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US Marines Recognise Derry Museum

5th May 2014

The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation hosted its  33rd Annual Awards Dinner at the held on April 26 at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, in Triangle, Virginia, USA.  The awards are intended to recognize both Marines and civilian community members for exemplary work in advancing and preserving Marine Corps history.  The Colonel John H. Magruder Award (exhibits or displays) was presented to the "Base One Europe Museum Woodland Trails" located at the Beech Hill Country House Hotel , Londonderry, Northern Ireland. This small museum, created by a voluntary organization, The Beech Hill Association, tells the story of the US Naval Operating Base and US Marine Corps in Derry, Northern Ireland from 1941-45.

In the attached photo, from left to right: SgtMaj Micheal Barrett, Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps; General Walter Boomer, former Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation; Mark Lusby, Base One Europe Museum at Beech Hill; General James F. Amos, 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps; LtGen Robert R. Blackman, Jr., president and CEO of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation.