Awards and retirement parade slated for today at 3 p.m.
Base and Division will hold a joint awards and retirement parade a 3 p.m. this afternoon at the 11 Area parade field located in front of 1st MarDiv. Headquarters, Bldg. 1133.
Highlighting the ceremony will be the retirement of BrigGen. Leonard E. Fribourg, Acting Base Commander, with more than 30 years active service. Gen. Fribourg will receive the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service in his dual primary duties as Deputy Commander, MCBs, Pacific and CG, MCB, Camp Butler, Okinawa, Japan from September 1972 to June 1974.
Assistant Chief of Staff, Logistic and Supply Services, MCB, Col. Herbert C. Reed will also transfer to the retired list after more than 30 years active service. Col. Reed will reside with his wife in Oceanside.
Olympic Gold Medal Winner, LtCol. William W. McMillan, Jr., will transfer to the retired list after more than 26 years active service. The renown small arms champion will also receive the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service as one of the foremost authorities and experts in the Marine Corps on small arms and marksmanship as well as a nationally and internationally acclaimed rifle and pistol champion.
LtCol. McMillan participated in five Olympic games winning a Gold Medal in 1960. He also won the World Pistol Championship at Moscow in 1958, and has won the Marine Corps Rifle and Pistol Aggregate Lauchheimer Trophy five times. He will reside with his wife, two sons and daughter in Carlsbad.
The Meritorious Service Medal will be presented to LtCol. Eugene R. Puckett for outstanding meritorious service while serving as Force Operations and Supply Officer, G-4 Section, I MAF here from March 3, 1972 until his retirement today. He transfers to the retired list after more than 30 years of active service. LtCol. Puckett will reside with his wife and daughter in San Diego.
GySgt. Baily R. Hambrick transfers to the Fleet Marine Corps Reserve after 20 years active service and will reside in Vista with his wife and daughter.
Sgt. Kent L. Edwards will receive the Navy Achievement Medal with Combat "V" for professional achievement as sergeant of the guard and squad leader while attached to the Marine Detachment embarked on the USS OKLAHOMA CITY from March 6, 1972 to February 17, 1974 during combat operations.
The Pendleton Scout, Thursday, June 27, 1974
Top Marine Marksman W. W. McMillan Retires
CAMP PENDLETON - "I can't recall the number of thrills you have given me over the years. The accomplishments you have made in small arms marksmanship and team shooting is just amazing. You are truly a legend in your time and the Marine Corps will miss you."
These were the words spoken by Major General Kenneth J. Houghton, Commanding General, 1st Marine Division, during the retirement ceremony of Lieutenant Colonel William W. McMillan, Jr., a five-time Olympic games' participant and 1960 Gold Medal winner.
LtCol. McMillan retired after 26 years of active service June 27 and was awarded the Legion of Merit as one of the foremost authorities and experts in the Marine Corps on small arms and marksmanship as well as a nationally and internationally acclaimed rifle and pistol champion.
The colonel was personally responsible for the development and supervision of procedures designed to improve the accuracy of the .45 caliber pistol and the M-14 rifle.
"Winning the Gold Medal was the most memorable event in my life," commented LtCol. McMillan.
"Myself, a Russian and a Finnish shooter tied in the rapid-fire pistol competition. At the end of the actual course of fire, we re-shot the entire course and I topped the runner-up by five points to win the medal."
Prior to the Gold Medal win, McMillan won the World Pistol Championship at Moscow, Russia in 1958 and is an unprecedented five-time winner of the coveted Marine Corps Rifle and Pistol Aggregate Lauchheimer Trophy.
McMillan enlisted in the Marine Corps July, 1946 at Pittsburgh, Pa., and completed recruit training at Parris Island, S.C. His first assignment was as a guard at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and later as rifle coach at Marine Corps Schools, Quantico, Va.
In 1952 as a staff sergeant, McMillan was transferred to Korea where he took part in combat as an anti-tank assault infantry unit leader with Weapons Company 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division.
McMillan was selected for commissioned rank, and was promoted to second lieutenant on March 3, 1953, on his return to the United States.
During the next three years, he was stationed at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C., and served as Range Officer and later as a recruit company commander. From 1956 to 1959, he served as a marksmanship instructor at the Marksmanship Training Unit, Camp Matthews, San Diego, Ca.
Ordered to Quantico, Va., in December as a Captain, McMillan completed the Ordnance Officer Course, then remained at Quantico as Officer in Charge of the Calvin A. Lloyd Rifle Range.
Following his assignment at Quantico, he was transferred to the 3d Marine Division, where he served as Pistol Range Officer, Division Schools.
He was promoted to major in July, 1965, and the following September, assumed duty as Chief Range Officer and Battalion Executive Officer of Edson Range, Camp Pendleton.
LtCol. McMillan was promoted to his present rank in October, 1968, and served from November of that year until November, 1969 in the Republic of Vietnam as Assistant Ordnance Officer, Third Marine Amphibious Force. While there he earned the Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V."
Prior to his assignment here in 1973, LtCol. McMillan served as Commanding Officer, Weapons Training Battalion, Marine Corps Development and Education Command, Quantico.
Other of McMillan's shooting awards include the Distinguished International Shooter Badge as a member of the United States Team which placed second in International Shooting Union Competitions at Cairo, Egypt in 1962; United States Rapid Fire Pistol Champ, 1964; and the Silver National Trophy Individual Pistol Match Medal, 1965.
McMillan and his wife, the former Mary Beth Van Scoyoc of Pennsylvania, and their three children, William (18), Matthew (10), and Karen (15) will reside in Carlsbad, Ca.
"I intend to look for a job as a small arms instructor for a local law enforcement agency," related McMillan.
June 27, 1974
MCB Camp Pendleton, California
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