Save the Date: Semper Fidelis Awards Dinner 19 March 2022 with GoH H.C. “Barney” Barnum, Jr. Colonel of Marines (Ret)

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Save the Date! 2022 Semper Fidelis Award Ceremony and Dinner,
Guest of Honor Col H.C. “Barney” Barnum, Jr., USMC (Ret)

H.C. “Barney” Barnum, Jr., USMC (Ret); 2022 Semper Fidelis Award Recipient

Save the Date!! March 19, 2022

Planning is underway for the 2022 Semper Fidelis Award Ceremony and Dinner. We expect approximately 300-500 guests to attend the Black-Tie Dinner. The anticipated guests include:  The Foundation’s Trustees, Military Guests of Honor, former Commandants of the Marine Corps, U. S. Department of Defense officials, much of the Washington area Marine Corps senior leadership, members of Congress, and many leaders from the private sector.

The prestigious Semper Fidelis Award is presented annually by The Marine Corps University Foundation to noteworthy Americans.

The Marine Corps University Foundation is proud to announce the recipient of the 2021 Semper Fidelis Award is Medal of Honor Recipient and Vietnam Veteran H.C. “Barney” Barnum, Jr. Colonel of Marines (Ret).

Colonel Harvey C. Barnum, Jr., USMC (Ret) dedicated his life to the Corps and his service to his country.  He retired on August 1, 1989, after more than 27 years of service.  Along with a distinguished career, he served two combat tours in Vietnam, the second after he had already been awarded his Nation’s highest award for military valor.  Two weeks into his first tour of combat duty, on December 18, 1965, (then) Lieutenant Harvey Barnum proved his courage and leadership abilities in a moment of great crisis, becoming the fourth United States Marine of the Vietnam War to receive the Medal of Honor.

In 1985, the Marine Corps University Foundation, then the Marine Corps Command and Staff College Foundation, presented its first Semper Fidelis Award.  Every year since then, the Foundation has recognized a distinguished American leader whose commitment to personal and professional excellence embodies those qualities of leadership and character uniquely associated with the United States Marine Corps.

Past recipients include Presidents George H.W. and George W. Bush; Clint Eastwood, George Will, General James Mattis, the Honorable Antonin Scalia and Mr. Ted Williams.

See the list of former Semper Fidelis Award Recipients.

Events like the Semper Fidelis Award Dinner and Black-Tie Gala help support the Professional Military Education of Marines around the world.  You can make a difference in the lives of active duty Marines!

Please contact the Foundation’s Director of Events, Ms. Mattrice Williamson if you wish to attend he Semper Fidelis Dinner on March 19th, or future events.  She may be reached at (703) 640-6835 or by email.

The Marine Corps University Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that relies on tax deductible gifts, is the only Marine Corps charity solely dedicated to supporting the Professional Military Education (PME) of Officer and Enlisted Marines at the Marine Corps University and throughout the Operating Forces. Special events, such as the Semper Fidelis Award Ceremony and Dinner provide funding that supports Marine Leaders and their Professional Military Education worldwide.  The University leadership’s vision has been twofold – to prepare Marines at all levels to address complex security challenges in a rapidly transforming world through an unparalleled education in security and warfighting studies, and to groom the next generation of decision makers within the Marine Corps, government, and the private sector, equipping them with the critical thinking skills that will enable them to achieve success in any number of career paths. The Foundation relies on tax-exempt contributions from our Semper Fidelis Award Ceremony and Dinner, and those who support Marine Corps causes, including Corporate Members, Marine friends, former Marines helping Marines and donations in memory or in honor of someone special. We are grateful for your tax-deductible donation to support the Professional Military Education of active duty and reserve Marines. Semper Fi!