We’ve backed off in good faith to try and give you a chance to straighten this problem out. But I am going to beg with you for a minute. I'm going to plead with you, do not cross us. Because if you do, the survivors will write about what we do here for 10,000 years.”

                    USMC General James “Mad Dog” Mattis

Next Meeting

Our next regular meeting will be held on Thursday, 21 Feb, 2019 beginning at 1830.  It will be held at our regular meeting place on the lower floor of the American Legion Post 74 building in Shadwell. The November and December meetings ar rplaced by the Marine Corps Birthday Party and th Christmas Dinner and Dance (see detalis below).  We do not normally meet in January.

Christmas Dinner & Dance

Our annual Christmas Dinner and Dance will be held on Thursday, December 13 from 1830 until the dance fever leaves you.  As in the past it will be held at the Elks Club (389 Elks Drive, Charlottesville - see map below). The price, $25 per person payable at the event, covers a great dinner and live music. A cash bar will also be available. Thanks to Hank Trautmann and his new volunteer assistant, Nancy Carver, for doing the work necessary to make this event happen!  Now all that is left to do is for you to pull out your best dancing shoes and get ready to help your fellow Marines celebrate the holidays.

2018 Marine of the Year

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Commandant Jim O’Kelley announced 2018’s Detachment Marine of the Year, Hank Trautmann.  Those of you who have worked with Hank on everything from the Belk’s fund raisers to the Spring Picnic and Christmas Dinner and Dance know how much he has contributed to our detachment.  And that doesn’t even start to touch all the responsibility and work of serving as Adjutant/Paymaster.  The award was well deserved - Congratulations, Hank!


Detachment Positions To Fill

Sr. Vice Commandant Maurie Roesch stated that we are still looking for a member to fill the Recruiting project lead.  Also, absent a member to fill the Programs and Presentations project lead, Maurie will coordinate with Commandant O’Kelley to try to identify programs for the monthly meetings.

Detachment Officer Elections

Elections will be held in the near future. Those members interested in assuming more responsibility should contact Sr. Vice Commandant Maurie Roesch ( or tel: 434-202-8045) to let him know.

American Legion Post 74 Update

Detachment member and American Legion Post 74 Commander Bruce Eades reported that Post 74 is offering 7 free memberships to our detachment members in a Legion recruiting effort.  He also reported that he recently attended a ceremony at Camp Pendleton in which the names of Marines killed in action at Fallujah, Iraq  were read.  Among the names was Cpl Bradley T. Arms.

Who Needs A Detachment Cover?

Carlton Crenshaw is the man to see if you need a MCL detachment cover.  You can contact Carlton by email at

Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Benefits

The Veterans Administration has identified a group of qualifying conditions that are related to the Camp LeJeune water contamination.  A list of the conditions and other details can be found at the following web site:  We have a local Veterans Service Representative, Pamela Zirkle, who can be very helpful in getting related claims filed and processed. She is located at 2211 Hydraulic Road, Suite 102, Charlottesville, VA 22901 and can be reached by email at or by phone at 434.295.2782.

DD 214s Needed 

If you are not now on active duty the detachment needs to maintain a copy of your DD214 on file.  Please send a copy to:

Carlton Crenshaw
1336 Broken Island Road
Palmyra, VA 22963

If you no longer have a copy of your DD214 it can be obtained through the National Personnel Records Center web site at

If you don’t have access to a computer we can help you draft a request letter.

Once A Marine, Always A Marine