10 Pages Vol.14, No. 3 November 2000


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Robin Farris
Connie G. Flores

Dedication of Peacher Memorial Hall Held

Dedication ceremonies were held on Friday, 13 October 2000 in the main ballroom of the Cadet Activities Center, officially renaming it the “Peacher Memorial Hall” in memory of Major General Douglas J. Peacher, USMC and Mrs. Gwendolyn E. Peacher.

It was approximately 11 years ago that General and Mrs. Peacher visited the campus of the Marine Military Academy. They, like all Marines, became enamored with the Academy and were truly impressed with the cadets with whom they came into contact. Thus began a love affair between the Peachers and the cadets of the Marine Military Academy.

General Peacher rose to become a prominent citizen of America from very humble beginnings. He wrote of having lived through a wonderful and dramatic period in history. “From the mule, wagon, horse and buggy period to seeing my first airplane as a country school kid, (not realizing that I would one day pilot a plane myself) to flying 2 1/2 times the speed of sound, longing to fly to the moon and beyond. Few people in the world have equaled my rich experiences- farm and nature, Marine Corps, civilian life, USMC air, ground and sea,” he stated. “God has been good and God has been kind.”

General Peacher was both a Marine Corps warrior and a very successful businessman. He not only rose to the rank of Major General in the Marine Corps Reserve, but also was the CEO of all Sears in Canada before his retirement. He saw many young men here whom he felt could reach a position in life similar to his and he wanted to assist them.

Gwendolyn Peacher, not only the wife of a Major General in the Corps, was a most successful woman in her own right. She had a great interest in the arts, particularly dance, folk art and music. She longed to make, and actually did make, the world a better place in which to live. She was a true humanitarian; she was kind, generous and compassionate; she was quick to recognize and appreciate these qualities in others. She was recognized for these qualities by becoming knighted, Dame of the Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem.

The Peachers, though having no children, will live on in perpetuity through their generous gift to the Academy and the cadets of MMA.

The unveiling of the memorial plaque was done by Mr. Douglas Monroe, grand nephew of the Peachers, assisted by the Cadet Battalion Commander, C/Lt.Col Boire. The memorial plaque was read by Mrs. Laura Peacher Monroe, niece of the Peachers. Mr. Monroe was also a former MMA graduate, Class of 1992.

Interact Club Spends the day with Local Rotarians

The Marine Military Academy Interact Club, sponsored by the Harlingen Rotary Club, is comprised of 22 cadets, committed to serving the community and surrounding areas.

Interact provides community and international service opportunities for local youths, ages 14 to 18.

The cadets are selected on the basis of character and leadership potential in conjunction with the Rotary club and the Drill Instructors.

Rotary is an organization of business and professional persons united worldwide, who provide humanitarian service, promote high ethical standards in all vocations, and help goodwill and peace in the world.

The Interact club will work on two major projects every year. One project will serve the community, and the other will help promote international understanding. The 22 MMA cadets will join more than 50,000 other Interact members in over 2400 clubs in 69 countries and geographical areas. The worldwide program was launched by Rotary International in 1962.

On 20 October, Rotarians joined cadets for a 0700 breakfast at MMA and then the cadets spent the day with the Rotarians at their place of business, to include the attendance at the weekly noon Rotary luncheon. Professions the cadets observed included the fields of financial planning, system engineering, banking, investments, real estate, travel and the newspaper industry. Jared Grisham - President; Steven Bouchard - Vice President and David Mackie - Secretary/Sergeant at Arms.

SgtMaj Lewis G. Lee visits MMA Campus

SgtMaj Lewis G. Lee, the 13th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps addressed the entire Corps of Cadets on 23 October, 2000.

SgtMaj Lee spoke to the cadets about their goals, aspirations and future decisions. He stressed the importance of getting a good education and taking advantage of the opportunites around them.

SgtMaj Lee entered the Marine Corps in March of 1968. His tour of duty included combat in the Republic of Vietnam; Drill Instructor at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island; Assitant Marine Officer Instructor at the Citadel; and as an instructor at the Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Virigina.

Some of SgtMaj Lee personal awards include the Distinguished Service Medal Award, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart (2 awards), Meritorious Service Medal and the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device.

He retired from active duty in June of 1999. He is currently a Consultant on Marine Corps Matters with the Center for Naval Analyses.

On-line Grades available on MMA Website

The Academic Department has established a new on-line grade report page on its website. Parents will now be able to check the current status of their Cadet’s grades at any time. Grades will be updated each Thursday evening. The on-line grade page can be found under the Academics section of our website and is titled “On-Line Grades.” Once at that page, parents will be required to enter their cadet’s student ID number, along with their private password.

Parents also have the opportunity to contact any of the teachers listed on the grade report by e-mail. All e-mail addresses are listed on the "Staff and Faculty E-mail" page.

Cadets Participate in PSAT Testing

It is 0815 Tuesday morning. The Corps of Cadets, armed with calculators and #2 pencils, marches off to their first period class to engage in three hours of PSAT testing. They are joined by thousands of high-school juniors at more than 20,000 high schools of every size and type across the nation in the quest for a coveted National Merit Scholarship. But at MMA, things are a little different; their ranks include eighth, ninth and tenth graders.

While the National Merit Scholarship competition is open only to students in their junior year of high school, MMA offers a unique opportunity for all other underclassmen to take a practice run. For the younger grades, scores are not the focus. Taking the test gives them the chance to see firsthand the kinds of reading, math, and writing skills they will need to succeed in college. In addition, students who answer “Yes” to the question about the Student Search Service, as they were encouraged to do, are identifying themselves as planning to go to college. It will put them in the information pipeline as colleges begin sending mail to targeted students. It also provides early awareness as well by stimulating students to achieve better grades and attempt more rigorous courses.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is a privately financed, academic competition for recognition and awards that began in 1955. Students enter the Scholarship Program by taking the PSAT as an initial screen of some 1.2 million entrants in each year’s competition. Some 50,000 participants with very high scores will qualify for Merit Program recognition. NMSC will invite approximately 15,500 of the top performers to continue in the competition for 7,600 Merit Scholarship awards by submitting academic and other information.

MMA will be sending the booklets and results home to parents in December.

Admissions sets recruiting schedule

The Office of Admissions and Recruiting has set their schedule. They invite all parents of current cadets to attend, as well as any alumni in the area. Please feel free to bring any prospective families with you.

Cadets of The Month for September

Each month a cadet is selected from each company, from the band and from the drill team, to be recognized for their outstanding performance and conduct. Below are the selections for September with a comment from their drill instructor or activity coordinator:

"Those selected are to be commended for their outstanding performance." - Col. C.O. Myers, III USMC (Ret) Commandant of Cadets

Cadet Corner

This month in Mrs. Maria Esmay’s English I (freshman) Class, cadets began studying a Poetry unit, focusing on works from the Classics and also works from non-traditional artists.

Cadets read and studied poetry examples from the likes of Robert Frost, Edgar Allen Poe and Shakesphere, then proceded on to more contemporary works from other writers from different cultures and countries, which have been translated in to English.

Below are several examples of a sonnet, which is a fixed verse form in Italian origin consisting of fourteen lines that are typically rhyming in pattern according to a prescribed scheme. These are written by cadets Julio Castro and Alberto Pina, and were selected by Mrs. Esmay for their orginality and creativity. Also selected for publication was a haiku, by Cadet Troy Bower, which is of Japanese origin and is 3 lines and follows a 5-7-5 syllable count.

Fade Away
by Julio Castro
CP-2 English I

Blood dripping down the wall
Tears from heavan fall in the sand
Destruction is upon us all
Water falls burning the land.

I no longer care
I can no longer see
Come down here and share
And burn down with me.

There is a revolution
Where the Gods do what they desire
I’ve come to the conclusion
That they’ll cover all with fire.

The end of the world is here and you’re all alone
Can’t run, can’t hide cause it’s already gone.

