L/CPL Robert J. Slattery, Marine Corps League Det #206, NEWSLETTER, Mar 2018 - #6
My first 2 Christmases in the Marine Corps

#1 1950. Boot Camp Platoon 231 1st recruit Battalion at Parris Island . Christmas Eve. We were on mess duty. I was part of a work detail that had to remove the black eyes from the freshly peeled potatoes. They had some type of machine that peeled them but it couldn't remove the black eyes.

#2 Korea 1951Christmas Eve. I had the pleasure of having a private audience with Cardinal Francis Joseph Spellman known as the Prince of the Military, who was visiting the troops for Christmas. I can still feel my nervousness as I walked into the tent with the Cardinal waiting for me. I kissed his ring. We then spoke briefly. He asked me how I was and how it was going. Not bad for a 19 year old Italian kid from Irish (Southie) South, Boston, Mass.

Pete Gallo.

Commandant's Corner

It's now March of 2018 and before you know it, Saint Patrick's Day will be here on Saturday the 17th. Right before, on March 15th, is "The Ides of March". Here is some information on that: The Ides of March is a day on the Roman calendar that corresponds to March 15. It was marked by several religious observances and was notable for the Romans as a deadline for settling debts. In 44 BC, it became notorious as the date of the assassination of Julius Caesar. The death of Caesar made the Ides of March a turning point in Roman history, as one of the events that marked the transition from the historical period known as the Roman Republic to the Roman Empire. History lesson is over for now.

In the month of February, we had the Super Bowl won by the Philadelphia Eagles and South Korea will host the 2018 Winter Olympics. It is the first time in Olympic history that South Korea hosted an Olympic. Pyeongchang is the host city, and don't ask me to pronounce it.

The warm weather is around the corner and hopefully we can all look forward to a good spring. Two Detachment members lost their wives recently. Ann Schreck who was a Detachment member and the wife of Dick Schreck. Tony Mini's wife, Virginia passed away after a long illness. Let's keep them and their families in our thoughts and prayers.

I represented the Slattery Detachment and attended a ceremony on February 4th in Kearny, NJ. It was the 75th anniversary that the USAT Dorchester, a transport ship, carrying 902 people, was hit by a German U-boat torpedo about 100 miles from the coast of Greenland. During all the chaos, hundreds ofsailors fearedfor their lives, Rabbi Alexander D. Goode, Father John P. Washington and the Revs. George L. Fox and Clark V. Poling gave up their life jackets and looked to help calm down the men on the sinking ship. Within about 20 minutes, the four chaplains and 670 others went down with the ship.

The Marine Corps League looks for deserving Detachment members and persons who support us to be nominatedfor the "LEGION OF HONOR" award. Many of our Detachment members have received this award over the years.

And don't forget to keep in your thoughts and prayers all those Men & Women who wear the uniform of our Military Services who are away from home in another state or some country around the globe; and don't forget those who are deployed all around the world protecting our Freedom and for those countries that cannot do it alone.

Let's continue to support our Detachment and make it even better. Look to bring in new members so we can grow. We all should be thankful for what we have and to enjoy, our Family, Friends and the Camaraderie of serving our Country and Corps.

Semper Fi, Neas Out