Detachment #875
Floyd L. Baxter Red River
Chartered 03/07/1994 - Inc.  #35-324479 – Incorporated 08/19/02
EIN# 72 -129619
(Dues $30.00) Officers Installed - 12/13/2014

Meeting / Time

Regular Meeting/2nd and 4th Saturday at Golden Corral located at 7250 Youree Drive, Shreveport at 0900 hours.
Detachment Web -   

John Michael Thornton (9-19-46) (Jerrie) – 21 Sterling Ranch Road East - Haughton, La. 71037-
Ph. 318-390-8367  Cell - 318-617-0438   Email

Sr. Vice Commandant

John Hebert (11/30/43) (Sharon) - 524 Applejack Drive, Shreveport, La. 71115
Ph. 318-797-0571  E-mail
Jr. Vice Commandant
Mickey Stark (____) - 8224 Creek Dale Street - Shreveport, La. 71107-
Ph. 318-929-0258  E-mail 

Judge Advocate

Danny Parker (_____) - 13659 Base Street - Keithville, La. 71047-
Ph. 318-925-6034
Junior Past Commandant
William Braidwood (6/9/39) (Eve) - 171 Sistrunk Lane - Bossier City, La. 71112
Ph. 318-747-4119  E-mail

Willie Wynn  (1) (xxx) – 2331 Fernbrook Drive - Shreveport, La. 71118-
Ph. 318-
683-4035  Cell 31  E-mail
Robert David Gavin (5-6-39) (Sandy) – 425 South Dresden Circle - Shreveport, La.71115-2906
 Ph. 318-797-8418  E-mail

William Braidwood (6/9/39) (Eve) - 171 Sistrunk Lane - Bossier City, La. 71112
Ph. 318-747-4119  E-mail

Al Peterman (xxx) (   ) - 2504 Abbey Ct., Bossier City, La 71111
Ph.747-4519   E-mail  
Boy Scout Liaison
WEB  Sergeant / Newsletter Editor
William Braidwood (6/9/39) (Eve) - 171 Sistrunk Lane - Bossier City, La. 71112
Ph. 318-747-4119  E-mail



Volume 16                                                                            July 2013                                                                              No. 3      
THE MARINE CORPS LEAGUE’S MISSION….Banding together those who are now serving in the United States Marine Corps and those who have been honorably discharged from that service that they may effectively promote the ideals of American freedom and democracy.
5 July 1943 – The 1st Raider regiment landed against the Japanese on New Georgia Island.
11 July 1798 – The U. S. Marine Corps was re-established by an act of Congress, succeeding the Continental Marines.
2 August 2004 – Marines for BLT 1/4, 11th MEU, began battling units of the Mahdi Militia insurgency in Najaf and Kufa in the Battle of Najaf.
3 August 1950 – VMF 214 Corsairs struck the first blow of the Korean War for the Marine Corps.
11 September 1990 – The 4th MEB embarked in the Gulf of Oman in support of Operation Desert Storm.
30 September 1969 – The 1st Marine Regiment was presented the Presidential Unit Citation for Operation Hue City, Vietnam.
TOM TRACEY – KILROY?  He is engraved in stone in the National War Memorial in Washington, DC- back in a small alcove where very few people have seen it. For the WWII generation, this will bring back memories. For you younger folks, it's a bit of trivia that is a part of our American history.

Anyone born in 1913 to about 1950, is familiar with Kilroy. No one knew why he was so well known- but everybody got into it, I even remember seeing him around public places in the late 60s...

So who the heck was Kilroy?

In 1946 the American Transit Association, through its radio program, "Speak to America ," sponsored a nationwide contest to find the real Kilroy, offering a prize of a real trolley car to the person who could prove himself to be the genuine article. Almost 40 men stepped forward to make that claim, but only James Kilroy from Halifax, Massachusetts, had evidence of his identity.

'Kilroy' was a 46-year old shipyard worker during the war who worked as a checker at the Fore River Shipyard in Quincy. His job was to go around and check on the number of rivets completed. Riveters were on piecework and got paid by the rivet. He would count a block of rivets and put a check mark in semi-waxed lumber chalk, so the rivets wouldn't be counted twice. When Kilroy went off duty, the riveters would erase the mark.
Later on, an off-shift inspector would come through and count the rivets a second time, resulting in double pay for the riveters.
One day Kilroy's boss called him into his office. The foreman was upset about all the wages being paid to riveters, and asked him to investigate. It was then he realized what had been going on. The tight spaces he had to crawl in to check the rivets didn't lend themselves to lugging around a paint can and brush, so Kilroy decided to stick with the waxy chalk. He continued to put his check mark on each job he inspected, but added 'KILROY WAS HERE' in king-sized letters next to the check, and eventually added the sketch of the chap with the long nose peering over the fence and that became part of the Kilroy message.
Once he did that, the riveters stopped trying to wipe away his marks. Ordinarily the rivets and chalk marks would have been covered up with paint. With the war on, however, ships were leaving the Quincy Yard so fast that there wasn't time to paint them. As a result, Kilroy's inspection "trademark" was seen by thousands of servicemen who boarded the troopships the yard produced.
His message apparently rang a bell with the servicemen, because they picked it up and spread it all over Europe and the South Pacific.
Before war's end, "Kilroy" had been here, there, and everywhere on the long hauls to Berlin and Tokyo. To the troops outbound in those ships, however, he was a complete mystery; all they knew for sure was that someone named Kilroy had "been there first." As a joke, U.S. servicemen began placing the graffiti wherever they landed, claiming it was already there when they arrived.

Kilroy became the U.S. super-GI who had always "already been" wherever GIs went. It became a challenge to place the logo in the most unlikely places imaginable (it is said to be atop Mt. Everest, the Statue of Liberty, the underside of the Arc de Triomphe, and even scrawled in the dust on the moon.

As the war went on, the legend grew. Underwater demolition teams routinely sneaked ashore on Japanese-held islands in the Pacific to map the terrain for coming invasions by U.S. troops (and thus, presumably, were the first GI's there). On one occasion, however, they reported seeing enemy troops painting over the Kilroy logo!

In 1945, an outhouse was built for the exclusive use of Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill at the Potsdam conference. Its' first occupant was Stalin, who emerged and asked his aide
(in Russian), "Who is Kilroy?"

To help prove his authenticity in 1946, James Kilroy brought along officials from the shipyard and some of the riveters. He won the trolley car, which he gave to his nine children as a Christmas gift and set it up as a playhouse in the Kilroy yard in Halifax, Massachusetts.            
WILLIE WYNN - It is with great honor that MSgt Ray U. Urban is placed into nomination for the Marine of the Year.  MSgt Urban is recognized for the commitment he has demonstrated and continues to demonstrate to his country, to his community and to his Corps.
Ray joined the Marine Corps in January 1942 shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor.    As a member of the Greatest Generation he served in many capacities and at many locations before ending up on a tour as the Flight Sgt. of a Fighter Squadron stationed at Bougainville Island during the Pacific Campaign.  He left the Corps in 1946 but returned in 1951 when called for duty in the Korean War.  At the end of the Korean War he returned to civilian life in 1955 and set into motion his endeavors to continue his life in voluntary service to his community.   
After leaving the Marine Corps Ray did not allow the grass to grow under his feet.  Early on, he became active in the Shreveport business community as owner/operator of a chain of Taco Bell restaurants.  As well, he became an active participant in the Shreveport social community.  He is responsible for starting the Krewe of Gemini; he was involved in the lighting of the Texas Street bridge which connects Shreveport to Bossier City across the Red River; he helped organize the Rubber Duck Races, the petting zoo and the Biomedical Research Center.  As time passed, Ray sold his businesses and decided to become even more entrenched in activities in the communities.  He is an active participant in VFW Post 4388, the Elks Lodge #122, American Legion Post #14, La Societe des Quarante Hommes at Huit Chevaux (40&8), as well as active member of the Mardi Gras Royalty Club and the Bossier Chamber of Commerce.  Ray is also a familiar face at local Young Marine graduations and the Northwest Louisiana Veterans Home Birthday Socials.
As a member of the Marine Corps League, in 2010 Ray became affectionately known as the WWII veteran who jumped out of a perfectly good airplane into the Bossier Parrish countryside to celebrate his 90th birthday.  Not intimidated by challenge, Ray joined and is an active member of the Bossier Sheriff’s Office Posse.  The Posse is an auxiliary organization of Bossier Parrish residents who volunteer their time to provide and assist the Bossier Sheriff’s office in maintaining order in the entire Bossier Parrish.  Volunteers generally provide mobile patrol assistance.
As a World War II veteran Ray began to detect an absence of knowledge in the general population of the history that event.  With his personal funding he began to collect artifacts from that war and to develop a narrative of various significant events which occurred during the fighting of that war.  These actions evolved into a mobile presentation which Ray has traveled throughout the state presenting at various forums and venues.  His accounting of the war lends to a greater understanding of how out country became involved and a recognition of the sacrifices the men and women of that generation made whether civilian or military.  He has been heartily recognized for these efforts and his presentation continues to evolve to capture a true picture of that era.   
In early 2012 Ray began a campaign in keeping with the highest standards, customs and traditions of our Corps.  He came to the aid of a fellow Marine.  In doing so he comported himself with dignity, initiative, compassion and zeal as he assisted his fellow Marine in maneuvering the bureaucratic processes of the federal, state and local governments and as well as non-government organizations.   Upon discovering that our country was about to recognize and honor that singular group of men known as the Montford Point Marines, Ray discovered that local League member was a surviving member of that cohort.  Realizing the magnitude of the upcoming acknowledgment and recognition Ray decided that he was in a unique position to provide support to his fellow Marine and World War II cohort. 
Ray rallied around his friend.  First he introduced to the Detachment’s floor and pushed through a motion sponsoring membership for the Marine into the National Montford Point Marine Association.  That membership opened up access to the information for various recognition devices being played out at the national level.   Armed with that and other information from relevant sources Ray promoted the Marine for participation at all local, state, and national awards.   This national recognition was highlighted by a trip to Washington, DC to be honored by the United States Congress with a presentation of a Congressional Metal by the Speaker of the House John Boehner.  Locally and statewide Ray was able to direct the Marine’s participation in various recognition ceremonies and events through determining the Marines availability and making necessary logistical arrangements.  All of this was done from start to finish without hesitation, or complaint, and to the fullest extent possible.
It is therefore with great honor that MSgt. Ray U. Urban USMC is nominated as the Marine of the Year for the State of Louisiana representing the Floyd L. Baxter/Red River Detachment.
PATRIOTISM – Ray Urban missed the Detachment’s April 4th Saturday breakfast because he set-up his WWII mini-museum and made his WWII presentation in Linden, TX for the Wildflower Festival.
THANK YOU -  OORAH to Danny Parker and his wife, Clydee,  for the wonderful job they did in making the new Memorial Day wreath and stand.  It received a lot of favorable comments and several pictures were taken of it on Memorial Day at the Northwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery.
MEMBERSHIP – Welcome aboard new members Allen Smith and Maurice Price.
ROSTER CHANGES – New member information.  John Hebert’s new e-mail address.
MARINES IN THE FRIGATE NAVY PRINTS –   There are ten (10) framed prints left.  Please help find a public home for them.
VAVS – National Volunteer Week was 21 April to 27 April.  Overton Brooks VA Medical Center VAVS hosted a Volunteer Recognition Ceremony and Luncheon at the Shreveport Country Club.  Detachment members were recognized as follows: Ken Moffett and Al Peterman received 100 hour pins; Danny Parker and Mat Porter received 300 hour pins;  Dave Gavin received a certificate for 9 years and 2175 hours and Bill Braidwood received a certificate for 11 years and 2899 hours.  Also attending the ceremony was the Detachment’s most recent volunteer, Gerry Wilcoxin. In addition, Mat Porter has completed hospice training and will volunteer in the Comfort Care Center. 
The following is an excerpt from a letter by the OBVAMC Director, Shirley Bealer.  “In 2012, nearly 500 volunteers provided more than 46,000 hours of service to Veterans and contributed more than $318,547 in donated funds to our medical center.  More importantly, behind those numbers, are the lives you touched and possibly transformed in the personal stories each of you built with the Veterans you serve each day.  You are vital to the Veteran’s experience at our medical center and I cannot thank each of you enough for your commitment and dedication.”
YOUNG MARINE PROGRAM – Commanding Officer Steve Hoff and staff graduated 15 Young Marines in Class 27.  Truancy Center Director, Richie Jackson, was the guest speaker.  Commandant Bill Braidwood presented the Floyd L. Baxter Leadership Award to PFC Sean Bass.  Detachment members present were Thornton, Urban, Porter, Craig and Gavin.
THE BLIND HOG SOCIETY – For you new members, several years ago, a few of your fellow Detachment members decided that they were golfers.  It was not a pretty picture.  The golf course rang with “I’d rather be lucky than good”, “Even a blind hog finds an acorn occasionally” and a few expletives, believe it or not.  The blind hog won out, thus the Society and the following humor.
During my physical examination, my doctor asked me about my physical activity level.
I described a typical day this way:
"Well, yesterday afternoon, I took a five hour walk about 7km through some pretty rough terrain.
I waded along the edge of a lake. I pushed my way through brambles. I got sand in my shoes and my eyes.
I avoided standing on a snake. I climbed several rocky hills. I took a few 'leaks' behind some big trees.
The mental stress of it all left me shattered. At the end of it all I drank eight beers"
Inspired by the story, the doctor said, "You must be one hell of an outdoors man!"
"No," I replied, "I'm just a sh_ _ty golfer".
3rd QUARTER SPECIAL OCCASIONS – 4 July Independence Day, 27 July End of the Korean Conflict, 7 August Purple Heart Day, 14 August Japan Surrendered, 2 September VJ Day and Labor Day, 4 September Rosh Hashanah, 11 September Patriot Day, 14 September Yom Kipper, 17 September Citizenship (Constitution) Day, 20 September POW/MIA Recognition Day, 22 September first day of autumn. 
“If you find yourself in a fair fight, you didn’t plan your mission properly.” – David Hackworth.
“Maggot….if you don’t get outta my sight right NOW, we will need a 5-man funeral detail…two handles on the sh_t can, two for road guards and one to count cadence.”



