February 21: Awards ceremony at Camp Pendleton. The 2/4 Association annual awards will be presented to active duty Magnificent Bastards selected by the Battalion. Awards will be represented as follows: Bull Fisher Award - Officer, Sgt. Major Ellis Award - Staff NCO, Big John Malnar Award - NCO, Doc. Gorsage Award - Corpsman, MOH's Foster, Paul & Barker Awards - Pvt., PFC & L/Cpl. Selection process of honorees is done by the men and women of the battalion. Colonel Jay Vargas, MOH recipient and former company commander of Golf Company 1968, will be on hand for the presentation. In addition, the Association will be represented by BGen Weise, Association Historian; Scott Laidig, Association board member and author; Colonel Jim Williams, Association 2/4 Liaison Officer; Frank and Becky Valdez, association newsletter Sea Horse; and Ray and Teresa DelRio. All Association members are invited to attend. Contact information for Lt./Col Weiler is email: email@example.com; Telephone, 760-763-3693.
March 7: Change of Command. LtCol Weiler, once a weapons platoon commander with 2/4 and presently Battalion CO, Bastard 6 will be leaving for Quantico. Throughout the years we have maintained supportive communication and leadership with our battalion commanders, but none more than Lt. /Col. Weiler. Association members are invited to attend. Contact information is above.
April 5-6: Ramadi Reunion. The annual Ramadi Reunion is led by Major Sean Schickel, former Echo company commander. I am proud to announce that your board and donations by the membership are contributing $750 toward this opportunity to recruit from what I feel is the "life blood" in continuing this Magnificent Association. Supported by the active battalion, there will be an informal gathering on the beach in San Clemente vicinity on the 5th of April. On April 6 there will be a reception on base in the 2/4 battalion area. Family members and heroes that fought at Ramadi in Iraq in 2004 will be special guests of 2/4. The Association will be represented by Brooks Wilson, board VP, and other association members. All members are invited to attend. Please contact Brooks if you intend to attend this heroic event. Major Schickel's contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org; Tel. #703-695-9562.
August 13-17: Reunion 2014. The reunion will be held in Portland Oregon, hosted by John and Nancy Schassen. Pre-plots on your maps should be set for the Red Lion at the River hotel.
For those of you that have not purchased "One Magnificent Bastard", autobiography of B/Gen.
William 'Wild Bill' Weise, please contact Jim Rogers, Director. I can assure you that this narrative will be an addition to your library of Marine Leadership that is top shelf, cover to cover. Aside from this magnificent story of a superlative leader of men, all proceeds are donated toward the purchase of bricks for each 2/4 Marine and Sailor KIA throughout our magnificent history. Be advised, we have contributed $78,000+ and 370+ bricks that have been placed at the Marine Corps Museum at Quantico. Those willing to contribute toward this goal in recognizing all 2/4 KIA's can contribute by submitting proceeds to treasurer Doc James Swann.
Steve Wilson, President