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Monday, 24 November 2014 00:00

Colonel Donald "Don" Dearl Ezell

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Colonel Donald "Don" Dearl Ezell

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Col Donald "Don" Ezell

 

Don Ezell was born on April 27, 1922 in Jena, Louisiana. He had two older brothers, Jeff and Beeky. He also had a twin brother named Dee. After growing up in Wink Texas and graduating from high school, Dee and Don both received scholarships to play football at TCU. Dee was a guard and Don was a halfback.

In March of 1942, both brothers joined the Marine Corps in the Officers program. They stayed in school until they got their degree. After Paris Island boot camp, Don reported to OCA (Officers Candidate Applicant) at Camp Lejeune. Then in 1944 he attended Officer Candidate School in Quantico where he received his officer's commission. Lt Ezell was originally assigned to the 6th Marine division but was transferred to Marine Wing Service Squadron at El Toro because he had put in for flight training.

In the spring of 1945, Lt Ezell was assigned to Air FMF Pac in Hawaii. His first operation was an aerial observer in the battle of Okinawa – the largest amphibious assault in history. After the war ended, Lt Ezell returned home. He turned down a regular commission for captain so he could go back to TCU and earn his masters degree. However, he remained in the Marine Corps Reserve.

In 1950, Lt Ezell was called up to go to Korea with the 1st Marine division. He ended up as a machine gun platoon leader and had to battle his way out of the Chosin Reservoir.

After Korea, Captain Ezell was on sea duty off the coast of Vietnam. One day he received orders to report to the Commanding General of the French forces in Vietnam. The General wanted the U.S. to bring him supplies and ammo at a place called Dien Bien Phu. When Captain Ezell reported to the General, he was in an old fort. Col Ezell was briefed by the General who showed him where the French forces were located throughout the valley. Captain Ezell asked who had the high ground in which the General replied "no one, that's all jungle up there. No one can get through that." Famous last words! The Viet Cong came through those jungles with cannons and bore-sited the French in the trenches below. The rest is history. Captain Ezell was sent there for one reason only...to find out if we would help the French. His superiors wanted to know "who's going to win?" Captain Ezell sent word out in code. If the French were going to win he was to say "the French are warriors." If the French were going to lose he was to say "the French are lovers." The Captain's message was "the French are lovers." This message went all the way up to President Eisenhower and so we didn't help the French at Dien Bien Phu. And as we all know, Ho Chi Minh defeated the French and that ended the reign of French colonialism in Vietnam.

After the Dien Bien Phu defeat, Captain Ezell went to Fort Sill for artillery training. There was a mix up in orders and Captain Ezell received the orders that his twin brother Dee was supposed to get...that's how he ended up in artillery!

Captain Ezell was promoted to Major and was transferred to Duke University where he taught military science and instructed in the ROTC program. Next he went to Okinawa for a year to command the 2nd Bn 12th Marines – an artillery regiment. Washington DC was the next stop as a Management Engineer. After DC, Major Ezell spent three years in Taiwan helping the Chinese nationalists build their 2nd Chinese Marine Division (they already had a 1st).

In 1967, Lt. Col. Ezell was promoted to Col. and was ordered to take command of the 11th Marine Artillery Regiment in Vietnam. His area of responsibility went from just below DaNang all the way up to the DMZ. He received the Purple Heart while in Vietnam from wounds inflicted by a rocket attack. After two tours in Vietnam, he left in March of 1970.

After Vietnam, Col Ezell was assigned to the Pentagon where he was the Director of Public Affairs for the military. In 1973 he retired from the Marine Corps after 30 years of service.
During his career, Col Ezell received 27 battle decorations and seven battle stars including the Purple Heart.

Col. Ezell was an outstanding Marine Officer. His record, his lasting impression he left on family, friends and his Marine Corps brothers will always speak to his honor, courage, commitment, his love of God, family, country, and the Corps.

Col. Don D. Ezell died on July 10, 2010 and was buried with full military honors. He now rests at Greenwood Memorial Park in Fort Worth, Texas beside his twin brother Dee.
Col Ezell's nieces donated more than 450 plus military books that were left in his estate to the Longhorn Detachment. We now have the opportunity to read the same books that Col. Ezell read in the newly dedicated Col. Don D. Ezell library.

