Bodfish Campouts began in the 1960’s at the Tar Spring Ranch, Arroyo Grande, CA home of John and Lindy Loomis. The Chapter was chartered in 1978 and became an official Chapter of the 1st Marine Division Association.
The affairs and operation of the Bodfish Chapter are managed by the Bodfish Past Presidents. The current Bodfish President is nothing more than a title position and therefore bears the initials “IAS” which simply means, “I An’t Shit”.
The Chapter membership is open to any Marine or FMF Corpsman or veteran regardless of branch of service who served with, was attached to or in support of the 1st Marine Division and is a paid up member of National, 1st Marine Division Association.
Dues for the Bodfish Chapter are due every 50 years from the time the new member completes their initiation and takes the Bodfish Oath.. Since the Chapter maintains poor record keeping it is the responsibility of each member to remember their own membership date and make the payment when due.
The Bodfish Chapter has one formal meeting a year that last three days over Presidents DayWeekend. During this time serious stuff is discussed and new Chapter Officers are elected. Due to the demands placed on the Officers during the year the term of office is limited to one year ( February to February of the following year).
On Saturday afternoon, following the General Business meeting and election, an auction is held. Here you will find some really interesting Marine memorabilia along with other treasures that you just can’t live without.
Several Years ago the Bodfish Chapter Patriarch, John Loomis, wanted to establish a way to honor a Marine NCO and FMF Corpsman from the Division. He decided to present a Marine NCO (Cpl or Sgt) with an Official Regulation Marine NCO sword and a FMF Corpsman with a K-Bar fighting knife.
This award is presented annually at the Bodfish Campout. The awards are called the “Bodfish Sword of Honor” and the “Devil Doc Award”. The award is rotated between each of the Regiments and supporting Battalions of the 1st Marine Division.
In February during the annual Bodfish Campout the Chapter sets up the Bodfish Saloon where libations flow freely. Here members meet, share stories and libations in preparation for the things to come during the campout.
The Los Angeles County Chapter is dedicated to keeping everyone informed of all Bodfish matters of concern along with the location and dates of the Annual Bodfish Campout. The Bodfish President writes an article each month that appears in the LA County Chapter Semper Fi News. It is know as the “Bodfish Skinny... or just Plain BS”. The Semper Fi News is the only source of Bodfish News.
Today the Bodfish Chapter holds its annual campout at the Piru Petroluem Club located in Piru, California. Approximately 100 Bodfish members are joined by the local community to honor a Marine and a FMF Corpsman as the Bodfish Sword of Honor and Devil Doc Award are presented. In addition, the United States Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard is on hand to “March On The Colors” at morning formation and to retire the colors at evening formation.
Please take a moment to look at the Semper Fi News located on this Website . Also you may learn more about how the chapter got it’s name by clicking on the button located on this page.
We hope that you will plan to come visit the Bodfish Chapter and look forward to hearing from you.
Send your Emails to: Bodfish Past President Dale Turner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Semper Fi and Bodfish Forever!!