Many members gathered together for the annual outdoor picnic held at the Evergreen Community Park in Ross Township on Sunday, August 27th. Homemade Polish sausage kielbasa grilled to perfection complemented all the other food and pastries.
Free family Picnic for Members, Spouses, Children and Grandchildren
Evergreen Community Park Ross Township
3430 Evergreen Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Sunday, August 27, 2017 From 11:am till ?? Rain or shie
Some Food will be Catered
Beer, Soda-pop, Coffee, Water, will be supplied
Park Activity: Fishing available, pleases bring your own fishing equipment and bait.
Horseshoes. Bring your own cards, board games, etc. Lots of fun being with Marines and their families and friends.
MCL Activities: 50/50 Raffle, Chinese Auction, Raffle for Christmas Service Project
WHITE ELEPHANT GIFT EXCHANGE
Bring something you have lying around the house you want to get rid of, no matter how ugly it is for a White Elephant exchange.
Wrap your gift to add to the element of surprise.
Remember all the laughs we had last year!
Questions….Contact Bob Timet at 412-369-5188
We need your input so the Caterer can determine how much food will be needed.
Please help us by letting us know how many adults and children will be attending the picnic, (and the children’s ages).
We nee your response before, but no later than August 18, 2017.
Complete the form and mail to:
Three Rivers Leatherneck Detachment 310
PO Box 15433, Pittsburgh, PA 15237
The township of Hampton, PA, hosted the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, more commonly known as the ‘Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall’. Phil Cerussi, #310’s Adjutant, volunteered to participate and act as an ambassador/guide. Other members of the Three Rivers Detachment also attended the opening ceremony held the evening of June 29th. Christopher Lochner, Municipal Manager for Hampton Township, said he raised well over the $11,000 donation from private or corporate donations to have the wall brought here. The wall will be open to the public at no charge, 24/7 from June 30 until the closing ceremony on July 4th, 12:00 noon. This is one of the two traveling walls in the United States, both are non-profit. There are 58,272 names listed on this Memorial of which 1,200 of these names are listed as MIA, POW or others; and, it represents only eighty percent of the souls lost.
The legislation for the permanent ‘wall’ located in the Constitution Gardens in Washington DC near the Lincoln Memorial was signed by President Jimmy Carter on July 1, 1980. It took three and half years to build the Memorial.
The day started early with the Detachment members busily setting up under the supervision of Janet Lindner, Joe Wadlow, Karl Wilzer and Gerry Kunick.
Joe Wadlow, co-owner of Monte Cello restaurant, provided the food and instructed the members on how to be professional buffet line servers. Among the volunteers were the Washington Young Marines, under the direction of Don Bailey and is currently being sponsored by the Three Rivers Detachment.
On display for sale were various Marine apparel items by Rick Barzen, Quarter Master and checked out by Jim Hughes. Dessert cakes were provided by Lincoln Bakery and distribution supervised by Rose Popovich and Karen Barzen. Greatly missed was life member, Rita Weiss, our chief baker, who was unable to attend.
The 50/50 raffle headed by Bob Timet drew a record number with $475 going to winner John Ramusen. A special handmade quilt by master quilter, Donna Wilzer, was won by Betty Muschar. Another special auction item was a metal art sculpture donated by award winning, Gene Lyle, and won by Phil Cerussi. At the end of the day, after serving nearly 300 people, Matt Popvich thanked all the member and volunteers who help make this another big success and well worth the efforts.
On Thursday, May 4, 2017, a formal dedication was held at the National Museum of the Marine Corps at Quantico to commemorate the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir. The primary purpose of our members to attend was to share with Bill Howrilla, master wood carver, as he presented his carving depicting a Marine from the ‘Chosin Few’ Battle to the Museum. Also attending from our detachment was Karl and Donna Wilzer, Tom and Audrey Szmed, Joe Wadlow and Ed Peters.
Among the many distinguished speakers and honored guests, Lt. General Richard E. Carey, USMC (Ret) shared some of the events he experienced during the battle where he and his comrades endured the most treacherous winter conditions ever in the history of Korea.
Another honored guest speaker was General Joseph Dunford, Jr., Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff. General Dunford is the nation’s highest-ranking military officer, and the principal military advisor to the President, Secretary of Defense and National Security Council. Previously, he served as the 36th Commandant for the Marine Corps. Gen. Dunford graciously took time to meet our members who attended the dedication.
(left to right) Past Commandant, Joe Wadlow, Sgt. At Arms Ed Peters, General Dunford, Past Sr. Vice Bill Howrilla, Commandant Karl Wilzer
In the winter of 1950, with freezing snow and intolerable temperatures of minus 25 to 65 degrees F weather at night, 15,000 Marines of the 1st Marine Division with various other military allies were surrounded near the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea by over 120,000 Chinese Communist troops whose only purpose was to annihilate all enemy forces.
Jeep batteries were frozen and split, C-ration cans frozen solid, morphine packets and blood plasma were frozen and useless, automatic weapons wouldn’t cycle; resupply could only come by air.
The 60mm mortars were the only effective weapon during these battles and with supplies running dangerously low an emergency radio request was made for “tootsie rolls,” the Marine code name for the ammunition. Unfortunately, the receiving operator did not have the code sheet and did not question the extremely urgent request from command authority. When supplies were delivered, dozens of parachutes with pallets of actual tootsie roll candy descended on the freezing and starving Marines.
The Marines turned a desperate situation into survival. They learned they could warm the candy in their armpits and plug bullet holes in fuel drums, gas tanks, cans and radiators and when refrozen became solid sealing the leaks and allowing the troops some much needed mobility. The tootsie rolls also provided energy and the only nourishment for many days.
