TBS 1-67 Bravo Company
May 30, 2017
Dedication, May 24
A video of the Dedication
ceremony is at
this link. Photos below.
Hays Parks reported on May 25:
"Insofar as the idea, I
thought of it last year when I saw the plaque if B Co TBS 1-63 and, with
the assistance of the designer /manufacturer, altered it to its final
form with B Co TBS 1-67 comments.
The final product, whether
plaque design, manufacturing, funding for installment at the Marine
Corps Museum, or yesterday's dedication -- was a a team effort by B
Company members, with special emphasis for those whose names appear on
the plaque. Their share was the greatest.
"I had to depart our
plaque site with the wreath. The museum does not permit such items to
remain following a ceremony.
Today after the florist made
a few repairs from the transportation to and from yesterday's ceremony
it was delivered as a gift to a home for elderly retired military for
their Memorial Day.
A date has been set and the
time is 11:00 a.m. The meeting location will be in front of
the Marine Corps Museum or in the lobby if inclement weather. Father John Cregan
has been invited to give a blessing. Other aspects of the dedication
are TBD; but very likely that attendees will have lunch together at one of
the museum facilities.
Please RSVP to Bob Lange (firstname.lastname@example.org)
for the Memorial Plaque Dedication Ceremony by May 17 so we know about how
many attendees to expect and can also plan for lunch after the Dedication.
This is the program created by
Bob Lange: Dedication
of the Colors - March on, Present Arms, Pledge of Allegiance, Posting
of Father Cregan for Opening Prayer
welcoming remarks by MC
of Family Members
Remarks by Mike Wholley
by B Company Members and Family Members, as desired
of the Wreath
by Father Cregan
of the Colors
in The Overlook area of the Museum
project, initiated and managed by Hays Parks, reached a milestone
on April 5 when the plaque was delivered and installed on the grounds of
the Marine Corps Museum. A date for the dedication ceremony is
accomplished, with thanks to all for your support financially and
It is in a very nice wooded
setting on a beautiful stone wall.
The spectacular of Korean War
hero horse Reckless is close by. Reckless is a popular attraction.
Viewers passing by and reading our plaque should be numerous."
Andy Vaart emailed:
"Nothing to add from this
perspective except a shot of Reckless and little on the actual process,
completed by a pair of professional gents, including the below URLs to
YouTube videos of parts of that installation process.
These include image of the
drilling operation, which was difficult. The crew came equipped with a
board showing the locations of points at which threaded bolts were to be
affixed to the back of the plaque and inserted into holes drilled into the
wall. There were six such points. The stones were not yielding to battery
powered drills, and a fully powered one was called into action (with help
of a portable generator).
The two videos show the
preflight installation - without glue - and the final installation. The
crew got the drilled holes into perfect alignment and done with very
little to do!
Test install, before gluing
Final install, after gluing.
Also a shot of Reckless. A
really great piece of sculpture to illustrate a nice story.
Larry Karch reported:
"I'll add a poignant
note about the positioning of our plaque.
Besides being a grenade throw
from the statue of Reckless, The Marine Hero Horse, our plaque is right
next to a plaque that memorializes the first Marine to die on Iwo Jima."
Plaque, February 7, 2017
Hays Parks sent a photo of the
completed plaque on February 7, as above. The final proof is shown
On January 24, 2017, Hays Parks
provided a status update of the B Co TBS 1-67 memorial plaque (briefed
at last October's 50-year reunion) as follows:
"Request for approval of
the proposed design by the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation and Marine
Corps University was submitted to those commands on 1 December 2O16.
Approval was received slightly more than two weeks later.
The plaque was ordered 11
I was informed today that
plaque production is expected to be completed in early March to coincide
roughly with completion of the Marine Corps Museum Theater.
The plaque design appears
above. The symbols on the upper left and right corners replicate the
memorial coins distributed to reunion attendees (other than in their
color). The symbol on the right side replicates the TBS symbol as it
existed at the time our company was in attendance.
The plaque was designed in
memory of B Company members named on the plaque -- a pledge that we will
never forget our B Co brothers of fifty summers ago.
The plaque donor wishes to
The second matter regarding
the plaque concerns the cost of its dedication to the Marine Corps
Heritage Foundation (MCHF). $1,000 will be placed in escrow for
maintenance and upkeep of the plaque at the time of its dedication
(thereby passing from our hands to the MCHF). There is a one-time $2,000
site fee, for a total donation of $3,000.
Once the Marine Corps Museum
is completed, the property (including the grounds, museum, statues,
exhibitions, plaques, etc.), will be placed in the hands of the Marine
Corps. Thereafter the Marine Corps will assume responsibility for
maintenance and upkeep of all property.
Donations are tax deductible.
The elements essential for an
individual tax deductible donation are as follows:
1. The check should be made
payable to the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation.
2. The check itself must be
noted "MCHF B Co TBS 1-67 memorial plaque".
3. Please limit your
donation to $100!
4. The check should be mailed
Marine Corps Heritage
3800 Fettler Park Drive.
Dumfries, VA 22134-5067
Dedication. A dedication date
has not been determined.
The plaque will be placed on
a stone wall along the tree-lined sidewalk that makes its way through
the grounds and around the Marine Corps Museum building. Statues,
monuments, and plaques along the brick-lined walk are increasing.
An effort is being made for
near-simultaneous completion of the Marine Corps Museum Theater and
dedication of several plaques.
Plaque or monument
dedications have varied in formality. I was informed the dedication
often is arranged by the class or unit following rather than at the time
of its emplacement.
I will be informed of the
plaque installation date and will pass the information on. As it may be
short notice, my recommendation is that we arrange our own B Co TBS 1-67
(and potential private donor guests) gathering following the plaque
emplacement that will be agreeable to as many as possible and with
consideration of the weather. Today's cool rainy weather was a classic
TBS land navigation exercise day, less ideal for our plaque dedication
with wreath laying, etc., followed by lunch for those interested.
January 24, 2017: