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ville, N.Y., and his grandparents, Philip and Roma Murray of Alexandria, Va.

Hagerman, assigned to the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Camp Pendleton, Calif., competed with journalists from the Army, Navy and Air Force for the coveted award in the Thomas Jefferson Awards Program. According to contest sponsors, Hagerman is the first Marine to win in the print competition at this level in at least 10 years. The competition is sponsored by the American Forces Information Service. To compete at the DOD level, he first had to be selected as the Marine Corps Print Journalist of the Year. In February 1997, Hagerman reported .£ to the I Marine Expeditionary Force, D. :s Camp Pendleton, where he wrote for the ::;: ci weekly newspaper, The Scout. In No~ vember 1997, he was reassigned to the ~ 13th MEU. Among his writings were 8- accounts of the unit's activities in Op-.J eration Southern Watch over the no-fly HM1 Danilo Dabu of the General Surgery Clinic at the Naval Hospital, Twentynine zone of southern Iraq in December of
Palms, Calif" stood near one of the murals he painted in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Hospital Corps.

"Without hesitation Sergeant Marone took control and was thinking of everyone but himself," said Lance Corporal Cassidy P. Welch, an MP, who was also in the building when the fire broke out. "It was a singular action by a single person, and the approach he took represents the Marine Corps' finest."
Sgt Melinda Weathers PAO, Camp H. M. Smith, Hawaii

Patients Can Now View History
• Two murals depicting U.S. Navy Hospital Corps history were unveiled at Naval Hospital, Twentynine Palms, Calif., July 2, in a ceremony marking the lOOth birthday of the Navy's Hospital Corps. At the unveiling ceremony, Hospitalman First Class Danilo Dabu of the General Surgery Clinic was presented a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for his artistic efforts by Captain R. S. Kayler, MSC, USN, commanding officer of the Naval Hospital. Dabu painted the murals between duties at the busy base clinic and during his off-duty time. The murals were created after Lieutenant Junior Grade Dawn E. McGowan saw an album of Dabu's work and asked if he would like to paint a mural for the hospital. Dabu accepted the job and began creating the idea for the mural based on his own experiences as a corpsman. After sketching it out on paper, he then

sketched it on the wall and painted it in less than a month. Dabu painted black-and-white reproductions of historical photographs of Navy medical personnel dating back to 1888, along with depictions of corpsmen performing their jobs in today's Navy. The modern corpsmen shown in the mural were modeled after current hospital staff members. Dabu was recruited into the Navy by his cousin in San Diego on Dec. 18, 1988. He was already an accomplished artist, having graduated from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, the Philippines, with a bachelor of fine arts degree in 1976. He also worked at the Massachusetts College of Arts in 1984 as a muralist and sign painter and earned an M.A. while there. Dabu then worked at the New Kensington Art Institute as an assistant art instructor before joining the Navy.
Dan Barber and LCpl Anne D. Murphy MCAGCC, Twentynine Palms, Calif.

that year. He also covered Exercise Eager Mace 98-1 in Kuwait. "The funny thing about this whole experience is that I never submitted my work for the competition," said Hagerman. "I was sitting on a ship in the middle of the Persian Gulf when I got word that lowed another Marine back at Camp Pendleton lunch for putting a [submission] package together for me. I never thought I'd win at the Marine Corps level, and to win the 'big one' is beyond belief." After the ceremony, Hagerman and his family met with Commandant of the Marine Corps General Charles C. Krulak, received a VIP tour of the Pentagon and dined with members of the Marine Corps Public Affairs Division.
Division of Public Affairs HOMC, Washington, D.C.

Marine Corps War Memorial Sculptor Honored
• A persistent rain tried but could not dampen the determination of Marines to honor the creator of the Marine Corps War Memorial during a recent Sunset Parade in Arlington, Va. Marines from Marine Barracks, Washington perform their famous Sunset Parade in front of the memorial every Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. during the summer months. Dr. Felix W. de Weldon, 91, was escorted to the reviewing stands on the grounds of the memorial under a squad of protective "dress blue" umbrellas. There, the
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Marine Correspondent Named DOD Journalist Of The Year
• Marine Corps combat correspondent Corporal Matthew T. Hagerman was recently recognized in a Pentagon ceremony as the Department of Defense Print Journalist of the Year. Attending the ceremony were his parents, Robert L. and Cynthia M. Hagerman of Williams-

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HM1 Danilo Dabu of the General Surgery Clinic at the Naval Hospital, Twentynine Palms, Calif., stood near one of the murals he painted in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Hospital Corps.

"Without hesitation Sergeant Marone took control and was thinking of everyone but himself," said Lance Corporal Cassidy P. Welch, an MP, who was also in the building when the fire broke out. "It was a singular action by a single person, and the approach he took represents the Marine Corps' finest."
Sgt Melinda Weathers PAO, Camp H. M. Smith, Hawaii

Patients Can Now View History
• Two murals depicting U.S. Navy Hospital Corps history were unveiled at Naval Hospital, Twentynine Palms, Calif., July 2, in a ceremony marking the IOflth birthday of the Navy's Hospital Corps. At the unveiling ceremony, Hospitalman First Class Danilo Dabu of the General Surgery Clinic was presented a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for his artistic efforts by Captain R. S. Kayler, MSC, USN, commanding officer of the Naval Hospital. Dabu painted the murals between duties at the busy base clinic and during his off-duty time. The murals were created after Lieutenant Junior Grade Dawn E. McGowan saw an album of Dabu's work and asked if he would like to paint a mural for the hospital. Dabu accepted the job and began creating the idea for the mural based on his own experiences as a corpsman. After sketching it out on paper, he then

sketched it on the wall and painted it in less than a month. Dabu painted black-and-white reproductions of historical photographs of Navy medical personnel dating back to 1888, along with depictions of corpsmen performing their jobs in today's Navy. The modern corpsmen shown in the mural were modeled after current hospital staff members. Dabu was recruited into the Navy by his cousin in San Diego on Dec. 18, 1988. He was already an accomplished artist, having graduated from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, the Philippines, with a bachelor of fine arts degree in 1976. He also worked at the Massachusetts College of Arts in 1984 as a muralist and sign painter and earned an M.A. while there. Dabu then worked at the New Kensington Art Institute as an assistant art instructor before joining the Navy.
Dan Barber and LCpl Anne D. Murphy MCAGCC, Twentynine Palms, Calif.

Marine Correspondent Named 000 Journalist Of The Year
• Marine Corps combat correspondent Corporal .Matthew T. Hagerman was recently recognized in a Pentagon ceremony as the Department of Defense Print Journalist of the Year. Attending the ceremony were his parents, Robert L. and Cynthia M. Hagerman of Williams-