This was the inspiration Bill Howrilla had to create masterful carvings of a typical Marine at this battle.
Bill is a life member of #310, past Sr. Vice and Master Wood Carver. Over the years, Bill has carved over 600 master pieces for various military, political, corporate and private organizations.
Bill’s interests have always been in drawings. One Christmas years past, a family member received a small crude carving of a European style Santa. Family members remarked how unique it was but still very amateur looking. Bill knew he could make a more detailed and professional looking carving which started his life-long passion.
Bill was invited to attend the dedication of the Chosin Few Memorial at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico where he would present and donate the Chosin Few Marine wood carving.
Rick Barzen has been a member of the MCL #310 for five years and is a familiar face at all league functions. He and his wife, Karen, of 45 years have three children and seven grandchildren. A native of Pittsburgh Northside, Rick entered the USMC in 1967 and went to Parris Island for boot camp. Upon completion, he was transferred to Camp Pendleton, California, where he trained in recoilless rifles, flame throwers and rocket launchers. He spent a couple months in Okinawa training in jungle warfare and shipped to Viet Nam as a rifleman; he was honorably discharged in 1970.
Rick spends many personal hours a week visiting the residents at the VA Hospital in Aspinwall and is a regular volunteer at the MCL #310 sponsored bingo at the VA. For many years, Rick was a volunteer for the bowling and softball special Olympics. He also sponsored a dart league for the special Olympics. Rick participates in all the league functions including color guard, parades, rose campaign, various events at the VA and the first to volunteer when needed. Rick has accepted the position of Quarter Master for the Three Rivers Detachment and will be working with Ed Barron, Jr. to make the transition.
Rick and Karen live near their grandchildren and he finds this to be the joy of his life. He spends time nearly every day with the kids playing catch, fishing, hiking or just hanging out.
As with tradition, former recipients of the prestigious Marine of the Year award that were in attendance, gather to greet the new inductee; however, this year it was done electronically via Skype as Rick and Karen were on vacation in Myrtle Beach. Karen tactfully kept the secret and made the presentation of the plaque while all in attendance in Pittsburgh sent a hardy “hoo-rah’.
Annual Golf Outing August 11,2017 at Pittsburgh North Golf Club (Rain Date August 25, 2017)
Sign Up Deadline: August 4, 2017 Limited 4 Somes
Golf Entry $100 per Player
18 Holes & Golf Cart
Food & Drink @ Turn
Dinner & Prizes!
50/50 & TV Raffles & Chinese Auction
1st Hole-in-One on Hole #14 Sponsored by Krebs Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge Gibsonia, PA
For More Information, Contact Ed Barron 412.486.4230 or Bob Timet 412.369.5188
TV Donated for Raffle by Tom Holderman
Sign up a foursome and save $20!
For More Information, Contact Ed Barron 412.486.4230 or Bob Timet 412.369.5188
2017 Golf Outing Sigh Up Form SIGN UP FORM
Pittsburgh North Golf Club Web Site www.PittsburghNorthGolf.Com
3800 Bakerstown Road, Bakerstown, PA 15007 / 724.443.3800
Three Rivers Leatherneck Detachment 310
Come and enjoy Great Company, Delicious Food, and
Celebrate with your fellow Marines as we honor
Our 2017 Marine of the Year
Wednesday May 17, 2017
The Three Rivers Leatherneck Detachment 310
Marine of the Year 2017 Celebration will be held at Monte Cello’s Restaurant
2198 Babcock Boulevard
Buffet Dinner is at 6:00 p.m.
If you plan on attending PLEASE send the following information and a check for $15.00 per person to: Three Rivers Leatherneck Detachment 310, P.O. Box 15433, Pittsburgh, PA 15237.
Please respond on or before May 12, 2017 2017 Marine Of The Year Sign Up Form
Each year, past recipients of the Marine of the Year award vote for a candidate from current membership. Chaplain Gerry Kunic was awarded the Marine of the Year 2016 and presented by Adjudent Phil Cerussi. This award is given on the dedication and service to the league and community.
Gerry is a native of Lawrenceville where he attended Peabody High School. After graduation in June 1964, he enlisted in the Marine Corps. His first home as a Marine was Parris Island, SC where his MOS was 0141 Administrator and then shipped to the Marine Corps Automated Service Center in Kansas City, MO. In September 1967, he was deployed to Vietnam and assigned to the Data Processing Platoon #10 (the first mobile combat platoon) where he supported the FLSG-A and the 1st and 3rd Marine Divisions, 1st Marine Air Wing and Army units in the Hue-Phu Bai area. Their missision was to arm, feed and clothe the troops from Phu Bai to the DMZ. After this tour, he was sent to Da Nang and discharged in June 1969 at the rank of Seargant after serving five years in the USMC.
Using the GI Bill, Gerry attend Robert Morris College and obtained a business degree. He raised through the ranks at Mellon Bank to become the CEO at three community banks and retired in 2013.
Gerry and wife, Mary (McCrea), were married in 1973 and have two children and three grandaughters. Gerry has been a member of the Three Rivers MCL since 2003 and currently is the league’s Chaplain. He participates in many of the league’s activities and is on the committee for the golf outing and pasta dinner fund raisers. He is also a member of the Vietnam Veterans, Inc., spends many hours as a volunteer at the VA hospital for the “End of Life Program,” and a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus. He is an usher at St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church and is involved in many of the church events. What little leisure time he has is spent playhing softball in the North Allegheney County Senior Softball league and downtime is spent reading history and mystery books.