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On Saturday, April 20, members of the Leathernecks MC, Heartland Chapter were joined by other volunteers including several members of the American Legion Riders group, to help with the Iowa Veterans Home Annual Spring Carnival in Marshalltown. Volunteers escorted residents through the maze of carnival style games and helped with handing out prizes. All the residents and volunteers that participated had a great time.
This is an annual event that the Heartland Chapter LMCI is involved with by volunteering and donating prizes so everyone’s a winner. Prizes included cash, puzzles, t-shirts, toiletries and even some canteen chits to be used locally.
The Iowa Veterans Home opened their doors in 1887 as the Old Soldiers Home. It’s currently one of the three largest in all of the 148 state owned facilities for Veterans within the nation. They currently house over 600 residents and employ over 1000 staff. The facility covers almost 150 acres with four main resident care buildings.
For additional information about how to volunteer, contact Volunteer Services at 800-645-4591.
Heartland LMCI & Iowa Veterans Home Spring Carnival – dtd 4/21/2013
The Heartland Chapter LMCI launched their new online presence this week. Designed to be informational in nature, the site will provide weekly news updates, pictures, ride information, Club activities, membership requirements and a contact form for interested parties. The launch of an eCommerce page will soon follow to provide opportunities for donations, support apparel and purchases of Club related fund raising items.

Take a few minutes to read through the content and pass the word about the Leathernecks MC and our Veterans activities, supporting those who honorably served their country. Our Club is on the move, so check back often for updates and the latest on what we’re up to.
www.heartlandlmci.org

Over $3000 was raised in this single event benefiting the Iowa City Veterans Hospital, with more than 150 bikes in attendance. Heartland Chapter LMCI donated $500 to help their cause. VNV stated that so far in 2013, over $32,000 has been raised for the Veterans Hospital in Iowa City. A big OOHRAH goes out to the VNV for their outstanding efforts to help veterans of all Services.
VNV 12th Annual Poker Run June 1, 2013 - dtd 6/5/2013
Leathernecks Motorcycle Club, Int. 2013 National Meeting – Alcoa, TN - dtd 6/20/2013
Several members of the Heartland Chapter attended this year’s meeting in the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee. With great rides, concerts, food and camaraderie; a great time was had by all who attended. The Iowa boys rode the infamous ‘Tail of the Dragon’ which is an eleven mile stretch of road up the side of a mountain with 318 curves…and then after lunch headed back down, all returning unscathed (except a couple of floorboards).
Total number in attendance is unofficially 300+ with lots of members riding over a 1000 miles to get there. The Tennessee hosting chapter did a great job and raised the bar for future meetings and hosting chapters/states.

Lots of good information was presented with three prospects being patched in at the meeting along with several awards, including one Minnesota member receiving the highly coveted “big green weenie” award.
Heartland Chapter Joins Electronic Age
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Paul Lewis Ladd, Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps (retired) was born September 3, 1953 to Warren Virgil and Irene Rosalie (Petersen) Ladd in Harlan, Iowa. He grew up on a farm near Jacksonville, Iowa. Paul graduated from Harlan Community Schools in 1972.
Paul graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in Business Management in 1976. He held a Master of Business Administrations (Logistics) degree from the Florida Institute of Technology and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. Commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1976, he completed The Basic School in March 1977. Paul served 28 years in the Marine Corps and attained the rank of colonel. He held all levels of command and also served on NATO staff. He spearheaded the task force for the Navy’s Second Fleet security after the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole earning one of his Legion of Merit awards. Throughout his career, he was stationed at Camp Lejeune, NC; Detroit, MI; Quantico, VA; Virginia Beach, VA; Okinawa, Japan; Camp Pendleton, CA; and Newport, Rhode Island. Paul’s final active duty position was Naval ROTC Commander at Iowa State University. Col. Ladd retired on April 30, 2004. Colonel Ladd’s personal decorations included the Legion of Merit (two awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star, the Navy Commendation Medal and the Navy Achievement Medal.
Loss of a BROTHER..."Six" - dtd 7/1/2013
Paul Lewis Ladd, Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps (retired) was born September 3, 1953 to Warren Virgil and Irene Rosalie (Petersen) Ladd in Harlan, Iowa. He grew up on a farm near Jacksonville, Iowa. Paul graduated from Harlan Community Schools in 1972.

