Welcome to the official website of the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines Association – the "Magnificent Bastards."
Within these pages, you’ll get to know the warriors, past and present, of the finest infantry battalion of the United States Marine Corps, and the courageous chaplains and corpsmen of the United States Navy who care, or have cared, for them.
We hope you’ll enjoy looking through the site, getting to know us and seeing what we’re all about. We’ve been going strong since 1988 and getting stronger every year. Our membership includes Marines from all corners of the United States having served from private to commandant, all of whom share the pride and privilege of having earned the title "United States Marine,” “Chaplain” and those few who earned another title, equally honored and deeply esteemed by Marines, the simple, three-letter title of "Doc."
Once you've navigated your way around the site, please feel free to make suggestions and let us know what you think. Those of you who have been either assigned or attached to the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines of all eras, please consider taking membership and letting your friends know about us.
As the leaves begin their majestic color presentation throughout East Tennessee, I am mindful of the year’s end; our accomplishments and the men and women of Second Battalion Fourth Marines. There is of course football season, the World Series, family and giving thanks. There are a number of things we are all thankful for, but none more significant than family, and mine starts with Phyllis Ann, my wife. I challenge you to embrace the spirit of the season expressing your thankfulness for family.
Your Board continues to improve on the by-laws with changes to the document providing clarity and practicality. Our membership continues to adjust with the excitement of new members and sadly, the loss of "old salts" passing. I can assure you all that we have made every effort to recognize those we have lost individually when aware. Our family continues to change, but not without thanks for each Magnificent Bastard. Please make us aware of changes in status as they may occur.
This past month I had the privilege of attending the Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s annual event held here in Knoxville, TN. This year’s event hosted forty three of the living MOH recipients. Two of our MOH members were in attendance; Major General James Livingston, and Colonel Jay Vargas. They were a hit during the several activities in the community, schools and throughout the week as seen in the local newspaper. The Gala and dinner were hosted by Gary Sinise. Individual awards were presented to Jack Tapper from CNN, Justice Samuel Alito, Mark Walberg, and David Feherty. Next year’s event is scheduled for Boston. If you have the opportunity, I would recommend attending this display of honor. Ooh rah! to "The Skipper" and Sara for providing Phyllis and me the opportunity and memories we will forever remember.
Plans continue to develop for the 2015 reunion in Washington, D.C. Host Jim Rogers and committee Dave Jones, Dale Robinson and Gen. Weise are putting together a series of events that will make this reunion unforgettable. Possible highlights include visits to Semper Fidelis Park and the Marine Corps Museum, The Mall in D.C. and the Evening Parade. Please set your calendars aside for July 22-26, 2015. Because of the venue, please keep in mind cost of the area we will be attending. The committee is working diligently and is mindful of costs.
This season, this year, comes with thankfulness and responsibility. Once again, we have the opportunity to express our thankfulness for our Marine 2/4 families throughout the globe and a November that embraces our responsibility, our freedom to vote. Get informed and vote.
God Bless, Happy New Year and