The Backbone of the Corps
By Alberto Pina
CP-1 English I

Courage is a trait of glory
Some say it is hard to find
We often hear of it in a story
And think of having it in our minds

Courage drives us to do remarkable things
Even giving up our lives
Men with courage seldom think of the glory it brings
But that the other man survives

Courage that is found on the field of battle
Is often what decides the war
It makes men fight while others skidattle
It it the back bone of the Corps

Courage today, though seldom heard of it seems
Can always be found in heart of the United States Marine

by Troy Bower
CP-1 English I

The sound of your laugh
Brings laughter to my heart and
Mends my broken soul

National Honor Society

Induction of National Honor Society candidates and officers will be held on 2 Nov at 1800 in the Mess Hall.

Travel Reminder

Thanksgiving Leave 17-26 Nov. 2000
Cadets are required to depart the campus. Cadets may not leave until 1600, 17 Nov. and 18 Nov. 00 and must return by 1800, 26 Nov. 00

Christmas Leave 16 Dec. 00 - 8 Jan. 01
Cadets are required depart the campus. Cadets may not leave until 1600, 16 Dec. 00 and 17 Dec. 00 and must return for mid-term check-in by 1800, 8 Jan. 2001

Teachers honored in Who's Who

Three teachers from MMA were recently honored by being selected for entry into the 2000 edition of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.

Congratulations are in order for Col. Fritz Hastings, USMC (Ret), Jada Thacker and Gary Howard.

The only way a teacher can be included in this publication is to be nominated by one or more of their former students.

The only students who are invited to select their former teachers are students who are on the National Dean’s List (nation’s top 5%).

Each student may only select the one teacher they felt was most influential in their lives.

MMA Athletics


MMA vs Antonian College Prep 7 Oct (Home)

On Saturday, 7 Oct the Leathernecks faced two detrimental forces; the first nasty cold front of the season and Antonian’s running back Chris Childs. The 6’3” 235 lb. tailback rushed for 279 yds and 3 TD’s as MMA lost 28-0.

With temperatures in the 40’s and a continuous mist, the Necks fought the Yellowjackets to a 7-0 halftime score, despite a 20 minute power outage.

The Leatherneck defense held firm until 9:32 to go in the game when poor field position and 35 mph gusts resulted in three Antonian scores.

Showing much improvement and promise on defense were Sean Ryan, Matthew Johnson, Ray Matthews and Austin Le Blanc.

Refusing to quit, MMA drove the ball 73 yds only to be intercepted at the 5 yd line with 57 seconds to go.

MMA vs San Antonio Holy Cross 14 Oct (Away)

Running back Cody Victor’s 89 yard 4th quarter touchdown run resulting from a great option pitch from quarteback, Calvert Davis, showed once again that the Leathernecks play to the final play.

Although San Antonio Holy Cross scored 17 first quarter points on their way to winning the game 38 to 14, MMA continued to experiment with young players and positions to lay the ground work of experience so vital to success.

The Leatherneck’s first half score was also run by Victor on a 43 yard scamper.

As tough as things were on the field, Ray Matthews and Alex Albaum played hard up front defensively, while Aaron Decuir had an interception from his free safety position.

MMA vs St. Anthony High School 21 Oct (Home)

St. Anthony 21- MMA 7. This score does not represent the much improved effort from our young Leathernecks in the game played 21 October at home.

Cody Victor took an option pitch from Cal Davis early in the second quarter to tie the score at 7 apiece. On the ensuing kick-off MMA recovered a fumble at the 28 yardline only to have it negated by an off-side penalty.

With seconds to go before halftime, St. Anthony blocked Cory Owen’s punt and three plays later took a 14-7 halftime lead.

Although the offense moved the ball in the second half inside the 15 and 5 yard lines, they came up short on Drew Hardberger’s field goal attempt.

MMA vs Central Catholic 28 Oct (Away)

The Central Catholic Buttons lived up to their number 1 ranking in District 2-5A with a 38-6 victory over MMA.

The Buttons scored first when Cal Davis was sacked for a safety, but MMA struck back with a 74 yard run by Cody Victor. By the end of the 1st quarter, the score was 6-4 MMA.

The wind and the score shifted in favor of Central during the 2nd quarter and the Buttons took a 31-6 halftime lead.

The Leathernecks held true to form in the second half as the defense tightened up and held Central to one score. Russell Royce and Raul Villarreal, who were replacing two defensive starters both played credible games. Sean Ryan, Adrian Lash, Clay Spencer and Aaron Decuir continued with their steady defensive play.

