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By Cpl. Mondo Lescaud | | August 29, 2012

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Marines from Company B, Marine Barracks Washington stand at ease during the chapel service for the family and friends of Henry H. Black, seventh sergeant major of the Marine Corps, at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., Aug. 29. Black passed away in his home in Fredericksburg, Va., Aug. 24. He served in Korea and Vietnam and earned a Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Combat Action Ribbon.

Marines from Company B, Marine Barracks Washington stand at ease during the chapel service for the family and friends of Henry H. Black, seventh sergeant major of the Marine Corps, at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., Aug. 29. Black passed away in his home in Fredericksburg, Va., Aug. 24. He served in Korea and Vietnam and earned a Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Combat Action Ribbon. (Photo by Cpl. Mondo Lescaud)


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The official firing party, composed of Company B, Marine Barracks Washington Marines, practice without live rounds before the start of the funeral ceremony for Henry H. Black, seventh sergeant major of the Marine Corps, at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., Aug. 29. Black passed away in his home in Fredericksburg, Va., Aug. 24. He served in Korea and Vietnam and earned a Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Combat Action Ribbon.

The official firing party, composed of Company B, Marine Barracks Washington Marines, practice without live rounds before the start of the funeral ceremony for Henry H. Black, seventh sergeant major of the Marine Corps, at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., Aug. 29. Black passed away in his home in Fredericksburg, Va., Aug. 24. He served in Korea and Vietnam and earned a Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Combat Action Ribbon. (Photo by Cpl. Mondo Lescaud)


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Sgt. Maj. Micheal P. Barrett, sergeant major of the Marine Corps, Carlton Kent, John Estrada and Alford McMichael, the 16th, 15th, and 14th sergeants major of the Marine Corps, and a funeral escort composed of Marine Barracks Washington Marines, march during the procession for the funeral of Henry H. Black, seventh sergeant major of the Marine Corps, at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., Aug. 29. Black passed away in his home in Fredericksburg, Va., Aug. 24. He served in Korea and Vietnam and earned a Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Combat Action Ribbon.

Sgt. Maj. Micheal P. Barrett, sergeant major of the Marine Corps, Carlton Kent, John Estrada and Alford McMichael, the 16th, 15th, and 14th sergeants major of the Marine Corps, and a funeral escort composed of Marine Barracks Washington Marines, march during the procession for the funeral of Henry H. Black, seventh sergeant major of the Marine Corps, at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., Aug. 29. Black passed away in his home in Fredericksburg, Va., Aug. 24. He served in Korea and Vietnam and earned a Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Combat Action Ribbon. (Photo by Cpl. Mondo Lescaud)


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Sgt. Maj. Micheal P. Barrett, sergeant major of the Marine Corps, Carlton Kent, John Estrada and Alford McMichael, the 16th, 15th, and 14th sergeants major of the Marine Corps, march during the procession for the funeral of Henry H. Black, seventh sergeant major of the Marine Corps, at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., Aug. 29. Black passed away in his home in Fredericksburg, Va., Aug. 24. He served in Korea and Vietnam and earned a Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Combat Action Ribbon.

Sgt. Maj. Micheal P. Barrett, sergeant major of the Marine Corps, Carlton Kent, John Estrada and Alford McMichael, the 16th, 15th, and 14th sergeants major of the Marine Corps, march during the procession for the funeral of Henry H. Black, seventh sergeant major of the Marine Corps, at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., Aug. 29. Black passed away in his home in Fredericksburg, Va., Aug. 24. He served in Korea and Vietnam and earned a Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Combat Action Ribbon. (Photo by Cpl. Mondo Lescaud)


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Sgt. Maj. Eric J. Stockton, Marine Barracks Washington sergeant major, leads an escort detail to the funeral site of Henry H. Black, seventh sergeant major of the Marine Corps, at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., Aug. 29. Black passed away in his home in Fredericksburg, Va., Aug. 24. He served in Korea and Vietnam and earned a Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Combat Action Ribbon.

