% 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 namesake, since deceased 29March1998 (age 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, and Afganastan Medal of Honor recipient Corporal William Kyle Carpenter. 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 and below. Welcome aboard!
CHAPLAIN’S MUSINGS 28August2014: One of my neighbors called me last week and asked if I could change the battery in her auto. It seems her old one had died. After I completed the job, she apologized for the inconvenience. I told her not to worry because these things happen to all of us. History has a habit of repeating itself – my truck would not crank this morning! I removed the battery and took it to O’Reilly’s. After testing it, the sales clerk said, “You have a bad battery. "It is dead!" After installing a new battery, my old truck cranked up like a new one. There was nothing wrong with the engine; it just needed the energy of the battery in order to crank. I have met many people in life who had dead spiritual batteries. They may have all the other working parts such as knowledge, good health and adequate resources, but they won’t crank up spiritually! The remedy would be an easy one if it only required replacing the old one with a new one. But the human spirit is not so easily repaired. The energy of the spiritual heart comes from GOD’S HOLY SPIRIT. It can’t be purchased in a store, ordered on-line, delivered by a pastor or picked up on Sunday morning. And, as my old truck learned this morning, there is no such thing as a “maintenance free” battery! That description sounds good when we are buying a car battery. But the bad part is that they, too, die. The human heart can’t make a one-time deal with GOD then walk off and ignore him, assuming the heart is “maintenance free,” until a crisis moment comes. Daily maintenance is the key to a good walk with GOD. Our soul is energized when you and I truly offer our bodies and minds to GOD and allow his SPIRIT to mold us in the “image of GOD." Molding the human heart is a life-long process. If our spiritual battery is dead, we can’t get a replacement at a parts store. We only get it in a life devoted to GOD. How would you describe the level of GOD’S energy in your spiritual battery? Semper Fi., Semper Love, Chaplain Jimmy. PS: Visit me at http://www.eauclairebaptist.org/Pastor's%20Musings.html or click on my name in the right-hand column if you wish to reply =>
MESS SERGEANT: Connie Jo Molen has accepted the position as detachment Mess Sergeant. Connie Jo says she really does enjoy doing it. But then of course it is we who must give a big shout-out "thank you" to you Connie Jo! Also, congratulations to her on being selected Department of South Carolina "Associate Member of the Year". Ooh-Rah! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
JROTC: Detachment Representatives are Marines Jimmy Goudelock and Thomas Tefft who will at the appropriate times present the Marine Corps League 'Harold E Speedy Wilson Outstanding Leadership Award' certificate and medal to Cadet recipients at 9 local High Schools; Airport. Batesburg-Leesville, Brookland-Cayce, Dutch Fork, Lexington & River Bluff, Pelion, Swansea, and White Knoll. A big shout-out to Paul Younghaus for his many years of JROTC volunteer service, and of course God bless Palmetto Marine detachment's Roland Brower for his years of dedicated service as department coordinator. "Rest easy Marine Brower, sleep well my brother. Know the line has held, your job is done. Rest easy, sleep well."
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! firstname.lastname@example.org
DETACHMENT HISTORIAN: As of 11Feb2012, Jesse "Doc" James has accepted this position. Please provide Jesse with all the information and help you can give. Ask to see the photo album he has assembled. 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: Again was held on 04-05April2014, 1530hrs., IRMO High School AF 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 (FALL): 04October2014, 0600 hrs - Volunteers will again Manned up! Womaned up! Signed up! and showed up at o'dark-thirty to work the Runners Check-in station. They are and/or have been: Arnold Duseberg, Carmine Borrelli, Daniel Cameron, Nadia Coccaro, Steven Coccaro, Ron Dake, Al Dancho, Frank Finch, Jeff Fulton, Al Georges, Tom Glynn, Jimmy Goudelock, Charles Hardy, Reubin Hucks, Jesse James, Dena Jordan, Mark Jordan, Bill Meyers, Mike Mica, Ina Millis, Glen Molen (Team Captain), Connie Jo Molen, Chuck Paxton, Penny Paxton, Roger Rape, John Rollinson, David Rummel, Mary Gay Rummel, Beulah Scott, Bill Shunkwiler, Larry Shunkwiler, Aggie Sigh, John Sigh, Bill Smith, Phil Smith, Robert Suggs, Steve Szymanski, Charlie Sullivan, Thomas Tefft, Coleen Tucker, Keith White, Paul Younghaus. Blue Star Momarkers were: Dena Jordan, Jennifer Medina, Bonnie Trigg, Kaye Smith, Reba Wilson, Tina McKenzie, Larue Bettis, Kathy McGuire, Jennifer Epting, Debra Dusenbury, and Ann Ricard. 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 you can have until you join in! Visit the USMC 'Ultimate Challenge' Mud Run website at http://www.ultimatechallengemudrun.org/. Mud Run Check-in Team Captain is Jr Past Cmdt., Adjutant Glen Molen, Phone: 261-0573 cell or E-mail: email@example.com. To volunteer contact Team Captain Glen Molen or Larry Shunkwiler, Phone: 781-7273 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 2014: Det Rep is Larry Shunkwiler - "Speedy's Elves" with locations West of the Broad River are, Fred & Jill Barton, Nadia & son Steven Coccaro, Jimmy & Dee Goudelock, Cassandra Hoffman, Bob & Carolyn Lewis, Bill Meyers, David & Mary Gay Rummel, Larry Shunkwiler, Bill Shunkwiler, Susan Shunkwiler, Tom Tefft, Carl 'Doc' & Tarry Wilson, 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: email@example.com, 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: https://www.crowdrise.com/missionreadymuttsinc
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.
Kyle Carpenter, Medal of Honor recipient
James Livingston, Medal of Honor recipient
Upcoming Event: 239th Marine Corps Birthday Celebration
: Saturday, 08 November 2014
: 1800 Social; 1900 Ceremony; 2000 Dinner; 2100 Dancing
: ~ 0100 hrs
: Embassy Suites Hotel, 200 Stoneridge Drive, Columbia, SC 29210
: Charles Hardy , Phone: 781-4337
Gunner Chuck Paxton
845 Woodside Drive
Work Phone: 803-309-9559 cell
Home Phone: 803-422-3025
Sr. Vice Commandant:
(Awards Committee Chairman)
405 Hickory Meadows Court
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