Eddie and General Pace
On January 5thfour members of the Slattery Detachment attended a ceremony in
Teaneck, NJ where retired Marine Corps General Peter Pace donated one of his uniforms to the Teaneck Library. General Pace was the 16th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the first Marine to hold that position. General Pace served 40 years on active duty and retired in 2007.
General Pace answering questions
General Pace was born in Brooklyn, NY but grew up in Teaneck, NJ. He attended High School in Teaneck, then the Naval Academy and graduated in 1967 and went to Viet Nam as a 2nd Lt and assigned to 2/5 during the Battle for Hue City in February of 1968. He was good friends with my Platoon Commander in Hue City also a Naval Academy graduate, 2nd Lt William R Donnelly.
He spoke for about 25 minutes and if you were not there to hear him, you missed out on a great speech.He talked of his time growing up in Teaneck, his time at the Naval Academy and in Viet Nam and all throughout his career, he paid respect and honor to all those who mentored him and made mention of those in his command who were KIA in Viet Nam.
There were four members from the L/Cpl Robert J Slattery Detachment who attended this event. Linda and Eddie Neas, Kevin Ohora and Michael Dougherty. A great time was had by all.
He answered many questions and took pictures with all those who asked.
The Department of NJ Marine Corps League and various Detachments were very well represented at this event.General Pace is also a member of the Gooney Bird Detachment.
Kevin Ohora, Linda & Eddie Neas, General Pace and Michael Dougherty
Semper Fi, Neas Out