George Marsh is the Commanding Officer and Executive Director of the Marine Corps Veterans Association. He served with the 4th Force Service Regiment, Maintenance Battalion, USMCR, from 1964 to 1970. In more recent years, Marsh served with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Watch Committee, and was the National Veterans Recruiter of the Year. Marsh holds a Master's Degree in Government with an emphasis in International Relations and Constitutional Rights, and earned a Master of Science degree in Education. Marsh's civic involvement has included being twice elected to the Cordova Park and Recreation District Board of Directors. He was also a member of the steering committee of the Crime Victims for Court Reform, in their successful efforts to remove anti-death penalty California Supreme Court Judge Rose Bird from office. He has also lectured with Michael Bernstam, Nobel Prize nominee, in arguing against the proposed nuclear freeze. Marsh believes a strong American military capability is necessary to safeguard American democracy.



Corporal Daniel Robles enlisted into the United States Marine Corps in June 1988 and served until June 1993, when he was honorably discharged. Prior to his enlistment, Cpl. Robles was attending Palomar Community College in San Marcos, CA, focusing on aviation meteorology, air traffic control course and general aviation. Early in his military career, he attended the Marine Corps Communication-Electronics School (MCCES) in Twentynine Palms, CA and graduated as a Field Radio Operator (2531). Upon entering the Fleet Marine Force, Cpl. Robles first assignment was 2nd Bn, 3rd Mar, H&S Co., Communications Platoon, on December 12, 1988, where he remained until December 1992. It was during this period that Cpl. Robles, earned numerous awards, which include the Navy Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Certificate of Commendation, Meritorious Mast (twice), Southwest Asia Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon (thrice), Good Conduct Medal, among other ribbons. After completing his service with 2nd, Bn, 3rd, Marines, in 1992, he was offered several career opportunities, but settled on working with Headquarters Squadron at Marine Corps Base Kaneohe Bay, HI, until his discharge from active duty.

Cpl. Robles now works as a Certified Clinical Research Professional at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, helping civilians and veterans diagnosed with prostate, bladder and kidney cancers.



Joseph W. Neff
Personal Data: Born in San Francisco, CA in 1944. Married for 47 years with two adult children.
Education: BA San Jose State 1967. MA Stanford University 1972.
Background: During his high school years, Joe found an athletic home in track. He qualified for the California Interscholastic State Championships in 1962. He finished third in the state in the mile. He has personal bests of 4:05 in the mile and 1:49.2 in the half mile. Joe received an athletic scholarship to San Jose State where he qualified for the NCAA track and cross country national championships. At one point, Joe led the nation in the half mile. Joe met his wife-to-be at San Jose State in 1965. They married in April of 1966. In March of 1968, Joe was accepted to the U.S. Marine Corps Officer Candidate School in Quantico. Joe went to OCS, The Basic School, and then Viet Nam. He was a rifle platoon leader and weapons platoon leader in Viet Nam. Upon return to the U.S., Joe became a Shore Party officer at Camp Lejeune, NC. He became a company commander just prior to his leaving active duty. Joe left active duty in 1971, and immediately joined the USMC Reserves. During the same period, he was accepted to Stanford University, eventually earning a Master’s Degree. As a reservist, Joe became a battery and company commander in the only reserve USMC HAWK missile unit. During his final three years in the reserves, he was a special projects officer at Camp Lejeune, NC. He retired from the United States Marine Corps Reserve with the rank of lieutenant colonel after a career that spanned 23 years.

Career: After a successful coaching career at Lodi High School and then Boise State University, at which his cross country team qualified for the national cross country championships, in 1980, Joe was selected as the men’s cross country and track coach at Sacramento State University. In addition to winning conference championships and being named being “Coach of the Year” several times, Joe was the head track coach at Sacramento State for the 2000 Olympic Trials, and several NCCA Championships.



Corporal Edward Lopez enlisted into the United States Marine Corps in 1969 and served until 1971, when he was Honorably Discharged serving with the 3rd Battalion 5th Marine Division. He served standby four more years in an Active Ready Reserve Status until 1975. His Military Occupational Specialty was an Administrative Man in charge of H&S, Delta and Charlie Companies in the Republic of Vietnam with the Naval Evacuation Field Hospital in Danang from 1969 to 1970. After his active duty discharge he completed two years of college and earned a degree in Communication Arts. Cpl Lopez was approached by the USMC Reservists to become a Warrant Officer at his home town USMC Reserve Facility in Pico Rivera, CA but declined the offer.

He worked at the Southern California Gas Company for 25 years, and held the Lead Graphic Designer position in the Graphics Department for 17 years. After relocating to Sacramento, he worked for Advertising Companies as a Designer in Sacramento and Stockton CA. Later he joined the Walgreens Photo Department when it switched to the Digital Format and taught managers and new incoming photo personnel within the regional stores until his retirement on November 11, 2011 (11/11/11 Veterans Day).


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