April 23, 2010
Contact: Steven R. Schweitzer, Marine Corps Musicians Association
(760) 224-5519 or email@example.com
WHAT: Marine Corps Musicians Association Honors Korean War Hero
The Marine Corps Musicians Association (MCMA), a 325-member nationwide veterans organization for retired, former and active duty U. S. Marine Musicians, will name the 1st Marine Division Band Hall at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in honor of Marine Musician Master Sergeant William J. McClung, III, for making the ultimate sacrifice in combat for his country during the Korean War.
McClung was shot and killed in action while engaged in saving fellow Marines from a burning truck that had been attacked. He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross, the Nation's sea services' second highest award for heroism. McClung served as a Marine Musician in the course of his distinguished military career, which extended over three decades and two wars.
Congressman Darrell Issa will join MCMA members for the dedication and present a proclamation in honor of the event. Congressman Issa’s district includes Camp Pendleton, and he is a military veteran of the U.S. Army. The 1st Marine Division Band will perform as part of the ceremonies. A barbecue open to all participants and attendees will follow the dedication.
WHEN: Saturday, April 24, 10 a.m.
WHERE: Band Hall, 33 Area/Margarita
Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton
Please enter the base via the Main Gate off Interstate 5. The Band Hall is approximately 10 miles into the base. Proceed from the gate past the air station, and turn left at the first street. Please allow adequate driving time.
WHO: Congressman Darrell Issa (R-California, 49th District)
Jay Rice, President, Marine Corps Musicians Association
1st Marine Division Band, Camp Pendleton
Members of the Marine Corps Musicians Association
For additional information on Master Sergeant McClung, visit this link.