Another bright spot, according to Coach Morton, was the improved performance of senior punter Matt Christian.


Soccer practice and scrimmages officially began on 16 October. 40 cadets have signed up. MMA looks to have a strong team this year with plenty of depth, which was lacking last year.

The first game is scheduled for 18 November with MMA hosting Antonian.

Cross Country

Six members of MMA’s Cross Country Team participated in the TAPPS State Cross Country Meet on Saturday, 21 Oct. in Waco, Texas.

The 5k course traced its way through the grassy oak-dotted hills east of Lake Waco. The course was still wet from a light shower the prior evening. The morning was cool and comfortable for running. Gray-gloomy skies foreshadowed the rain that began soon after the Cadets race had finished.

The Cadets who competed included (listed in order in which they finished the race) Steven Bouchard, Jerrad Smith, Vincent Simmon, Chester Dahlen, Thomas Nance and Tyler Harrison.

Our best time was made by Steven Bouchard who placed 39th in a field of 90 runners with a time of 19 minutes 17 seconds. The best time the division was 16 minutes 43 seconds. This was the concluding event for the Cross Country season.

VISA VolleyBall

Both VISA Red and Gold teams engaged Living Way Christian School, Brownsville in Volleyball on 12 October with the following results: Red won its two games, while Gold lost two games to none. These were the final season games for both teams. Their season ended with: Red team - 8 wins & 1 loss and Gold team : 3 wins & 6 losses.

Both teams competed in the annual VISA Volley Tournament held here at MMA on 21 October. JV and Varsity teams from twelve private schools throughout the Rio Grande Valley competed. Approximately 300 youth, along with their parents and friends, were on campus for the event.

Although the Gold team was eliminated in second round, the Red team perservered and took first! Special thanks go to Janie McFarland (Red team coach) and LtCol Andresen (Gold team coach and tournament manager).

Judo Team

The Judo Team traveled to College Station On 13 Oct to compete at Texas A&M. Eight cadets participated and three received medals.

Results of the competition were: Sean DuBose - Sr. 66K Silver; Jared Spencer - Sr. 60K Bronze & Jr. Gold; Michael Egler - Jr. 70K Bronze.

Other members of the team who competed were Cadets Ryan Lindsey, Jesse Garland, Brad Miller, Randy Allen, and Alex Noriega. The new Judo instructor at MMA is David Delos Santos. He is very excited about the team and to be a member of the MMA family.


MMA has competed in several swim meets over the past few weeks. The swim team participated in the Weslaco Invitational on October 14. Competing in that meet were Cadets Jan Cristobal, Cesar Barba, Jeronimo Barba, Travis Brewster, Lewis Harrington, Sam Smylie, Andrew Nickerson and Ignacio Lopez.

MMA placed 7th overall in that tournament. In individual events, cadets placing in the top eight were: 200 Medley Relay (5th), 200 Free Relay (5th) & 400 Free Relay (7th): C. Barba, Harrington, Brewster, Cristobal; 100 Backstroke (7th): Brewster;100 Breaststroke (5th): Harrington.

MMA also competed in a double dual competition with Harlingen High and Brownsville Rivera on 24 Oct. Harlingen came out the big winner at this tournament defeating MMA 77 to 20 and defeating Rivera 84 to 12. MMA came in second defeating Rivera 50 to 41. The swim team members competing were: Cadets C. Barba, J. Barba, J Cristobal, L. Harrington, E. Howington, D. Krauss, I. Lopez, A. Nickerson, M. Rittmueller, S. Smylie and T. Harrison. The only first place came from the dive team where Jan Cristobal was able to defeat his opponent.

Where are they now?

Terry Foche
- tforche@edrs.com - enlisted in USAF in ‘70, served in Italy and Japan, lived in TX, CA and now MD; been working in computer field since ‘78, now a manager in charge of contract and 130 people nationwide. Married to Dianne, with 2 daughters. Terry is active on MMA web page, Alumni Bulletin Board.

