DSA Constitution & By-laws
Celebrating Indepedence Day!
A Word of Thanks!
Cards for MSgt. Carlson
the BADGE Newsletter 2023
2023 MCDSA Reunion
MCDSA Reunion in ONE week!
01 April – Upcoming MCDSA Reunion

The “Hammer Hartsell High Tyro Trophy”

The Major General Hammer Hartsell High Tyro Trophy stands next to the Colonel Walter R. Walsh Trophy at the 2022 Marine Corps Championship Awards Ceremony held at Quantico on 11 April 2022.

Major General Hartsell (USMCR Ret.) — himself a member of the Marine Corps Distinguished Shooters Association — made the inaugural presentation of the trophy named in his honor to the High Tyro, SSgt. Kenneth Swarts.

One of the objectives of the Marine Corps Distinguished Shooters Association is to, “Foster the preservation and promotion of Marine Corps Marksmanship…” [Article III, Item (b) of our Constitution and By-laws] …To that end, the MCDSA provided the plaque presented to SSgt. Swarts, the recipient of the Major General Hammer Hartsell High Tyro Trophy at the Marine Corps Championship Matches.

09 APRIL 2022 – BOG Meeting

A special meeting of the MCDSA’s Board of Governors is being held in the Conference Room at WTBn Quantico on 9 April 2022, and is scheduled to start at 1000. The meeting is being convened to examine and discuss the MCDSA’s Constitution and By-Laws, after which the Board will formally propose recommended CHANGES to our Constitution and By-laws for our Association’s Membership to vote on. If anyone has ideas to submit for discussion at the upcoming 9 April Special Meeting (i.e. recommendations for changes to our Constitution and/or By-Laws) please email your suggestions to a member of the Board of Governors. Email addresses for the members of our Board of Governors can be found on the “About Us” page of our website. …thank you!


2022 Reunion Photos

Photos of the Association’s 19 March 2022 Reunion are now available for access to Association Members. Simply go to our “Photos” page, and click on the “2022 Reunion” button. Please note that you will need your password to access the album. The photos were taken by Carole Ellison and Rick Curtis — we VERY much appreciate their contribution by documenting this annual event, and heartily thank them for their efforts!


CWO-3 Pietroforte

The Marine Corps Distinguished Shooters Association salutes CWO-3 Michael Pietroforte (Double-Distinguished: R-1953, P-1957).

CWO-3 Pietroforte was a founding Board Member of the MCDSA at its inception in 1977, and he recently passed away on 22 January 2022.  As a Technical Sergeant in 1958 he was the first to ever fire a possible in the National Trophy Individual Rifle Match. He was a highly respected member of the MCDSA Community — he will be greatly missed by many.

Note: The above image is copied from page 319 of “The Red Book” Volume I.


MCDSA 2022 Reunion – 19 March

Marine Corps Distinguished Shooters Association

2022 Reunion and Cookout

19 March 2022

Details on the 2022 Reunion have been e-mailed out to MCDSA Members. If you have not yet heard about the scheduled upcoming reunion, or, you did not receive the details which were sent out, please either use the form on this website and submit a request for that detailed information, or, reach out to MCDSA President Danny Burke at:


…we are looking forward to an outstanding get-together!


05 February MCDSA Board Meeting

Next MCDSA Board Meeting is at 1000 on Saturday 05 February 2022

If any MCDSA Members would like to propose an amendment to the Association’s Constitution and/or By-laws for it to be put under consideration and discussion during the 05 February 2022 Board of Governors meeting, please email your suggestion(s) along with the rationale for the suggested amendment(s) to any of the below-listed email addresses by 15 January 2022 and your proposal(s) will be duly considered.

b12daniel@aol.com (Danny Burke)

hdharrison@sbcglobal.net (Harry Harrison)

dlheuman1@mac.com (Donald Heuman)

mikemit47@aol.com (Mike Mitchell)

smokinjrm@aol.com (Joe Moreno)

ncocasio@msn.com (Nelson Ocasio)

william_skiles@aol.com (Bill Skiles)


MGySgt. Paul Blazejowski – Armorer

In the below-linked article (appropriately dated 10 November of this year) Eric R. Poole of Guns and Ammo lists the contributions made by and honors the memory of MGySgt. Paul Blazejowski who enlisted in 1944 and served in Korea “…in combat with the 5th Marines as a small-arms repairman (MOS 2111) along the frontlines.” Later, serving as a Match Armorer (MOS 2112) Blazejowski contributed significantly to the accomplishments of many competitive marksman (which included serving in support of two Olympics as the U.S. Team Armorer) in addition to which he also contributed his “…ideas toward the betterment of the National Match Program.”

MGySgt. Paul Blazejowski was every champion’s armorer. Turnbull honors his legacy.

by Eric R. Poole



The following quote is attributed to LtCol. McMillan…

 “You guys walk around here with medals on your chest, but if it wasn’t for these armorers, you wouldn’t have any.”