The Washington Syndicate

Rest in Peace USMC PFC Dan Bullock; youngest Vietnam KIA at age 15

Posted in Uncategorized by jmullerwashingtonsyndicate on May 29, 2010

Washington Syndicate

 

God bless the dead. 

God bless United States Marine Corps PFC Dan Bullock of Brooklyn, NY who is gone but not forgotten.  

Bullock was born December 21, 1953 in Goldsboro, North Carolina. His mother passed when he was 11; and he moved with his father and younger sister to Brooklyn, New York. He dreamed of becoming a pilot, or police officer, or U.S. Marine.  

When he was 14 years old he altered the date on his birth certificate to show he was born Dec. 21, 1949, processed through the recruiting station, and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on Sep. 18, 1968.  

As a member of Platoon 3039 in Parris Island, he graduated from boot camp on Dec. 10, 1968. He arrived in Vietnam on May 8, 1969 and was assigned as a rifleman in Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division. He was stationed at An Hoa Combat Base in Quang Nam Province.  

He was killed instantly by small arms fire on June 7, 1969, during a North Vietnamese Army night attack. He was 15 years old.  

The story of Dan Bullock is known by few, but important to all. A friend of PFC Bullock’s has petitioned Congress, the Commandant of the USMC, and the President to award the Medal of Honor, posthumously. School lessons are being taught across the country around advocacy for recognition of PFC Bullock’s love of country. The Syndicate supports these efforts.  

The New York City Council in 2003 renamed a section of Lee Avenue, where Bullock had lived while in Brooklyn, in his honor.  

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Must See_World Premier “Chosin” @ GI Film Festival, Saturday

Posted in Uncategorized by jmullerwashingtonsyndicate on May 14, 2010
In the winter of 1950, 15,000 U.S. troops were surrounded and trapped by 120,000 Chinese soldiers in the frozen mountains of North Korea.  Refusing surrender, the men fought 78 miles to freedom while saving the lives of 98,000 civilian refugees.  Chosin is the first documentary on the Chosin Reservoir Campaign.  The survivors take us on an emotional and heart-pounding journey through one of the most savage battles in American history. These accounts, combined with footage never before seen by most Americans, create a visceral, emotionally-charged experience unlike that provided by any other war documentary.  The upcoming major motion picture 17 Days of Winter is based on these real-life heroes.

A reception will be held prior to the screening.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Start Time: 8:30 pm  |  General Admission $20

Buy Tickets HERE!

 Carnegie Institution for Science

1530 P Street, NW

Washington DC

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Directed Brian Iglesias ► Filmmaker Info

85 Minutes

 
*Caution — these films have not been rated by the Motion Picture Association of America.  Due to the mature nature of many of the film’s themes, we do not recommend them for children under 14.  Please use your own discretion.
   
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Updated_8th & I Marine Barracks planned expansion could claim notorious SE Potomac Gardens housing projects

Posted in Uncategorized by jmullerwashingtonsyndicate on February 5, 2010

Marine Barracks Washington; circa 1908. Courtesy United States Marine Corps.

 

Ambitious plans are underway for the United States Marine Barracks at 8th & I Street SE to expand their historic boundaries in what could have implications for the notorious Potomac Gardens public housing project at 12th & G Street SE. In what will contribute and markedly impact continued growth and development of Barracks Row Main Street, the Marines are planning to develop 173,000 square feet.                 

In to the spring the Marine Corps will facilitate public meetings to share their Community Integrated Master Plan. Community briefs have been released and will assist in evaluating the potential for community-military development partnering options in the surrounding Capitol Hill neighborhood.                 

Potomac Gardens, the housing project under review by the Marines, has a well known and rich criminal history. In 1992 an 8 foot black wrought iron fence was erected surrounding and imprisoning Potomac Gardens making it feel like a “Baby Lorton” for neighborhood children.                   

In 1995 the city hired Nation of Islam guards to patrol the projects in an, “effort to reclaim the complex from neighborhood drug dealers” for what had become one of the “District’s busiest outdoor illegal drug markets” according to The Washington Post.                 

Following in the history of previous neighborhood marchers, less than two years ago, after an uproar on the Hill East listerv following muggings of yupsters by juveniles from Potomac Gardens, old guard and newer residents virally discussed the idea of marching “on” the public housing complex in protest.                 

According to The Voice of the Hill, “The crux of the plan is the need for new barracks, which are now located in a 1970s building known as “Building 20” at 7th and I streets across from the original historic barracks. The barracks, which house about 250 Marines in the building that abuts Interstate 395, do not meet new space or security requirements.       

The new barracks will be “ideally as close as possible to where the Marine Barracks are” right now, but have to move from the current location because they must be 82 feet from the street, said U.S. Navy planner Matt Schwartz at a community meeting to introduce the plan last week.    

At the same time, the Marines want to build facilities for both single enlisted men and those with families — a fire station, child development center, gym, pool, parking, meeting space, post office, basketball and tennis courts, and an indoor parade field. There are also plans for a Marine Barracks Washington museum.”    

 Less than 3% of all United States Marines Corps’ Infantry enlisted men earn the distinction of being an “8th & I Marine” at the Marine Corps’ oldest post. The current location was originally selected in 1801 by Thomas Jefferson and second Commandant of the Marine Corps Lt. Col William Ward Burrows, as being of strategic importance to the Navy Yard, and will undergo significant development changing its appearance and operation in the coming decade.              

The Marine Corps Commandant’s House a National Historic Landmark constructed from 1801 – 1805, designed by local architect George Hadfield, has been the home of the Commandant of the Marine Corps since 1806, is one of the oldest buildings in the city. During the Burning of Washington, on August 24, 1814, the British occupied the 8th & I Barracks, but did not set them ablaze as they did the White House.                 

The Washington Business Journal reported last week that the Navy “intends to hire an estimated 1,100 workers at the Washington Navy Yard by 2011 and as many 2,400 more four years later” in anticipation of an expansive “growth of as many as 3,500 personnel, which will require approximately 700,000 square feet.”      

UPDATE:      

Posted February 12, 2010 on the website of Ward 6 City Councilmember TommyWells. Written by Naomi Mitchell.      

Rumors About Marine Barracks at Potomac Gardens      

Over the last week, our office has been asked about various rumors of Marine Corps plans to purchase Potomac Gardens for development into Marine barracks.      

We contacted Adrianne Todman, Interim Executive Director of the DC Housing Authority, and asked her about any plans to sell Potomac Gardens.      

She had begun to hear the rumors as well, and explained that the Housing Authority has no intention of selling Potomac Gardens. The property is owned by the DC Housing Authority, and any sale would require approval by the federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as they are the original financier of the acquisition of the property. In addition, there are various HUD regulations governing the displacement of public housing residents from their existing homes which would make a sale of this property unlikely, unless the existing residents were all guaranteed a replacement home within the new development.      

Ms. Todman also noted that Mayor Fenty has been working with resident leaders and DC Housing Authority officials to explore whether Potomac Gardens and the adjacent Hopkins Apartment sites are good candidates for programs such as Hope VI, New Communities, or other successful models to improve the housing and built environment on the site.      

From what we can tell, rumors of any sale of Potomac Gardens are exactly that – rumors. We hope this information quells the concerns of Potomac Gardens residents and neighbors.

Photo of the Day_February 3, 2010

Posted in Uncategorized by jmullerwashingtonsyndicate on February 3, 2010

Thank you United States Marine Corps for our freedom.

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