge, Jr.

Charles D. Griffin

W.W. (Willis) Grisham, III

Ronald Malcolm Grout

Erik Kristoffer Grout

Calvin R. Guest

LEE ALAN HAINES

  1. Norman Earl Halbrooks

Herbert Byron Hancock

Stephen Colvin Hand

Tom Hanson

Tommy L. Hargrave

GEORGE L. HARMON

Milton L. “Bubba” Harris

Mark E. Hartman

Ernest L. “Dutch” Harvell

Mason G. Harvey

EDWARD F. HAVERKORN

Thomas J. Haynie, III

CURTIS WAYNE HAYS

EDWARD E. HAZEN, JR.

JOE LOVE HEDRICK

Edward O. Hefti

Jon Kerness Hennigan

Alton E. Hensarling

Arthur R. Hickle

Arthur Scott HIckle

K.D. “Jack” Hicks

Aubrey Hill

Patrick J. Hilton

JOEL ELIJAH HOGAN

Justin Lee Hollis

John Harvey Hood

RICK HUNT

A.J. ILER

Wayne Gilbert Irwin

Maurice H. Ivins

John T. Janik

Richard G. Jetton, Jr.

Harrell E. (Bubba) Johnson

Christopher Ardelle Johnson

Oran B. Jones

David R. Jordan

Steven P. Jordan

Gilbert Dario Juarez

Pascual Juarez, Jr.

Frederick J. Karch

CAROLYN KEMMER

JAMES KENNEDY

Michael Kennedy

Nat M. Kieffer

Tom Kiker

Jay T. Kimbrough

Travis W. Kiser

WILLIAM HORACE KLING

William Stephen Koran

Charles W. Kraatz

Christopher W. Latterman

James R. Lawrence

GERALD F. LENZ

William P. Lepore

LANCE R. LESCHPER

Amos Bennie “Lew” Lewallen

Colburn R. Lewis

CECIL LOCKHART

Bobby J. Loehr

George S. Lucas, Jr.

Donald L. Lueken

ROBERT L. LUZA

Stuart D. Lyda

Robbin D. Lynch

Sean William Lynch

JAMES EDWARD MAGUIRE

BEN T. “TOM” MAHONEY

GEORGE K. MALLARD

SAMUEL STEWART MALONE

Adren Morgan

B.V. Martin

Samuel F. Martin

Jose V. Martinez

RAYMOND  B. MARTINEZ, SR.

Jesse D.J. Massey

GAYLAND J. MATEJKA

William R. Mather

Russell N. Mather, Jr.

Harold Wayne Mathews

HIRAM MONDRICK MATHIS

DONALD J. MATOCHA

John Madison Mayes

Edwin L.Z. McAuliffe

MOR J. MCCARTHY

MARK A. MCCAULEY

Michael D. McCord

DARWIN MCCREARY

MORRIS J. MCCULLOUGH

John D. McGuire

RN “Nick” McGuire, Jr.

JEFFREY BRYAN MCILHANEY

ROBERT LEWIS MCINTYRE

Danny Lee McMillen

James Earl McMillen

CAROLYN D. MCMURRY

EDGAR D. MCMURRY

AARON L. MCNAIR

Paul David McNeel

Richard G. McPherson

Michael G. McPherson

Sean C. McPherson

K.C. MEADORS

THOMAS L. MEDINA

TALMADGE S. MERCER

R.Z. Michael

Rex Z. Michael

Rex Z. Michael, Jr.

Philip Ralph Milian

R.G. (Butch) Milan

T.P. Pat Milan

Thomas P. Milan

John H. Miller

Julian Creighton Miller, Jr.

Jack E. Mitchell

Norman S. Moise

Bruce W. Morehead, Jr.

Edward H. Moreland

Peter Alexander Moreno

Steven N. Morgan

William Ara Morgan, Jr.

CHARLES A. MORRIS

Richard H. Mueller

Richard Henry Mueller

BERT DAY MULLINSS

EDWARD BRENT MULLINS

JAMES F. MULLINS

FINNIE “MOON” MULLINS, SR.

CLAYTON J. MYERS

Christopher Ram Naraynan

George Luis Narro, Jr.