Mike Forrester
- new contact info: Alcatel USA, 1000 Coit Rd, M/S CHB-008, Plano, TX 75075-5813 (972) 519-2874; (214) 535-3828; michael.forrester@usa.alcatel.com; Mike is one of four Alumni Trustees on MMA’s Board. Mike is practicing law and a key figure in organizing the MMA Alumni Association.

Joe Petry
- 13541 Osprey Pt. Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224. jwp623@worldnet.att.net; ph# 1-800-641-6675. Joe is quite busy with children in college, high school and middle school, an insane travel schedule & all his kids in sports. He is usually in some gym when home. He, like many are looking for contact with Chris O’Connor ‘73.

Fred Gladle
- 412 Ladin Lane, Lakeway, TX 78734 (512) 261-9064, fred@gladle.net. Native Californian moves to TX Jan00, married 17 years, wife Barbara (‘84 Playboy Playmate of the Year), 3 children; graduate of USC ‘81, degree in Finance; played linebacker on ‘78 USC National Champs team and in ‘79 & 80 Rose Bowl games; involved in Securities Industry since ‘82; started own venture capital/investment banking firm in ‘95; semi-retired, home on 2.5 acres on Lake Travis near Austin, surrounded by 3 golf courses, soon to be 4. Plays golf 2-3 times per week; helps coach son’s Pop-Warner football team. Talk about the good life - Fred says: “God has been very gracious and merciful.” Fred attended the Birthday Ball and will attend the Reunion 30Mar-1Apr.

David Hankins
- dhankins@bayelectric.com visited MMA in September, first time in 11 years. “I loved going to MMA....It was the start of the great journey to where I am today. I will always treasure the memories of my three years there.” David was battalion Commander in his senior year.

David Hargrave
- 1109 Faircrest Dr., Austin, TX 78753 (512) 252-2710 dhargrave@mail.com - A 4 year “E” Co cadet, XO, and yearbook photographer during his senior year; has been a teacher past 10 years, teaching vocational skills at a special campus; also a coach for Austin ISD team of Special Olympics. He saw MMA’s web page and contacted Mrs. Pickens inquiring about staff and teachers of early 80’s, along with a photo of how he looks today.

Terry J. Riley
- 2309 26th St., Des Moines, IA 50310 PTRILEY@aol.com - married past 5 years, 21 month old girl, is a commercial pilot and a Captain for a commuter airline flying up and down the East coast. TJ is another who keeps contact with Mrs. Pickens.

Richard Rodriquez
- 1919 W. Austin St. McAllen, TX 78501 (956) 380-3686 SEMPERFIRICK@hotmail. com - has a new baby boy, will have baptized in NY in Dec. 00 where wife Sandra is from. Rick is a Captain in USMCR and still works for the DEA.

Norman Albian
- 209 Mildred Ln., Ben Bank, TX 76126 NETCOURT@aol.com - is a Supervisor at Sprint PCS and working towards a higher level of management; married, expecting first child in Jan01.

Ben Trimmer
-11711 Henley Drive, Houston, TX 77064 bentrimmer@hotmail.com - has been active in alumni affairs and just sent message #1300 on the Alumni Affairs Bulletin Board.

Lionel Pierre
- 1926 Clinton Ave., Chambersburg, PA 17201 (717) 263-1840 pierre@cvn.net

Douglas Monroe
- 4200 Monroe Road, Mt. Pleasant, TN 38474 (931) 379-4741 - was here on 13 Oct for the dedication and unveiling of a plaque and memorabilia in honor of his great-uncle, MGen Douglas Peacher, in whose name the Cadet Activities Center bears. Doug would like to hear from any MMA buddies.

Stephen Sorrels - PO Box 591, Rowlett, TX 75030 (972) 475-1265 ssorrel@insurity.com - is a radiological technologist. Steve’s passion is fishing and welcomes any MMA alumni in Dallas area to join him for a fishing trip.

Scott Vinson
- vsicattleco@hotmail.com - became proud father of twin girls last July; working at the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association as an Assistant Rodeo Coordinator, finds job quite enjoyable since he used to rodeo in college. Looking for contacts of classmates, especially Jeremy Devere and Mike Hall.

