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Please donate $5.oo for the WV - Beirut Memorial Monument!

https://www.gofundme.com/beirut-memorial

Thank you Mountaineer Detachment 957 - Princeton, WV for honoring our WV Military that were killed in The Beirut Bombing.



Nothing is more humbling than receiving a positive response from the Vice President of the Unites States regarding my children’s book:  PATRIOT PUP, which honors my brother, USMC Sgt. Mecot Camara. He was one of the two hundred forty-one victims taken from us on October 23, 1983 (The Beirut Bombing).





PATRIOT PUP BOOK LAUNCH FEB 26TH IN FLORIDA AND MARCH 5TH IN WV!  

Details on American Brother FB Page!















Today, December 28th,  is Mecot's 55th Birthday.  Rest in Peace My Big Brother.  You are Loved and Missed by Many.





PRAYERS FOR THE PEOPLE OF FRANCE.  WE STAND UNITED WITH YOU.


http://www.fox35orlando.com/fast-five/50019716-story











HAPPY 240TH BIRTHDAY UNITED STATES MARINES! SEMPER FIDELIS AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AND DEDICATION TO OUR COUNTRY!







MAKE YOUR RESERVATION NOW FOR:

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH AT 8:30 AM!

Hope to see you for the CENTRAL FLORIDA CHAPTER 1ST MARINE DIVISION ASSOCIATION BIRTHDAY BREAKFAST! 

The speaker is retired USMC Colonel Robert C Springer, Test Pilot and NASA Astronaut.

PLEASE SHARE THIS FLYER WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND FELLOW MARINES!




https://www.dvidshub.net/unit/MCB-CL-COMCAM

PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT AND WATCH MRS. STELPFLUG AND THE MAJOR GENERAL.  THEIR SPEECHES ARE THE MOST MOVING SPEECHES YOU MAY EVER LISTEN TO!




































If you've read American Brother and liked it - would you take a moment to write a quick review on Amazon. com? Thank you for your love & support!


CHECK OUT THE LATEST  FROM THE BEIRUT - GRENADA VETERAN'S GET TOGETHER!  SO BLESSED TO SPEND THE EVENING WITH MY BROTHER'S US MARINE CORP BROTHERS THAT HE SERVED WITH... SEMPER FIDELIS!  09/28/2015


HUMBLED AND HONORED TO SUPPORT BASE CAMP ( BELIEVE - ACHIEVE - SUPPORT -EDUCATE)  by donating American Brother gift baskets benefiting CHILDREN'S CANCER FOUNDATION.  Go to www.basecamp.org for details how you can donate too!

http://www.basecamp.org/

Thank you JIM WEINBERG, 1st Marine Division Association, Sgt. at Arms and JEFF HUGHEY for the gift basket ideas and creations!


























IF YOU ARE A BEIRUT - GRENADA VETERAN ~ PLEASE JOIN US ON SEPTEMBER 26TH IN CENTRAL FLORIDA

















HAPPY 4TH OF JULY! Please read one of Mecot's last letters - he writes about the importance  of 4th of July.    









Just found Mecot's HS Football Jersey
What a treasure - Will cherish always!








2015 EVENTS

June 9th:  Visit to University of Central Florida PTSD Program:  UCF Restores. 
What a great visit!  This is a University Center For Research and Treatment on Response to Extreme Stressors.
If you need help, PLEASE CALL THE NUMBER LISTED ON THE BROCHURE 
AND / OR IF YOU'D LIKE TO FUND THIS RESEARCH PROGRAM.
















May 6th:  Speaking and Book Signing with the Avalon Rotary Club of Orlando
Like and Share FB Page:  
ROTARY CLUB OF AVALON PARK

May 3rd:  Tail of the Gecko Motorcycle Ride to support the charity SERVICE DOGS FOR SOLDIERS.ORG
www.servicedogsforsoldiers.org

Sponsored by MFC MC Hillsborough County















Heart2Heart Event a huge success!  Thanks Game Plan Media.  If you are a VET suffering from PTSD or know one that is, please contact UCF RESTORES:
1-855-389-3899























ORDER YOUR SIGNED COPY TODAY! 
CLINK ON LINK TO WEB STORE  
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31st ANNIVERSARY BEIRUT MEMORIAL CEREMONY
ELISA'S SPEECH:

HTTPS://www.dvidshub.net/video/368760/31st-annual-beirut-memorial-observance-ceremony#.VEl-OrktCpo
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LOOKING BACK ON 2014

Wreaths Across American
w/ MFC Motorcycle Club
(12-14)

































Veteran's Day (11-14) at The Academy of Learning: Debut of Patriot Pup




































































Marine Corps Birthday 11-14

 































