124 Sheath Drive
Columbia, SC 29212-2211
Phone: 803-781-4337 or 803-477-8608 cell
Meeting Date and Time:
2nd Thursday of each month (except as may be noted below as Upcoming Event), 1800 Chow Call, 1900 Meeting, No Alcohol, 2000 hrs Adjourn!
DAV State Hdq Bldg
511 Violet Street
West Columbia, SC 29169
Charter Date: 21July2003
ABOUT US: Detachment 1141 was chartered 21July2003. Charter Members are: Nadia A. Coccaro (Cmdt), Franklin E. Wilbur, Michael Coccaro, Thomas C. Rollins, Ronald L. Rucker, Ronald F. Millis, Sr., Robert L. Sargent, Alan L. James, Bart Case, James T. Seay, Jr., Ronald D. Dake, Roscoe H. Schell, James Vinyard, Denver M. Hoffman, Sr., Jim Campbell, R. W. Hughes, ((Jared or James (last name illegible)), George H. Long, Jr., James A. Goudelock, Harry R. Spires; Officials were: Meg Thoburn, Natl Adjutant & Paymaster; John P. Tuohy, Past Natl Cmdt; Ralph E. Knox, and Ed Hammond, Dept Cmdt.
MORE ABOUT US: Our detachment's namesake, since deceased 29March1998 (aged 76), is Korean War Medal of Honor recipient Harold E "Speedy" Wilson. We also boast the membership of Vietnam Medal of Honor recipient General James E Livingston. Our membership is composed of Marines and Corpsman from WWII to date, as well as Associate and Honorary members. Speedy Wilson detachment is active in community and military affairs and works closely with the Greater Columbia Marines Foundation, Blue Star Mothers, Wounded Warriors, Toys for Tots, Ultimate Challenge Mud Run, and our Marine Corps Reserve Unit, F Co., 4th LAV Bn., McCrady Training Center, Fort Jackson, SC.
HOW CAN I BECOME A MEMBER? Contact any officer in the right hand column, or any member, or request a membership application from the Web Sergeant, which can be E-mailed to you, fill it out and submit to the above 'snail-mailing address' or to the Senior Vice Commandant by clicking on his name in the right-hand column, or simply bring it to us, and be our guest, at our next 'Meeting Date and Time' as indicated above. Welcome aboard!
CHAPLAIN’S MUSINGS 13January2014:
Have you ever been in a conundrum? A conundrum is defined as an intricate and difficult problem. For instance, you are on a diet and someone offers you a hot fudge sundae, or you’re trying to figure out how many relatives you have after you just won the lottery. A conundrum I have had for years is how to balance being an American with being a Christian. That may be easy for you, but not so for me.
America is a democracy or a representative form of government. As such, it is a country that values human life and liberty. We try to be a haven for immigrants who seek to find value and freedom as did our forefathers. Yet, we have restrictions against illegal immigrants so as to maintain law and order. My Christianity, however, requires me to love, respect and accept all human beings. My conundrum – do I love and support illegals or do I report them to the authorities?
Our democracy also guarantees freedom of religion. That means every American can worship GOD or god or not worship any god at all. A group of Satanists, uncomfortable with the Ten Commandments hanging in the Oklahoma State House, want to put a pentagram-shaped throne there with a figure of a goat-headed, horned, long-bearded Satan engraved on it. Since we all have religious liberty, Satanist, Hindus, Moslems. Jews, Atheists, Christians, etc. have a right to worship as they please. My conundrum – is it okay to place the pentagram alongside the Ten Commandments?
As Americans, we have an obligation to protect our country against any threat. I am an old Marine and am patriotic to the bone. I learned how to carry a weapon and how to use it. To be sure, I would have used it! However, GOD, whom I trust, has given a command that “Thou shalt not kill.” My conundrum – as an obedient Christian, is there a time when to kill is proper?
I love my GOD and my country, but sometimes being both is not as easy as it looks!
Semper Fi., Semper Love, Chaplain Jimmy. PS: Click on my name in the right-hand column if you wish to reply =>
INSTALLATION & AWARDS: Saturday, 08Feb2014, 1600 hrs (4:00pm), DAV Hq Bldg. The meal was catered by Hudson’s BBQ. Cost of meal only six-dollars per person. Hudson's generously waived the delivery charge because our members are all Veterans. The Menu was Hudson's Signature Fried Catfish and BBQ Pork Hash & Rice; Macaroni & Cheese; Broccoli Salad; Rolls & Butter; Condiments include, Tartar Sauce, Pickles & Onions; Tea; Banana Pudding. Uniform of The Day and dress code semi-formal evening. Red blazer, but don't let that hold you back. Garrison cap P/C is really all you need to be in uniform. Connie Jo again wishes to thanks us all for the trust we have placed in her, and for the opportunity to serve the league as our Mess Sergeant, she says she really does enjoy doing it. But then of course it is we who must shout-out a big "thank you" to you Connie Jo! Ooh-Rah! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
JROTC: Detachment representatives Marines Jimmy Goudelock and Thomas Tefft will at the appropriate times present the Marine Corps League 'Harold E Speedy Wilson Outstanding Leadership Award' to Cadet recipients at 7 high schools: Airport, Swansea, Pelion, Batesburg-Leesville, White Knoll, Lexington, and Brookland Cayce. A big shout-out to Paul Younghaus for his past years of JROTC volunteer service!
