Albert Shockey - The Kokomo Tribune (Kokomo, Indiana) 8 November 1996 Page 1
Former Marine is honored tomorrow By JEFF PARROTT Tribune staff writer Those who knew him say he was quick with a joke, .but there was. bne thing, the late Albert E. Shock• ey took very seriously — his 35 years as a United States Marine. In recognition of that, a group of Kokomo-area Marines Corps veterans have named a new U.S. Marine Corps League attachment after Shockey, who died Dec. 11 at age 70 after a six- month bout with Shockey lung cancer. The group will receive its national charter Saturday at a 3 p.m. ceremony at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1152, 1109 N. Washington St. Making the presentation will be Cletus McGraff, U.S. Marine Corps League state commandant. "He would have considered it a great honor because the Marine Corps was his life," said Ruth Ann Shockey, Albert's widow and wife of 43 years. "He was never at a loss for tilings to say, but this would've been one time in his life he was speechless...there wouldn't be any words to express his feelings." The Marine Corps League is a social and service organization similar to the American Legion and VFW, but is solely for former Marines, said Center Township Trustee Jean Lushin, a charter member and Marine from 1956 to 1958. Lushin said the group, "about 36 members strong .thus far, has been meeting at Post ;1152 on the final Wednesday of each month for about a year now. The Albert E, Shockey Attachment would eventually like to acquire its own location if membership were to increase,to 100 to 200 members, Lushin said. The national organization traces its roots to 1918, when Marines who had served in France during World War I returned home and established clubs to maintain their camaraderie. The Merrifield, Va.- based organization was chartered by Congress in 1937 and has more than 30,000 members in 600 local attachments, according to a statement from Marine Corps League Headquarters. Lushin called Shockey a "gung- ho Marine" who was said to have once pulled Hall of Fame baseball great Ted Williams, a Korean war pilot, from a crashed airplane. Shockey's tours of duty in World War II and the Korean War earned him a Purple Heart. He retired from the U.S. Marines Reserves in 1977 and in 1982, retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 30 years of work. Lushin said all charter members and their families are encouraged to attend the ceremony Saturday. For more information call Commandant James "Mouse" McGuire at 459-3273.