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Oct 16, 2012

New Record

Description: Description: Set New Record with 22-Mile Shot
 Quick NewsMilitary- 07.10.2012 

Story by: dabneybailey

A Marine unit broke records by hitting a group of Taliban insurgents with a 22-mile artillery shot, Marine Corps Times reports. And you think you're a good shot? Pfft - this shot was farther than most people's commute to work.

Golf Battery, 2nd Battalion, 11th Marines, out of Camp Pendleton, California launched a 155mm M982 Excalibur round on a group of Afghani insurgents. They fired the round out of an M77 howitzer at Forward Operating Base Zeebrugge, in Kajaki, launching the shot 36 kilometers into the neighboring Musa Qala district. The GPS-guided round was able to maintain its accuracy over an incredibly long distance and strike the Taliban insurgents out of the blue.

Not only did this set a record as the longest operational artillery shot in the history of the Marines, but it was also the longest shot with an Excalibur round, according to David Brockway of Raytheon Missile Systems, which is one of the companies involved in the development of Excalibur rounds.

The Excalibur round is specially designed to maintain accuracy up to 37.5 kilometers (23.3 miles) away. The rounds are jam-resistant, capable of being fired in all weather conditions, and can be fired at targets within 500 feet. Basically, anybody planning to take out a howitzer has to brave 20 miles of no-mans-land in order to reach the target.

The Marines ordered over a thousands of these rounds back in 2011, and they've been squeezing them off ever since. Evidently, they're getting more and more accurate.

Oct 14, 2012

CWO 5 William S. Crown

Crown, William S. 78, USMC CWO5 Retired 39 years, passed away October 8, 2012. Born in Chicago August 11, 1934 to the (late) Leroy and Mabel (Larson) Crown. He was the husband of Patricia (nee Serafin); Father of Cindy Crown and Bill (Stacie) Crown; Grandfather of Lauren and Katie. Memorial Service Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at: St. Luke Church, 1500 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, Illinois. Services will begin at 10:30am. In lieu of flowers, Donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 or the Marine Corp. Scholorship Foundation. Interment will be in Pigeon Falls, Wisconsin at an undetermined date. Arrangement entrusted to the care of Donald A. Greene, Director. Info (847) 671-7868 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (847) 671-7868      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Semper Fi

Oct 11, 2012

Get Together at Maggiano's December 11, 2012



New Objective area for our event.
Cavanaugh’s in Chicago. Nice Irish bar on Federal Street across from Union League Club Parking lot. We have the back room for appetizers and drinks. No downstroke.

Pass the WORD. I will see you all there at 1800 hrs. 

 Ph# is 312-939-3125 My cell is 312-505-3923.

Told them at least 25 so be there. Make sure we invite SgtMajor Malarski, SgtMaj Pacynski, CWO-5 Roussell, Col. Steve Rubin.

Bring a toy for TOYS FOR TOTS!! Send me your traffic and confirm.


Semper Fi

Robert L. Hudon, Jr.
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Oct 10, 2012

Down Sizing the Marine Corps

Gentleman, received my 3rdMarDiv Association newsletter today. Front page news is the on-going downsizing for the Corps headed to a 182,000 active structure. 

Big news here is that the Aviation side is losing 12 flying squadrons and their marine support groups. Infantry battalions going from 27 to 23, Inf. Regiments from 8 to 7.  Tank Companies from 10 to 8 and LAV companies to 12 from 15. 

As expected Marine SpecOps Group will continue to grow with an additional 850 Marines. None of this should be a surprise although some of the cuts could be less severe depending on the outcome of the election. 

The Corps stood at 173,000 before OIF kicked off. No end strength reduction for the SMCR although I do not know what is left of the 4thMAW which once had 12 VMFA squadrons just 20 years ago and are down to 1! 

P.S. MajGen Dave Bice is the VP of the organization and our friend and former MCROA President Al Cruz is the Chairman.   Everyone have a great Birthday Ball celebration on our 237th.  

Do we want to organize a Chicago Marine event around Christmas time?  

Semper Fi. 

Robert L. Hudon, Jr.