237th United States Marine Corps celebrate birthday in Pattaya

Friday, 30 November 2012 From Issue Vol. XX No. 48 By  Rad Mays

The United States Marine Corps’ 237th birthday was celebrated here in Pattaya at the Cafe Kronborg on Saturday the 10th of November 2012. This was the twelfth consecutive US Marine Corps birthday held in Pattaya.

The celebration started at 18:00 with cocktails. The ceremony commenced at 19:00 and was followed by a buffet dinner at 19:30. Dinner was comprised of New Zealand roast beef with steamed crab and all the trimmings.

Marines present at the birthday celebration (L to R) MGySgt Rad Mays, GySgt Billy Goodman. L/Cpl Wayne Radoway, 1st Lt Kevin Watkins, 1st Lt Dick Kaleta, Capt Donald Ratcliffe, MSgt Ronald Hunter, Sgt James Jones, Cpl Joe Ferral and Cpl Gene Berisford. Marines present at the birthday celebration (L to R) MGySgt Rad Mays, GySgt Billy Goodman. L/Cpl Wayne Radoway, 1st Lt Kevin Watkins, 1st Lt Dick Kaleta, Capt Donald Ratcliffe, MSgt Ronald Hunter, Sgt James Jones, Cpl Joe Ferral and Cpl Gene Berisford.

Twenty nine guests attended the ceremony of which all had an outstanding time. Ten of the guests were retired or former Marines. The oldest Marine present was GySgt Billy Goodman who is 85 years old. The youngest Marine was 50 year old 1st Lt, Kevin Watkins. Both of these Marines live here in Thailand.

Capt Donald Ratcliffe was the Master of Ceremonies. The Young Marines (YM) of Pattaya assisted in organizing, setting up and conducting the event. The American colors were posted by YM Unit Commander MGySgt Rad Mays. YM PFC Bret Mays led the Color Guard and Cake Detail while YM Leader Jim Coomes operated the sound system.

(L to R) MGySgt Rad Mays, YM PFC Bret Mays, Capt Donald Ratcliffe, 1st Lt Kevin Watkins and GySgt Billy Goodman. (L to R) MGySgt Rad Mays, YM PFC Bret Mays, Capt Donald Ratcliffe, 1st Lt Kevin Watkins and GySgt Billy Goodman.

The Young Marines are looking for a few good kids. If you know of any kids between 8 and 18 years old that seek adventure and are willing to take on Honor, Courage, Commitment, and Self Discipline, then they may want to become a Young Marine. Contact Rad Mays at 083 115 8694 or email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Young Marines Pattaya Thailand is an affiliate of Young Marines Washington DC, USA.

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