Friday, 04 April 2014 00:00

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If you enjoy working with and helping other Marines and their families, the Marine Corps League is for you. If you enjoy going to Marine Corps related functions, such as the Marine Corps Birthday Ball, trips to various Marine Bases, and/or learning more about Marine Corps history, the Marine Corps League is for you. Our dues are $40 per year to be a part of the Longhorn Detachment of the Marine Corps League.The league is comprised of honorably discharged as well as reserve and active duty Marines and FMF Navy Corpsmen with over 90 days of service. Those individuals that want to participate with the Marine Corps League but do not otherwise qualify may join as Associate Members.

The Marine Corps League Mission Statement: Members of the Marine Corps League join together in camaraderie and fellowship for the purpose of preserving the traditions and promoting the interests of the United States Marine Corps and those who have been honorably discharge from that service; voluntarily aiding and rendering assistance to all Marines and former Marines and to their widows and orphans, and by perpetuating the history of the United States Marine Corps through fitting acts to observe the anniversaries of historical occasions of particular interest to Marines.

If you are interested in becoming a Member or Associate Member of the Marine Corps League, please download the application below.If you are interested in becoming a Life Member, please see the Life Membership Dues Schedule NOTE: To become a Life Member you must already be a Regular Member in "Good Standing".

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MCL Membership Application 2014 HOT

Membership Applications, once approved by the Detachment, are then submitted to the Department of Texas Paymaster.

Please note, Dues are actually $40, and not the $30 as indicated on the form.

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The Marine Corps League was founded by Major General Commandant, John A. Lejeune, in 1923 and chartered by an Act of Congress on August 4, 1937. Its membership of 60,000 is comprised of honorably discharged, active duty and Reserve Marines with 90 days of service or more, and retired Marines. It includes officer, enlisted, male and female members.

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The prime authority of the League is derived from its charter and from its annual national convention held in August in different major U. S. cities throughout the nation. The National Commandant has operational control over the National Headquarters staff and the National Board of Trustees, who in turn coordinate the efforts of 47 department, or State entities, and the activities of over 812 community-based detachments located throughout the United States and overseas.

The League is classified as a veterans / military service organization and was formed for the purposes of promoting the interests of the U. S. Marine Corps; to provide camaraderie and assistance to Marines, as well as to their widows and orphans; and to preserve the traditions of the U. S. Marine Corps. It is a not for profit organization within the provisions of Internal Revenue Service Code 50l (c) (4), with a special group exemption letter which allows for contributions to the Marine Corps League, its Auxiliary and subsidiary units, to be tax deductible by the donor.

League members participate in:
The Veterans Administration Voluntary Service Program, an assistance program for hospitalized veterans
A national Service Program, which provides assistance to veterans in a wide area of matters relating to their military service

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Awards scholarships
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Provides membership incentives
Participates in patriotic functions and provides representation to the U. S. Congress in legislative matters affecting the U. S. Marine Corps, national security and veterans benefits through its National Legislative Committee and its National Legislative Officer
Participates in Toys for Tots and other community based programs

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Members of the Marine Corps League join together in camaraderie and fellowship for the purpose of preserving the traditions and promoting the interests of the United States Marine Corps. This is accomplished by banding together those who are now serving in the United States Marine Corps and those who have been honorably discharged from that service; voluntarily aiding and rendering assistance to all Marines and former Marines and to their widows and orphans, and by perpetuating the history of the United States Marine Corps through fitting acts to observe the anniversaries of historical occasions of particular interest to Marines.

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In October of the year 2000, a group of Marines gathered together for the purpose of starting a new Detachment in the Department of Texas, Marine Corps League.

In December of 2000, the required documents to start a Detachment were submitted to the Marine Corps League National Headquarters and to the State of Texas. On 16 January 2001, the Charter for the Longhorn Detachment was signed into effect by then Commandant, Marine Corps League, Diane Dils. The Longhorn Detachment #1069 received it's Charter from Department of Texas Commandant AR "Al" Kotrla Jr on 19 January 2001.

Even before the Longhorn Detachment received it Charter, the members agreed that the Longhorn Detachment would be a community service organization and follow the Mission Statement of the Marine Corps League.

To this date, the Longhorn Detachment, and it's members, have honored the Mission Statement with integrity and have upheld the principles upon which it was founded.

The name Longhorn was suggested as the name of the newly forming Detachment because of the historic site which our meetings were held, and because of the closeness to Fort Worth. The early meeting site was held on the feeding grounds of the Chisholm Trail where the cattle drivers grazed their cattle before driving them into the Fort Worth Stockyards. The name Longhorn is also symbolic of the Great State of Texas

   

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