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.
First, please allow me to say, "Thank you and well done!" to Steve Wilson, our Immediate Past President for his steadfastness in leading us these past three and one half years through some very difficult and significant changes. I am sure Phyllis assisted him as a sounding board on many instances as well, thus, "Thank you, Phyllis." We are lucky to have them both! Also, the same salutations go to departing Director Scott Laidig who provided an easy and calming manner during difficult times. He could always be counted upon to give a solid and thoughtful approach to the business at hand. Lastly, many heartfelt thanks to John Hembrough, our departing Membership Chairman. Thankfully, he agreed to stay a year longer than originally intended to provide us with a first rate membership roster. He, and his crew of Cindy Greer and our Secretary Manny Travassos, spent countless hours in tracking down lapsed and lost members, and sending out the annual billing notices. Thanks to John, Cindy and Manny, we have a solid, up-to-date roster. Newly elected Vice President Sean Schickel believes he has a solid replacement for John as Membership Chairman and we are working on the transition at this time.
On the same note, I offer my personal thanks to our 2015 Reunion Committee [BGen Bill Weise, Jim Rogers, Dale Robinson and Dave Jones] for a job well done. Colleen and I thoroughly enjoyed our time with everyone. I know everyone else did as well.
Secondly, I am very pleased with our new Board of Directors. I welcome to our ranks our new Vice President, Sean Schickel. Sean represents our younger Marine and Navy members and we look to you all as the future of our Association. I thank Manny Travassos, James Swann and Jim Rogers for staying aboard to help guide the Association in the future. Treasurer James Swann has especially kept us solvent and honest in our financial responsibilities. I must say here that he always lends a large dose of common sense to our discussions as well. Thank you all!
Lastly, allow me to say, "Thank you!" for your faith and trust in electing me as your next President. I am certainly honored and humbled. I know each President feels the same when they step into the president’s shoes. These feelings are especially vivid in the fact that all of you are heroes in my opinion. Yes, we have past commandants, men of significant rank and prestige, and those who have received high honors throughout their Marine service. Yet, most of us are those who "did my job." We don’t think of ourselves as anything special other than being able to say we are Marines or corpsmen. All of us had our specific duties to perform and we did them as well as we possible could. Having been a battery and company commander during my career [yes, I am a cannon cocker and logistics guy], I quickly realized that the Marines and corpsmen in my units were the main reason I was there. I was responsible for them. If I did that job well, they would take care of me. It takes everyone to make an outfit successful. We are all important, and I might add, our families are as well since they keep the home fires burning while we are away. I don’t say anything new here. We all know what makes success. My point is that I pledge to you to do the best job I can to keep this Association active and vibrant. I know what has to be done and I ask for your support in accomplishing the mission.