I was a Lousy shot but…

There was this one time when everything went right,

well almost.

I remember it like yesterday.

There I was at the 500 yard line shooting for qualification and I had nine rounds left to shoot and I might get a Sharpshooter medal.

Then it happened. The butts didn’t pull down my target after my first round.

It was a fairly simple equation: 10 rounds in ten minutes at 500 yards.

Ten in the black and I could earn a sharpshooter badge and rid myself of the dreaded toilet board, but I had to hit all ten in the black, at 500 yards.

But I was wearing my glasses today and got the last target on the firing line so that I wouldn’t shoot someone else’s target because I couldn’t read the numbers at that distance.

I knew that this time, on my last rifle qualification, I could do it.

I could shoot Sharpshooter.

To me it was the best looking of the rifle badges, a cross with a Marine emblem in the center.

Seven minutes went by  and finally after begging for the target to go down, it does and pops back up almost immediately .

A bull eye’s
but I still have 9 rounds to fire in three minutes.
eight and a bull…
seven and a bull…
six and a bull…
five and a bull…
four and a bull…
three and a bull…
The PMI is actually dropping the rounds into my rifle to speed me up so I can get my last shoots off before the clock runs out…

two and a bull…
the last round fired…
“cease fire, cease fire, unload, clear and lock! make a complete safe weapon and move off of the firing line”

The target comes up.

No bull and I am forever stuck with the dreaded toilet board of a Marine Marksman even after shooting 9 rounds in the space of three minutes at 500 yards because of slow service in the butts.

To be fair if I had been a better shot at the 200 or 300 yard line I would have finally rid myself of the toilet board at my last rifle range, but there for an instant sharpshooter was mine if I just performed a miracle.

But it was not to be, or is it possible to earn the badge another way.

Say like at a shooting competition for veterans on a Marine Corps League rifle team?

Or am I still a Lousy shot?

Chili Cook Off After Action Report




     The first notice received by the Detachment was the email from Master Sgt Condo (who won the pistol raffle two years ago).  The cook-off was announced at the January membership meeting and Mike Suhor, Chris Meinhardt, and Jeff Hearn agreed to participate.  I sent the application form and check ($20.00) on 19 Jan 2018; Mike Suhor put the rules on the LeagueLog website.  Mike and Chris discussed the steps that had to be taken at the Officers’ Meeting on 8 Feb 2018.  On Friday night, 9 Feb 2018, Chris called me from the Brass Tap meeting; he and Jeff Hearn needed the Detachment banner and table used for recruiting.  I agreed to be at the National Guard Armory at 0930 hours to help out.

     Mike Suhor and I were at the Armory on time, then Jeff showed up at 0945 with a fly tent and flags.  We had everything set up when Chris arrived at 1000 with the chili, which he stayed up all night cooking.  He and Mike got the gas burners heating up the chili and we were ready for the judging.  Dan Fraser came to help out.  Eventually, Henry Lowery, Frank Roycraft, Washington Sanchez, and Fred Ingley participated in the cook-off.  Sarah Meinhardt arrived with little Barrett, and they brought cooked rice, which would be covered with chili.


Marines Jeff Hearn, Chris Meinhardt, and Mike Suhor are preparing for the judging at the Chili Cook-Off.

     To help defray the costs, Mike gave Chris $60.00, but Chris has not stated how much he had to spend altogether to make the chili and provide other necessities:  gas for the grills, spoons, cups, crackers, cheese, sour creme, etc.  A blind test was conducted in the afternoon; the booths were also evaluated for spirit and cleanliness.  The wind gusts got to be a problem at times, but none of the tents were blown over.  And it never rained even though the day was heavily clouded.


Junior Vice Commandant Mike Suhor dishing out tasty chili with Marine Dan Fraser’s assistance.

     Once we started serving chili to customers, Mike sat next to the chili pots and served while Dan and Chris handed him cups with and without rice which they then gave to the customers.  We eventually served all of the chili:  People said it was good!  Chris worked hard on making it — which is the first time he ever made chili.  There were no complaints.


Marine Mike Suhor debating whether or not to taste the chili one more time.  


   As a recruiting tool, the chili cook-off worked out pretty well:  We got two names of the prospective members while giving away about 20 “Round Tuit” wooden coins.  More people in the Tallahassee area are aware of the Marine Corps League and Detachment #472.  As usual, the red covers were more prevalent than other veterans’ groups in any kind of uniform.   The Detachment should definitely plan on participating in this event next year.

     Here are some things that could be done better:

  1.  Use the Detachment’s tent and flags (they have our name on them);
  2.  Have an internal cook-off to allow others to demonstrate their recipes;
  3.  Get a serving spoon which measures exactly the amount to be served;
  4.  Get more Marines involved.


Dick J.


Mission Statement

Members of the Marine Corps League join together in camaraderie and fellowship for the purpose of preserving the traditions and promoting the interests of the United States Marine Corps, banding together those who are now serving in the United States Marine Corps and those who have been honorably discharged from that service that they may effectively promote the ideals of American freedom and democracy, voluntarily aiding and rendering assistance to all Marines, FMF Corpsmen and former Marines and FMF Corpsmen and to their widows and orphans; and to perpetuate the history of the United States Marine Corps and by fitting acts to observe the anniversaries of historical occasions of particular interest to Marines.

We devote this log to the Marines of the Arthur R. Meyer, Jr. Detachment #472 and Marines everywhere where ever they might be…


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