EAGLE SCOUT AWARDS: As of 19April2012, Judge Advocate David Rummel has accepted the position of Eagle Scout Good Citizenship Awards Program Representative. Thank you David. Ooh-Rah! email@example.com
DETACHMENT HISTORIAN: As of 11Feb2012, Jesse "Doc" James has accepted this position. Please provide Jesse with all the information and help you can give. Thanks Jesse. Ooh-Rah!
AWARDS CHAIRMAN: As of 13Jan2013, Sr Vice Commandant Charlie Sullivan has accepted the appointed position as Detachment Awards Committee Chairman. Thanks Charlie. Ooh-Rah!
BATTAN DEATH MARCH: IRMO High School JROTC Memorial "Battan Death March" in memory of Donovan "Don" Pike (USMC). These yearly marches are designed to benefit Honor Flights of South Carolina. Benefit items may be purchased at a concession stand out front of the main IRMO High School entrance, plenty of parking space. Don's wife Polly is a frequent visitor during this event. Proceeds from the sale of luminaries, shirts and snacks goes toward funding Honor Flights SC.
"ROMEO" (Really Old Marines Eating Out)! Chow call 0700 every Wednesday at "Just Us Cafe", 1208 Knox Abbott Drive in Cayce. Palmetto Marine's detachment, Speedy Wilson detachment, and others, all are welcome! Just Us Cafe would like us to know that we are welcome at all other times, except Monday they are closed.
FIRST RESPONDERS 9-11 MEMORIAL, Columbia Convention Center: Under the 'Silver Donor' catagory, 3rd line item, inscription reads, "Harold E. "Speedy" Wilson Detachment 1141, Marine Corps League" which is prominently displayed on a plaque, center stage facing the monument. OO-Rah!
MUD RUN (SPRING 2014): 12April2014 - More later, WATCH THIS SPACE! www.ultimatechallengemudrun.org
MUD RUN (SPRING 2014): 12April2014 - Volunteers will again Man up! Woman up! Sign up! and will show up at o'dark-thirty to work the Runners Check-in station. They are: Arnold Duseberg, Jimmy Goudelock, Charles Hardy, Jesse James, Bill Lawson, Glen Molen, Connie Jo Molen, Chuck Paxton, Penny Paxton, David Rummel, Mary Gay Rummel, Beulah Scott, Bill Shunkwiler, Larry Shunkwiler, Charlie Sullivan, Steve Szymanski, Thomas Tefft. Do not malinger and miss your chance to face up to the Leatherneck! And remember, Blood Clots...Bones Heal...Sweat Dries...but PRIDE is FOREVER! You won't believe how much Semper Fi., Semper Fun, run, run, run this is until you join in! Visit the USMC 'Ultimate Challenge' Mud Run website at http://www.usmcmudrun.org/. Mud Run Check-in Team Captain is Jr Past Cmdt., Adjutant Glen Molen, Phone: 261-0573 cell or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. To volunteer contact Team Captain Glen Molen or Larry Shunkwiler, Phone: 781-7273 or E-mail: email@example.com.
NATIONAL MID-WINTER CONFERENCE: 13-15Feb2014 - Fairview Park Marriott, Falls Church, VA
NATIONAL CONVENTION: 30Jul-10Aug2014 - Embassy Suites Hotel, 300 Court St., Charleston, WV
OPERATION STOLEN HONOR: 11October2012 Awards were presented to AFJROTC Swamp Fox Company DSDD2, Ashley Ridge High School, Summerville, SC and WIS-TV for the finding, recovery and return of Harold E "Speedy" Wilson's detachment colors and irreplaceable awards streamers. In attendance were, Ron Dake, Charles Hardy, Joe Hoffman, Jesse "Doc" James, Bill Meyers, Paul Quattlebaum, John & Aggie Sigh, and Charles Sullivan. Ooh-Rah!
