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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 awards will be presented during a special ceremony at the National Museum of the Marine Corps on April 26, 2014.

The honorees and award winners this year include:
 

The John A. Lejeune Recognition for Exemplary Leadership


2014 Recipient:
The Honorable John Glenn, retired United States Senator, NASA Astronaut, USMC Colonel, Columbus, OH.
 
This recognition, which was provided by Marine Corps Heritage Foundation Founder Patrick Brent, is in the form of a statuette of General Lejeune. The Foundation’s Chairman and the Executive Committee, when appropriate, consider nominees provided by the Foundation’s President & CEO. The qualifications for being afforded this recognition are: "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
  2014 Recipient:
President of Sim-Tex, L.P., Mr. Charles C. Scianna, Jr., Bellville, TX.

This award is given in 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
  2014 Recipient:
Author, Mr. Scott Laidig, Worthington, OH, Al Gray, Marine – The Early Years 1950-1967.
The Colonel Joseph Alexander Award
The Colonel Joseph Alexander Award is given for a distinguished work of biographical or autobiographical literature about a Marine.
 
The Sergeant Major Dan Daly Award
  2014 Recipient:
Mr. Martin Specht, Wuppertal, Germany, for “Marjah Marines.”
 
The Sergeant Major Dan Daly Award was established in memory of the legendary recipient of two Medals of Honor and given for a distinguished example of still photography by an individual, consisting of a collection of black and white, or color photographs capturing U.S. Marines or Marine Corps life.

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The Robert A. Gannon Award
  2014 Recipient:
Major David R. Dixon USMC, Tampa, FL, “Call in the Air,” a collection of battlefield poems.
The Robert A. Gannon Award
The Robert A. Gannon Award, named after the noted poet, is given for a distinguished volume of original verse by a Marine poet dealing with Marine Corps life.
 
The General Roy S. Geiger Award
  2014 Recipient:
Chief Warrant Officer 4 Randy Gaddo USMC (Ret), Beaufort, SC, “Living Their History: VMFAT-501 Marines Document F-35B Flying and Maintenance Experiences” documents the groundbreaking process the Marine Corps employed to transition the F-35B into the operating forces.
The General Roy S. Geiger Award
The General Roy S. Geiger Award was established 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 2013 calendar year.
 
The Sergeant William Genaust Award
  2014 Recipient:
Corporal Bryce Burton USMC, Tarawa Terrace, NC, “Commitment of Sgt Isaac Gallegos,” who was a scout with 3rd LAR before being wounded by an IED attack in 2006. He embodies the Corps’ values of honor, courage and commitment.
“Patrol Base George Town Attack”
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The Sergeant William Genaust Award is named for the motion picture cameraman who filmed the 1945 flag raising on Mount Suribachi shortly before he was killed in action on Iwo Jima. It is given for a 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
  2014 Recipient:
Mr. Bill Ardolino, “Fallujah Awakens: Marines, Sheikhs and the Battle Against al Qaeda.”
The General Wallace M. Greene, Jr. Award
The General Wallace M. Greene, Jr. Award is named for the 23rd Commandant of the Marine Corps, who during his distinguished Marine Corps career gave stature to the historical program, as we know it today. He is a founding member of the Heritage Foundation. This award is given to the author of distinguished non-fiction dealing with U.S. Marines or Marine Corps life.
 
 
The Colonel Julia E. Hamblet Award
  2014 Recipients:
This year’s award is being given posthumously to Dr. Peter Soderbergh, Baton Rouge, LA, who served as a Marine officer during the Korean War. He wrote a dozen books including three on women in the Marines: “Years of Grace, Days of Glory: The Legacy of Germaine Laville,” “Women Marines: The World War II Era,” and “Women Marines in the Korea Era.”

Named for the longest serving Director of Women Marines. This award is 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.

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The Major Norman Hatch Award
  2014 Recipients:
Mr. Matt Patron, Canton, OH, “Collecting Sgt. Dan,” which is about his brother, Marine Corps EOD Tech Sgt, Sgt Daniel James Patron, KIA on August 6, 2011.
The Major Norman Hatch Award
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For a documentary feature (motion pictures with a running time of more than 40 minutes) dealing creatively with U.S. Marine Corps heritage or Marine Corps life. An eligible documentary film is defined as a non-fiction motion picture photographed in actual occurrence. The subject may also employ stock footage, stills, interviews, animation or other techniques, with emphasis on fact, not on fiction.
 
