597 Memorial Service

We recently had a short-notice Memorial Service for Korean War Veteran, Cpl John Patrick Schell,
USMC, at the Museum of Military History.

Due to friends and relatives coming from different parts of the USA, Wednesday, 10 August, was the
day picked when the different groups could get together. There was no church available
to them for at least two or three weeks, so we offered them the Museum or the VFW Post in Simi Valley.

After a few calls were made, and emails sent, the Memorial Service began to come together.
Unfortunately, three members of the Color/Honor Guard were in Tulsa, Oklahoma for the MCL
National Convention 2016, so luckily, the Memorial Service was indoors, so there was no need
for a Rifle Detail.

The family was very pleased with the plan that came together and sent their ‘Thank You’ to everyone
who came forth and participated at the Memorial Service. There were forty friends and relatives present
to honor a Fallen Hero.

Jill Boucher – Arranged the setting at the Museum
Nigel ‘Tony’ Boucher – Hosted the Memorial Service
Ken ‘Doc’ Honaker – Honor Guard – Flag Folding Detail
Bob Martinez – Detachment Bugler, played Taps
Dave Opfer – Honor Guard – Flag Folding Detail
Ruy Pena – Color Guard Commander, co-ordinated the Honor Guard Detail

Jim and Catharine, I was at the Convention in Tulsa, Oklahoma as well, so I could not attend.
Our condolences on your loss.

Thanks, Everybody!

Semper Fidelis,

Matt E. Valenzuela | Commandant
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President Ronald Reagan Detachment. 597
Marine Corps League
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