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

                    USMC General James “Mad Dog” Mattis

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. 

2017 Marine Corps Birthday Party

We had a great turnout for this year’s celebration of the Marine Corps birthday.  And while partying we managed to raise over $1500 in our silent action, enough to buy two more plaques for the Dogwood Vietnam Memorial.  Last but not least we kicked off our annual Toys-For-Tots drive with a sizable stack of toys donated by our party guests.  Additional photos can be viewed through links on our Photos Page.

JAG School USMC Birthday Celebration

Sr. Vice Commandant Maurie Roesch represented our detachment as a participant in the JAG School’s annual Marine Corps birthday celebration.  Their ceremony was also held on November 9; so, including our own party, that left Maurie with a lot of cake to consume in one day.  But, as you might expect of a Marine, he undertook the task and successfully completed it.  Additional photos can be viewed through links on our Photos Page.

2017 Veterans’ Day Ceremony

Member Kim Johnson represented our detachment at the American Legion Post 74 Veterans Day Memorial Ceremony.  With temperatures in the 30’s it was a dedicated group that came together in the open air pavilion to honor our country’s veterans; but, the cold did not seem to dampen the spirit of those in attendance. Still, you really had to feel for the brass section of the band, those cold mouthpieces can make playing tough.  Additional photos can be viewed through links on our Photos Page.

October, 2017 Dinner Meeting

Member Jim Farrell worked with Mission BBQ to feed around 25 Marines  prior to our regular October meeting.  Both the food and turnout were great!

In addition to the regular member turnout we hosted three new recruits. And we had a distinguished visitor, James Barrett, Commandant of the Department of Virginia.  James attended our meeting to present us with an award for finishing third place in the state newsletter competition.

Annual Spring Picnic: 7/21/2017

The Spring Picnic was slightly delayed; so, lets call it a mid-summer picnic.  As you might expect the weather was HOT, close to 100.  But, none of that stopped our members and their guests from enjoying good food, good beer , and good company.  In fact it was so much fun we’ll probably do it again next year!  Photos from the event can be found on our “Photos” page.

Bill Hughes Memorial Service: 6/10/2017

Well over 100 people including family, friends, and representatives from veterans’ groups, civic organizations, and political groups joined to celebrate the life of Bill Hughes on the morning of June 10.  The ceremony was held in a packed Scottsville VFW Post 8169 building. Speaker after speaker rose to talk about the impact that Bill had on their lives and on their organizations. It was clear from all that was said that Bill will be missed by many and that he made a significant contribution to those around him while he was with us.

A few photos from the ceremony can be found on our Photos page.

Dogwood Festival Parade Honoring Vietnam Vets

The Dogwood Festival Grand Feature Parade was held on Saturday, April 22.  This year’s parade honored Vietnam Veterans and awarded them a prominent position at the head of the parade.  Cub Scouts and Brownies ran ahead of the parade distributing flags to the crowds along the parade route and several local high school and middle school marching bands added to the festivities.  With floats from many other local organizations and the always popular Shriners in their miniature cars, the crowd was well entertained  while the rain just managed to hold off until the end.

Photos from the parade can be found on our web site’s photo page and a video capturing highlights of the event will be added to the web site by the end of April.

Dogwood Vietnam Memorial - 51st Rededication

This year’s rededication of the Dogwood Vietnam Memorial was held on Friday, April 21.  A crowd of several hundred people gathered to watch the community pay it’s respects to the 28 local heroes who lost their lives in the Vietnam War.  

Member Bruce Eades led the ceremony and Commandant Jim O’Kelley spoke about the personal lives of four of the men honored by the monument.  American flags that had flown over the monument were presented to the families of the four.

Pictures from the event can be found on our web site’s photo page and a video capturing highlights of the event will be added to the web site by the end of April.

Med Hammon: 1927-2017

Member Med Hammon, a WWII veteran, passed on March 2, 2017.  His body was cremated in a private ceremony and we do not have any information on plans for a public memorial.  We will pass on any information as it becomes available.

Member Med Hammon shown on the right with members Monte Hatfield (center) and fellow WWII veteran Peck Whitcomb (deceased) (left) at our 2010 Marine Corps Birthday Party.

New Officer Slate Elected

Detachment Officer elections were held during our February 16 monthly meeting.  All officer candidates were unanimously approved and immediately administered their oath of office by Jr, Past Commandant Carlton Crenshaw.  The newly elected slate of detachment officers includes:

Commandant - Jim O'Kelley

Sr. Vice Commandant - Maurie Roesch

Jr. Vice Commandant -Bill Saunders

Jr. Past Commandant -Carlton Crenshaw

Chaplain - Craig Hartburg

Adjutant/Paymaster -Hank Trautmann 

Sgt At Arms - Tim Taylor 

Web Sergeant - J. Phil Beard

Public Information Officer - Art Beltrone

Special Projects Office - Jim Farrell

Commandant William (Bill) Hughes: 1945 - 2016

Bill Hughes, who served as our detachment Commandant for the past six and half years, passed away suddenly on Friday, December 9.  He was just three days away from his seventy-first birthday. 

His family has planned that the immediate memorial services will be private. But, a public memorial service will be held in the spring to allow members of the many veteran groups with whom Bill worked to pay their respects.

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Bill served in the Marine Corps from 1966 - 1968 where he saw combat action during some of the most intensive fighting of the Vietnam war.  As a Corporal and a squad leader in a rifle company he felt a strong sense of responsibility for his men, that same sense of responsibility and service that he later brought to the veteran community here in central Virginia.

Bill was not only a Marine that served his country and his fellow veterans, he was also a husband, father and grandfather.  He leave’s behind a son, a daughter-in-law, and two teenage grand daughters who typically accompanied him to detachment social functions.

Bill Hughes made a difference in this world and he will be missed by all who came to know and respect him. 

Semper Fi.

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