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THE COMMANDER: Maj James Murphy, USMC (Ret.)  Message


Fellow Companions and Friends


“We’re all in this together!” How many times in recent weeks have you heard these words? Really, together? I don’t think so. I may ruffle a few feathers as I explore this comment, and to those folks, I’m sorry!

With the pandemic created by the Chinese coronavirus infecting and killing tens of thousands around the world, the idea of “in this together” sounds nice. I have a positive attitude about just about everything and would like that attitude to reflect my outlook as we go through the issues surrounding lock-downs and such. Some of our political leaders have tried to exude a positive outlook as well.

I have concluded that there are at least three different groups of people affecting our lives today: Of course the politicians who are really dictating our daily behavior and exerting authority often contrary to the human rights as identified in the Constitution; or by medical and scientific data, then there are the medical and scientific professionals who are trying to place a more rational attitude on this virus. In doing so, they have tried to communicate a realistic position as to projecting and what the near, short and longer term may bode. Then there are the rest of us: We are the folks, day after day, either are (so it seems) locked in our residences, or providing essential services to the multitude. As I write this, I read that over 36 million people are filing for unemployment payments; a number (percentage-wise) equal to those likewise out of work during the Great Depression of the 1930’s.

Are we really “in this together?” In the Marine Corps (and I know other services likewise), the term means something very specific. As a military unit, we identify targets/goals and we come together to achieve those goals. I think one of the mottos of the French Foreign Legion is “All for one, one for all.” That certainly is true to those of us who’ve worn the uniform of our country. We bond and bind together; we look to our right and our left, and the term “I got your six” is also important as this tells a person that there is coverage (protection) all around. I think as this term is being bandied about it only means we all suffer the same! And of course nothing is farther from the truth! When the mayor of a big city claims she has the right and need to have her hair colored and styled so she will look nice to her constituents; and a governor arbitrarily orders that liquor stores and abortion clinics are “essential” while banning carpet sales and church services, something is not right.

San Luis Obispo County recently published an extensive paper identifying phases to bring our citizens out of quarantine. I have read every word and must report how impressed I was at the detail that the members put into this document. We are now carefully entering Phase 2. By the time you read this, many facilities will have begun opening for business. For a long time there will still be limitations on our movements; face masks (remember what I wrote about masks in last month’s newsletter) will continue to be the norm, even though there are still some who don’t think such restrictions apply to them; and of course “social distancing” just makes sense! The Center for Disease Control (CDC) continues to reevaluate some guidelines; just recently stating that the virus does not last as long on surfaces as earlier thought.

There is a lot of good news: While the coronavirus spreads quickly, the medical professionals have determined that the majority of those who come in contact with Covid-19 either will never experience any symptoms or if so will only be moderately affected. So statistically, if you do come in contact with a contaminated person, keep your distance and wash your hands regularly!

So stay optimistic, be smart, and stay safe!

Semper Fi, Maj Jim





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Adjutant’s Corner


It couldn’t be done”

You’ve heard these words: “It’s impossible, it can’t be done!”  But have you just nodded your head and thought, “Maybe it can’t be done, but did anyone really try?” So you are the person who buckled down and with maybe a slight grin, maybe some concern, but hid your concern and started to tackle that thing that couldn’t be done. Others scoff, “Oh, you’ll never do that, no one else has ever done it!”

But you thought a while, maybe striped to your waist, and began what no one had done before. You started small, knowing each small step would lead you to your goal. There was no doubt of quitting; you may even had a little song to keep you moving to that target. People would wonder at your foolish acts, as you hear the ringing in your ears, “It can’t be done.” There are so many who would prophesy your failing, others to point out to you, one by one, the dangers that await you as you fail.

But with a grit and determination, you have what it takes to continue down that long, hard road, as you start to sing your own song as you have tackled the thing that can’t be done, and you know that you did it!


Thomas Edison was once asked about his successes as an inventor. He basically said that for every success he might have had a thousand or more failures, but for every failure he learned how to proceed until he succeeded. Take your lesson from such wisdom!




We, as members of MOWW, know there are periodic expenditures: Of course we have our meals to pay for; in addition there are other obligations, depending on a member’s desire: Locally we are expected to pay annual dues of $15; some elect to be Perpetual  members and are then exempt from regular National dues of  $40 a year.