  Marine Corps League – www.
Louisiana Department Marine Corps League –
U.S. Marine Corps –

Marine Corps Association –
The Marine Shop (MCA) –
Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Paris Island –
Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego –
Together We Served -

Sgt. Grit –


 Military News and Information Editor – or

The American War Library –


October 8 – Columbus Day (Observed)

October 31 – Halloween

November 4 – Daylight Savings Time Ends

November 6 – Election Day

November 9 - Marine Corps Birthday (237th) / 1000 VA Hospital Cake Cutting Ceremony

November 10 – 1830 MCL Birthday Ball ($10.00 per a person)VFW Club

November 11 – Veterans Day

November 12 – Veterans Day (Observed)

November 22 – Thanksgiving Day

December 21 – Winter Begins

December 25 – Christmas DaySaturday

May 12

World Migratory Bird Day

United Nations observance



Jun 12

World Day Against Child Labour

United Nations observance



Jun 14

World Blood Donor Day

United Nations observance


Commandant – Bill Braidwood                         Sr. Vice-Commandant - Jim Phillips
Jr. Vice-Commandant – John Hebert                            Judge Advocate – Mike Thornton
Adjutant/Editor – Dave Gavin                           Paymaster – Willie Wynn
Sergeant-At-Arms – Al Peterman                                  Chaplain – Gil Tull
VAVS Representative – Dave Gavin
Regular Meeting and breakfast on the 2nd Saturday and breakfast on the 4th Saturday at 0900 at the Golden Corral, 7250 Youree  Dr, Shreveport.
July 13 & 27..…August 10 & 24.….September 14 & 28.   


