' James Charles Winery & Vineyard - Marine Corps Birthday Ball | November 11, 2017

USMC 242nd Birthday Ball | November 11, 2017

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Dinner & Dancing 

Catered and Paired with JCW Wine

This event is open to United States Marines, past or present, and their guests. A semi-formal dinner will be followed by the cutting of the cake, dancing and cash bar.



Happy 242nd Birthday!

Semper Fi!

James Charles Bogaty, a US Marine and this winery's namesake, invites you to celebrate the 241st birthday of the Marine Corps!



Time & Place

November 11, 2017 | 7:00 - 11:00 PM 

The Salon @ James Charles Winery

4063 Middle Rd | Winchester, Virginia



This event is not-for-profit - all proceeds will benefit Toys for Tots, and other organizations that benefit US military veterans. There will be a Toys for Tots collection box at the winery.

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LtGen Norman Smith

Keynote Speaker

LtGen Smith entered the Marine Corps in 1955 and as a lieutenant and captain was a company commander in the 1st and 2d Marine Divisions, served in several staff positions, was the executive officer of the Marine Detachment aboard the USS Hancock (CVA-19), served in the Marine Barracks, US Naval Station, Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico and was the senior advisor to a Vietnamese Army infantry battalion.

As a major and lieutenant colonel LtGen Smith served in the NROTC Unit at The Ohio State University, was the executive officer of 3/1 in Vietnam and upon redeployment to the US became the commanding officer.  He also served as the Assistant Director of the Marine Corps Physical Fitness Academy at Quantico before becoming the Inspector-Instructor of 3/25, USMCR in Cleveland.  Duty in Plans Division of Headquarters, Marine Corps, Washington DC followed promotion to colonel where he served as the Assistant Director  of Plans Division before going to Italy as the Fleet Marine Officer of the 6th Fleet.  In this billet he was promoted to brigadier general and then became the Assistant Division Commander of the 2d Marine Division and later CG of the 4th Marine Brigade.  Next he was assigned as the  Assistant Operations Officer to Allied Forces North, a NATO assignment in Norway.  Upon promotion to major general he became the Plans Officer and Chief of Staff for the Atlantic Command in Norfolk.  In 1987 he became the CG, III Marine Expeditionary Force, 3d Marine Division and Marine Corps Bases Japan and was promoted to lieutenant general.

In 1989, he returned to Headquarters Marine Corps in Washington, DC as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower and Reserve Affairs until his retirement 1 August 1991.

LtGen Smith attended the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, graduating with honors and was a distinguished graduate of the Air War College.

LtGen Smith's service decorations are:  Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (2 awards), Bronze Star Medal with combat "V" (2 awards), Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit Citation, Meritorious Unit Citation, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with silver star, Order of the Rising Sun with Gold Rays (Japan) and various Vietnamese and other campaign medals and ribbons.

Since 2012 LtGen Smith has served as the President and CEO of the Iwo Jima Association of America.


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