British United
Services Club
of Los Angeles

Meetings 2014

Navy Night
Friday, 17 October 2014

Traditionally this is a night at which members of the Navies of Great Britain, the United States and other allied countries are honored.

To see photos from the 2014 Navy Night please click on the collage above.
Most of us think that in the mid-to-late 1960’s, major military confrontations and threats took place only
in locations like the jungles of Viet Nam, the DMZ of Korea, the forests of the “Iron Curtain” and the
sands of the Sinai Desert. But the incident involving the USS Liberty, took place in the Mediterranean
Sea in international waters 26 miles northwest of the Sinai Peninsula. On June 8, 1967, during the Six-
Day War, the USS Liberty, a US Navy “listening” ship, was attacked by Israeli Air Force jet fighters and
Israeli Navy motor torpedo boats. The combined air and sea attack killed 34 and wounded 171 American
crew members, and severely damaged the ship.

Forty-one members and guests listened to a riveting account by Donald Pageler, a classified communications specialist in the US Navy serving on board the USS Liberty. He shared his personal eyewitness account of the tragic events during a sustained attack on June 8, 1967 by Israeli Air Force jet fighter aircraft and Navy motor torpedo boats. He relayed reports of how US forces were held back from covering this blatant attack on a US Navy technical research ship in international waters. Thanks to Don Pageler for an intriguing presentation.

Port and wine for the evening was generously donated by:
• Irene Blore, in memory of her late husband Lt. Eric Blore, Royal Navy Air Fleet, who served the Club as Vice President and Honorary Treasurer
• LCDR Scott E. Wilson, US Navy
• Robert A. Huth, Esq. US Naval Reserve
• David Warburton, OBE
• COL Lawrence D. Gonzales, USMC
• Michael J. McGhee, US Naval Reserve
• Peter C.T. Creamer, Esq., USMC
• CAPT Robert S. Meyer, US Naval Reserve
• Flt. Lt. Robert F. Reynolds, Royal Air Force
• Thomas F. Roedl, Esq., US Merchant Marine

Air Force Night
Friday, 19 September 2014

On this night, the Club recognizes the sacrifice and conquest by the RAF during the Battle of Britain, and honors the service of the Air Forces of its commonwealth and its allies.

To see photos from the 2014 Air Force Night please click on the collage above.
Lt. Col. Tony Marshall, USAF (Ret) In 1972 Air Force Capt. (now Lieutenant Colonel - Retired) Tony Marshall was one of the "lucky" ones. Flying a forward air control mission over North Vietnam on July 3, 1972, his F-4D Phantom fighter-bomber exploded and Tony ejected into a group of North Vietnamese soldiers. The other crew member's fate remains a mystery. Capt. Marshall had to endure the ordeals of a Prisoner of War before he was eventually returned home in 1973.

Twenty-five members and guests enjoyed September’s Air Force Night with Lt. Col. Tony Marshall,
USAF (Ret) as our riveting speaker relaying his first-hand account of his experience as a “guest” in the
Hanoi Hilton. We were overwhelmed by the number of donations for Port for the evening. Keep up the
good work. We received donations from: Flt. Lt. Robert Reynolds, RAF, Michael J. Gregory, Esq.,
RAF, Joy Tierney, in memory of Kenneth G. Smith, RAF, Grp. Capt. Bakhsish Khalsa,IAF, Ian
Skone-Rees, Esq., Col. Thomas P. Mahan, Jr., USAF, Col. Kathryn G. Hughes, USAF, George J.
Betzler, Esq., USA, Thomas F. Roedl, Esq., Maj. Keith Smith, USAF, Lt. Col. Robert R.S.
Barnard, USAF and Maj. Sandor Mayuga, USAF.

Past Presidents Night
Friday, 18 July 2014

On this night, Past Presidents of the Club are honored and remembered for their leadership over the past 79 years.

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July 2014 was the 100th anniversary of the international diplomatic crisis that led immediately up to world war in August 1914. To commemorate this doleful anniversary Professor David Warburton, OBE delivered a presentation entitled: Cousins Nicky, Willy and Georgie: sleepwalking into Hell. The
presentation was accompanied by and interspersed with readings from the vanished voices of the British Empire WWI poets, coordinated by Ian Skone-Rees. The evening then concluded with a cockney sing-along by the "spirits" of Jack Tar and Tommy Atkins.

Army Night
Friday, 20 June 2014

BUSC Historian Henry Gill presents the story of Walter Ehlers, MOH, U.S. Army, and late of BUSC-LA.
BUSC Historian 1LT Henry A. Gill, USA

Traditionally this is a night at which members of the armies of Great Britain, the United States and other allied countries are honored.

Army Night
1LT Henry Gill, III – US Army, BUSC Historian, was our Guest Speaker for June. He spoke eloquently on The testing of 2LT Walter D. Ehlers, MOH and former BUSC Member. Fourty-two Members and Guests listened to his interesting historical points surrounding an ordinary Kansas farm boy who joined the U.S. Army, participated in the 1944 allied assault to retake the continent and demonstrated extraordinary courage during this turning point in the war. We heard how his experiences fighting in North Africa, Sicily and after his D-Day landing on Omaha Beach were not the most trying moments for 2LT Ehlers.

Port for Army Night was generously donated by COL Jess Carranza, Jr.; COL William L. Erwin; CPT Ronald B. Samuels; 1LT Robert M. Lawson; Robert B. Edmonds, Esq., MBE.; MG Peter J. Gravett; CPT John Benton and Brian Gray, Esq.


Vice Presidents Night
Friday, 16 May 2014

Treasurer Robert B. Edmonds, Esq., MBE presided over the evening's procedings, here presenting Ethan Morse with the BUSC plaque for his superb presentation on the Tomb Of the Unknowns.
Treasurer Robert B. Edmonds, Esq., MBE

On Vice Presidents Night, we honor all our vice presidents who have faithfully served the Club since its founding in 1935. On this special night, we were honored to have former and current vice presidents at the head table. Treasurer Bob Edmunds, himself many times our Vice President, was at the podium to open and officiate at the meeting.

SP4 Ethan Morse
Ethan Morse, Badge no. 548 of the Honor Guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns, Arlington National Cemetary.

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The focus of this evening was to recognize the service of our living Members who served in this very critical position. This group includes: Sqn. Ldr. Munir A. Azam, T.Bt., PAF; Captain Stuart R. Bird-Wilson, TD., Special Air Service Regiment and Royal Hong Kong Regiment; Michael J. Gregory, Esq., RAF; Peter C. T. Creamer, Esq., USMC; Robert B. Edmonds, Esq., MBE., The Queen’s Royal Surrey Regiment; John Massie, Esq., MBE., RCAF; Basil C. Johnson, Esq.; Felicity C. Marrs, WRNS; Maj. Sandor X. Mayuga, USAF and Flt. Lt. John D. Blackburn, RAF.
With our current Vice President COL Fred Darley out ill, our Immediate Past Vice President Robert B. Edmonds, Esq., MBE. took the lead and introduced five other attending former Vice Presidents: Peter C. T. Creamer, Esq.; Basil C. Johnson, Esq.; Capt. Stuart R. Bird-Wilson, TD; Sqn. Ldr. Munir Azam, TBt.; Maj. Sandor X. Mayuga and John Massie, Esq., MBE.

These gentlemen represent the long line of behind-the-scenes leaders who have ensured quality Mess Nights and Special Events over the years.

A hearty thanks to those in attendance and to those who have served the Club well in this position over time!

Thirty-two members and guests joined us for a fascinating and very appropriate presentation by SP4 Ethan Morse, a U.S. Army Airborne Infantry veteran who was stationed at the Arlington National Cemetery at the Tomb of the Unknowns. Here SP4 Morse earned Honor Guard Badge #548.

Port donations for the evening were courtesy of Irene Blore, in memory of her late husband, Lt. Eric P. A. Blore, Royal Navy Air Fleet - who served as Honorary Treasurer, COL Fred Darley and Robert B. Edmonds, Esq., MBE.


Ladies Night
Friday, 11 April 2014

President Sandy Mayuga opens Ladies' Night.
President Sandor X. Mayuga, Maj. USAF

Ladies Night has always been special and this year was no exception. Fifty Members and guests
enjoyed Richard Winter-Stanbridge’s message on the importance of music in our lives and in
society, followed a the traditional toast to the ladies. His wife and actress Tessa Shaw then
presented a fitting ladies’ response. The kitchen and the wait staff did an excellent job of
preparing and serving our meals. The evening was a success with a diverse group of Members
and guests from all over the world.

Tessa Shaw and Richard Winter-Stanbridge
Richard Winter-Stanbridge presents a toast to the Ladies, and Tessa Shaw responds.

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Again this year, thanks to the personal leadership of Robert Edmonds, Esq., MBE, for the extra
work and attention-to-detail to make this Ladies Night an event to remember. Port for the
evening was courtesy of J. Paul Pleasant, Esq.; Maj. Sandor X. Mayuga; Norman L. Auslander,
Esq.; Harry B. Dickinson, Esq.; COL Blanche Gravett and Barry Stripp, Esq. We are also
grateful to the following members whose special contributions helped underwrite flowers for this
event: Basil C. Johnson, Esq.; 1LT Robert M. Lawson and Robert B. Edmonds, Esq., MBE. For
Wine thanks to Honorary Member Joy Tierney and Robert B. Edmonds, Esq., MBE.


