"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


 It is with great remorse I report the passing of Ted Katsounakis on Friday November 9th. He was a great Marine, Devil Dog and league member well liked by everyone. May he rest in peace and it's a joy to know his suffering has ended. 

      I spoke to Gordon Jorgenson and he said he is doing well and was very optimistic about being able to attend our October 6th meeting and is looking forward to attending our Marine Corps Birthday function. He has been following us through emails and the web page and is very happy with the things we are doing and have done as am I. 

      Our condolences go out to Dennis Smees whose brother-in-law Gary Brick recently passed away.  May the family find peace in their time of grief.

     I want to thank all our detachment members who attended the celebration and unveiling of the plaque at the Marine Memorial Club for  deceased member John Serpa, a great man and an even better Marine.  I would also like to give a shout out to Senior Vice Commandant Joe Sicilian for putting such a great program together.

     Please say prayers for the Di Bartiolo's who have faced many serious health issues lately including Frank's stepdaughter-in-law Cheryl Hunt has been diagnosed with stage four cancer and is undergoing treatment and his life partner Peggy who has been suffering long term illness.

     Also, please say prayers for the family of Bob Cicero who recently faced the loss of his mother-in-law. Bob's wife, Donnie, is now battling  cancer.

     Our thoughts and prayers also go out to Audrey Mattern who is restarting cancer treatment and  Butch Teague and Alleson Murphy who had brain tumors recently removed. 

     Also, to Frank Scott who continues to battle cancer and Lynn Sylvester and Susie Sarkovics who also suffer from long term illness.

It has also come to our attention that a fellow Marine and member of MCL East Los Angeles Detachment 1347 Albert Morales has passed away. Albert served at Saipan and Tarawa and was always faithful to the Corps and the league. If anyone wants to reach out to the family or detachment please contact me, Mike Pelucca or Joe Sicilian

      Finally, I want to personally thank our detachment members for your caring and support of other members, fellow Marines and other military families who go through loss of loved ones or are in failing health.  I know it's what Marines are inbred to do but I say OOH RAH! anyway. 

     I wish good health to 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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