Sgt. Maj. Eric J. Stockton, Marine Barracks Washington sergeant major, leads an escort detail to the funeral site of Henry H. Black, seventh sergeant major of the Marine Corps, at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., Aug. 29. Black passed away in his home in Fredericksburg, Va., Aug. 24. He served in Korea and Vietnam and earned a Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Combat Action Ribbon. (Photo by Cpl. Mondo Lescaud)


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U.S. Marine Corps body bearers carry the casket of Henry H. Black, seventh sergeant major of the Marine Corps, at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., Aug. 29. Black passed away in his home in Fredericksburg, Va., Aug. 24. He served in Korea and Vietnam and earned a Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Combat Action Ribbon.

U.S. Marine Corps body bearers carry the casket of Henry H. Black, seventh sergeant major of the Marine Corps, at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., Aug. 29. Black passed away in his home in Fredericksburg, Va., Aug. 24. He served in Korea and Vietnam and earned a Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Combat Action Ribbon. (Photo by Cpl. Mondo Lescaud)


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U.S. Marine Corps body bearers lift the casket of Henry H. Black, seventh sergeant major of the Marine Corps, up to eye level before setting it down during his funeral ceremony at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., Aug. 29. Black passed away in his home in Fredericksburg, Va., Aug. 24. He served in Korea and Vietnam and earned a Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Combat Action Ribbon.

U.S. Marine Corps body bearers lift the casket of Henry H. Black, seventh sergeant major of the Marine Corps, up to eye level before setting it down during his funeral ceremony at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., Aug. 29. Black passed away in his home in Fredericksburg, Va., Aug. 24. He served in Korea and Vietnam and earned a Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Combat Action Ribbon. (Photo by Cpl. Mondo Lescaud)


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A funeral ceremony is conducted for Henry H. Black, seventh sergeant major of the Marine Corps, at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., Aug. 29. Black passed away in his home in Fredericksburg, Va., Aug. 24. He served in Korea and Vietnam and earned a Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Combat Action Ribbon.

A funeral ceremony is conducted for Henry H. Black, seventh sergeant major of the Marine Corps, at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., Aug. 29. Black passed away in his home in Fredericksburg, Va., Aug. 24. He served in Korea and Vietnam and earned a Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Combat Action Ribbon. (Photo by Cpl. Mondo Lescaud)


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The flag over top of the casket of Henry H. Black, seventh sergeant major of the Marine Corps, gets prepared for folding and presentation to Mrs. Fannie Black, Black’s wife, during his funeral ceremony at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., Aug. 29. Black passed away in his home in Fredericksburg, Va., Aug. 24. He served in Korea and Vietnam and earned a Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Combat Action Ribbon.

The flag over top of the casket of Henry H. Black, seventh sergeant major of the Marine Corps, gets prepared for folding and presentation to Mrs. Fannie Black, Black’s wife, during his funeral ceremony at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., Aug. 29. Black passed away in his home in Fredericksburg, Va., Aug. 24. He served in Korea and Vietnam and earned a Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Combat Action Ribbon. (Photo by Cpl. Mondo Lescaud)


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A family member of Henry H. Black, seventh sergeant major of the Marine Corps, cries during the funeral ceremony at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., Aug. 29. Black passed away in his home in Fredericksburg, Va., Aug. 24. He served in Korea and Vietnam and earned a Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Combat Action Ribbon.

A family member of Henry H. Black, seventh sergeant major of the Marine Corps, cries during the funeral ceremony at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., Aug. 29. Black passed away in his home in Fredericksburg, Va., Aug. 24. He served in Korea and Vietnam and earned a Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Combat Action Ribbon. (Photo by Cpl. Mondo Lescaud)


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U.S. Marine Corps body bearers prepare to the fold the flag that laid over the casket of Henry H. Black, seventh sergeant major of the Marine Corps, during his funeral ceremony at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., Aug. 29. Black passed away in his home in Fredericksburg, Va., Aug. 24. He served in Korea and Vietnam and earned a Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Combat Action Ribbon.