Fence Dedication 3-14



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 EVENT PHOTOS

31st Annual Beirut Memorial
10-23-14




















































































MFC BREVARD MOTORCYCLE CLUB CHARITY POKER RUN









































FALL VETERAN'S MEMORIAL 
MENTOR, OHIO





































Mecot's Highway Dedication















































































































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Second Marine Division Association & Eighth Marine Chapter Annual Reunion
& Change of Command

















































































































































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THE AMERICAN LEGION - DEPT. OF FLORIDA 96TH ANNUAL DEPT. CONVENTION




















































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M F C MOTORCYCLE CLUB / JOSH CHARITY EVENT


































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DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS OFFICER INSTALLATION




























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HONORED & HUMBLED TO SPEND TIME W/ CLEBE MCCLARY:  
AUTHOR OF 
LIVING PROOF




If you haven't read his book or heard him speak - you are really missing out!









Check out his website below:

http://www.clebemcclary.com

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ANOTHER EXCELLENT READ IF YOU'RE INTO SELF HELP / MOTIVATIONAL BOOKS
THEN... THIS  ONE IS JUST FOR YOU!

IT'S WRITTEN BY BEIRUT VETERAN, KEVIN JIGGETTS:

STOP YOUR F#CKING WHINING!





Check out his website below:

http://stopyourfckingwhining.com/

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WV LEGISLATORS JUST PASSED RESOLUTION NO. 50:  
USMC SGT. MECOT E. CAMARA MEMORIAL HIGHWAY
NO LONGER A DREAM - IT'S A REALITY!
THANK YOU SO MUCH


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My Big Brother:
Sgt. Mecot E. Camara








Mecot's Story: AMERICAN BROTHER


















BBC ARTICLE:  BEIRUT BOMBING... LET US NEVER FORGET

(Click Link Below)

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BOOK LAUNCH SPEECH 9-28-13

AMERICAN BROTHER SPEECH 5-27-13 

Please check out the American Brother FB Page:  "Like" & "Share"
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ABOUT AMERICAN BROTHER
 
A moving tribute to those currently serving or have served in our military, most especially Sgt. Mecot E. Camara, this is the inspiring true story of Sgt. Camara as seen through the eyes of his younger sister.
 
The memoir is set in a small town nestled in the mountains of West Virginia and transpires to the unsettled region of Beirut, Lebanon.  This remarkable, riveting life story chronicles Sgt. Camara’s  experiences from growing up with his childhood comrades and their escapades to the everlasting romance with his high school sweetheart and, lastly, to his enduring  passion and brotherhood for the US Marine Corp.
 
Packed with adventure, action and intrigue it is an incredible journey remembering…that sometimes the ordinary, all-American small-town boy is an extraordinary all- American warrior.
 
And for Sgt. Camara’s younger sister, this book recognizes and confirms that courage, respect and selflessness shall not be forgotten.

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On Oct. 23, "the largest non-nuclear blast ever detonated on the face of the earth" leveled 1/8s headquarters.  Stunned survivors thought they had been hit by tactical nuclear weapons. Moans from within the rubble heap gave the impression that "the ground was crying."  The death toll shocked the U.S.:  220 Marines, 18 Sailors and three soldiers.  More than 100 were wounded.  THIS WAS THE HIGHEST LOSS OF LIFE FOR THE MARINE CORPS IN A SINGLE DAY SINCE D-DAY ON IWO JIMA IN 1945.  (VFW Magazine - October 2013 Issue)

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MECOT WAS INCREDIBLY SPECIAL BECAUSE:


American Brother is an American love story. It’s a story of a young Marine’s love of God, Country, Corps, and Family. It’s also a story of a little sister’s love for her big brother. The author, Elisa Camara, puts Hinton, WV on the map, her only brother, Sgt. Mecot Camara, in our hearts, and the Beirut bombing in our collective conscience. 

I always knew Mecot was squared away. Now I know why. Whether defending his sister’s honor in high school or his nation’s interests in the Middle East, the reader catches the essence of the making of Mecot. Born of a Filipino-American father and an all-American mother from Kentucky, Mecot matured beyond his years. From the football field of Hinton to the battlefield of Beirut, Mecot was a leader.

Mecot and his Marines were attached to my unit, Charlie Company 1/8, for much of our tour in Beirut. As the late Captain Michael Haskell noted, “Sgt. Camara’s section has been an integral part of Co. C’s performance at two of its most vital, visible, and tactically significant areas. Of particular note were Sgt. Camara’s performance and demonstrated courage, presence of mind, tactical proficiency, and leadership during several occasions when his section’s positions were subjected to intense direct and indirect fire.” Glorious praise from a Marine (Mustang) Officer held in high esteem.

