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PGR Mission Alert: Timothy S. Stauffer

Timothy S. Stauffer
US Army Korean War Veteran
1 AUG 2014
Selinsgrove, PA

The family of Timothy S. Stauffer has requested the Patriot Guard Riders stand to honor his service to our nation at his funeral service and interment, August 1, 2014. A three year Army veteran, Tim served during the Korean War. Tony, Tim’s son, is Maryland PGR and requested his PGR PA brothers to join him as his father is laid to rest. Timothy Stauffer is a patriot who served our country with honor and now it’s our turn to stand and honor him.

Christ Community United Methodist Church
3939 Park Road
Selinsgrove, PA

Staging: 0930 HRS
At the church

ESCORT & INTERMENT: following service
Orchard Hills Cemetery
Baldwin Boulevard
Shamokin Dam, PA

RCIC: Sid Alpaugh, RC Region 3



U.S. Marine Corps Rifle Range Camp Matthews

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It includes excellent historical film footage shot at Camp Matthews from the 1930s to 1964 when the rifle range closed and training was relocated to Edson Range at Camp Pendleton.

Scenes in this video include shooting with the Springfield, Garand and M-14


Marine Corps News From World War Two: One Grenade Nets Three Jap Swords


Four Jap officers peered out of the mangrove brush here for the last time, and Sgt. Howard C. Dickey, a section leader of a Marine unit, thereby became the owner of three Samurai swords. Dickey, who hails from Enhaut, Pa., spotted the four hiding in the thick brush during the fierce fighting. When they saw the advancing Marines, they started to run away. The sergeant quickly threw a grenade, instantly killing three of the Japs. The fourth, slightly wounded, escaped.

As Dickey was removing the swords from the dead officers’ bodies, a bullet whizzed past his head. The wounded Jap sprang from a nearby “spider trap” foxhole and attempted to fire his pistol a second time. A well-aimed bullet from the rifle of PFC. H. J. Speake of South Gate, Calif., killed the fourth Jap officer, thus saving Sgt. Dickey’s life.

Sgt. Jack A. Gertz.

From the 25March1944 issue of the Marine Corps Chevron

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Marine Corps News From World War Two: Interpreters To Wait ‘Til ‘Tokyo Day’ To Re-Enlist


A couple of interpreters with nothing to interpret, 2dLts. Cheung Keun Lee and Rev. Yonjr Hak Park are returning to civilian life after two months on Guadalcanal.
The young Koreans served as scout-interpreters but had only one live Jap’ to interview and he was so weak from hunger that he gave little Information.
“The Japs are good fighters because they are ashamed to be captured,” said Lt. Yong. “They wanted to die so the Marines had to kill them.”
The pair was attached to a Raider unit at the time they completed a years duty in accordance with a government contract, and traveled 15,000 miles through the Pacific and South Pacific.
Rev. Yong intends to return to his pastorate with the San Francisco Korean Methodist Church.
Cheung will remain in Los Angeles. B
Both hope to return to active duty when the time comes to move on Tokyo, they said.

From The May 1943 Issue Of The Marine Corps Chevron

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Marine Corps Photos: Lead From the Front

Arlington, Va. native 2nd Lt. James Warlick, second platoon commander, Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment leads his Marines and attachments through a series of trenches during a live-fire platoon attack at the Infantry Platoon Battle Course, Range 10 in the Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii, July 20, 2013.

Marine Corps Moto Photo 5


Korean War Corsairs and F9F Panthers

This video shows Marine F4U Corsairs providing close air support during the withdrawal from the Chosin Reservoir, demonstrating the why these pilots were justly revered by veterans of this operation. It closes with clips showing the latest in Korean War-era technology with the F9F Panther adding the capabilities of jet aircraft to the Marine Corps air arsenal.

For more information about this video, please contact the Marine Corps Archives & Special Collections, Quantico, VA.


U.S. Marine Corps Legends: General Robert H. Barrow

General Robert H. Barrow, 27th Commandant of the Marine Corps, was born 5 February 1922 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After attending Louisiana State University, he enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1942 and was commissioned a second lieutenant 19 May 1943.