Local dues; $15/year payable the first of each year

National dues: $40/payable to National based on the member’s date of joining

The Executive Committee has opted not to send out notices of the dues requirements but we trust in the good graces of our members to step forward at the beginning of each calendar year to make good their obligation! Consider this an advanced notice! Thanks so much for your continued physical, psychological and moral support!




We have a strong chapter but you will realize that most of the burden of chapter duties rest on the shoulders of just a few. In the coming months someone may tap you on your shoulder and ask if you’d take on one of the many administrative chores we are obligated to provide to our community.

Please note your interest in any of the below areas of service to the chapter. Contact an officer for greater details of what may be required of you. Some members already assist in most of these areas, so the load will not rest with one person! The amount of time dedicated by each person varies but is usually distributed throughout the year.

  1. Patriotic Education:
  3. Scouts:
  4. Membership:
  5. Memorials:
  6. Publicity/Photography:
  7. Nominating:
  8. Phone:
  9. Wellness:
  10. Chapter Activities:
  11. Awards: Law Enforcement of the Year
  12. Books and related:
  13. Programs: Youth Leadership; Lost At Sea; guest speakers;
  14. National Security: (Includes Homeland Security)
  15. Historian:

Maj Jim


Our Chapter was formed over 28 years ago is and continues to be active in our community since that time. We have sponsored and been successful in with many programs. Some of past years continuing activities and accomplishments include:

Cal Poly ROTC Awards and Commissioning Ceremonies
Grizzly Youth Leadership Conferences 
Veteran Tribute Luncheons (WWII, Korean, and Vietnam)
Lost at Sea Memorial Day Ceremonies
Law Enforcement Month honoring select local police
Charles Paddock Zoo Statue and Sign special project
Your American Heritage Monument with Boy Scouts maintaining the flags
And support to many other Community/Veteran events 





SGT AT ARMS: remarks from Maj James Murphy:

An interesting word! A parallel word would be tolerate. Each has a similar meaning: Basically to accept other thoughts or opinions on a variety of subjects: Politics, race, religion, virtually any issue that in today’s climate might cause physical violence, one person to another.  Let me take a slightly different view and speak in Praise of Intolerance. Intolerance is a contrary word, and is good when it motivates and results in constructive action:

INTOLERANCE of senseless killing and murder
INTOLERANCE of those who damage, destroy or desecrate, churches and other places of worship, and cemeteries
INTOLERANCE of those who abuse drugs and alcohol, and drive and kill under the influence of them
INTOLERANCE of graffiti
INTOLERANCE of those who do not respect the rights and property of others
INTOLERANCE of thugs and gang violence
INTOLERANCE of dishonest politicians
INTOLERANCE of those who cannot respect the rights of others
INTOLERANCE of those who sire children and will not assume responsibility
INTOLERANCE of a legal system that values the criminal over the victim
INTOLERANCE of dishonesty: Lying, cheating, stealing
INTOLERANCE of those who abuse and take advantage of the welfare programs

I am certain you may have some special “Intolerance” concerns that you can add to my list. Only by bringing these factors to light do we have the opportunity to reach and potentially fulfill our true potential as a society and honest citizens. We owe this to our children, our families and our nation.



Chaplains Corner

Everything Good Comes from God

Trusting in the unconditional love of God: That is the way in which Jesus calls us. The more firmly you grasp this, the more readily you will be able to perceive why there is so much suspicion, jealousy, bitterness, vindictiveness, hatred, violence, and discord in our word. Jesus compares God’s love to the light:

Though the light has come into the world people have preferred darkness to light because their deeds were evil. And indeed, everybody who does wrong hates the light and avoids it, to prevent those actions from being shown; but whoever does the right and true, comes out into the light, so that what is being done may plainly appear as done in God.

Jesus sees the evil in this world as a lack of trust in God’s love. He makes us see that as we persistently fall back on ourselves, rely more on ourselves than on God, and are inclined more to love self than love God. Leave the dark! Walk in the light, and then we will acknowledge everything good, beautiful, and true comes from God and is offered to us in love.

Reflect: “All that is good, all that is perfect, is given from above; it comes from the Father of light; with Him there is no such thing as alteration, no shadow caused by evil and darkness.” (James 1-17)

During this terrible time of trial and tribulation, it is even more important that we offer our selves to God our father. Take time throughout your day to reflect and ponder; give hope and prayers to those who suffer, and strength to those who provide services and care. Without these dedicated citizens, we cannot continue our discipline to see this through.

Maj Jim