PHILIP W. HUGHES HONORED WITH 2018 RODNEY WILLIAMS, JR. MEMORIAL AWARD

Philip W. Hughes RWMA 2018

Lexington, Kentucky; March 3, 2018: 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. Following a recitation of the below citation, a personalized engraved Marine Corps plaque was presented to Philip W. Hughes, Crestwood, Kentucky, by Col David J. Clement, USMCR (Ret), on behalf of the MCCCK.  

Following Following his honorable service to country and Corps from 1969 to 1975, as a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, he embarked on an extraordinary career with the United Parcel Service, retiring as vice president of international customs operations for its worldwide airline component, based in Louisville, Kentucky. Unable to retire to a life of fly fishing and recreational travel, he fully embraced his Marine Corps roots and sought opportunities to serve his fellow veterans in a meaningful and an enjoyable capacity.  

As a charter member of the Marine Corps Coordinating Council of Kentucky (MCCCK), his enthusiastic approach to helping his fellow Marines was readily recognized in 2009, as he was elected by his fellow Marine Corps veterans to the first of four consecutive three year terms as a member of the MCCCK Board of Directors, on which he continues to serve. Always seeking opportunities to assist others, whether it be through financial or logistical support, as well as physical labor, he sought out and embraced the Marine Corps Reserve “Toys for Tots” program, volunteering many hours collecting, transporting, sorting, and distributing toys to underprivileged and needy children in a multi-county region surrounding Louisville, Kentucky. When others have balked at labor intensive distasteful chores, his questions have always been “What can I do to help?” and “Where do you need me?” 

Not satisfied with this truly important charitable endeavor of a seasonal nature, he explored other opportunities to serve fellow Marines and their families at a time of their passing. Affiliating himself with the Marine Corps League, he voluntarily returned to the rudiments of his drill field experience, by joining its burial honors detail program. It is through this activity that he is able to help families and friends cope with their grief over the loss of a loved one, as they witness the rendering of military honors either at a funeral home visitation or graveside rifle/flag presentation ceremony, each conducted with military decorum on behalf of a grateful nation.

His voluntary work as a Marine Corps veteran validates the training that all Marines undergo following their enlistment, during which all are exposed to the mantra that “Marines take care of their own.”

Frederick J. Seitz RWMA 2015
FREDERICK J. SEITZ HONORED WITH 2015 RODNEY WILLIAMS, JR. MEMORIAL AWARD

Lexington, Kentucky, March 28, 2015: 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 to Mr. Frederick J. Seitz of Versailles, Kentucky.

Matthew R. Bradford Spirit of Corps Award 2014
CPL MATTHEW R. BRADFORD, USMC (RET) HONORED WITH SPIRIT OF THE CORPS AWARD

Lexington, Kentucky; November 10, 2014: Established in 2014 by the Marine Corps Coordinating Council of Kentucky (MCCCK) Board of Directors to recognize those individuals who have demonstrated fortitude, courage, or an exceptional will to live, despite great hardships and/or suffering. Presented when appropriate at the exclusive discretion of the MCCCK Board of Directors, to individuals, whose demonstrable actions have embodied and/or exemplified Honor, Courage and Commitment, the core values of the United States Marine Corps.  The presentation of an original sculpture of the Marine Corps emblem (Eagle, Globe and Anchor) by Mark Austin Byrd of Dallas, Texas, was made to Cpl Matthew R. Bradford, USMC (Ret), of Nicholasville, Kentucky, at the annual Kentucky Marine Corps Birthday Breakfast at the Thoroughbred Club of America on November 10, 2014, at Lexington, Kentucky.

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.