HMH-463, Reunion 2007 Laughlin, Nevada - Phone Card update.
To All Hands from the Reunion,
(scroll down for more & pics)
This is a message I got from Col. John Cipparone
As you remember I asked John to take the phone
cards to Bethesda and give them out to the troops.† When he contacted the staff
at Bethesda he found they appeared to be a bunch of REMF's† (My assessment, John
did not quite put it that way).† It seemed strange to both John and me that the
Liaison staff could not take the time to at least meet with John to take the
cards and pass them out.
I spoke with John this morning and he in fact has
written a letter to the SgtMaj. USMC and mailed that and the cards to him to get
them to the troops.† I have not received the letter he sent, but he has made me
to point of contact for the SgtMaj. to let us know how things were handled.† We
shall see where this granade lands.† Maybe back in my hole, but at least
something will get accomplished, I hope.
Sorry that the cards will probably not reach the
troops in time.
I will keep you informed as I receive more
Semper Fi, God Bless, and Merry
Dale (Hoot) Gibson
----- Original Message -----
Below is the original message from Col. Cipparone.
Sent: Friday, December 21, 2007 5:25 AM
I made multiple calls
to both hospitals and spoke to Marine Liaison staff over the course of two days
who stated they wanted the cards but could not accommodate a face-to-face
distribution. I found such an attitude troubling as I conveyed the desire that
many of the retired Marines requested an initial contact and then they would be
ok with just having the cards distributed by staff. Please know that since the
hospital staff was so busy, albeit they did acknowledge their schedule did not
cover a 12-hour day, I am sending the cards with a personal letter to the SgtMaj
of the Marine Corps asking him to deliver the gifts.
In closing, I find the
attitude of these select active duty SNCOs disturbing given the fact that the
people who gave the cards and those receiving the gifts participated in combat,
which is our raison díetat and runs against an undercurrent from those
distributing the cards who do not lean forward enough in the foxhole due to VIP
schedules while in a garrison environment. Perhaps the senior Marine enlisted
can observe how his Marines are taking care of their own so people donít confuse
rhetoric with what portends to be a game of charades.
(pics will be linked below, when they come.)†