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I was reading your email below with interest… then I came onto something totally unexpected! In the description of Bloody Ridge, the letter mentioned that the machine gun positions “held by Ralph Tulloch, Manny Berkowitz and John Basilone.” Of course everyone knows John Basilone’s name… but the two that struck me were Ralph Tulloch and Manny Berkowitz.
Ralph Tulloch was the president of the Central Florida chapter before I took it over in 2002. He was president of the chapter when we hosted the FMDA Reunion here in 2001, He, unfortunately, passed away within a year of hosting the reunion… I knew Ralph pretty well, but never knew of his heroic stand at Bloody Ridge on Guadalcanal! In addition, Manny Berkowitz attended his funeral and we spent some time together… he had some very humorous stories to tell about his time on the “Canal” but again, I had no idea of the background they shared on Bloody ridge. I saw him at one, maybe two, FMDA reunions after Ralph passed away. I believe he was living in Atlanta at that time.
It just points out that when we attend these FMDA gatherings, etc. you never know the stories that some of the people you lift a glass with at the bar. I knew Ralph pretty well, but never k new his background in WWII. We need to do everything possible to protect their legacy.
Have a great anniversary celebration next week.
Winter Park, FL
The 1st Marine Division Association
Welcome to the 1st Marine Division Association (FMDA) web site. This site details current and future events for the 1st Marine Division Association..
Throughout this site you can see a copy of our newsletter, Old Breed. You can see photos of the members and the camaraderie they enjoy, while meeting and talking with Marines who served in different times and places. The 1st Marine Division Association can be a valuable resource whether you are transitioning to civilian life or planning on enjoying your retirement. You can be part of an organization of veterans who understand that Duty, Honor and Commitment are not merely words.
So take your time and browse our web site and remember you can be part of the FMDA as a reward for service already committed to your country. Joining the 1st Marine Division Association may not get you a job, a car, or even a pat on back for your service but you will get to hang with Marines who understand. The Association is made of members from all walks of life. You could meet others you have served with or you will meet veterans you would have liked to serve with. I have had the pleasure of meeting and talking with some of the greatest people on earth, men and women who served with or in support of the 1st Marine Division. Join the 1st Marine Division Association and we can share our experiences together.
The Marine Corps is a "Band of Brothers" and the First Marine Division Association (FMDA) represents the best of what our Corps stands for. This Association cuts across:
The FMDA is an Association where Marines and Sailors who now serve, or who have served, come together as a “Family of Warriors” and share that unexplained Quality that makes us stand apart, known as “Esprit de Corps”
Our annual reunions and anniversary celebrations provide a venue for all generations of Warriors to gather and enjoy the Family of Arms that our beloved Division represents. We honor our past heroes and salute the current generation that is writing history in Iraq and Afghanistan today and on unknown shores tomorrow.
Our Magazine, The Old Breed News, provides current information on our Corps as well as maintaining the memory of our past glory.
Our Outreach Program pledges that we, the “Older Brothers” of our family stand ready to mentor our younger brothers and sisters and assist their children with our Scholarship Program and a helping hand from our local chapters. We stand ready to help them relocate after their active service, find employment and receive benefits of service that have been promised.
75th Anniversary See Details
Colt has a brand new 1911 A1 pistol to be raffled off at the Anniversary.
Contact First Marine Division Association, June or Heidi. 760-918-5801
Please note that this model is 'off-list' in California. If someone from California wins, we will have to send a Q1991 (Standard Colt Govt. Model).
Read the Scuttlebutt Newsletter
All New TAPS Page
In honor of the 1st Marine Division's deceased Marines, there is now a new section on our website called "Tap"s which gives the name, rank, and the deceased date of the Marine.
There will also be a page dedicated to each Marine that we recieve a photo of, and or, a short bio to be placed on the website.
If you know of a 1st Marine Division Marine who has passed away, you are invited to provide that information to our
or contact our office
This is an amazing, historic project – well worth waiting for its completion, hopefully in our lifetime:
See Photos of the 2015 Reunion
Check out the items for purchase page for exclusive special offer for 1st Marine Division Association Members.
We are now in the process of adding different links to a varity of Web sites that offer services such as:
"JOBS FOR MARINES"
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