California designates 'Semper Fi Highway'

Brig. Gen. Carl B. Jensen (left), California Assemblyman Jay La Seur and Congressman Duncan Hunter unveil the Semper Fi Highway at a formal dedication ceremony here at the Miramar Officers' Club July 2, 2004. Photo by: Cpl. Paul Leicht California designates 'Semper Fi Highway'

Submitted by: MCAS Miramar
Story Identification #: 200478192817
Story by Cpl. Paul Leicht

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif.(July 8, 2004) -- Marines past and present now have a stretch of American highway that they can call their own that honors their sacrifices and commemorates the contributions of the Marine Corps.

In a formal dedication ceremony at the Miramar Officers' Club July 2, Brig. Gen. Carl B. Jensen, commanding general MCAS Miramar, and dozens of guests and dignitaries joined California Assemblyman Jay La Seur and House Armed Services Chairman Duncan Hunter in the unveiling of the new sign announcing the "Semper Fi Highway" for the stretch of I-15 between Highway 163 and Miramar Road.

In designating the portion of the I-15, La Seur's Assembly Concurrent Resolution 121 recognizes the "positive impact" MCAS Miramar has had on California's economy and the Marine Corps' great service to America.

"This is not about politics," said La Seur. "It is about the Marines today."

After lauding one of the ceremony's honored guests, Medal of Honor recipient, retired Maj. Robert J. Modrzejewski, the new commanding general for Marine Corps Air Bases Western Area celebrated La Seur's efforts.

"We would not be here today if it were not for the tremendous efforts of Assemblyman La Seur who has done so much to make this happen," said Jensen.

"I know there are many of you who have worked tirelessly with him to bring this great cause to fruition. This genuinely means a lot. Every time a Marine or a Marine family takes a look at (the Semper Fi Highway sign) they will be filled with pride. It is a representative of the close relationship with the San Diego community and the surrounding area, and I look forward to building upon that here at Miramar. We are very honored by this and what you have done."

La Seur, an Army veteran who entered politics after a 31-year career in law enforcement, expressed great appreciation for the Marine Corps during the ceremony.

"Throughout the world today the Marine Corps is in every port and every land to make the presence of the United States known, making sure that we remain free," expounded the Assemblyman from La Mesa. "The Marines are known, for their ferocity in battle and they have lost some Marines. That's part of what this is for. But I will tell you this; they have taken a terrible toll on our enemies."

La Seur was quick to single out in the audience his former high school teacher who was a Marine at the Chosin Reservoir before delivering lines from an anonymous poem to honor those who have given us our freedoms.

"It is the Marine, not the reporter, that has given us Freedom of the Press," read La Seur. "It is the Marine, not the poet, who has given us Freedom of Speech. It is the Marine, not the campus organizer, who has given us the right to demonstrate. It is the Marine, who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn our flag."

Both Hunter and La Seur hope that anyone driving through the Miramar community will salute their Marine neighbors for being America's "finest citizens."

"Every person that drives by Marine Corps Air Station Miramar (along I-15) will see that they are driving on the 'Semper Fi Highway,'" said La Seur. "They'll know that they are passing by the home of 'The Few, The Proud, The Marines!' God bless our Marines and God bless America."
*Thank you to Colonel John Gunn, USMC (Ret.) for sending us this story.

Richard E. Bush, 79, of Waukegan, Ill. 
died Monday June 7th, 2004.
Richard E. Bush was a veteran of WW II, having served with United States Marine Corps. He received the  Medal of Honor, and was also awarded 5 Purple Hearts for injuries received in combat. He was the loving father of Richard; grandfather of David and Rob and also survived by his longtime and loving companion Nelda Moyers; preceded by his daughter Judith Smith and his former wife Stella. Resting at the Gurnee Funeral Home, 4190 Old Grand Ave., Gurnee, from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Funeral Services with full military honors will be 11 a.m. Friday June 11th at the funeral home. Interment Ascension Cemetery, Libertyville. Donations to the Marine Corps Toys for Tots. 847-244-1155

From Page 18 of Jane Blakeney's
... U.S. Marine Corps 1861-1955":
He was a "squad leader serving with the 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 6th Marine Division in action against the enemy Japanese forces, during the final assault against Mount Yaetake on Okinawa 16 April 1945."

An e-mail sent around:
Dear Mel and Marv,
    You guys probably have heard the sad news of Dick Bush's death.  But I wanted to send a e-mail to be sure the news traveled to both of you.   Dick and I became quite close down in Naples, FL during the past 4-5 years during the Winter months; and, of course, we were very young buddies on Guadacanal and Okinawa.   Both of us were in the 4th Marine Battalion, 1st Platoon, Charlie Company.   I was invited by Dick to accompany him to Washington, D.C. for the Dedication of the WW II Memorial over Memorial Day.   He called me only a few days prior to our departure for D.C. and told me his doctor advised him not to travel.  His damaged heart was acting up BIG TIME.  He ended up at Mayo Clinic and was there for two weeks;  three stints were inserted in his coronary arteries.   Last Saturday, he was discharged and went home.  My wife talked to him at length on Saturday and I talked to him Sunday evening.  I guess he died in his sleep during the night Sunday.  I just talked to his son this evening.   His funeral is on Friday at 11:00 a.m.   So, another Buddy has gone to meet his God;  someday, we will all be reassembled for the Heavenly Roll Call.
Semper Fidelis,
Nick Albanese

The following note is alleged to have been written by Rush Limbaugh:

"I think the vast differences in compensation between victims of the September 11 casualty and those who die serving the country in Uniform are profound. No one is really talking about it either, because you just don't criticize anything having to do with September 11. Well, I just can't let the numbers pass by because it says something really disturbing about the entitlement mentality of this country.

