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.
In the last Sea Horse newsletter and on this web site, I discussed our new online payment system for both dues and memorial brick project donations. To be perfectly blunt, it has been a disaster. I will admit up front that I didn’t have a full understanding about how the system worked and it was extremely difficult to figure out plus there were some other contributing factors which are not important here.
Basically, the Association was trying to save a few pennies by using a lesser known system of online payments. Thus, the lesson learned here was that going cheap sometimes gets you cheap. The Square system was confusing and laborious to set up, and even confused our web mistress who tried to help me. Basically, Square was designed primarily for swiping a card through a reader attached to a phone. Though it had online capability, this was not refined enough for simple online transactions.
What we have done is scrap the Square online payment system and signed on with PayPal which should simplify things tremendously for everyone. It is a well known system which most of us have used. It will cost a few cents more per transaction, but the simplicity will more than make up for that cost. The membership application process will now be a one step procedure vice a three step evolution. The memorial brick project donation arrangement will operate the same as before which was a one step process.
Lastly, to reiterate what I mentioned previously, we are in need of a Membership Chairman. John Hembrough, having done a superb job over the past two and one half years wants to move on. Perhaps there is a wife out there who would enjoy taking this position. Whomever gets the job will have help from both the Secretary and one or two others who have been helping to call prospective and present members. We have over 500 members. We meet once a year for our reunions. Our main sources of communicating are through our Sea Horse newsletter [thanks to Becky Valdez] and the web site. To ensure we get this information on a timely basis requires an accurate membership roster. Please consider stepping up to the plate and helping. The organization will be better served if more people participate. Thank you.
Semper fi & Anchors Aweigh, Brooks