The Port Washington Detachment of the Marine Corps League was proud to host a dinner to recognize and honor their members who served in the Marine Corps during World War II. A special guest was Lt. Col. John Pryce, executive officer from Recruiting Station NY, in Garden City. Among the honorees were Jim O'Hara and Victor Cannizzaro, who told stories of their experiences on Iwo Jima. Other WWII Marines recognized were Mike Gregory, Jerry Sears, Carmine Santoli, Walter Whitelaw, George Becker (Navy Corpsman) and Associate Member Les Kent (Army Air Corps). Also honored was woman Marine Carol Hooper who enlisted "so it would free up a man to go and fight." One of the highlights of the evening was when Carol and Detachment Commandant John Bauman cut the traditional ceremonial cake with an NCO's sword. The dinner was held at Livorno's Restaurant in Manorhaven and the food and refreshments were excellent. Throughout the evening the veterans were toasted and presented with "challenge coins," a history of which was given by Adjutant Tom Kenney. In addition to celebrating the service of the "Old Corps" Marines, donations were made to Wounded Warriors in Camp LeJeune, NC, to help the latest heroes who have returned home with injuries sustained in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The Marine Corps League is an organization of current and former Marines who are bound together by their motto Semper Fidelis, (Always Faithful). If you would like any information about this organization, please call 516-633-5523[AN1]. If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to help Wounded Warriors, checks can be sent to Paymaster Stan Derby, 128 Lipton Lane, Williston Park, NY. 11596-1029.