FMDA NEWS / NOTES
You can view (and read) the latest Blue Diamond News here and/or download it. When there is enough information of interest to members in general, then we send out an issue of BDN. News/Notes aims to cover the gap.
This "gap" is the period between Blue Diamond News issues where info of interest to some members is not quite enough to crank out a full issue of BDN. We suggest that you check here whenever you choose to visit the site.
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In effect, News/Notes will be your place on the website to "go public" within FMDA and inform your fellow members of something you believe we should be aware of or follow up. We'll be adding information from our end.
FROM PRESIDENT JOHS
FROM YOUR FMDA OFFICE
Come join us for our 79th Anniversary Commemoration aboard Camp Pendleton, CA in late January and enjoy a mild winter among friends. This event is scheduled for 29-31 January 2020. Click here to download a Registration Form.
Our next big event is our 73rd Annual Reunion to be held in Washington, DC from 14 August 2020 (Friday) to 23 August (Sunday). Details to come.
FROM FMDA CHAPTERS
FROM U.S. MARINE CORPS
FROM FMDA MEMBERS
PFC Dan Bullock was in Foxtrot 2-5 in 1969. He enlisted when he was 14 years old although no one knew that. His roots lay in North Carolina.
While making a bold attempt to get more ammo during an all-out attack on the An Hoa combat base on 7 June 1969, PFC Bullock was shot several times and killed instantly. He was fifteen at the moment of his death.
When young Dan was buried, his true age finally came to light. Because he used a false birth certificate in order to enlist, the USMC would judge his enlistment to be "fraudulent" and felt no formal obligation to highlight his actions.
As a result, PFC Bullock was buried in an unmarked grave where he would lie in obscurity for 21 years. Fate then entered when Sally Jesse Raphael, a celebrity talk-show host, heard the story and paid for a fitting headstone.
PFC Dan Bullock was the youngest American to be killed in Vietnam. It's long past time for the USMC to confer on Dan full military honors and any medals he earned by virtue of his service. Rest in Peace, Dan. Semper Fi, Marine.
(This message has been edited by Jud Blakely)