Fleet Reserve Association 
Mt. Rainier Branch 104

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What's The Scuttlebutt?

The term corresponds to the colloquial concept of a water cooler in an office setting, which at times becomes the focus of congregation and casual discussion. Water for immediate consumption on a sailing ship was conventionally stored in a scuttled butt: a butt (cask) which had been scuttled by making a hole in it so the water could be withdrawn. Since sailors exchanged gossip when they gathered at the scuttlebutt for a drink of water, scuttlebutt became Navy slang for gossip or rumours

50th Anniversary of the death of MOH recipient Marvin G. Shields the only Seabee to receive the Medal of Honor is remembered.

Marvin G. Shields born December 30, 1939, in Port Townsend, Washington, enlisted in the Navy January 8, 1962. Shields graduated from high school in 1958 and had moved to Hyder, Alaska, where he worked the goldmines. After construction training, he served with Mobile Construction Battalion 11, and was with Seabee Team 1104 at Dong Xoai, South Vietnam, June 10, 1965, when a Vietcong regiment attacked. After being wounded, Shields continued to carry up ammunition to the firing line, and after receiving a second wound, insisted on helping a more severely wounded soldier to safety. Refusing to consider himself and now greatly weakened, he again exposed himself to enemy fire, volunteering to help knock out a machine gun which had the entire camp pinned down. Shields died from wounds he received after he and others “succeeded in destroying the enemy machine gun emplacement, thus undoubtedly saving the lives of many of their fellow servicemen in the compound.” He posthumously received the Medal of Honor September 13, 1966.[1] He is buried at Gardiner Cemetery,Gardiner, Washington 

His name is listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Panel 02E, Row 007

Questions about a Veteran’s ID Card in WA State:

Washington Department of Veteran Affairs has received several questions recently about whether the legislature passed a bill that would allow for a Veteran Designation on your Washington Driver’s License. Yes, a bill was passed during the 2014 Legislative Session; however, it will not go into effect until the Department of Licensing finishes its new computer system, sometime in the Fall of 2017.

Standardized forms: What’s this new claims process all about?    

And who does it affect?

Big changes have taken place in the disability compensation program at the VA.  I am told e-mails went out to vets but don't remember getting one.  Just in case I am posting this article here so you will have a chance to read it.  Please contact a Veteran's Service Organization Service Officer for assistance and help us pass the word.  Thank you