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Awards

Each year, the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation presents a series of awards to both Marines and civilian community members, recognizing their exemplary work in advancing and preserving Marine Corps history. The 2015 awards will be presented during a special ceremony at the National Museum of the Marine Corps on April 25, 2015.

The honorees and award winners this year include:
 

The John A. Lejeune Recognition for Exemplary Leadership


2015 Recipient:
The Honorable George P. Shultz
Distinguished Fellow, The Hoover Institution, Stanford University
60th United States Secretary of State
62nd United States Secretary of the Treasury
11th United States Secretary of Labor
1st United States Director of the Office of Management and Budget
Captain, United States Marine Corps, 1942-1945
 
The John A. Lejeune Recognition for Exemplary Leadership for demonstrated leadership in their chosen profession, appointed or elected position that is clearly exemplary and worthy of emulation. The recipient must epitomize the core values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment; and practice the leadership traits and principles ascribed to by the United States Marine Corps.
 
 
The Heritage Award
  2015 Recipient:
Mrs. Susan Hodges
Vice President of Administration, Marine Corps Heritage Foundation

The Heritage Award for recognition of those who have provided unique and significant service to the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation in the fulfillment of its mission.
 
The Colonel Joseph Alexander Award
  2015 Recipient:
David J. Bettez, Ph.D.
“Kentucky Marine: Major General Logan Feland and the Marking of the Modern USMC“
The Colonel Joseph Alexander Award
The Colonel Joseph Alexander Award for a distinguished work of biographical or autobiographical literature about a Marine and is given in memory of Colonel Joe Alexander, historian, author, and longtime friend of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation.
 
The Bill Broyles Award
  2015 Recipient:
Mr. Allston James
“Suribachi”
 
The Bill Broyles Award is for a distinguished play or screenplay by a playwright or screenwriter, dealing with U.S. Marine Corps heritage or Marine Corps life.
 
The Sergeant Major Dan Daly Award
  2015 Recipient:
Sgt Matthew Callahan USMC
“Hawaii Marines in Action”
 
The Sergeant Major Dan Daly Award for a distinguished example of still photography by an individual, in black and white or color, which consists of a collection of photographs capturing U.S. Marines or Marine Corp life.

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The Robert A. Gannon Award
  2015 Recipient:
Mr. Harold F. Cockson
“Johnny’s Two Wheeler”
“P.O.W.”
“Blowing Bubbles in the Sun”
 
The Robert A. Gannon Award for a distinguished volume of original verse by a Marine poet dealing with Marine Corps life.
 
The General Roy S. Geiger Award
  2015 Recipient:
LCDR Benjamin Armstrong, USN
“The Answer to the Amphibious Prayer: Helicopters, the Marine Corps, and Defense Innovation“
The General Roy S. Geiger Award
The General Roy S. Geiger Award sponsored by Colonel G.F. Robert Hanke, USMCR, in memory of his father, Wing Commander Ralph Hanke, Royal Air Force. It is named for General Geiger, the fifth designated naval aviator in Marine Corps history, who commanded both air and ground units during World War II. This award is given to the author of the best aviation article published during the previous calendar year.
 
The Sergeant William Genaust Award
  2015 Recipient:
Sgt Tammy Hineline USMC
“Letters: A Hero’s Journey to the Medal of Honor”
“Patrol Base George Town Attack”
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The Sergeant William Genaust Award for a distinguished documentary and short subject (40 minutes or less) dealing creatively with U.S. Marine Corps heritage or Marine Corps life.

 
The General Wallace M. Greene, Jr. Award
  2015 Recipient:
Mr. Gregg Jones
“Last Stand at Khe Sanh: The U.S. Marines’ Finest Hour in Vietnam”
The General Wallace M. Greene, Jr. Award
The General Wallace M. Greene, Jr. Award for a distinguished non-fiction book dealing with U.S. Marines or Marine Corps life.
 
 
The Colonel Julia E. Hamblet Award
  2015 Recipient:
Col Ruth Hammond Broe USMCR
(posthumously)
The Colonel Julia E. Hamblet Award funded by a bequest from the estate of Lotus Mort and judged by the Women Marines Association. It is given to the individual or team who has done the most to further the recognition of the history of women who have earned the title Marine.

 
The Major Norman Hatch Award
  2015 Recipient:
Mr. Bob Zimmerman
“Rise of the Valiant”
6th Marine Division, Battle of Okinawa
The Major Norman Hatch Award
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The Major Norman Hatch Award for the best mini-documentary (longer than 40 minutes) dealing with historical or current Marine Corps subjects.
 
The Colonel Robert D. Heinl, Jr. Award
  2015 Recipient:
Ms. Hope Hodge Seck
“Left Behind: Without Security, Without Citizenship, Interpreters are Exposed to Death Squads”
The Colonel Robert D. Heinl, Jr. Award
The Colonel Robert D. Heinl, Jr. Award for a distinguished example of feature writing by an individual dealing with U.S. Marine Corps history or Marine Corps life, giving prime consideration for high literary quality and originality.
 
The Sergeant Major Bradley Kasal Award
  2015 Recipient:
Sgt Reece Lodder USMC
“Let Sleeping Dogs Lie”
The Sergeant Major Bradley Kasal Award
The Sergeant Major Bradley Kasal Award for a distinguished example of still photography by an individual, in black and white or color, which consists of a single photograph capturing the character of the individual Marine and the core values of the U.S. Marine Corps.
 
The Major Megan McClung Award
  2015 Recipient:
Ms. Gretel C. Kovach
“Last Marines Exit Afghanistan”
“Camp Leatherneck Goodbye”

“Marines Depart Sangin, Leaving Afghans in Charge”
“Marines Press Attack Amid Drawdown”
The Major Megan McClung Award
The Major Megan McClung Award for a distinguished example of reporting by an individual covering U.S. Marines abroad.
 
The General Oliver P. Smith Award
  2015 Recipient:
Sgt Reece Lodder USMC
“Remembering Greeley”
The General Oliver P. Smith Award
The General Oliver P. Smith Award for a distinguished example of local news reporting by an individual that illuminates the U.S. Marine Corps relationship with local communities.
 
The Brigadier General Edwin Simmons-Henry I. Shaw Award
  2015 Recipient:
Mr. Paul Westermeyer
Liberating Kuwait: U.S. Marines in the Gulf War, 1990-1991
The Brigadier General Edwin Simmons-Henry I. Shaw Award
The Brigadier General Edwin Simmons Henry I. Shaw Award for superior historical scholarship by a public historian.
 
The Colonel John W. Thomason, Jr. Award
  2015 Recipient:
Mr. David Paul Venell
Sculptures entitled Mad Minute, Overrun, Overwatch, Joe Foss, and First Wave
 
The Colonel John W. Thomason, Jr. Award is given to an individual artist for a distinguished work depicting some aspect of Marine Corps life.

The Colonel Julia E. Hamblet Award - Mad Minute The Colonel Julia E. Hamblet Award - Overrun The Colonel Julia E. Hamblet Award - Overwatch The Colonel Julia E. Hamblet Award - Joe Foss The Colonel Julia E. Hamblet Award - First Wave

 
The James Webb Award
  2015 Recipient:
Mr. Phil Klay
“Redeployment”
The James Webb Award
The James Webb Award for a distinguished fiction dealing with U.S. Marines or Marine Corps life.
Thank you to our 2014 Annual Awards Dinner Corporate Sponsors! We appreciate your support!
 
The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation. Your charitable donations to the MCHF are tax deductible as allowed by law.
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