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Birmingham Marine Corps League

General "Howlin' Mad" Smith Detachment #592

Birmingham, Ala VA Hospital Visitation Squad

 

November 14, 2017  

For over 25 years EVERY Marine patient in the Birmingham, Ala Veterans Administration hospital gets a visit each week from Marines of the Birmingham Marine Corps League "Howlin' Mad" Smith Detachment #592.

These Marines and Sailors are registered VA volunteer workers in support of the doctors, nurses, and staff providing medical care to Veteran patients. This squad exhibits the Marine Corps motto "Semper Fidelis" meaning always faithful, always loyal and able to count on your fellow Marines - while in the Marine Corps and for a lifetime. We also visit with nearby Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Coast Guard Veterans.

This volunteer work is valued by the patients because nothing is better than a visit from your service buddies making sure that our Marines, Veterans, and family members are not alone during recovery at the Birmingham VA hospital.

Pictured: Rufus "Whitey" Glanton, Douglas Dunn, Brian Gierlatowicz, John Whitmire, Wayne Odell, Henry Williams, Gene Hopper. not pictured; John Birmingham, Rod Ziegler

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VA VISITATION SQUAD RECEIVES SERVICE AWARD 4/4/17

Birmingham VA hospital Director Thomas C. Smith III FACHE, presented a service award plaque to the Birmingham Marine Corps League General "Howlin' "Mad" Smith detachment #592 for 25 years of volunteer service.

For over 25 years EVERY Marine patient in the Birmingham, Ala Veterans Administration hospital gets a visit each week from Marines of the Birmingham Marine Corps League "Howlin' Mad" Smith detachment #592.

These Marines and Sailors are registered VA volunteer workers in support of the doctors, nurses, and staff providing medical care to Veteran patients. This squad exhibits the Marine Corps motto "Semper Fidelis" meaning always faithful, always loyal to Corps, Country, and able to count on your fellow Marines - while in the Marine Corps and for a lifetime. The squad also visits with ALL nearby Veterans; Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Coast Guard Veterans.

 

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John Birmingham- 2017 squad leader, Thomas Smith- Director, Birmingham VA Hospital, Jim Upshaw- founding/ charter member of the Marine Corps League Hospital Visitation Squad

 

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Front row L to R: Kay Martin, Thomas Smith, John Birmingham, Jim Upshaw 

Back row L to R: Henry Williams, Douglas Dunn, Brian Gierlatowicz , Rod Zielger, Wayne Odell, Russell Casterlin, Rufus "Whitey" Glanton, Roger Gilbert, "Doc" David Baldwin, John Whitmire, John Hilmer.

 

VA VISITATION SQUAD 2017 AWARDS CEREMONY 4/21/17

The Birmingham VA hospital volunteer awards banquet April 21, 2017 recognized all volunteer's service. The Birmingham Marine Corps League "Howlin' Mad" Smith detachment VA hospital squad was recognized for serving over 3,700 volunteer hours last year.

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Pictured left to right: Rod Ziegler, Henry Williams, Wayne Odell, Rufus "Whitey" Glanton, John Hilmer, Douglas Dunn, Brian Gierlatowicz, Russell Casterlin, John Whitmire, Wayne Jones, and George Thompson.

TAD: John Birmingham, Gene Hopper, Kay Martin, Jim Upshaw, David Baldwin, Roger Gilbert, Roger Ledbetter, and John Bankhead.

 

Marine Corps League Birmingham VA Hospital Visitation Team HANDBOOK