Paul graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in Business Management in 1976. He held a Master of Business Administrations (Logistics) degree from the Florida Institute of Technology and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. Commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1976, he completed The Basic School in March 1977. Paul served 28 years in the Marine Corps and attained the rank of colonel. He held all levels of command and also served on NATO staff. He spearheaded the task force for the Navy’s Second Fleet security after the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole earning one of his Legion of Merit awards. Throughout his career, he was stationed at Camp Lejeune, NC; Detroit, MI; Quantico, VA; Virginia Beach, VA; Okinawa, Japan; Camp Pendleton, CA; and Newport, Rhode Island. Paul’s final active duty position was Naval ROTC Commander at Iowa State University. Col. Ladd retired on April 30, 2004. Colonel Ladd’s personal decorations included the Legion of Merit (two awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star, the Navy Commendation Medal and the Navy Achievement Medal.

On August 22, 1982, Paul married Debra Kay Lansman at Calvary Baptist Church in Walnut, Iowa. To this union two children were born, Joshua Warren and Allyson Marie.

Paul loved spending time with his family and supported them in all of their endeavors.

After retirement from the Marine Corps, Paul accepted the position of Director of Veterans Affairs for Boone County in 2005. He thoroughly enjoyed helping his community and would go out of his way to advocate for and help veterans whenever he could. Paul was also active at the state level of county Veterans Affairs organization.

Paul was sustained by his faith in the Lord and was an active member of the First Evangelical Free Church of Boone. He was also an active member with the Boone County Republicans, the Heartland Chapter of Leathernecks, Marine Corps League, VFW, American Legion, The Gideons and was involved with the ESGR (Employers Support of the Guard and Reserves). He truly loved his community and participated in any way that could.

Paul enjoyed riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle and often made cross-country trips to visit family and friends. During the summer, he enjoyed training for RAGBRAI and participating in the week-long event with “Team Navy”. Additionally, Paul enjoyed practicing Tae-Kwan-Do, collecting guns and hunting; however, what he enjoyed most was helping his neighbors and dear friends, Jon and Brandon King of King Farms, with fall harvest.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother-in-law James Bodensteiner. He is survived by his wife, Debra of Boone; his son, Josh Ladd of Minneapolis, Minnesota; his daughter, Allyson Ladd of Boone; his sister, Roberta Bodensteiner of Cedar Falls, Iowa; his sister, Kathy Cox of Palm Desert, California; his in-laws James Cox , Howard and Tara Lansman, Jonathan and Diane Darling, nieces and nephews, friends, neighbors and fellow veterans.
Brother "SIX" Laid To Rest - dtd 10/20/2013
Paul 'Six' Ladd was laid to rest on Sunday, October 13, 2013 at the Boone Memorial Cemetery. The family had a small ceremony on a crisp fall day. There are plans in the works to add a resting bench along the Boone County bike trail in Col. Ladd's honor by his fellow Marine Leathernecks (MC) brothers. Placement and timing is still being worked out. Watch the website for updates on this information.
On Sunday, November 10, 2013, The United States Marine Corps celebrated it's 238th Birthday. The Heartland Chapter of the Leathernecks Motorcycle Club were invited as guests at the Boone County Marine Corps League Birthday Ball. The evening's guest speaker was a World War II Marine Veteran who recalled his action in the South Pacific during the war. We all felt humbled and honored to be in his presence.

The meal provided was outstanding (Marine's know our food) as was the ceremony and comradery that was shared by all our families & fellow Marines.
238th Marine Corps Birthday Celebration