NO FOOLIN’ — OUR 2023 MCDSA REUNION/COOKOUT IS CURRENTLY SLATED TO BE HELD ON 01 APRIL 2023 AT RANDY ALLEN’S HOUSE NEAR LAKE ANNA IN UNIONVILLE, VIRGINIA.
The timing and location of our next Reunion/Cookout is in alignment with the current schedule for the Marine Corps Marksmanship Championships to be held at WTBn, Quantico, VA from 28 March – 07 April 2023.
…HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!!
More details will be provided following the 10 December 2022 Board of Governors meeting.
Our next Board of Governors (BOG) Meeting is scheduled for 10 December 2022. If any MCDSA member has something which they would like the Board to address or discuss at that time, we need to hear from you. Contact information for members of our Board can be found by clicking on “About Us” (at the top of your screen), and then selecting “Board of Governors” from the drop-down menu.
You can also connect with us by using the form found on the “Contact Us” link, or by mailing correspondence to our Post Office Box (address listed on the “Contact Us” page of our website).
FYI: The location and date for our upcoming 2023 Reunion will be discussed and voted upon at the 10 December BOG meeting.
Our grateful thanks to MCDSA member Dan Scott who personally covered the cost of the artwork used for the MCDSA Coffee Mugs and Steins which sold like hotcakes at our 2022 Reunion. If you would like to buy an MCDSA Coffee Mug or Stein, please head over to our “Fraternal Items” page, scroll down to the bottom of that page, and learn how you can order one (or some)!
While a hard copy of the BADGE(newsletter) was recently mailed out to our members, it is also available online by going to the menu at the top of this website, and clicking on “the BADGE Newsletter.” The page you are taken to has a link which you will click on to open a new window containing a scanned copy of our 9-page, most-recent newsletter. We hope you enjoy reading over the newsletter and that members will take advantage of the opportunity to contribute to our future newsletters — it is yet another way to stay in touch and to further build our bonds with one another.
GySgt. Sherman E. “Gene” Pitts (Distinguished Pistol Shot – 1979) passed away on Monday, 23 May 2022. His funeral will be held at the Sarasota National Cemetery on 10 June 2022. A Celebration of Life to honor Gene will be held immediately following the funeral at the Sahib Shriners Event Center in Sarasota.
“…it is with heavy heart that I inform you that Gunner Connor passed away on 11 April 2022.”
(quote from MCDSA President Danny Burke)
“Greg Connor earned his Distinguished Marksman Badge in 1962, and was a versatile and consistent shooter who served four decades in the Marine Corps. Successful as both a rifle and pistol coach, Connor is pictured here after winning the 1974 Wimbledon Cup title at the National Matches. In 1986, shortly after retiring from the Corps, Connor won another prestigious 1,000-yard match at Camp Perry, the iron-sight Leech Cup.“
The above content and photo are taken from page 109 of “The History of Marine Corps Competitive Marksmanship, Volume II (1960-2010).”