2024 Semper Fidelis Award Dinner Postponded until Spring 2025


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

Col Barnum and The President's Own Marine Band
Colonel Harvey C. “Barney” Barnum, Jr., USMC (Ret) supported by The President’s Own United States Marine Band


2022 Semper Fidelis Award Ceremony and Dinner held on March 19, 2022

On March 19, 2022, the Marine Corps University Foundation honored Colonel Harvey “Barney” Barnum, Jr., USMC (Ret) an American hero and Medal of Honor recipient at our annual Semper Fidelis Award Dinner and Black-Tie Gala.  We were back in full swing after two long years of canceled events due to a Global Pandemic. It was exciting to have everyone back under one roof all dressed up and ready to celebrate an American Hero for his outstanding leadership and heroism and overall contributions to our nation.

USMC Generals at 2022 smile at Semper Fidelis Dinner
Honoree Col Barney Barnum receives the 2022 Semper Fidelis Award from LtGen Richard P. Mills, USMC (Ret), and the evening’s Military Guest of Honor the 38th Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen David H. Berger, USMC.

The Semper Fidelis Award Dinner and Gala was held at the Ritz-Carlton in Pentagon City.  Celebrating with Col Harvey “Barney” Barnum, Jr., USMC (Ret) was his wife, Martha, and his family.  He humbly yet passionately spoke about those Marines and Sailors he led when his company was suddenly hit by a hail of enemy fire in Vietnam. Lt. Barnum quickly made a hazardous reconnaissance of the area, seeking targets for his artillery. For his true act of heroism and bravery Col Barnum was award the Medal of Honor and continued to serve our great nation until his retirement from the DoD as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Reserve Affairs in 2008.

USMC Generals at 2022 Semper Fidelis Dinner
Distinguished guests, from L-R: MajGen Jason Q. Bohm, USMC – CG, MCRC, LtGen Kevin M. Iiams, USMC – CG, TECOM, and BGen Matthew S. Reid, USMC – Deputy CG, TECOM

Our guests were in awe of the tremendous valor, strength, and patriotism of Col Barnum. It was a privilege and honor to present him with the prestigious Semper Fidelis Award presented annually by The Marine Corps University Foundation to noteworthy Americans.

CSC Students at 2022 Semper Fidelis Dinner
The Marine Corps University Command and Staff Director, Col Brad Tippett and CSC students attended the award dinner to honor Col Barnum, USMC (Ret).

Past recipients include Presidents George H.W. and George W. Bush; Clint Eastwood, Honorable Colin L. Powell, General James Mattis, the Honorable Antonin Scalia and Mr. Ted Williams just to name a few.  See the list of former Semper Fidelis Award Recipients.


The family of 2022 Semper Fidelis Guest of Honor Barney Barnum gather round the table
Col Barnum was honored that evening in the presence of his wife, Mrs. Martha Hill (seated right of GOH, Col Barnum, USMC (Ret), Mr. and Mrs. Hank Barnum (brother and sister-in-law), Ms. Hope Hill (granddaughter), Mr. Michael Hill (son), and Ms. Cindy Dwyer (friend).

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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!