MSgt. “Randy” Bimrose (USMC Retired) passed peacefully on 20 November 2023. A Vietnam Veteran, he was assigned in 1979 as Chief Armorer of the Marine Corps Pistol Team — and the Pistol Team went on to win the National Trophy Team Pistol Match (the Gold Cup Trophy) at Camp Perry in 1980, 1982, and 1984. Retiring from the Corps in 1986, Randy went on to work at Beeman Precision Airguns as Chief Gunsmith in Santa Rosa, CA. A member of the Marine Corps Distinguished Shooters Association, Randy was also a Life Member of the NRA, and a member of the VFW and the American Legion.
Graveside Services will be held 2:15pm to 2:45pm on Tuesday, 19 December 2023 at Riverside National Cemetery located at 22495 Van Buren Blvd. in Riverside, CA 92518.
“The first celebration using the term Veterans Day occurred in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1947. Raymond Weeks, a World War II veteran, organized “National Veterans Day,” which included a parade and other festivities, to honor all veterans. The event was held on November 11, then designated Armistice Day.”
The DSA Governing Board is slated to meet next week on 26 August 2023. The focus of the meeting will be to review proposed changes to the Constitution and By-laws which have thus far been submitted by our membership, one of which is amending Article III of the Constitution so as to pointedly acknowledge and include those support personnel who are currently eligible to join the DSA. The proposed changes would read as follows:
– a) (Amend to read) “Provide a means to further the camaraderie established among Marines who have distinguished themselves in the Marine Corps Competition-in-Arms program, as well as those Marines who have indefatigably supported the United States Marine Corps Shooting Team as Armorers and Ammunition Technicians.”
– c) (Amend to read) “Act as a vehicle by which Distinguished Marine Shooters and those dedicated Marines who supported the USMC Shooting Team as Armorers and Ammo Technicians can maintain continued contact with one another.”
The Board will also address the future requisite changes to our Membership Application so as to reflect Article III new wording if the above amendments are ultimately passed by the Distinguished Shooters Association Membership.
It takes 2/3 of the membership respondents to make changes to the Constitution.
The window of opportunity for submitting any additional suggestions to our Association President, Danny Burke, is fast closing. …The meeting of the Board of Governors is now only one week away!
Many thanks to those who have sent, or will be sending “Get Well!” cards to Coach Carlson (who is recovering from a stroke which he suffered on 17 June). Coach Carlson’s Wife says that he loved the many cards sent to him!! “Thank you!” to all for sending encouraging words and thoughts to him as it will no doubt help to fuel his resolve as he continues to improve with constant therapy in the hospital. …word has it that he stood for the first time earlier this week — so thank you, and many blessings on our Association Members who have rallied and responded with their support!
Hey, Folks! MSgt. Claire Carlson is in rehab after suffering a stroke on Saturday, 17 June. His Wife has told Captain Bartlett that her Husband (Coach Carlson) would love to receive “Get Well” cards, so please let’s rally and respond with encouragement and support by sending cards to him at his home address (which is listed in our Membership Directory).