Lieutenant Barrow subsequently served as Officer-in-Charge of an American team attached to a group of Chinese Nationalist guerrillas. He entered China via India and after many months of operations along the periphery of the area held by the Japanese in central China, his team entered Japanese occupied territory and conducted intensive guerrilla operations for the last seven months of World War II. For this service, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V”. After the war, Lieutenant Barrow remained in China for another year, six months of which was spent in Shanghai and six months in the Tientsin-Peking area.

He returned to the United States in October 1946, and served as Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General, Fleet Marine Force (FMF), Atlantic, until September 1948. Captain Barrow then completed the Amphibious Warfare School, Junior Course, Quantico, Virginia.

From 1949 until 1950, he served as Commanding Officer of Company A, 1st Battalion, 2d Marines, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

During the Korean War, he led Company A, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, in the Inchon-Seoul operation and the Chosin Reservoir campaign. For the latter he was awarded the Navy Cross for holding a pass near Koto-ri on 9-10 December 1950.

In February 1956, he commenced an eighteen month tour with the 2d Battalion, 6th Marines, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. From the summer of 1957 to the summer of 1960, he served as the Marine Officer Instructor, NROTC Unit at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana. In September 1959, he was promoted to lieutenant colonel.

Colonel Barrow graduated from the National War College in June 1968. He then served in the Republic of Vietnam, as Commanding Officer, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein), and as Deputy G-3, III Marine Amphibious Force. During the nine months he served as Commanding Officer of the 9th Marines, his regiment participated in numerous combat actions in the vicinity of the DMZ, Khe Sanh, Da Krong Valley, and A Shau Valley. For extraordinary heroism in Operation Dewey Canyon, he was awarded the Army Distinguished Service Cross.

After promotion to brigadier general, he served as Commanding General at Camp Butler, Okinawa. On further promotion to major general, he became Commanding General, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island. He was promoted to lieutenant general in 1975 and assigned to Headquarters Marine Corps as Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower. In 1976, he was named Commanding General, FMF, Atlantic, at Norfolk.

General Barrow became the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps in July 1978, so serving until appointed the Corps’ Commandant on 1 July 1979.

General Barrow was the first Commandant to serve, by law, a regular four-year tour as a full member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He was instrumental in acquiring approval of production for the Marine Corps of the American-modified Harrier aircraft, in awakening interest in new and improved naval gunfire support, in getting amphibious ships included in the Navy’s new construction programs, and in returning hospital ships to the fleet, especially on station with Marine Corps amphibious task forces.

General Barrow retired as Commandant on 30 June 1983 and returned to his native state of Louisiana. Upon retirement he was presented with the Distinguished Service Medal.

General Barrow died in his sleep on 30 October 2008 and was laid to rest at Grace Episcopal Church Cemetery in Saint Francisville, Louisiana.

In addition to the Distinguished Service Medal, a complete list of his medals and decorations include: the Navy Cross; the Army Distinguished Service Cross; the Silver Star Medal; three Legions of Merit; the Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V” and Gold Star in lieu of a second award; the Presidential Unit Citation with one bronze star; the American Campaign Medal; the World War II Victory Medal; the China Service Medal; the National Defense Service Medal with one bronze star; the Korean Service Medal with three bronze stars; the Vietnamese Service Medal with one bronze star; four Vietnamese Crosses of Gallantry with Palm; the Republic of Vietnam National Order, Fifth Class with Gold Star in lieu of a second award; the United Nations Service Medal; and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

Source: United States Marine Corps History Division


Quotes About Marines

“The intent of cultivating mental discipline is to produce Marines who are capable of understanding and handling the complexities of modern warfare; tactically and technically competent; capable of decision making under any combat condition; constantly thinking and situationally aware; and who posses the virtually instinctive impluse to do the right thing, for the right reason, in the right way.”

Captain Jamison Yi, USMC in “MCMAP and the Warrior Ethos”, Military Review, November-December 2004, page 23.