TOYS for TOTS 2013: Det Rep is Larry Shunkwiler - "Speedy" Team members with locations West of the Broad River are, Bob & Carolyn Lewis; David & MaryGay Rummel; Doc & Tarry Wilson; Frank Finch, Fred & Jill Barton; Jimmy & Dee Goudelock; John & Aggie Sigh; Nadia and son Steven Coccaro; Rudy DiPietro; Tom Tefft, Larry Shunkwiler, son Bill, and daughter Susan; and RCSD Fred Williams. Our mission is to assist USMC I&I Staff Marines essentially with delivery and picking-up of drop boxes. Harold E "Speedy" Wilson and Palmetto Marines detachments divide locations West and East of the Broad River respectively, we also attended and assisted in accepting and loading of toys at many events. Tuesday, 01 October 2013 launched this year's mission. Semper fi., Semper fun, ho! ho! ho! Visit Toys for Tots website at: http://eastover-sc.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/Default.aspx
MARINES HELPING MARINES: We Marines all know what it means to hear the words "Corpsman Up!" cried out! FMF Corpsman never hold back, they rush to give aide! But when we hear the words "Corpsman Down!", that is when we ALL RUSH to give aide and comfort. Such was the case with Doc Wilson who had suffered a horrific mishap with a bush-hog resulting in the loss of both his feet. A Blood Drive was conducted in honor of Carl Doc Wilson 04-09June2012 at the Red Cross which was a HUGE success! Doc is now back in the fight helping others! Ooh-Rah Doc, Ooh-Rah!
HONOR FLIGHT: Next is 07 May 2014 - Please note that detachment members Bill Meyers and Kevin Shwedo are members of the Board of Directors of Honor Flights of South Carolina. WWII and Korean War Vets check-in begins at 0500 (5:00am). Our heroes return at ~1900 (7:00pm) to a huge reception in the Main Terminal. Please let Bill Meyers know, Phone: 238-1946 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, that you will help by greeting our Vets at check-in, departure and/or return. Uniform of the Day is Red Blazer if ya got it and cover. See you on deck. Parking is FREE.
FLAG DISPOSAL: If you have a soiled US flag that needs to be properly disposed of. Bring it to a detachment meeting and turn it in to the Sgt at Arms who will see that it makes it's way to the drop-box in front of VFW Post 8738, 424 Cedarcrest Drive, Lexington, SC. Or you may take it there yourself via I-20 West to right turn onto Hwy-1, to left at light onto Cedarcrest Drive, which crosses back over I-20, to VFW parking lot on right.
SEMPER FI MAGAZINES: Remember to place your old Semper Fi magazines where they can be picked up and enjoyed by others, waiting rooms, etc.
CAROLINA CANINES FOR VETERANS: www.carolinacanines.org
MISSION READY MUTTS, INC: www.4luckydogz.com/
HISTORY AND LORE OF THE OLD CORPS: www.scuttlebuttsmallchow.com/links.html
CHAPEL OF FOUR CHAPLAINS AWARD: http://www.fourchaplains.org
NEW! -> MARINES HELPING MARINES: Doc Carl Wilson says he is now ready to "give-back" to any Marine in need by calling upon him, "Corpsman Up!" and/or at the bequest of our good Chaplain Jimmy Goudelock. Doc Wilson can be reached 24/7 at: 803-466-7429, Chaplain Goudelock at: 803-741-4145.
YOUR INPUT PLEASE: If you have a comment, question, suggestion, gripes, scuttlebutt or even constructive criticism, please feel free to click on any of the officer's names in the right-hand column and e-mail them your confidential input.
New Members 38.00 - Renewals 33.00 - Life Membership is age defined.
Installation of Detachment Officers 08February2014
Bringing rescued K-9 "Nancy" home from Afghanistan
Upcoming Event: Regular Monthly Meeting - Y'all come now, hear!
: Thursday, 13March2014
: 1800 (6:00 pm) Meal TBA
: Until 'Motion to Adjurn' is seconded.
: DAV HQ Bldg., 511 Violet Street, West Columbia, SC
: Larry Shunkwiler, 803-781-7273, email@example.com
Gunner Chuck Paxton
(President GCMF, and Dept Chaplain)
845 Woodside Drive
Work Phone: 803-309-9559 cell
Home Phone: 803-422-3025
Sr. Vice Commandant:
(Awards Committee Chairman)
405 Hickory Meadows Ct
Work Phone: 803-807-6446 cell
Home Phone: 803-957-7657
Jr. Vice Commandant:
(Membership, Recruiting, Retention)
208 Walnut Creek Circle
Home Phone: 803-957-4498
(Mud Run Team Captain)
224 Farmhouse Loop
Work Phone: 803-261-0573 cell
Home Phone: 803-261-0573 cell
(Det., Dept., GCMF, MODD, 2009 MOY)
124 Sheath Drive
Work Phone: 803-477-8608 cell
Home Phone: 803-781-4337
(BSA Eagle Rep.)
45 Woodpine Court
Work Phone: 803-360-7754 cell
Home Phone: 803-781-7145
(BSA CoRep & JROTC Rep., 2013 MOY)
2224 Windsor Drive
Work Phone: 803-741-4145 cell
Home Phone: 803-796-8139
308 Richmond Farm Circle
Work Phone: 476-5542
Home Phone: 785-2376
(Adjutant and Mud Run Team Captain)
224 Farmhouse Loop
Work Phone: 803-261-0573 cell
Home Phone: 803-261-0573 cell
(Toys for Tots Rep., 2010 MOY)
207 Hunters Blind Drive
Work Phone: 803-528-1757 cell
Home Phone: 803-781-7273