L/CPL Robert J. Slattery, Marine Corps League Det #206, NEWSLETTER, May 2018 - #4
John F. Mackie, a Medal of Honor recipient

Black and white photographic portrait of John F. Mackie, a Medal of Honor recipient, wearing medal, for service during the Civil War.

This sitter is also wearing a Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) membership badge with a one-star commander bar and a GAR Navy Veterans medal.

The inscription on the reverse states that Mackie served as a First Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps on board U.S.S. Galena and participated in the attack on Fort Darling, at Drury's Bluff, James River, May 15, 1862. Macke was "particularly mentioned for his gallant conduct and services and signal acts of devotion to duty.

"Official Citation: MACKIE, JOHN F. Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps. Born: 1836, New York, N.Y. Accredited to: New York. G.O. No.: 17, 10 July 1863. Citation: On board the U.S.S. Galena in the attack on Fort Darling at Drewry's Bluff, James River, on 15 May 1862. As enemy shellfire raked the deck of his ship, Corporal Mackie fearlessly maintained his musket fire against the rifle pits along the shore and, when ordered to fill vacancies at guns caused by men wounded and killed in action, manned the weapon with skill and courage".

Security Class CMP 125

On Wednesday March 28th Marines Mario and Dom Monaco stopped by CCM County College of Morris and the Management of information and systems security class CMP 125.

We also stopped at the memorial site for Marine 2nd LT John J. Wroblewski who was KIA in Iraq The Slattery detachment helped put together the Memorial site on the campus of CCM.

"SPAM" in the little blue can that changed the world

During my tour of duty  for the evening chow, I was monitoring the feeding of the 900  plus Marines in the  1st signal Battalion.  In Korea. The last Marine in the chow line  was the new Colonel.  Fortunately there was plenty of chow for everyone and we passed his inspection the. following day we had another visit from the Colonel.  He gathered all the cooks  together  and ordered us to plan a menu for evening chow and we had to submit the  menus to him. He would choose one menu to serve to the Marines for evening chow.   I checked through the cooks manual  and selected baked Spam Loaf with mustard  sauce. As it turned out the Colonel selected my menu.  A few days later when I had the  duty  we prepared the baked  spam with mustard sauce,  canned vegetables  and fruit cocktail. We had  in stock  cases of cans containing  large loaves  of spam. I must say the meal was well received by the Marines. The Colonel was the  last one to be served. He was happy with the meal.   

Spam stands for shoulder Pork and more !  In Hawaii  Spam is  so popular that  it is sometimes referred to as Hawaiian steak  Spam turned 80 in July of  2017. Spam was introduced on July 5th 1937 I still enjoy fried spam and eggs.
Pete Gallo
If you google spam you will be surprised by its history there is even a spam museum in Minnesota.