If you lost a family member in the September 11 attack, you're going to get an average of $1,185,000. The range is a minimum guarantee of $250,000, all the way up to $4.7 million.

If you are a surviving family member of an American soldier killed in action, the first check you get is a $6,000 direct death benefit, half of which is taxable. Next, you get $1,750 for burial costs. If you are the surviving spouse, you get $833 a month until you remarry. And there's a payment of $211 per month for each child under 18. When the child hits 18, those payments come to a screeching halt. Keep in mind that some of the people who are getting an average of $1.185 million up to $4.7 million are complaining that it's not enough. Their deaths were tragic, but for most, they were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Soldiers put themselves in harms way FOR ALL OF US, and they and their families know the dangers.

We also learned over the weekend that some of the victims from the Oklahoma City bombing have started an organization asking for the same deal that the September 11 families are getting. In addition to that, some of the families of those bombed in the embassies are now asking for compensation as well. You see where this is going, don't you?

Folks, this is part and parcel of over 50 years of entitlement politics in this country. It's just really sad. Every time a pay raise comes up for the military, they usually receive next to nothing of a raise. Now the green machine is in combat in the Middle East while their families have to survive on food stamps and live in low-rent housing. Make sense?

However, our own U.S. Congress just voted themselves a raise, and many of you don't know that they only have to be in Congress one time to receive a pension that is more than $15,000 per month, and most are now equal to being millionaires plus. They also do not receive Social Security on retirement because, they didn't have to pay into the system. If some of the military people stay in for 20 years and get out as an E-7, you may receive a pension of $1,000 per month, and the very people who placed you in harm's way receive a pension of $15,000 per month.

I would like to see our elected officials pick up a weapon and join ranks before they start cutting out benefits and lowering pay for our sons and daughters who are now fighting. 'When will we finally do something about this?' If this doesn't seem fair to you, it is time to forward this to as many people as you can."

(NOAH'S NOTE: I retired as an E-7 in the early '60s after 20 years of service, and I received half pay of my active duty salary which was only $175 monthly).




Marine vet Rudy Socha is the co-author of a just released book titled:
"Above & Beyond: Former Marines Conquer the Civilian World"

It can be viewed and purchased on the publisher's website:

He is not receiving any royalties from the sale of the book, they are being paid by the publisher to the seven Marine Corps non-profits profiled alongside 88 interesting and successful Marine veterans. 

A small percentage is also being paid by the publisher to Carolyn Darrow for her authoring assistance and expenses.

Here is a brief overview:

Above & Beyond: Former Marines Conquer the Civilian World 
ISBN: 1-56311-949-8
Price: $29.95


The United States Marine Corps is the smallest unit of the four branches that make up the U.S. Armed Forces. In spite of the relatively small number of people passing through its ranks, the Marine Corps produces a disproportionate share of this country's leaders.

It is because Marines are different from the rest of the population. They have a different mindset and have been taught to handle problems in a different manner. They are taught to find a way to solve the problem, regardless of extenuating circumstances. They do not make excuses or try to determine why it can't be done.

Marine Corps training instills the self-control, discipline, self-assurance, and leadership skills that lead to high achievement later in life.

"Above & Beyond, Former Marines Conquer the Civilian World" profiles 88 Marine  veterans who took that winning attitude and applied it to the civilian sector. This book introduces a mix of Marine veterans who are very successful in the civilian fields they have chosen; some of these Marine veterans you already know, and many you don't know. You will meet reservists, "one-termers" and "lifers," as well as a former Marine Commandant who is very successful in the private sector.

You will find out a little bit about each person profiled, but
as you read the stories collectively, you will see a camaraderie of many races, ages, and personalities that make up the U.S. Marine Corps.

Above & Beyond is a must for past, current and future Marines and their families.

256 pages, 6" x 9"

Authors: Rudy Socha and Carolyn Darrow

The book is not yet available in book stores, but is printed and
available for immediate shipment via the publisher.

Can be viewed and purchased at:

   Semper Fi,
   Rudy Socha

Note From John Gunn:
Among the 88 profiled are Secretary of State James Baker III, horse racing exec James Bassett III, Sen. Conrad Burns, actor Drew Carey, oil exec Archie Dunham, film consultant-actor Dale Dye, international entertainer "Freddy Fender," businessman-golf exec Eric Gleacher, Chancellor Jack Hawkins, security director Jerry Humble, Coca-Cola exec Donald Knauss, Commandant-businessman Charles C. Krulak, GM exec Robert Lutz, Sen. Zell Miller, general-business consultant Carol Mutter, playwright-actor Jim Northrup, FedEx's Frederick Smith, publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Secretary of the Navy-business consultant James Webb, financial exec Owen West and NASCAR owner-driver Gregg Yetter

Profiled Marine Corps non-profit institutions include Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, MC Law Enforcement Foundation, MC League, MC Scholarship Foundation, MC University Foundation, The Marine Military Academy and The Women Marines Assn.

Another courtesy of John Gunn
Historical Novel, is about... "Marine Corps Pilots and Crewmen that were stationed at Henderson Field, Guadalcanal." Beginning with the arrival of the first Marine airgroups on October 20,1942. This is a story of pilots and crewmen who shared the daily hardships of air combat missions at Henderson Field, flying Avenger TBF-torpedo and Dauntless SBD-dive bombers missions by Marines. This compassionate and telling story, includes photos of air combat missions, and one that will be shared with the pilot and crewmen of the torpedo bomber...
"The Heavenly Sky."
Author, Patrick Delligatti


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