Ironically, Mecot was sharp enough to follow in Captain Haskell’s combat boots and become a Drill Instructor and even an Officer. Mecot caught on quickly and picked up rank even quicker. In Beirut, he kept his men busy fortifying their positions and reinforcing our patrols. I regret not getting to know him on a more personal level, but feel I do now thanks to American Brother.

In the bitter end, Mecot died the way he lived: fighting to hold on, surrounded by Marines, humbly, and heroically. He left behind a young wife, infant son, and a legacy. After the bombing, Marine Corps Commandant General P.X. Kelley asked, “Lord, where do we get such men?” American Brother answers this question: they came in peace from families like the Camara’s and places like Hinton. 

Elisa ends her journey where Mecot began his: Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, SC where, “Through this portal pass prospects for the world’s finest fighting force: United States Marine Corps." She seems to find solace in knowing that the cause her big brother believed in and died for marches on. By honoring her “American Brother” Elisa pays tribute to all who have entered that portal and earned the title.

No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. ~ John 15:13 NABRE.

Elisa’s love of Mecot is as close as it gets.




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- US Marine SSGt. Levi Deniston writes:  

Based on what I see on his Proficiency and Conduct Marks and Fitness Reports and the comments from his leadership that they had to say about him, and the fact he picked up Sgt within 3 years, which in the infantry is NOT an easy accomplishment....ABSOLUTELY!!! I know a good Marine when I see/read about one. I know, as you said, he would have accomplished even more great things in the Corps. I could have EASILY seen him have becoming a Sergeant Major. that's the highest rank you can acheive as an enlisted Marine. It's very competitive to get, but I mean that, for real.

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WV DELEGATE JOHN O'NEAL, ONE OF MECOT'S CLOSE FRIENDS FROM HINTON,  SPEECHES / REMARKS ABOUT MECOT AND OUR FAMILY (from Memorial Day 2013):
 
American Brother
By John David O’Neal IV
 
At a time when only about one percent of the American people bear the burden of our defense, many Americans do not have a personal connection to anyone that has served in our armed forces. Some enjoy certain holidays throughout the year- Memorial Day, Independence Day, Veterans Day- without understanding their significance.
In West Virginia, many of us have loved ones that have served. West Virginians are a patriotic people; we have one of the highest percentages of volunteers and veterans among all of the states in the nation. They are heroes, each and every one.
Today, we remember one volunteer who gave America the most precious thing he had – “the last full measure of devotion.”  And because of his sacrifice, and countless others in our history, we remain a free and prosperous nation, the greatest in the world. 
Today we celebrate the life and service of Mecot Camara. Raised in Hinton in Summers County, Mecot was the son of an immigrant father and an American mother. The story of Mecot’s life would be incomplete without mentioning his parents.
Prudencio Camara was born in the Philippines, one of fourteen children. He came to America looking for a better life for his family. He worked hard and pursued the American dream. He and his wife Jean found it. They settled their family in Hinton in 1963, where he established a medical practice, eventually becoming Chief of Staff at Summers County Hospital.
My first experience with the Camara family was early in life, literally at birth. Dr. Camara brought me into this world. I am told that I was his first baby delivery, though not his last. Even though Dr. Camara was not an obstetrician, such is the life of a small town doctor.
Dr. and Mrs. Camara were active volunteers in our community and their church. They were generous with their time and resources. They were pillars of the community. Dr. Camara served on the Summers County Board of Education, and was selected as an Elks Club Man of the Year.
Threase, Mecot, and Elisa were their children. They attended the local public schools, and were well liked and involved in many activities. They were typical American kids.
Mecot loved to hunt and fish, and he loved playing football and baseball. He was a great friend, teammate, and leader. He loved this country. Upon graduating high school, Mecot enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. His family and community were proud.
In the fall of 1983 Sergeant Mecot Camara was one of 241 American servicemen killed, along with 56 French soldiers, in Beirut, Lebanon by a suicide bomber from Islamic Jihad, later known as Hezbollah. He left behind a young widow, and a son that bears his name. He gave his life for the country he loved. His family, friends, and community miss him dearly.
The story of Mecot Camara is one that has been told throughout our history– from our earliest days, when a small group of revolutionaries stood up to an Empire, through a Civil War, World Wars, battles against fascism, communism, tyrants and dictators, to our struggles today against Violent Islamic Extremists.
Each time a threat has risen against us, Americans have responded.  Because of that courage to fight, and even die, the United States of America endures.
President Ronald Reagan in 1989 in his farewell speech to the nation described America as a “shining city on a hill”, a beacon to the peoples of the world yearning for freedom. He said:
“...I've spoken of the shining city all my political life, but I don't know if I ever quite communicated what I saw when I said it. But in my mind it was a tall proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, wind-swept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace, a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity, and if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here.”
We are glad that our ancestors had the will and the heart to get here. And we are glad that Prudencio Camera did as well. Our lives are richer and more blessed because of the influence of his family.
As we enjoy our families and our freedoms today, let’s pause for a moment to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. And let us never forget our American Brother, Mecot Camara.
Thank you. God bless you. And God bless the United States of America.

