We proudly share the voices and experiences of our valued members. Their words are a testament to the profound impact of the 1st Marine Division Association. Discover firsthand accounts of the camaraderie, the bonds of service, and the meaningful connections forged within our community.
1ST MDA MEMBER TESTIMONIALS
Voices of Our Community – What Members Say
I enlisted in 1945. Retired in 1975 as Segeant Major. Thirty years in, but I wanted to stay connected to my Marine Corps. I joined the Southern California Chapter of the Assocation. I would serve eleven years as President, then as Executive Director of the Association, and Liaison to the Division. The Association keeps in touch with Marines I served with. I have met other Marines who also become friends. At Chapter events I meet Active Duty Marines. The FMDA is where "Once a Marine, Always a Marine" works for me.
I became active in the 1st Marine Division Association at the urging of my good friend Colonel Ed Danowitz in 1998. Colonel Danowitz led a contingent of members of the Central Florida Chapter to the reunion that year to seek the selection of Orlando as the site for the 2001 reunion. After Orlando was selected, Colonel Danowitz held the position reunion chairman for 2001, and asked me to head up one of the committees for that very successful reunion. I am so happy that Col. Danowitz led me into that leadership role. Since that time, the 1st Marine Division has not only given me an opportunity to renew those bonds of friendship forged in the fires of combat, but to make dozens of new friends over the years. I cherish the time spent in the association and in various positions of leadership over the years. Through the association, the friendships continue to form each year at the national and local level. The Association keeps in touch with Marines I served with. I have met other Marines who also become friends. At Chapter events I meet Active Duty Marines. The FMDA is where "Once a Marine, Always a Marine" works for me.