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  • 10 Nov 2014 8:25 PM | Scott DuPree (Administrator)

    They arrived in uniforms, dresses, coats and ties.  They were Marines and other veterans, Associate members, community leaders and supporters.  They were tall, short, young and ... more mature.  But they were all there for the Marine Ball.

    As the social hour yielded to the formal ceremonies, all attending witnessed a formal birthday ball with the traditional cake cutting.  This year the oldest Marine was John Murdoch while the youngest was Jamie Yakubsin.  Master of Ceremonies Sandra Torres-Pintos narrated the ceremony that she also directed.  The ceremony was highlighted by remarks from our Guest of Honor, Capt Reiss Tatum (USMC, Ret.)  His presence was special as members of his rifle company (Lima, 3/5, Vietnam 1966) were in the audience.

    We missed many at the ball, but two in particular: Bob Gasche, our perpetual "oldest Marine", and Mary Hildebrand, our rough and tumble Korea-era Marine.  Bob was serving as Guest of Honor at a Ball in Brunswick Georgia and Mary was recovering from a bout with the flu.

    The Commandant made some remarks and the Jim Yakubsin Vision Award was presented to Susan Dickinson.  

    As dinner was served, a USO Show was performed to honor our Korean War Era Veterans.  TV20's David Snyder led the group with comedy, singing, dancing and music.  The show was enjoyed by all.

    Cody Anderson was our DJ and he took the evening over with his great mixture of old and new music.  Raffle gifts were won.  Our photographer took plenty of pictures of couple in front of the flags.  

    At the end of the night, we called it a good birthday ball.  As we were tucking things away into boxes for the journey home, we began to talk about what we will be doing at next year's ball.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARINES.   

    Semper Fi.

  • 17 Oct 2014 12:15 AM | Scott DuPree (Administrator)

    Marines Forest Hope and Pete Briggette of our Ways and Means Committee were instrumental in acquiring $2500 worth of healthy food and flyers about healthy nutrition for the Alachua County Veteran Stand Down on September 11, 2014.  

    Our members set up a table at the Honors Center where many other participants were also providing services and items for the homeless veterans.  Marine Hope was joined by SrVice Commandant Vernon Kisling and Marine Bob Barnas.

    The Gator Detachment intends to seek grants to continue this generous work in our community.  We are thankful for the dedication and leadership of our Marines on this project.

  • 16 Oct 2014 11:30 PM | Scott DuPree (Administrator)

    The Gator Detachment has moved to a new membership database. With this move comes features we previously did not have.  The Adjutant will be working on the setup of this database over the next couple of months and we hope to roll out the carpet for all features in January 2015.  We will keep you posted.

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