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Awards recognize Marine history efforts

Marine Corps Heritage Foundation recognizes excellence in advancing, preserving Marine history at annual awards ceremony
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Eighteen awards were presented to individuals and organizations that have contributed to advancing and preserving Marine Corps history at the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation’s Annual Awards Ceremony on April 16, 2011, at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Va.

Marine Corps Heritage Foundation President & CEO Lt. Gen. Ron Christmas, USMC, (Ret) presented the awards. Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos served as the keynote speaker. Fred Smith, chairman, president and CEO of FedEx Corp., a Marine, also spoke and was among the evening’s honorees.

Each year, the Foundation presents a series of awards to both Marines and civilian community members in categories including historical scholarship, journalism, letters and arts, and more. Recipients this year hailed from across the country, including the United States territory of Guam and one from New Zealand. With five award recipients, Virginia topped the list as the state with the greatest number of award recipients this year.

“The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation was pleased to recognize such significant and meaningful work,” said Lt. Gen. Ron Christmas, USMC, (Ret). “Each of these individuals and organizations contributed something important to preserving and honoring Marine Corps history. Contributions such as these are vital to Marines being able to tell our story, of how we shape history.”

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Recipients were:

  • Fred Smith, chairman, president and CEO of FedEx Corp., and a Marine, The John A. LeJeune Recognition for Exemplary Leadership
  • Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and Gary Goetzman for their work on the HBO miniseries “The Pacific,” Marine Corps Heritage Foundation’s Special Achievement Award
  • Brig. Gen. Gerald “Jerry” McKay, USMC, (Ret) of Flat Rock, N.C., The Distinguished Service Award
  • The late John Gerber, of Guam, The Colonel John H. Magruder III Award
  • Dr. Nicholas Schlosser, of Arlington, Va., The Brigadier General Edwin Simmons-Henry I. Shaw Award
  • Dan Lamothe, of Alexandria, Va., The Major Megan McClung Award
  • John Andrew Prime, of Shreveport, La., The General Oliver P. Smith Award
  • Lt. Col. Scott B. “Tracker” Clifton, USMC, from Havelock, N.C., The General Roy S. Geiger Award
  • Lauren Armstrong, of Woodbridge, Va., The Colonel Robert D. Heinl, Jr. Award
  • Sgt. Mark Fayloga, USMC, from Hesperia, Calif., The Sergeant Major Dan Daly Award
  • Lance Cpl. Carlos Sanchez, USMC, from Norwalk, Conn., The Sergeant Major Bradley Kasal Award
  • Karl Marlantes, of Seattle, Wash., The James Webb Award
  • Nancie Saxton, of Port Charlotte, Fla., The Robert A. Gannon Award
  • Lt. Col. Seth Folsom, USMC, of Woodbridge, Va., The General Wallace M. Greene, Jr. Award
  • HBO, “The Battle for Marjah,” The Major Norman Hatch Award
  • Steve La Hood, of New Zealand, The Sergeant William Genaust Award
  • Col. Edward Condra, USMC, (Ret), of Smithfield, Va., The Colonel John W. Thomason, Jr. Award
  • Linda Lacy, of Swansboro, N.C., The Colonel Julia E. Hamblet Award

Dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Marine Corps history, the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation was established in 1979 as a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization. The Foundation supports the historical programs of the Marine Corps in ways not possible through government funds. The Foundation provides grants and scholarships for research and the renovation, restoration, and commissioning of historical Marine Corps artifacts and landmarks. Securing the necessary funding for the complete construction of the National Museum of the Marine Corps and Heritage Center, located in Triangle, Virginia, is the Foundation’s current primary mission while continuing to provide program support for the Corps’ historical, museum, and educational activities.

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