The Transylvania Times -

Local Marines Host Birthday Party – Brevard NC


November 14, 2016

Col. Larry Chapman cuts the birthday cake. The youngest Marine at the birthday party, Cody Henson, meets the oldest, Bill Tierney. (Times photos by Jeremiah Reed)

Some 60 Marines and their guests celebrated the 241st birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps at the Brevard American Legion Hall on Nov. 10.

The annual event was chaired by Lt. Col. Lee McMinn and was sponsored by the Mountain Marines, an unofficial group of retired and reserve Marines representing all ranks from corporal to colonel and all eras from World War II to the present.

Coinciding with the Veterans Day weekend, guests from other branches of the military were invited, many wearing their uniforms of their service.

The traditional ceremony was supplemented by a pot-luck supper and open bar.

The color guard from the Transylvania County Marine Junior ROTC program posted the national and Marine Corps flags and preceded the cutting of a 2-foot square birthday cake decorated with the eagle, globe and anchor symbol.

Col. Larry Chapman presided over the cake cutting, with the first piece going to the oldest Marine present, Bill Tierney, who was born in 1927.

The second piece went to the youngest, Cody Henson, born in 1992. Tierney, who lives in Connestee Falls, enlisted in the Marines at age 18 and served in China at the end of World War II.

He later transferred to the U.S. Army and after 30 years retired as a full colonel.

Henson is currently a member of the 23rd Marines, a reserve infantry regiment, and trains in Johnson City, Tenn.

He was elected last week to represent District 113 in the N.C. House of Representatives.

The first American Marines were enlisted as part of the Continental Navy on November 10, 1775.

The date is marked by Marines worldwide.


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