JROTC Mess Night
March 21, 2014

The JROTC Drill Competition -- Company, Platoon, Squad, and both Armed and Unarmed Drills -- took place on December 14, 2013. Monroe High School won First Place. The second and third places in this year’s competition went respectively to Verdugo Hills High School and Manual Arts High School. Monroe High School has won the trophy in the BUSCsponsored Company Drill Competition 17 of the last 18 years. The Awards Ceremony was on March 6, 2014 at Monroe High School.

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Seventy participants (26 Members, 19 guests, 24 Cadets, three instructors and the Assistant Principal) attended our Mess Night to celebrate the success of the top three schools.  In addition to our Members’ guests and our speaker, our honored guests included: LT COL Ted McDonald - LAUSD’s Chief of the JROTC Program, Mr. Roddy Shaul – Assistant Administrator of the winning Monroe High School, All-City Cadet COL Danielle Carlin from Verdugo Hills High School, and the instructors, cadet commanders, platoon leaders and guidon bearers from Monroe High School, Manual Arts High School, and Verdugo Hills High School.
Guest Speaker


Major General John Harrel, US Army (Ret) presented a rousing, motivational message to the cadets, instructors and our Membership -- well received by the entire gathering. The General

used examples from his own youth to relate how the mentorship of such organizations as the high school staffs, JROTC and ROTC training helped him build character and leadership skills

and overcome challenges. These influences helped prepare him for success in the US military and in his parallel career as an Assistant District Attorney.

Many thanks to those sponsoring meals for the cadets and staff for this evening: Robert Edmonds, Esq., MBE.; Basil Johnson, Esq.; Michael Gregory, Esq.; LTC Gary Macnamara; Col. Tom Mahan; W/O Dennis Pontefract; Brian Gray, Esq.; 1LT Robert Lawson; Robert Huth, Esq.; 1LT Henry Gill, III; Lt. Col. Bob Barnard; COL Jess Carranza; Maj. Keith Smith; CPT Ron Samuels; Norm Crawford, Esq. and LCDR Scott Wilson. 
Port donations for the evening were of the generosity of: Basil Johnson, Esq.; John Massie, Esq., MBE.; CPT Ron Samuels, LCDR Scott Wilson, Tom Roedl, Esq. and Maj. Marv Nelson.
Wine was furnished courtesy of Maj. Keith Smith and Robert Edmonds, MBE.
We were also delighted to welcome the very sharp La Verne Lutheran High School NJROTC contingent: the Naval Science Instructor and Four Senior Cadets. Bob Edmonds, Esq., MBE.

was their sponsor.

President's Inaugural Dinner
February 21, 2014

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Guest Speaker
Fifty-eight Members and Guests thoroughly enjoyed listening to Dr. Ray “Speedy” Biel, assisted by his moderator/co-speaker Captain Rich Suttie, USN (Ret). Dr. Biel related his experiences as a B-29 Pilot dropping the atomic bombs on Japan. He was part of a select team which had a great role in ending WWII without the carnage awaiting a planned invasion of the islands. We were most privileged to have this living legend and fine American detail his perspective as the co-pilot of the B-29 Superfortress Full House, a sister aircraft of the Enola Gay. This was an excellent turn-out and truly an enjoyable evening for all.
Start the video above to seeCapt. Rich Suttie's interview with Ray "Speedy" Biel,USAAF pilot and veteran of both the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombing missions.


The interview includes its introductory video and all of the slides used during the presentation.  Also in the video are additional materials, including graphics, pictures and additional video to help illustrate Speedy's experiences on Tinian Island.

Annual General Meeting
January 10, 2014

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) was chaired by President Sandor Mayuga. Reviewing the past year, the officers and executive committee members reported their activities and status. Copies of the reports were provided. (See links below.) Details will be provided in the February Bulletin:

(2014 EC Photo TBD)
Newly elected BUSC Officers for 2014:

President -- Maj. Sandor X. Mayuga, USAF
Vice President -- COL Fred Darley, USA
Honorary Treasurer -- Robert B. Edmonds, Esq., MBE
Honorary Secretary -- Col. Thomas P. Mahan, Jr., USAF

Executive Committee -- Club Officers plus:
Immediate Past President -- Sqn. Ldr. Munir A. Azam, T.Bt.
One Year Term -- David Warburton, OBE.
One Year Term -- Basil C. Johnson, Esq.
One Year Term -- MAJ James G. Thigpen, USA/USAF
Two Year Term -- Ian Skone-Rees, Esq.
Two Year Term -- Colin James Thompson Stead, Esq

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There were 27 attendees.


The 2014 AGM Report
Click here for the consolidated 2014 AGM Report containing:
President's Report
Membership Report
JROTC Report
Audited Financial Report