"Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war ... he is my steadfast love and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield and he in whom I take refuge ..."  Psalm 144:  1 - 2

Chaplain's Message



I know it’s been awhile since I updated you on the health issues of our fellow bretheren and for that I make no excuses but before I do I have some good news.  On Thursday January 31st Dennis and Sandy Smees became grandparents as their daughter Nicole gave birth to a healthy baby boy of 7lbs. and 13oz. whom her and her husband Tony Garcia have named Oliver. I know we all want to congratulate them on this wonderful news.

The sad news is one of our earliest detachment members Gordon Jorgensen succumbed to cancer on February 5th at Royal Oaks Care Facility in Modesto. The family is planning to have a memorial ceremony at the National Veterans Cemetery in Santa Nella Saturday, March 30th. A Celebration of Life event is being planned for April 27th at the Stanislaus Veterans Center 3500 Coffee Rd. Modesto. 

In other good news,  Mary Maxheimer is continuing to get better as she goes through physical therapy for injuries sustained from a very bad traffic collision and that Milt has pretty much recovered from his injuries. Also, Butch Teague has pretty well fully recovered from head surgery.

It is good to know Doni Cicero, who has undergone several surgeries as she battles her cancer, is back home and undergoing chemo therapy.  Meanwhile, Frank Scott has most of his cancer in remission but is receiving blood platelets in his fight against Leukemia.  Richard and Audrey Mattern both went through successful surgeries although she is still battling cancer. Their son Richard Mattern also had surgery recently but is still having some issues with his health.

Frank Di Bartolo is still receiving shots in one eye a couple times a week and is scheduled to have an implant that was put behind his eye removed on March 1st. His partner Peggy is still battling long time illness as is Lynne Sylvester and Susie Sarcovics. Thoughts and prayers also for Frank Di’s step daughter Cheryl Hunt who currently has stage four cancer.

Semper Fi, stay safe and may the supreme commander bless you all!


"The Marines I have seen around the world have the cleanest bodies, the filthiest minds, the highest morale, and the lowest morals of any group of animals I have ever seen. Thank God for the United States Marine Corps!"               ..... Eleanor Roosevelt

 "To observe a Marine is inspirational, to be a Marine is exceptional"              ..... GySgt Charles F. Wolf Jr.

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