Delegate John David O’Neal (R-Raleigh) serves in the West Virginia Legislature, representing Raleigh, Summers, and Monroe Counties. He lives in Beckley with his wife Cheryl, and their five children.



What is Memorial Day?
By John David O’Neal IV
 
Today we celebrate Memorial Day. It’s the start of summer– a chance to spend time with family and friends, perhaps a cookout or a mini vacation with the family. Some will visit the graves of loved ones; others may attend a parade or special service. But, what is this day that we celebrate, Memorial Day?
At a time when only about one percent of the American people bear the burden of our defense, many of us do not have a connection to anyone that has served in our armed forces. We may enjoy certain holidays throughout the year- Memorial Day, Independence Day, Veterans Day- without understanding their significance.
The holiday that we celebrate today began with an annual practice of visiting the graves of Civil War dead in the 1860’s. It turned into an official holiday known as Decoration Day, which was celebrated in all of the states by 1890. Decoration Day gradually came to be known as Memorial Day, and evolved to commemorate all American military personnel who had died in service to our country.

For decades, Memorial Day was observed on May 30, which was the date of the first Decoration Day. But in 1971 Memorial Day was established as a federal holiday on the last Monday in May in order to create a three-day weekend for federal employees.

We should honor our veterans throughout the year; they are heroes, each and every one. But today, Memorial Day, we remember specifically those who gave America the most precious thing they had – “the last full measure of devotion.”  And because of their sacrifice, we became and remain a free and prosperous nation, the greatest in the world. 
On a personal note, we are proud of our relatives that have served honorably in the military. Our family is fortunate in that we have not lost a loved one in military service, but we do have a dear friend that gave his life for our country nearly thirty years ago.
Mecot Camara was an all-American boy. Raised in Hinton in Summers County, he was the son of an immigrant father from the Philippines, and an American mother. Mecot’s father, Dr. Prudencio Camara, settled his family in Hinton in 1963, where he established a medical practice, eventually becoming Chief of Staff at Summers County Hospital. Dr. Camara is the doctor that brought me into this world, his first baby delivery, even though he was not an OBGYN. (Such is the life of a small town doctor). He also served on the Summers County Board of Education, and was selected as an Elks Club Man of the Year.
Dr. Camara is a great American immigrant success story. One of fourteen children, he came to America looking for a better life for his family. He worked hard and pursued the American dream. He and his wife Jean found it.
The family became Americans, not hyphenated Americans. They were active volunteers in community and church service, generous with their time and resources. They became pillars of the community. Threase, Mecot, and Elisa were their children. They attended the local public schools, were well liked and involved in many activities. They were typical American kids.
Mecot loved to hunt and fish, and he loved playing football and baseball. He was a great friend, teammate, and leader. He loved this country. Upon graduating high school, Mecot enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. His family and community were incredibly proud.
In the fall of 1983 Sergeant Mecot Camara was one of 241 American servicemen killed, along with 56 French soldiers, in Beirut, Lebanon by a suicide bomber from Islamic Jihad, later known as Hezbollah. He left behind a young widow, and an infant son that bears his name. He gave his life for the country he loved. His family, friends, and community miss him dearly.
The story of Mecot Camara is one that has been told throughout our history– from our earliest days, when a small group of revolutionaries stood up to an Empire, through a Civil War, World Wars, battles against fascism, communism, tyrants and dictators, to our struggles today against Violent Islamic Extremists.
Each time a threat has risen against us, Americans have responded.  Because of that courage to fight, and even die, the United States of America endures.
So, as we enjoy our families and fire up the grill today, let’s pause for a moment to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice to keep the torch of liberty burning brightly for all Americans.
Happy Memorial Day, and God bless the USA!

Delegate John David O’Neal (R-Raleigh) serves in the West Virginia Legislature, representing Raleigh, Summers, and Monroe Counties. He lives in Beckley with his wife Cheryl, and their five children.
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My favorite nephew. The best of the best!!!!.He loves his country and gave up his life for all of us.
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Dale Garner Hell'va man and Marine!!!! Semper Fi Mecot

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