L/CPL Robert J. Slattery, Marine Corps League Det #206, NEWSLETTER, Nov 2018 - #8

The week of October 15th I was honored to attend the Medal of Honor Ceremony for SgtMaj John L Canley who was my Company Gunny with Alpha 1/1 when I was in Viet Nam. 50 years later he is awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery and leadership he showed on the battle field in Hue City in February of 1968. 37 members of 1st Battalion, 1st Marines were in attendance for the ceremonyat the White House with President Trump, the Pentagon and Marine Barracks at 8th& I. Two family members of those KIA in the battle were also with us. Mrs. Dolia Gonzalez mother of Sgt Alfredo Gonzalez who was KIA on 4 February in Hue City and is also the recipient of the Medal of Honor. Henry Murphy whose brother Major Walter M Murphy was KIA on 31 January was also in attendance.

An unbelievable week meeting with and catching up with Marines and Corpsman who served with each other 50 years ago. Some have not seen each other since we all left Viet Nam. It was a week I shall never forget
Links with photos: ABC TV - Sgt Maj Canley ~ www.mclslatterydet web photos ~ Mario Monaco - Facebook ~ SgtMaj. Canley visual asset ~ www.marines.mil/moh

Hurricane Assistance Again

Slattery Will Be Assisting N. Carolina & Florida Detachments. Tom Miller and the Slattery Detachmentís Marines Care is working on helping needy detachments dealing with the recent September (Hurricane Florence) and October (Hurricane Michael) hurricanes.

Hurricane Florence made landfall at 7:15 am Friday (Sept. 14) near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. Though the storm had been downgraded to a Category 1 late Thursday, the National Hurricane Center continued to warn residents in its path of life-threatening storm surge, heavy rainfall, and catastrophic freshwater flooding.

Observers reported maximum sustained winds of around 90 mph as of 8 a.m. Friday, with hurricane-force winds extending up to 80 miles from the stormís center and tropical storm-force winds up to 195 miles from the center.

More than 10 million people were under hurricane watches or warnings and 1.7 million had been ordered to evacuate the coast.

Despite the slight downgrade in wind speed, Hurricane Florence battered the Carolina coast with storm surge of up to 13 feet and dump up to 40 inches of rain as its path travels inland and down the coast.

Hurricane Florence was a powerful and long-lived Cape Verde hurricane that caused catastrophic damage in the Carolinas in September 2018, primarily as a result of freshwater flooding.

We are working with North Carolina State Commandant Jeff Jones and finalization of which detachments will be assisted is expected to be determined by November 1st. The severity of Hurricane Michael make the assistance job many times more difficult.

Hurricane Michael roared ashore Wednesday (October 10) as the strongest hurricane ever to come ashore along the Florida Panhandle in records dating back to 1851.

Hurricane Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida, around noon local time on Wednesday as a Category 4 hurricane with 155 mph winds. That made it the third-strongest hurricane in history to make landfall in the continental US. The small town of about 1,000 was under mandatory evacuation, but 285 people decided to stay behind, officials said.

The storm had moved toward Georgia and Alabama by the evening, the first Category 3 hurricane to hit Georgia since 1898. Though its strength had decreased, the risk of damage from high winds and heavy rains remained across wide swaths of the Southeast.

Tom has been working with Florida State Commandant George LaMont on helping to assist Slattery in getting in contact with the various detachment Commandants. This is nothing new in the working with Commandant LaMont as he worked with him last year after Hurricane Irma hit the Florida Keys hard and then moved up into the state.

At the time of the newsletter printing the number of detachments in North Carolina that will need assistance, according to phone call responses, are maybe 3 or 4. Yes, there is a lot of flood damage, but the commandants say they can handle it.

Florida is another story. The storm was so severe that getting in touch of those detachment commandants affected will take a bit longer. It is expected that the total assistance will equal or exceed last years totals. Time will tell and we will have a better handle on it by mid-November.
Semper Fi, Tom Miller