Marine Corps Birthday Celebrations 2013 Unique and Varied Throughout Kentucky

238th USMC Anniversary Celebrations 2013
Louisville, Lexington, Fort Knox, Kentucky; November 8 - 11, 2013 Marines throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky celebrated the 238th anniversary of the founding of the United States Marine Corps, with a traditional Kentucky bourbon breakfast, formal balls, and a nursing home cake cutting ceremony, all of which focused on and reinforced the guidance offered to us by MajGen John A. Lejeune, USMC, 13th Commandant of the Marine Corps: "On November 10, 1775, a Corps of Marines was created by a resolution of the Continental Congress. Since that date, many thousands of men and women have borne the title "Marine." In memory of them, it is fitting that we, who are Marines, should commemorate this day by calling to mind the glories of its long and illustrious history." Accordingly, Marines gathered at Keeneland during the early morning hours of November 8, 2013, to celebrate their birthday, while honoring the legendary Marine Corps "Drill Instructor," represented by SgtMaj Daniel G. Bullock, USMC, Marine Corps Recruiting Station Louisville. In his remarks as "Guest of Honor," SgtMaj Bullock, who had previously served as a "Drill Instructor" at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, "disciplined" a young Marine, bringing back vivid memories of the "change that lasts forever" for almost everyone present. Through the years, various aspects of the Marine Corps have been recognized at this unique event, such as infantry, tanks, artillery, women Marines, and aviation, however; the all-important role of the "Drill Instructor" in making Marines had never been adequately honored. The event was closed with a presentation of a very generous check for the Semper Fi Fund in support of our wounded and injured brethren (See "Events" section "Bassett Tribute Supports IMSFF 2013" for additional details). Active duty Marines assigned to Recruiting Station Louisville gathered with their spouses, significant others, and guest veterans on Saturday evening, November 9, 2013, at the Brown Hotel in Louisville for a cake cutting ceremony and delicious buffet dinner. Sgt Morris E. Futrell, USMC, a World War II veteran of Pacific Theater amphibious invasions of Japanese held Bougainville, Guam and Okinawa, as well as the 1945 occupation of China to facilitate the surrender of Japan, was honored as the "Oldest Marine." Also on Saturday evening, November 9, 2013, active duty and reserve Marines of Military Police Company A, accompanied by spouses or significant others, as well as local veterans, celebrated the Marine Corps birthday at a ball held at the Clarion Hotel in Lexington. Col Ronald D. Ray, USMCR (Ret), a decorated Vietnam veteran, was the Guest of Honor. Also present was Mr. Yung Nguyen, a Vietnamese refugee, who is spearheading efforts to design and construct a monument in Louisville, in gratitude to both American and Vietnamese military personnel who served their nations during the Vietnam War. Also At Fort Knox, active duty and reserve Marines of Company E, 4th Tank Battalion, gathered at the Saber and Quill Club on Sunday evening, November 10, 2013, with spouses or significant others, to celebrate the Marine Corps birthday. Guest of Honor was MGySgt Frank E. Herbert, Jr., USMC (Ret), who enjoyed an outstanding armor focused career and continues to serve today as an inspirational staff instructor at the Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (MCJROTC), Fern Creek Traditional High School, Louisville, Kentucky. In the spirit of "Marines taking care of their own," several veterans gathered at a Louisville nursing facility on November 11, 2013, to celebrate the Marine Corps birthday in the presence of their friend, Cpl Martin G. Hanse, Sr., complete with a cake cutting ceremony utilizing a Ka-Bar knife, Guest of Honor tribute, and recording of the Marine Corps Drum and Bugle Corps rendition of the "Marines' Hymn." (Photographs from each of these events can be viewed in "Galleries" under "Marine Corps Birthday Celebrations 2013")