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Park Gets Re-Dedicated After Former Commanding Officer

Posted by Alan Stinar on May 29, 2017 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (1)

If the purpose of Memorial Day is to never forget those who served our nation and died during service, I'd say it was a success.

Around 10:00 this morning, I received a call from Pam Morin in Lake Luzerne, NY. She asked for me by name and then informed me that the Lion's Club in her town was re-dedicating a memorial to a Marine named Colonel James Priddy. When she looked on Google to research his name, the Battleherks came up.

Colonel James Reed Priddy was once the Commanding Of...

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Three new cases this week.

Posted by Alan Stinar on March 17, 2016 at 10:45 PM Comments comments (0)

It's been a busy week here at the Marine Battleherk Project HQ.

Very early this week, I was tagged in a Facebook post by John Hall that told the story of a young woman in search of information on her grandfather, Staff Sergeant Daniel M. Edwards. He served with VMR-152 from 1952 to 1956. I'm working on supplying her with the VMR-152 war diaries for those years as well as any media from that era. She in turn is working on making digital copies of what she has from her grandfather and ...

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Marine Navigator Gets a Mountain Named After Him

Posted by Alan Stinar on November 22, 2015 at 1:05 AM Comments comments (0)

You never know what you'll find digging through history.

Recently I found out something interesting about a place that only a fraction of the human race has ever been to. Antarctica. Search for "Mt. Strybring" or find it in Google Earth. What's interesting about this mountain is that it's named after a Marine Corps Navigator.

Master Sergeant Henry Strybring (retired), was a Marine Corps Navigator who served from 1941 to 1961 and once served with VMR-352 at MCAS Ewa, HI, and ...

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Marine Transporter Becomes Mayor

Posted by Alan Stinar on November 21, 2015 at 1:20 AM Comments comments (0)

After you leave the service, you realize that the Marines taught you everything about how to put the uniform on. However, they forget to really teach you how to take it off.

So what do you do when you leave the service? There's always that itch to continue serving, but nothing to scratch it with.

Not in the case of Denis Shorter, BGen USMC (retired), a former KC-130 Pilot who served 32 years in our Corps and once served as the Commanding Officer of VMGR-234.

If ser...

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Determination and Perseverance

Posted by Alan Stinar on November 12, 2015 at 1:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Late last night I received a message that reminds me to never give up on my historical research. The decedent of one of our fallen Marines thanked me for keeping his grandfather's memory alive.

His grandfather, Master Sergeant Robert Lewis Jonasson, from VMR-252, died in an R4Q crash on February 7th, 1951, near Eastville, VA. The cause was due to severe weather and high winds.

The gratitude he shared with me belongs to all of you who have followed this page and my research....

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