U.S. Marine Corps body bearers prepare to the fold the flag that laid over the casket of Henry H. Black, seventh sergeant major of the Marine Corps, during his funeral ceremony at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., Aug. 29. Black passed away in his home in Fredericksburg, Va., Aug. 24. He served in Korea and Vietnam and earned a Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Combat Action Ribbon. (Photo by Cpl. Mondo Lescaud)


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Sgt. Maj. Micheal P. Barrett, sergeant major of the Marine Corps, presents a flag to Mrs. Fannie Black, wife of Henry H. Black, seventh sergeant major of the Marine Corps, during Black’s funeral ceremony at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., Aug. 29. Black passed away in his home in Fredericksburg, Va., Aug. 24. He served in Korea and Vietnam and earned a Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Combat Action Ribbon.

Sgt. Maj. Micheal P. Barrett, sergeant major of the Marine Corps, presents a flag to Mrs. Fannie Black, wife of Henry H. Black, seventh sergeant major of the Marine Corps, during Black’s funeral ceremony at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., Aug. 29. Black passed away in his home in Fredericksburg, Va., Aug. 24. He served in Korea and Vietnam and earned a Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Combat Action Ribbon. (Photo by Cpl. Mondo Lescaud)


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Sgt. Maj. Eric J. Stockton, Marine Barracks Washington sergeant major, consoles Mrs. Fannie Black, wife of Henry H. Black, seventh sergeant major of the Marine Corps, during Black’s funeral ceremony at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., Aug. 29. Black passed away in his home in Fredericksburg, Va., Aug. 24. He served in Korea and Vietnam and earned a Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Combat Action Ribbon.

Sgt. Maj. Eric J. Stockton, Marine Barracks Washington sergeant major, consoles Mrs. Fannie Black, wife of Henry H. Black, seventh sergeant major of the Marine Corps, during Black’s funeral ceremony at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., Aug. 29. Black passed away in his home in Fredericksburg, Va., Aug. 24. He served in Korea and Vietnam and earned a Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Combat Action Ribbon. (Photo by Cpl. Mondo Lescaud)


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Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. -- The Marine Corps honored the seventh sergeant major of the Marine Corps at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., Aug. 29.

 The 83-year-old native of Imperial, Pa., passed away in his home in Fredericksburg, Va., Aug. 24. He is survived by his wife, Fannie Black.

 Marine Barracks Washington supported the full-honors funeral for Henry H. Black.

 Some notable guests of the ceremony included Sgt Maj. Micheal P. Barrett, sergeant major of the Marine Corps, Carlton Kent, John Estrada, and Alford McMichael, the 16th, 15th, and 14th sergeants major of the Marine Corps.

 More than 50 Barracks Marines from Company B, the U.S. Marine Drum & Bugle Corps, the Marine Corps Body Bearers, and the Official Marine Corps Color Guard marched in the funeral escort, led by Sgt. Maj. Eric J. Stockton, Barracks sergeant major.

 Six body bearers carried the casket of Black from the hearse to the funeral area. They were followed by a congregation of Black’s family and close friends, all in support of their fallen hero.

 A U.S. Navy chaplain held prayer for the family and friends just before the body bearers folded the flag that laid over Black’s casket. The flag was presented to Black’s wife.

 Afterward, Barrett and Stockton gave their personal condolences.

 “It was an honor to be a part of today’s ceremony,” Stockton said. “If it’s a sergeant major of the Marine Corps or a commandant, it should be the Barracks honoring them. That’s what we do.”

 Throughout Black’s career, which started in June 1948, he deployed once to Korea and twice to Vietnam.

 His awards include a Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, a Purple Heart Medal, a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, a Combat Action Ribbon, three Navy Presidential Unit Citations, seven Marine Corps Good Conduct Medals, a Navy Occupation Service Medal, two National Defense Medals, four Korean Service Medals, an Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, four Vietnam Service Medals, a Korean Presidential Unit Citation, a Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation, Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation, United Nations Korea Medal, and a Vietnam Campaign Medal.

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  • Cpl Walter Pickwoad 1 years 94 days ago
    Semper Fi My the good Lord take you in the palm of his hand and hold you forever.

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