Two Young Marines awarded Jimmie Trimble Scholarships at American Veterans Center Honors Awards Banquet
Young Marines MGySgt Mary Wessell of Cleveland, OH, and Young Marines MSgt Nathan Baker of Atlanta, GA, are the recipients of the Young Marines’ Jimmie Trimble Scholarship Award which was presented at a black tie event on Saturday, Nov. 9, hosted by the American Veterans Center in Washington D.C.
The award is presented annually to one male and one female Young Marine who exemplify the fine qualities of James "Jimmie" Trimble III. Trimble was a star athlete who passed up the opportunity to play professional baseball to first serve his country in the Marines. He died on March 1, 1945, at Iwo Jima at the age of 19. With Trimble that terrible night was Don Mates, a close friend who is committed to ensuring Trimble’s legacy. At the Nov. 9th event, Mates presented the scholarships to Wessell and Baker.
Both scholarship winners are invited to travel to Guam and Iwo Jima March 14 – 21, 2014, for the Reunion of Honor which, in 2014, is the 69th anniversary of Iwo Jima. They will join the six division winners who will have been named “Young Marines of the Year;” the national Young Marine of the Year - SgtMaj Dakota Richter, 17, of Crestview Hills, KY; and Mike Kessler, national executive director and CEO of the Young Marines.
"Jimmie Trimble epitomized the fighting spirit of that generation of Americans,” Kessler said. “He gave up a life of professional baseball, because he was called upon to serve his country. We are grateful to the American Veterans Center for keeping his spirit alive and for allowing the Young Marines to play a key role in that effort. Our two recipients reflect the kind of spirit that Jimmie personified, and we are excited to be able to take them to Guam where Jimmie Trimble left such an impact."
YM MGySgt Mary Wessell
Young Marines Master Gunnery Sergeant Mary Ann Wessell belongs to the Ashtabula County Young Marines in Jefferson, OH. Wessell lives in Geneva, OH, with her parents Kenny and Judy Wessell and her two brothers, one of whom is a Private First Class in the Ohio Military Reserves. She attends Geneva High School.
She joined the Young Marines in 2008 when she was 12-years-old and in the 7th grade.
“Joining the Young Marine program was the best decision I’ve ever made,” she said. “Because of the Young Marines, I have become the citizen, leader and young woman who I am today. I would not trade the past five years in the Young Marines for anything.”
YM MSgt Nathan James Baker
Young Marines Master Sergeant Nathan James Baker belongs to the General Raymond G. Davis Young Marines unit of Metro Atlanta in Canton, GA, under the command of Mark Bennett. He attends Harrison High School in Kennesaw, Georgia. Baker is the son of Mary Ann and Steve Baker.
Baker joined the Young Marines in 7th grade when he was 12 years old. He says he had little confidence at the time.
“The skills that I have learned from the Young Marine program, particularly in leadership and management, are skills I will carry in whatever I do in my life,” he said. “I think the best part of being a Young Marine is to look back and see how you have grown as an individual and a leader.”
The Young Marines is a national non-profit 501c(3) youth education and service program for boys and girls, age eight through the completion of high school. The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral and physical development of its members. The program focuses on teaching the values of leadership, teamwork and self-discipline so its members can live and promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.
Since the Young Marines' humble beginnings in 1959 with one unit and a handful of boys, the organization has grown to over 300 units with 10,000 youth and 3,000 adult volunteers in 46 states, the District of Columbia, Germany, Japan and affiliates in a host of other countries.
For more information, visit the official website at: http://www.YoungMarines.com.
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