Central Texas Marines
241st Marine Corps Birthday
Major General Angela Salinas USMC (Ret)
She earned the distinction as the longest serving woman in the history of the Marine Corps, the senior ranking woman, and the senior ranking Hispanic in the Corps. She commanded at every rank from Lieutenant to general officer and held multiple key staff positions throughout her career.
243rd Marine Corps Birthday
Mr. Mark Byrd
United States Marine Corps
1967 – 1971
After receiving commission in 1967 attend The Basic School for Infantry Officer training and then flight school with the Naval Air Training Command in Pensacola. Trained in T34, T28 fighter/bomber, H-34, Bell Jet Ranger. Transitioned to UH1E gunships at Camp Pendleton and then one tour of duty in Vietnam, 1969-70 with HML 367, callsign "Scarface 47."
January 1990 – Present
Develops, designs, and creates original bronze sculptures, primarily memorials honoring American military heroes.
242nd Marine Corps Birthday
Colonel William Bauer USMC (Ret)
Marine aviator, Jet pilot, Test Pilot, Commanding Officer (1958-1985)
Combat Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star with Combat “V”, 8 Strike Flight Air Medals.
240th Marine Corps Birthday
SGTMAJ James E. Booker USMC (Ret)
Sgt. Maj. Booker. His personal awards include the Silver Star, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (w/star), Bronze Star (with V) and Combat Action Ribbon (w/star)