at PO Box 971523, El Paso, 79997-1523 United States
Meetings: Every 1st Wednesday of the month at 7pm at the American Legion Post #36, 3730 Shell St., El Paso, Texas 79925.
The following are the purposes for which this Foundation has been organized: The 19th Rifle Company, USMCR Foundation, Inc., is a veterans’, fraternal, and charitable organization with members who have served in the United States Marine Corps and have organized for the purposes of banding together in fellowship those who have served in the 19th Rifle Company, USMCR and the United States Marine Corps; for the purpose of preserving the traditions and history of the United States Marine Corps and promoting the Marine Corps ideals of Honor, Courage, and Commitment in our community. The 19th Rifle Company, USMCR Foundation, Inc. shall promote social and recreational activities for its members. The 19th Rifle Company, USMCR Foundation, Inc. shall promote the common good and general welfare of the people of our community by providing annually, college or Trade School scholarships for selected El Paso Area High School Navy Junior ROTC students; by providing a Funeral Service Team committed to rendering, at the request of the family of the deceased Marine, a United States Marine Corps farewell ceremony with Taps and the presentation of a USMC flag to the family of the deceased Marine; by distributing yearly Thanksgiving Food Turkey Baskets with all the trimmings to as many needy families as possible in our community; by supporting and working with the USMC Reserve Toys-for-Tots campaign to raise funds, collect, and distribute toys to needy children during the Christmas season; by participating in patriotic functions such as parades and other community events, such as the Annual 4th of July Peoples Parade, the Annual Golden Bears Memorial Day Mass and Patriotic Ceremony, the annual Massing of the Colors, and the annual Downtown Veterans Day Parade; by giving financial and moral support to the youth of Anthony, New Mexico who are members of the Jr. Marines; by supporting the Delta Battery, 2nd Battalion, 14th Marines, USMC Reserve located at 4810 Pollard Street, in El Paso, Texas; by supporting the El Paso, Texas Flags Across America organization that sponsors the 180 ft. American flag located at the El Paso Community College Trans-mountain campus; and by contributing monetary donations to causes, community projects and programs deemed worthy by the membership.
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There are only three Marines from El Paso, Texas in the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, Va. They are Deane Hawkins, Medal of Honor recipient from WW II, Ambrosio Guillen, Medal of Honor recipient from the Korean Conflict, and now our own President, Albert Miranda. A dramatic photograph published in the February 23, 1968 issue of Life Magazine of a then 19 year old El Paso native, Lance Cpl. Albert Miranda, was taken at Khe Sanh during the Tet offensive. Albert Miranda rose to the rank of Master Sergeant; is a retired UTEP Police Officer; and currently serves as our President. 19th Rifle Co. members are committed to sponsoring this exhibit; adding a plaque to identify the Marines in the picture. The plaque will mention, by name, all three Marines in the photograph, and honor their service to the Marine Corps and our Country. The plaque will be added next to the exhibit and will read: Sponsored by: 19th Rifle Co., El Paso, Texas In name of: Lance Corporal Albert Miranda, Lance Corporal David Burdwell, First Lt. Alec Bodenwiser Please except our thanks for your tax-deductible donation of $ ___________ to the 19th Rifle Company, USMCR Foundation-”Three Sniper Exhibit”, PO Box 971523, El Paso, Texas 79997. Your donation will help us meet our $5,000 commitment in sponsoring the “Three Snipers Exhibit” at the Vietnam Wing, Khe Sahn Section, now displayed in the National Museum of The Marine Corps, in Quanico, Va. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT THE 19th RIFLE CO., USMCR FOUNDATION “THREE SNIPERS EXHIBIT” COMMITTEE: Lt.Col. John Bingham, USMCR (Ret.), Lt.Col. Henry Hernandez, USMC, (Ret.) Sgt. Oscar Muela, USMC, MGySgt. Joe Vargas, USMC, and Sgt. Jesus Martinez, USMCR
NOTICE***********NOTICE********** 19th Rifle Company, USMCR Foundation Chaplain and Supply Sergeant Alfonso “Gabby” Garibay underwent a three-hour triple by-pass heart operation on Tuesday, May 12 at Sierra Medical Center, 1700 Murchison Dr. Today, a group of 19th Rifle Company members went to visit him in CCU (Coronary Care Unit), located on the second floor. The group was led by President Albert Miranda, and included, Henry Hernandez, Oscar Muela, Jesus Martinez, Eddie De Santiago, Sam Lightbourn, and Manny Mendoza. Coincidentally, today is Gabby's birthday! We are happy to report that Gabby was sitting up, had walked around earlier, and was not in pain. He was in good spirits and looked well for a man who just had a major operation. Gabby is expected to go home Saturday or Sunday.