JAMES W. NEW

James Elmer Newcomb

LOUIS MURAT NEWMAN, III

FRANKIE E. NICHOLS

J.C. “Buddy” Oelkers

MICHAEL E. OGNDEN

Peter J. O’Hagan

Clarence L. Oldham, Jr.

Marion Earl Oldham

John Dyer Oliver

RONNIE L. OWENS

Michael Edward Palmer

Michael Andrew “Andy” Palmer

Tommy D. Palmos

Charles F. Palumbo

Alfred Ray Patterson

LONZELL PAYTON, JR.

Rufus Thomas Pearson, Sr.

ERIC D. PEASLEE

FRANKLIN H. PERRY

John V. Perry, III

GEORGE S. PHARIS

Garland Coke Pillow

  1. FRANK PIPES

LEE ANTHONY PIZALATE

Robert Plagens

H.M. PLOEGER

Douglas F. Pollard

Bernard Edward Polzer

BUCK E. PORTER

Molivàa Poyer

Gary Ross Rackley

Terry Edward Raines

KURT THOMAS RAMSEY

LOUIS DANIEL RAO

Douglas C. Rapé

Travis C. Rapé

Courtney M. Rapé

Ross Rayburn

William T. “Ted” Read

Jerry Owen Reed

Thomas L. Reeder

Richard Rees

Donald Ray Regmund

Johnny D. Restivo

Philip G. Restivo

HOY A. RICHARDS

Stephan H. Richardson

KENNETH ALAN RITCHIE

Anthony E. Rogers

Anthony Ruiz

Byron Ray Rychlik

Johnny Sage

DAVID SAHM

Joe Scanlin, Jr.

Ronald Schmidt

Karl Jakob Schneider

Alfred E. Scott

Woodrow Wilson Scott, Jr.

Ernest F. Sebesta

FRANK C.C. SEIFERT

Carl D. Sieter, Jr.

Anthony F. Serra

HERBERT SHELTON

Roger N.  Sheridan

Roger O. Sheridan

Scott Russell Shinn

Chris Shivers

Clinton A.K. Sikes

BENJAMIN CHARLES SIMPSON

Ormond R. Simpson

William Neal Simpson III

JOE C. SMITH

PATRICK MONROE SMITH

Lawrence Smith

Robert Pat Smith

  1. Lawrence Smith

Richard J. Soltis, Jr.

WALDEMAR C. SOSOLIK

RANDAL K. SOUTH

Herman Henry Spoede, Jr.

Derrek M. Stanfield

DON MERLIN STARKEY

Edward Anthony Stavinoha

EDDIE ROYCE STEPHENSON

Tommy Rex Stewart

John J. Surovic

Johnnie J. Surovic

Gerry W. Sweeten

STEVE TAGGART

Carol Talcott

EDWARD J. TANKERSLEY, JR.

Lyndon P. Thomas

James A. Thompson, Jr.

Malo Tigerina

Alice Tigerina

Billy Dupree Todd

Timothy Michael Trammell

ROBERT D. TUCKER

Edward D. Turcotte

James E. Turcotte

ROBERT L. TURNER

Bobby Lee Twitty

Gary Wayne Urso

Walter H. Vance

Matthew Ryan Bandergrift

Curtis Allen Vincent

CHARLES R. VROOMAN

THERESA JEWERAL WADE

Albert Morris Ward

Edward E. Ward

William Michael Warren

James Carroll Weaver, Jr.

Lewis Terry Webb

JOSEPH F. WEBER

Clint J. Weber

Russ M. Welch

Ian Crist Welch

J.E. (Coke Wellman)

J.E. Wellman

Lucas J. Wells

Jimmie L. West

Billy Joe Whalin

ROBERT NEIL WHITE

William K. White

Noel Edwin White

William K. White Jr.

Alan Spencer Whiting

Donald L. Wiley

Bobby R. Wilkinson

George Clifton Williams

Mitchell L. Williams

Wade Wilson

GARY L. WIMBERLY

L.E. WINDER, JR.

CARL WISEMAN

WILLIAM WESLEY WISEMAN

John Arthur Withers

Clarence C. Wolbrueck

Wilbur A. Woods

Dwight E. Woolston

Charley V. Wootan

Richard Raymond Wright

Jeffrey Alan Wright, Sr.

Glenn Wyatt

Kevin Wayne Yargo

Francis Henry Young

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