Wednesday, December 31, 2003
For: All Hands & The Ship's Cook.
Subj: The Victoria Cross
"Gunny G.," sent me a message a few days back that to satisfy my need for further information required much help from my friends in Australia. The Gunny's "Globe and Anchor Sites and Forums without a doubt contain more information on the past, present, and the future Marine Corps than any other site on the net. For those of you interested, you may click on the http immediately below to get background information for the reason for this addition to my site.
For those of you still interested in the above
story of about 1 1/2 years ago, I suggest you
send a postal card, as I have done, to...
Marine Corps Historical Center
1254 Charles Morris St. SE
Bldg#58 WNY (HDH-2)
Washington, D.C. 20374
I recently received an interesting response from
an inquiry to the above--not what I had hoped
for, nor does it explain a few things left
unanswered, but information none the less.
R.W. "Dick" Gaines, GySgt USMC (Ret.) 1952-72
The Globe and Anchor! --Sites & Forums http://www.angelfire.com/ca/dickg/sites.html
Old Salt Marines Tavern ~Interactive~
Gunny G Online! --One of The Best Darn Marines Information Lists On The WWW! http://www.angelfire.com/ca/dickg/online.html
Whatever, Gunny G.'s message made me curious enough to email my good friend, Ron Chapman, of Sydney, in the land of Oz. Ron's a highly decorated Oz vet of the Korean War. This caused him to consult his guru on all such military questions, "Vince," and Vince supplied us with the information that I have attached to our site. As usual, go to http://sullyusmc.com
, click "Menu," "Military History & Traditions," and under "British Military History and Awards," "Victoria Cross." I believe that most of you will find the information Vince and Ron forwarded is interesting indeed.
One personal note. I saw with interest that Hospital Apprentice A. Fitzgibbon, Indian Medical Establishment, was awarded his Victoria Cross for actions while involved in the taking of the Taku Forts, China, on 21 August, 1860. Those same forts were also stormed and captured by an international force, that included U. S. Marines during events concerning the Boxer Rebellion in 1900. Then forty-five years later, on 1 October, 1945, some 60,000 Marines landed below the guns of those same Taku Forts. This time, thank the Lord, there were no assault, because the Japanese held them and aided the Marines during our landing. My battalion, 1/5/1stMarDiv, worse luck, were assigned the mission of continuing to garrison those forts. I got to know more about those forts than I really needed to know. What makes these forts strategic is they lie at the egress of the Pei Ho River into the Gulf of Po Hai (Yellow Sea). Oh, yes. Should mention that Hospital Apprentice Fitzgibbon was the youngest ever winner of the Victoria Cross. He was fifteen and three months when he performed his heroic deed. Not bad for a young lad.
The Happiest of New Years to all of you, and we hope this holiday season for you has truly been blessed. To make sure you're around for the next holiday, remember,
"Keep off the !@#$% Skyline," "Don't bunch us like a group of %$#@! sheep," "Make your interval ten >>>>>>>>>> paces," and as we Chosin Marines always say in parting, "Keep Warm." Semper Fidelis, Sully