Jack Waterson
- hopes to make it down for Alumni Reunion. MountainManJack @webtv.com

Josh Enos
- 6508 MeadowLake Court, Ft. Worth, TX 76180 (817) 485-7533 - trying to contact former classmates.

LCpl Mark A. Metzger III
- DJXTC79@aol.com - former “C” Co cadet under DI MSgt McFarland, enlisted in USMC Dec’99; after boot camp, attended Electronic Intelligence Operator School at Co K Marine Support Bn in Pensacola, FL; graduated as the Honor Graduate with Honors for having highest grades, received “Meritorious” promotion to Lance Corporal. Also received a plaque from Marine Corps Association for his achievements. Currently stationed at Co “A”, Marine Support Battalion in Denver. Mark’s brother Russell is currently in “E” Company.

Casey T. Schroeder
- Swathmore College, 500 College Ave., Swathmore, PA 19081 cschroe1@swathmore.edu - hears from Sandra Williams and loves to hear from everyone.

Alumni News

Now Hear This!

Reunion 2000 sparked the fire of renewed spirit and enthusiasm as never before. We dare not let the flame diminish, but rather, expand the fire. Key to this, is communications, between alumni and they with MMA. This will not only bode well for the Alumni Association, but the also the Academy. Without it, Alumni Association will be flat and dormant. All modes of communications need to be used, especially the computer for ease and speed. My main focus will be to personally contact as many alumni as possible, to bring them back home and be active in our family. All Alumni can assist in this endeavor and I ask for your support. Especially, we need to increase the numbers on the Alumni Bulletin Board from all grades.

There is movement. The Dallas area Alumni are making marked progress in forming the foundation and organization for our association; it’s purpose, goals and mission. A few outside Dallas are also assisting. Their dedication and effort is deeply appreciated.

We need “Points of Contact” for geographical or metropolitan areas, or states where the numbers can form an organization or chapter. We also need “Points of Contact” for all classes to lend the personal touch to motivating fellow alumni to attend events like Reunions. They are needed right now. So answer the call. Despite a hectic and busy life, please try to find time to serve in these endeavors. It can even be fun.

We also need news. Feed it to us. If we can garnish enough news, we will attempt to put out an ALUMNEWS in Jan or Feb 01, of strictly alumni news.

The goal for Reunion 2001 is 100+. WE will achieve it. The bonding and camaraderie of the past still exists. Bring to the fore and unite. Get everyone to circle their calendar - 30MAR - 01APR 2001 as THE important event of the year.

Yours truly,
W.E. Steigerwald


Major John H. Austin, USMC (Ret)
Mr. Lawrence Block
Mrs. Helen L. Bush
Dr. James Duff
SgtMaj Frank J. Fonte, USMC (Ret)
Colonel Douglas T. Kane, USMC (Ret)
Sgt Sport Keys, USMC K9
Mr. Arvil Maggard
Mrs. Myrtle Mason
Opal Sanchez
Mr. Bob Thorsen
Mr. Willie Voegeli

A donation was received in honor of: BGen Robert E. Galer, USMC (Ret)

Silent Auction

There will be a fund-raiser silent auction to benefit the MMA general fund during the Academy’s Birthday Ball Weekend, 3-5 Nov. 2000. Anyone who is interested, can help by donating items before 1 Nov.

For more information, please call Debra Poe at (956) 425-7457 or Patricia Cavazos at (956) 423-6006 ext. 610.

Veteran's Day Activities Planned

The Academy will be paying special tribute to veterans on11 Nov., with events for both cadets and the public.

At 1300, there will be a parade by the Corps of Cadets that will include performances by the MMA band and silent drill team. The community will be invited to attend.

This celebration of freedom will be in conjunction with the National Funeral Directors Association Balloon Release in Washington DC.

2001 Spring Reunion Reminder

Yes, it’s already time to begin planning to attend the 2001 MMA Alumni Spring Reunion, scheduled for the weekend of 31 March - 1 April.

As usual, all classes are encouraged to attend, but especially those alumni from the classes of 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991 and 1996.

Let’s make sure that last year’s record for attendance lasts only one year.

Contact former classmates & old buddies to join with you in lots of fun and laughs about your MMA days!

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