The Colonel Robert D. Heinl, Jr. Award
  2014 Recipient:
Author, Major Robert T. Jordan USMC (Ret), senior faculty member at the Defense Information School’s Public Affairs Leadership Department, Fort George G. Meade, MD “Urgent Fury – Grenada 30 Years Later. A SQUAD LEADERS STORY.”
The Colonel Robert D. Heinl, Jr. Award
The Colonel Robert D. Heinl, Jr. Award is given in memory of the distinguished Marine Corps officer, journalist, and historian. He was a founder of the Heritage Foundation and author of Soldiers of the Sea. The award is given 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
  2014 Recipient:
Sergeant Christopher Stone USMC, Midway Park, NC, “Osprey at Night,” a photo of an MV-22B Osprey on the flight deck of the USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) during the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s 2013 deployment.
The Sergeant Major Bradley Kasal Award
The Sergeant Major Bradley Kasal Award is named for the Sergeant Major who received the Navy Cross for actions in Fallujah, Iraq in 2004. A photo taken of the wounded Sergeant Major by Lucian Read became one of the iconic images of that battle. The award is given 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 Colonel John H. Magruder Award
  2014 Recipient:
Base One Europe –Beech Hill Camp Museum & Woodland Trails, Londonderry, Northern Ireland, a small museum created by a voluntary organization which tells the story of the US Naval Operating Base and US Marine Corps in Derry, Northern Ireland from 1941-45.
The Colonel John H. Magruder Award
The Colonel John H. Magruder Award is named for the first director of the Marine Corps Museum. It is given to an individual or an organization for excellence in depicting Marine Corps history in exhibits or displays in a museum or similar setting.
 
The Major Megan McClung Award
  2014 Recipient:
Mr. Matthieu Aikins, Kabul, Afghanistan, ”Enemy Inside the Wire: The Untold Story of the Battle of Bastion,” featured in the September 2013 issue of GQ Magazine.
The Major Megan McClung Award
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The Major Megan McClung Award is named for the first female Marine Corps officer killed in combat in the Iraq War, where she was serving as a public affairs officer in the Al Anbar Province. The award is given for a distinguished example of reporting by an individual covering U.S. Marines abroad.
 
The General Oliver P. Smith Award
  2014 Recipient:
U-T San Diego journalist, Ms. Gretel Kovach, San Diego, CA, for her articles “Belated Honors for the Khe Sanh War Heroes,” “Miramar Air Show Cancellation Series,” and ”The Reawakening Comes to Camp Pendleton“
"Belated Honors for the Khe Sanh War Heroes"...read the article

"Miramar Air Show Cancellation Series"...read the article

"The Reawakening Comes to Camp Pendleton"...read the article
The General Oliver P. Smith Award is named for the Commanding General of the First Marine Division in Korea who, through his steadfast leadership in the field, created the circumstances for future viability and growth of the Marine Corps. It is given 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
  2014 Recipient:
Mr. Charles D. Melson, Senior Historian at the Marine Corps History Division, Stevensville, MD, for his book “Knight’s Move.”
The Brigadier General Edwin Simmons-Henry I. Shaw Award
The Brigadier General Edwin Simmons-Henry I. Shaw Award is named for two of the pre-eminent Marine Corps historians who were the earliest officers of the Marine Corps Historical Foundation, predecessor of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. It is given for superior historical scholarship by a public historian.
 
The Colonel John W. Thomason, Jr. Award
  2014 Recipient:
Sergeant Sarah Rothschild, USMC, Port Isabel, TX, for “What happens there doesn’t stay there.” A veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Sarah found the inspiration for her self-portrait through the continuous curses of war. This drawing is made of charcoal.
“What happens there doesn’t stay there.” by Sarah Rothschild
The Colonel John W. Thomason, Jr. Award was established in memory of this decorated combat officer, known for his artwork illustrating Marines in World War I, China, and Latin America. The award is given to an individual artist for a distinguished work depicting some aspect of Marine Corps Life.
 
The James Webb Award
  2014 Recipient:
President of the Authors Guild and writer, Ms. Roxana Robinson, for her novel “Sparta.” Ms. Robinson is a critically acclaimed novelist and the author of nine books. She has received fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation. She is the President of the Authors Guild and lives in New York, NY.
The James Webb Award
The James Webb Award is named for the Senator, author and Navy Cross recipient. It is given for 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! J.F. Fick, Inc. Balfour Beatty Construction Pratt & Whitney Potomac Institute Sterling Global Operations, Inc.
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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