The Town of Hoosick Falls Tribute Flag

The Town of Hoosick Falls Tribute Flag
Barlow’s Knoll Flag Pole
Gettysburg Battlefield
Gettysburg, PA
31, July, 2014

“The Town of Hoosick Falls Tribute Flag Program is dedicated to flying their 6′ x 9′ casket flag over every cemetery where a son of Hoosick Falls lay buried. This Tribute Flag began its journey having been flown for 24 hrs. over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. Seven National Cemeteries throughout Europe have committed to honoring the town’s request to fly this flag for 24 hrs. at their cemeteries where over 66 WWI and WWII Hoosick Falls veterans lay buried. The flag has already flown over a cemetery in Sicily. The flag is currently back in the United States and in conversation with the Tribute Flag Program organizers the Patriot Guard Riders have committed our resources to see that this Tribute Flag is flown over the 17 Civil War Battlefield cemeteries where 25 sons of Hoosick Falls lay in eternal rest.”.
The PGRNY is escorting this flag to Gettysburg PA, Antietam MD and Harpers Ferry WV. It will then be passed off and continue on its journey to the following places;
Winchester National Cemetery, 401 National Ave, Winchester, VA
Manasas Battlefield – 2nd Bull Run, VA
Wilderness and Spotsylvania Battlefields near Fredericksburg, VA
Cold Harbor, outside of Richmond, VA
Boydton Plank Rd, Alberta, VA
Albert Horton Veterans Cemetery, near Suffolk, VA
Fort Fisher, NC (perhaps the Wilmington National Cemetery in Wilmington, NC)
Folly Island, SC (perhaps in the Beaufort National Cemetery)
Andersonville Prison, Andersonville, GA
Chalmette National Cemetery, New Orleans, LA
Morganza Bend, LA
Pleasant Hill, LA
Brownsville, TX

Come out and support New York and the heroes Hoosick Falls NY by helping escort this flag.

STAGING: 31 JULY 2014 08:15
Quality Inn
380 Steinwehr Ave
Gettysburg, PA

ESCORT: 08:30
To Barlow’s Knoll Flag Pole Gettysburg Battlefield

To Antietam Battlefield MD [ Approx 1 hr] Raise Flag at 10:45

To Harpers Ferry Battlefield, WV [Approx. 30 min] Raise Flag at 12:15
Bill Schaaf
Asst. State Captain
NYPGR is leading the ride.
Douglas “Doc” Kimbell

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Douglas “Doc” Kimbell
State Captain
Patriot Guard Riders Pennsylvania


Marine Week 2014 – Official Trailer

Seattle, Washington, United States
The Emerald City will play host to the fifth annual Marine Week, July 26 – August 3, 2014.
Marine Week is a celebration of Community, Country and Corps – providing the American public the unique experience to directly connect with hundreds of Marines.


Marine Corps Poems: A Sergeant of Marines

You have heard stories told
Of men that were bold,
And didn’t have an ounce of fear.
Now you can believe,
Can even conceive,
That there really are
Some members of that breed.

If you want to see the type
Of which I write,
Then join the
The United States Marines.

They make sergeants there
That are four square,
And some of them
Are really mean!
Now they don’t mean to be,
It’s just that they
Can see the faults
That dwell in you and me.

You know it hurts their pride
And they cannot abide
A Marine that is not
As he should be.
A sergeant takes you aside
And explains in words
A little snide
That you had better
“Shape up or ship out!”

It is their prideful duty,
And the Corps
Will back them up,
To make of you
What you ain’t
Never been before:
A United States Marine.

Robert Cook


Marine Corps News From World War Two: Cooking Wasn’t Fighting So They Skipped Overseas


Two Marine mess sergeants who served in World War I weren’t content with assignments in the States and through strenuous efforts had their classifications changed so they could be transferred to combat areas.*And so it may be said that a “fighting man’s life begins at 40,” for Sgts. George H. Mills and William Lawrence McCarthy sr. both attached to an MP company here.
Both Mills and McCarthy went through boot training at San Diego and were assigned to Terminal Island at Long Beach, Calif., for duty. They had enlisted in Class IVC which put them in non-com-batant service and limited their service lo the continental U. S.
Persistent efforts resulted in their transfer to Class 1118 to become part of FMF and eligible for combat duty. Both had to pass new physical examinations to be reclassified.
Mills, 44, served with the Army 27 years ago. His unit fought the Mexican forces which raided Columbus, N. M.
In World War I he was a line sergeant and served overseas.
He was a steward at Sun Valley, Ida., until enlistment.
McCarthy, 43, has one son serving in the Navy at Midway Island and a youngster at home. He enlisted in the Corps in 1918 when he was a railroad lineman in Chicago.
He trained at League Island, Philadelphia, saw duty at Quantico, Virginia, and was aboard the USS Mississippi in the Atlantic Ocean when the war ended.

From The May 1943 Issue Of The Marine Corps Chevron

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