The 8th & I Reunion Association
An organization of Marines
who served at
8th & I Streets, S.E.,
"Linking Past, Present and Future!"
On May 2, 2008, the United States Marine Corps War Memorial Flag Detail
participated in a flag presentation at the Barracks. The flag, presented
to Barracks CO, Col. W. Blake Crowe, had flown over the Iwo War Memorial in Arlington,
VA, and was then taken to Iwo Jima, where it was raised over Mount Suribachi through
the efforts of the Young Marines Program, and its Executive Director, Lt. Col. Michael
Kessler (USMC, Ret.). ("Iwo Flags" has since disbanded)
Col. Crowe with Iwo Flag's President and
CEO, James Donovan, assisted by founding director, Col. Michael McGowan (USMC, Ret.).
2 May 2008, Major William "Mustang" Lee, 1962-1965, presented an IWO FLAG to 1st Sgt.
Marcel Lett of "A" Company. He presented this flag, with remarks to the troops in
formation, on behalf of the 1963 Drill Team and the CGC troops under his command
during 1964 and 1965.
NOTE: At the request of the Museum of the Texas Book Depository in Dallas, Bill Lee gave
an oral history of the Drill Team's
participation in the various activities related to President Kennedy's funeral . The Museum
requested that Bill supply it with
some of his JFK-related activities, which are now on display in that Museum. They can
be viewed by clicking here.
Pictured are: (l - r) Col. John Donovan, Col. Michael McGowan,
Major William Lee, Col. W. Blake Crowe (Barracks CO), 1st Sgt. Marcel Lett
(A Company), Jim Donovan, and Robert Manchester, Esq.
The Iwo Flag Detail, in cooperation with the Marine Barracks, Henderson Hall and the
National Park Service, ensures that a serviceable American flag is always seen flying
over the Iwo Jima Memorial, one of the most treasured icons for Marines and those who
have served — and are serving — with them.
In his remarks during the ceremony, Robert Manchester III said the following:
To view the press release for the event, click here.
To view the Iwo Flag Detail's Certificate of Appreciation to the 8th & I Reunion Association,
"The present officers and directors of Iwo Flags all served at 8th & I as officers and
enlisted-We have all been where you are and are better for it.
We offer this Iwo flag as a means of providing what we hope will serve as a powerful
link between the Barracks past, the Barracks present and the Barracks future.
November 10, 2008
From Jim Donovan:
The monthly change of flag was altered slightly for November. The November flag was
sponsored by MGySgt Skip Wray. We requested that the change be done on Nov. 10th,
the 233rd anniversary of the Corps, also the anniversary of Skip being wounded in action in
Vietnam (he also received the Silver Star). It was approved, and the flag Skip sponsored now flies above the War Memorial,
as seen in the attached photo below. Afterward, the Birthday Parade was held involving
the Commandant, to whom we explained the significance of installing Skip's flag on