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Birthday Ball 2018 - Photos of the Ceremony

54 photo(s) Updated on: 09 Dec 2018
  • David Nettles, Adjutant
  • Bob Gasche, the oldest Marine, prepares to take his place in the ceremony.
  • Guest of Honor Father Bob Swick (left) and Commandant Jim Yakubsin proceed to their posts.
  • Antoinette Hunt sings the National Anthem.
  • Cake Escorts Gary Van Cleef and Andy Renshaw bring out the ceremonial cake.
  • The Adjutant reads General LeJeune's message.
  • The Guest of Honor, the Oldest Marine and the Youngest Marine all get a bite of the ceremonial cake, which is tradition.
  • The Guest of Honor, Father Bob Swick, was a Marine Captain with a Recon Company in Vietnam. His decorations include the Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.
  • A gift is presented to the Guest of Honor. It is a miniature diorama of a jungle scene in southeast Asia with Recon soldiers in action. It was handmade by member Andy Renshaw.
  • Sandra Torres-Pintos (front) is the Master of Ceremonies, providing narration for the ceremony and direction to the guests.
  • The Color Guard leads the way out for the Commandant and Guest of Honor to end the ceremony.

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