. Mr Brown the anticipation is killing me, but hopefully I will be alive at our re- union to hear about your great information, see you soon David McNair ABH-2
Greetings to the members of the Tarawa! In reply to some of the questions above, the focus will be on the introduction, use and meaning of the insignia that all branches now wear. I focus on the Civil War to WWII. Many veterans - rightly - ask "But what about Korea, Vietnam, and the current conflicts"? Sailors, marines, soldiers and airmen have heaped honor and sacrifice on these symbols in everyconflict since WWII, and in peace-time. You have certainly not been forgotten, nor have your experiences and accomplishments been minimized. But, the story here is how these symbols came to be worn and the symbolism behind them. That metamorphosis really occurred from the 1860s-1940s.
If you count the unofficial types and official types worn today, there are thousands and thousands of insignia in use. Just too many to do any justice to. But all of these have their roots in the designs adopted in the period we'll cover. And yes, the Marines are well represented! Additionally, I always intersperse some trivia questions throughout the presentation and yours will be largely changed to USN/USMC topics.
I assure you, you will discover some truly fascinating things about the symbols you wore that you never knew before. And I hope that through this experience, you may feel a connection to sailors, marines and other service members before you, that you never felt before. And the wives/families will be equally entertained.
I am tempted to drop some tidbits here to get your interest up, but I don't want to spoil the story. Ladies and gentlemen, the bottom line is this; my presentations are about you
. They are an honor to you, and a tribute to what you've done for all of us. Although (believe it or not) you will find the presentation fascinating and fun, the underlying message is Thank You
for your service.
I did one last week for a group in Oregon. From that, a Naval officers' group has asked me to come visit with them and a 3-tour USMC Vietnam vet has asked me to do something special for his group. Interestingly, the USN officer and the Marine served together on a jointly crewed ship, just like the Tarawa. Both were attendees and both loved it.
I am honored to be a part of your reunion and I am excited to meet you all. If you have any questions or wish to reach out to me for some reason, feel free - firstname.lastname@example.org
. I am gone a lot for my current work. But normally no more than a couple/few days. I will respond.