Member Roster




Phone #

E-Mail Address

Balthrop, Chip


8601 E. Wilderness Way, Shreveport, La 71106


Braidwood, Bill


171 Sistrunk Lane, Bossier City, La 71112


Busey, John


5101 Dixie Garden, Shreveport, La 71105


Crawford, Jerry


5508 Bobbie Lane, Bossier City, La 71112


Craig, Norman




Davis, Joe B.


9792 Gamm Rd., Belcher, La 71004-6900



Depingre, William


195 Kings Crossing, Shreveport, La 71105


Depingre, William Paul


525 East Southfield, Shreveport, La 71105


Dison, Thomas


P.O. Box 17743, Shreveport, La 71138


Earnest, Floyd


Northwest Louisiana Veterans Home
3130 Arthur Ray Teague Pkwy Room # 207B Bossier City, LA 71112



Faragher, Jack


1333 Shreveport/Barksdale Hwy., S'port,La 71105


Fields, Roger


3715 Roy Rd., Shreveport, LA 71107


Finazzo, Joe


623 Ashley River Rd., Shreveport, La 71115


Gavin, Dave


425 S. Dresden Circle, Shreveport, La 71115


Gibbs, Harold


113 Sherwood Dr., Benton, La 71006-9728


Hamilton, Gayle


649 Elmwood, Shreveport, La 71104


Hebert, John


524 Applejack Dr., Shreveport, La 71115


Higgs, Charlie


5910 Roma Dr., Shreveport, La 71105


Hooker, Anthony         


1802 Comet Dr., Bossier City, La 71112


King, Eugene


6115 S. Weatherby Dr., Shreveport, La 71129


Lunsford, Earl


P.O. Box 425, Benton, La 71006


None (Do Not Send Mail)

Moffett. Ken


6113 Chanticleer Dr.,Keithville, LA 71047


Parker, Danny


13659 Bass St., Keithville, La 71047-8149


Perkins, Jud


2658 Vivian St., Shreveport, La 71108



Peterman, Al


2504 Abbey Ct., Bossier City, La 71111


Phillips, Jim


1199 E. Pine Island Rd., Shreveport, La 71107


Porter, Mat


11770 Graham Rd., Keithville, La 71047


Price, Delbert


45 Bull Run Rd., Zwolle, La 71486


Rawls, John


6466 Bain Blvd, Keithville, La 71047



Richardson, Roy


3406 Linda St., Shreveport, La 71119


Richter, Rick 


3917 Calderwood Dr., Shreveport, La 71119



Rosalis, John


6801 W. 70th St., Lot 79, Shreveport, La 71129



Salvaterra, Doug


9414 Shartel Dr., Shreveport, La 71118


Sanders, Cleauthor


640 Eve Circle, Shreveport, La 71106



Skok, Howard


2561 Crape Myrtle Circle, Shreveport, La 71118



Stark, Mickey


8229 Creekdale St., Shreveport, La 71107


Thornton, Mike


21 Sterling Ranch Rd., Haughton, La 71037


Tracey, Tom


671 Ashley River Rd., Shreveport, La 71115


Tull, Gil


P.O. Box 19451 Shreveport, LA. 71149



Urban, Ray


112 Loop St., Bossier City, La 71111


Vaughn, Bobby


117 Tooke Dr., Shreveport, La 71106


Wiegmann, Ed


110 Napoleon Dr., Shreveport, La 71115


Wilcoxin, Gerry


360 Depot Rd., Keachie, La 71046


Wozniak, Vinny


2514 Brookhaven Dr., Bossier City, La 71111


Wynn, Willie


2331 Fernbrook Dr., Shreveport, La 71118


LM = Lifetime Member / HM = Honorary Member

I&I Staff Bravo Co

McGuire, Chris Maj 1440 Swan Lake Rd., Bossier City, La 71111


Young Marine Program

Norman Craig, Lieutenant 2510 Viking Dr., Bossier City, La 71111