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Steve Shaw Enlisting in the Corps was the best decision I could have made in 1956. I was accepted into the band and enjoyed it more than I could have known. My drum major was the ideal role model. What I learned from this Gunnery Sergeant and other Marines guided me professionally and personally my entire life.

In my two years in the Corps, I learned more about life and how to live it than ever before. It was knowledge that I used throughout my career at GM. I also found out that people treat you with respect if they know you’ve been in the Marine Corps. And, I gained three lifelong friends — fellow Marines with whom I’ve been close for over 50 years.

Preserving our history is important to me and to Marines everywhere. When I finally got to see the Museum I was blown away by it — it is truly awesome and does justice to the Corps. I couldn’t be more satisfied — my legacy gift is an ideal way to support the mission of the MCHF.

Jack Dufour, USMC (Ret) Early on, Jack Dufour wanted to be a Physical Education teacher and a coach. However, like many boys his age, he lacked the maturity and drive to make a successful transition into college. But when a Marine encouraged Jack to enlist, it was the turning point in his life.

 Three years later, young Corporal Dufour had gained the skills to pursue his dream. He went on to retire after a successful teaching and coaching career spanning more than 30 years. “Motivation and confi dence– that’s how the Corps helped me achieve my goal”. Jack is active in the Marine Corps League Detachment 711 Monterey Bay, and served the past three years as their Commandant.

Col Sara "Sally" J. Pritchett, USMC (Ret) When suicide bombers attacked the Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon on 23 October 1983, it was the Corps’ deadliest single-day death toll since Iwo Jima. Colonel Sara Pritchett, usmc (ret), joint public affairs officer for the 4th Marine Division and the 4th Aircraft Wing, had overall responsibility for the media. Sally is proud that she played a role in such an important historical event, and it is one of her fondest memories. "Enlisting in the Marine Corps changed my life and shaped who I am today. I can’t imagine my life without the Corps." She continued to serve as a public affairs officer until her 1987 retirement.

RON CHRISTMAS' USMC (RET) Marine Corps service spans 34 years, culminating with retirement as Lieutenant General. In 1968 Christmas took part in the battle for Hue City and was subsequently awarded the Navy Cross for his actions. He is the past President and CEO of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, where he led the charge to expand the National Museum of the Marine Corps. "I could not be involved in the building of this extraordinary Museum without caring about its long-term prosperity. By including the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation in my estate plan, I've made a commitment to the Museum's future."

GySgt Victor Corson USMC (Ret) had wanted to be a U.S Marine ever since he was a little boy. He realized his dream when he enlisted and served proudly for 20 years. When it came time to name beneficiaries for his retirement plan assets, he had no hesitation as to what he wanted to do. Making the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation the beneficiary of his IRA was an easy decision. Said GySgt Corson, “the Foundation is raising funds for the completion of our Museum – the Museum that tells the history of our Corps, and that is important to me and to our country. The Marine Corps is in my blood, so including the MCHF in my estate not only pays tribute to my 30 years of service, but it also honors the sacrifice and commitment of all Marines. The Marine Corps was good to me, and now I have the opportunity to say thank you with this gift.” His wife Gertie agreed that it was an ideal way to honor her husband’s service. Said GySgt Corson, “we have a breed and a spirit unlike that of any other branch of service”.

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