DAVID J. BREEN HONORED WITH 2016 RODNEY WILLIAMS, JR. MEMORIAL AWARD

David J. Breen RWMA 2016

Lexington, Kentucky; April 9, 2016:  Presented annually at the Officer Selection Officer (OSO) Colonel William "Rich" Higgins Memorial Mess Night/Dining-In to an individual selected by the Marine Corps Coordinating Council of Kentucky (MCCCK) Board of Directors, who has demonstrated exemplary community leadership and commitment, with a long history of dedicated service to Marine Corps related activities within the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Presenting the personalized engraved Marine Corps plaque on behalf of the MCCCK was Maj Allen D. Broussard, USMC (Ret) to Maj  David J. Breen, USMC (Ret) of Louisville, Kentucky. 

While a student at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) from 1975 -1979, David J. Breen aspired to be a Marine Corps officer through the Platoon Leaders Class, at Quantico, Virginia.  As an officer candidate, he founded the Semper Fidelis Society at EKU and organized a relay “Flag Run” with fellow candidates from Richmond, Kentucky to Frankfort, Kentucky, culminating in a ceremony at the grave of the legendary Lieutenant Presley N. O’Bannon, USMC. During his student years at EKU, he attended and actively participated in four (4) officer candidate Mess Nights, where his conversations with Marine Corps veterans were instrumental in solidifying his commitment to pursue a Reserve Officer commission. During his senior year, he was honored as the “Outstanding Senior Officer Candidate,” which today is recognized through the presentation of the “Terrence C. Graves Memorial Award.”

Following his commission upon graduation from EKU, he reported to The Basic School (June 1979 – November 1979) at Quantico, Virginia, through which he earned a Regular Officer commission and received specialized training at the Infantry Officers Course.  He subsequently served with the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division (Camp Lejeune, North Carolina), deploying as an infantry and weapons platoon commander aboard ship in the Mediterranean Sea, Indian Ocean, and Persian Gulf.

In 1982, he was assigned to Marine Corps Recruiting Station Louisville as the Officer Selection (OSO) Louisville, responsible for the recruitment of officer candidates from colleges and universities in Louisville, Western Kentucky and Southern Indiana. Shortly thereafter (1983), he reactivated the then dormant Terrence C. Graves Memorial Mess Night, with the assistance of Rodney Williams, Jr., an official of the University of Louisville and a close friend of then Lt. Col. William R. Higgins, USMC, under whose watch the mess night had been instituted. While serving as OSO (April 1982 – July 1985), he encouraged the formation of Semper Fidelis Societies at all colleges and universities within his area of responsibility. He also resurrected and expanded officer candidate “Flag Run” relays,” one of which commemorated the 40th Anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima and culminated at the grave of PFC Franklin R. Sousley (Iwo Jima Flag Raiser) in Elizaville, Kentucky, where a ceremony was conducted in the presence of Joseph Rosenthal, Associate Press, whose photograph of the Iwo Jima flag raising on Mt. Suribachi is an American icon. 

Following various assignments within the 1st Marine Division, he returned to Recruiting Station Louisville, serving successively as Executive Officer (July 1989 – June 1990) and Commanding Officer (June 1990 – July 1993).  During 1991, he was instrumental in the establishment of what is now known as the Marine Corps Coordinating Council of Kentucky, an organization for which he later served as president for five (5) terms, following his retirement as a major in September 1994, and under whose leadership a commitment was made to support the injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, to which Kentucky Marines have contributed over $770,000 since 2008.

Ronald D. Ray RWMA 2014
COL RONALD D. RAY USMCR (RET) HONORED WITH 2014 RODNEY WILLIAMS, JR MEMORIAL AWARD

Lexington, Kentucky; April 16, 2014: Presented annually at the Officer Selection Officer (OSO) Colonel William "Rich" Higgins Memorial Mess Night/Dining-In to an individual selected by the Marine Corps Coordinating Council of Kentucky (MCCCK) Board of Directors, who has demonstrated exemplary community leadership and commitment, with a long history of dedicated service to Marine Corps related activities within the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  Col Ronald D. Ray, USMCR (Ret), was honored with an engraved Marine Corps plaque in his absence due to a prior family engagement.

 

 

 

Robert V. Evans, Jr. RWMA 2013
Col Robert V. Evans, Jr., USMCR (Ret) Honored with 2013 Rodney Williams, Jr Memorial Award

Lexington, Kentucky, April 27, 2013: Presented annually at the Officer Selection Officer (OSO) Colonel William "Rich" Higgins Memorial Mess Night/Dining-In to an individual selected by the Marine Corps Coordinating Council of Kentucky (MCCCK) Board of Directors, who has demonstrated exemplary community leadership and commitment, with a long history of dedicated service to Marine Corps related activities within the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The presentation of a personalized engraved Marine Corps plaque was made by Mr. Stanley H. Jones, Vice President, MCCCK and Mr. Ed Armento, Secretary, MCCCK, to Robert V. Evans, Jr., Colonel, USMCR (Ret), of Frankfort, Kentucky.

Robert D. (Bob) Zielke RWMA 2012
Robert D. Zielke honored posthumously with 2012 Rodney Williams, Jr. Memorial Award

Lexington, Kentucky, April 28, 2012: Robert D. Zielke of Lexington, Kentucky, honored posthumously with 2012 Rodney Williams, Jr. Memorial Award for dedicated service to Marine Corps related activities and causes within Commonwealth of Kentucky, to include the 2008 "Salute to the Legends of the Corps" through which $250,000 was raised for the benefit of the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.

Charles H. Stallard RWMA 2011
Charles H. Stallard receives 2011 Rodney Williams, Jr. Memorial Award

Lexington, Kentucky, April 30, 2011: Charles H. Stallard, President, Montford Point Marine Association, Louisville Chapter and Vietnam veteran, honored with 2011 Rodney Williams, Jr. Memorial Award for dedicated service to Marine Corps related activities and causes within Commonwealth of Kentucky, to include efforts to establish college scholarships in African - American community, support of Toys for Tots, liaison with Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Corps units at local high schools and support of minority recruiting.

Stanley H. Jones RWMA 2010
Stanley H. Jones receives 2010 Rodney Williams, Jr. Memorial Award

Lexington, Kentucky, May 8, 2010: Stanley H. Jones of Nicholasville, Kentucky, retired Vice President/Chief Financial Officer, Keeneland association, Inc., Lexington, Kentucky, honored with 2010 Rodney Williams, Jr. Memorial Award for long time service to Marine Corps community in Kentucky, through his organizational efforts with multiple "Salute to the Legends of the Corps" events and annual Marine Corps Birthday Breakfast at Lexington, Kentucky.