There is nothing better than getting shot at and missed. It’s really great.

                    USMC General James “Mad Dog” Mattis

2018 Veterans Day Activities

Our detachment was well represented in this year’s Ceterans Day Celebration at James Monroe Highland.  Comandant James O’Kelley was the featured speaker for the event and member Dave Free presented the wreath.

243rd Marine Corps Birthday Celebration

As in year’s past we celebrated the Marine Corps Birthday, our 243rd, with a party, Toys-For-Tots kickoff and a silent auction to support the Dogwood Vietnam Memorial.  We had the traditional cake cutting ceremony, a few beverages, and a lot of Marine camaraderie.  Links to pictures from the event, some would say a rogue’s gallery, can be found on our Photos page

Fiscal Year 2019 Planning Budget Adopted

A fiscal year 2019 planning budget was presented by Hank Trautmann based on the work of the budget committee (Maurie Roesch-team leader, Hank Trautmann, Phil Beard & Jim O’Kelley-final approval).  This planning tool will help guide us through the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2018 and will be available to help us decide how and if we should fund discretionary projects and contributions “after” all mandatory expenses have been met.  The tool is a living document and changes can be made through out the year as actual revenue and expense numbers become available.

Dogwood Vietnam Memorial Kiosk To Be Funded

As part of the budget discussion it was decided that all proceeds from our Marine Corps Birthday silent auction will be used to help the Dogwood Vietnam Memorial build an instructional audio-video kiosk at the memorial site.  This change was made since the final two memorial plaques will be completed with our $1500 donation from last year’s auction.

2018 Dogwood Vietnam Memorial Rededication

The annual rededication of the Dogwood Vietnam Memorial took place on Friday, April 20 at 1100.  Member Bruce Eades, who also serves as American Legion Post 74 Commander, led the ceremony and Commandant Jim O’Kelley, one of the main speakers, told the personal stories of four soldiers whose names are included on the monument.  Member Jerry Pusey presented a wreath on behalf of the detachment.  

Many of our members came to honor the 28 local men who lost their lives in the Vietnam War as evidenced by the conspicuous red covers spread throughout the crowd of several hundred.  Photos of the event can be found here.

Detachment Officer Elections

Detachment officer elections were held at the April meeting.  The majority were formally installed during the May meeting.  A list of our detachment’s officers for 2018  is included below:

Commandant (COM) -                    Jim O'Kelley

Sr. Vice Commandant (SVC) -        Maurie Roesch

Jr. Vice Commandant (JVC) -         Bill Saunders

Jr. Past Commandant (JPC) -         Carlton Crenshaw

Chaplain (CPLN) -                           Craig Hartburg

Adjutant/Paymaster (APM) -            Hank Trautmann

Sgt At Arms (SA) -                           Tim Taylor 

Web Sergeant (WS) -                       J. Phil Beard

Public Information Officer (PIO) -     Art Beltrone

Special Projects NCO (SPN) -         Jim Farrell

Thanks to all who volunteered to serve and best wishes for a great year.

Marine War Dog Project Donation

Following Marie Taylor’s presentation on Marine War Dogs the detachment voted to make a $500 donation to the project.  An email was sent out on Friday, April 20 that provided more information on the project and information on how individuals can also donate.

OK, a lot of us are dog lovers; but, more importantly, these dogs save Marine lives every day.  So, we’re hopefully making their job a little easier.

Women Marines Celebrate Their 100th Anniversary

Our Women Marine members: Kim Johnson, Nancy Carver, and Marie Taylor

There are some major events that you just have to celebrate and the 100th Anniversary of Women Marines is certainly one of those.  To prove it we joined with the members of American Legion Post 74 on the evening of February 15 to host a Mission BBQ catered dinner. Dinner was followed by a program that featured guest speakers, a video showing a brief history of Women in the Marine Corps and, of course, a ceremonial cake cutting.

We hoped that the event would serve as a recruiting opportunity as well as a celebration and we were not disappointed.  Two local TV stations and the local daily newspaper covered the event and several non member attendees expressed interest in our detachment. You can find photos of the event on our Photos page and a copy of the video on our Videos page.

2017 Holiday Dinner & Dance


We closed the book on 2017 and celebrated the holiday season in grand style at our annual dinner and dance.  As always the food and company were great and with the help of an adult beverage or two members displayed their skills on the dance floor as the night progressed.  

This event  has turned into a memorable detachment tradition as you can see by checking out the pictures on our Photos page. 

Vietnam Museum - Marine Pathway Dedication


On Saturday April 11, 2015 members of our detachment along with guests from the local American Legion Post 74 and staff from the Vietnam  Museum in Ruckersville joined to honor  Marines who have given their lives in combat from WWI to the present.  Commandant Bill Hughes talked about Marine sacrifices made in each war over the past 100 years then turned the ceremony over to Bruce Eades who outlined the Marine Corps' role in Vietnam with maps to show the key areas of combat ( a copy of Bruce’s remarks can be found here ).  Finally, Carlton Crenshaw, the organizer of this event, added a moving personal touch when he spoke of his experience as a young artillery officer during the siege of Khe Sanh. As the ceremony ended friends from the American Legion Post 74 provided a 21 gun salute and played taps as the group honored those who had fallen.  This memorial ceremony was organized to accompany the dedication of memorial bricks honoring fellow officers who served with Carlton Crenshaw and lost their lives in Vietnam. The memorial  brick pathway can be seen at the museum and in photos from this event on our photos page

Once A Marine, Always A Marine