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Profession

Category:
MilitaryMakers
Occupation(s):
Noncommissioned Officer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Saint Martin
Favorite Quote:
If You Can't Find Time To Do It Right, When Will You Find Time To Do It Again

Birthplace

Born:
9/17/1958
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
MilitaryMakers
Occupation(s):
Noncommissioned Officer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Saint Martin
Favorite Quote:
If You Can't Find Time To Do It Right, When Will You Find Time To Do It Again

Birthplace

Born:
9/17/1958
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

U.S. Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sergeant Joseph H. Geeter was born in Chicago, Illinois. He earned his B.S. degree in management from Park College. In January 1976, Geeter enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and underwent training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot and Basic Logistics School where he graduated as a class honor graduate.

During his first enlistment, Geeter served in all three active Marine Divisions and earned meritorious promotion to Corporal in 1978. In 1981, Geeter was assigned to the Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) in Beaufort, South Carolina where he served in logistics and participated in the NATO exercise Ocean Venture in 1982. He soon transferred to Okinawa, Japan and became the Assistant Group Logistics Chief and Platoon Sergeant, Headquarters and Service Company of the 3rd Force Service Support Group (FSSG). He was then reassigned in 1984 to MCAS, Beaufort and served as the Logistics Chief of Marine Air Control Squadron Five where he coordinated and participated in several field exercises. In 1991, Geeter was deployed to the Republic of the Philippines and served as the Operations Chief and Detachment Gunnery Sergeant for Combat Service Support Detachment-35 in support of MAGTF 4-90. He soon transferred to Okinawa and served as the Logistics Chief of the Tactical Exercise Control Group in the 3rd Surveillance Reconnaissance and Intelligence Group, III MEF. During this tour, Geeter participated in Cobra Gold ‘95 in the Kingdom of Thailand.

Geeter completed the Equal Opportunity Advisor’s Course at the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute and was promoted to Master Gunnery Sergeant in 1999. He then was assigned as the Equal Opportunity Advisor to the Air Station Commanding Officer aboard MCAS, Beaufort. After retiring in 2001, Geeter was appointed as the Corporate Employee Relations Manager at the corporate offices of AmeriGas Propane.

Geeter served as the 16th National President of the Montford Point Marine Association from 2005 to 2009. During the 2010 National Convention, Geeter was inducted into the Montford Point Marine Association Hall-of-Fame. Geeter also served as the National Legislative Officer and the National Public Relations officer for the Montford Point Marine Association. He is also a lifetime member of the NAACP, the 1st & 3rd Marine Division Associations, and the American Legion.

In 1998, Geeter received a Special President's Award from the National President of the Montford Point Marine Association for his work with the Beaufort Chapter, and the James Calendar Award in 1999 for his continued efforts on a national level for the Montford Point Marine Association. He was honored with the prestigious NAACP Roy Wilkins Renown Service Award for his significant contributions to the Marine Corps in the area of equal opportunity and community involvement. Geeter’s military honors include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.

U.S. Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sergeant Joseph H. Geeter was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 26, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Joe Geeter, III describes his mother's upbringing
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Joe Geeter, III describes his father's work experiences
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Joe Geeter, III describes his likeness to his parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Joe Geeter, III lists his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Joe Geeter, III talks about his early neighborhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Joe Geeter, III describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Joe Geeter, III talks about his early experiences with religion
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Joe Geeter, III recalls his childhood interest in sports
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Joe Geeter, III remembers the 1969 World Series
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Joe Geeter, III describes his favorite subjects in school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Joe Geeter, III recalls his maternal grandfather's mentorship
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Joe Geeter, III remembers transferring to Morgan Park High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Joe Geeter, III talks about his favorite high school teachers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Joe Geeter, III recalls his decision to join the U.S. Marine Corps
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Joe Geeter, III remembers joining the bowling team in high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Joe Geeter, III recalls complications prior to starting boot camp
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Joe Geeter, III talks about his early experiences in the U.S. Marine Corps
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Joe Geeter, III recalls searching for his estranged father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Joe Geeter, III remembers his training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego in San Diego, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Joe Geeter, III recalls his administrative graduation from boot camp
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Joe Geeter, III talks about his decision to fight at U.S. Marine Corps boot camp
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Joe Geeter, III remembers being denied the right to vote at boot camp
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Joe Geeter, III describes his experience with racism at Marine Corps Communication-Electronics School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Joe Geeter, III recalls his experiences at logistics school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Joe Geeter, III talks about military representations in the media
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Joe Geeter, III recalls his assignments after logistics school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Joe Geeter, III remembers his work at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Joe Geeter, III recalls moving to the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort in Beaufort, North Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Joe Geeter, III describes his promotion record
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Joe Geeter, III remembers his time stationed at the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Joe Geeter, III recalls becoming a recruiter in Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Joe Geeter, III remembers his recruiting assignment in Joliet, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Joe Geeter, III recalls reuniting with his maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Joe Geeter, III describes his recruiting philosophy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Joe Geeter, III remembers reconnecting with paternal family
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Joe Geeter, III recalls his first encounter with the Montford Point Marine Association, Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Joe Geeter, III remembers teaching lessons about African Americans who served in the U.S. Marine Corps
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Joe Geeter, III describes the history of African Americans in the U.S. Marine Corps
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Joe Geeter, III talks about the Persian Gulf War
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Joe Geeter, III describes how Jimmie Howard received the Congressional Medal of Honor
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Joe Geeter, III remembers meeting Jimmie Howard
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Joe Geeter, III talks about preserving Jimmie Howard's legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Joe Geeter, III remembers his last duty station in Beaufort, South Carolina
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Joe Geeter, III remembers training a second lieutenant, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Joe Geeter, III remembers training a second lieutenant, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Joe Geeter, III recalls training to become an equal opportunity advisor
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Joe Geeter, III remembers his last U.S. Marine Corps position
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Joe Geeter, III recalls his decision to leave the U.S. Marine Corps
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Joe Geeter, III talks about his awards
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Joe Geeter, III remembers his first civilian position at AmeriGas Propane, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Joe Geeter, III recalls his transition to civilian life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Joe Geeter, III remembers being the national president of the Montford Point Marine Association, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Joe Geeter, III talks about the formation of the Montford Point Marine Association, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Joe Geeter, III recalls lobbying for the Congressional Gold Medal for the Montford Point Marines
  • Tape: 5 Story: 13 - Joe Geeter, III remembers rallying support in Washington, D.C. for the Congressional Gold Medal bill
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Joe Geeter, III recalls having to re-lobby after the 2010 midterm elections
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Joe Geeter, III remembers the vote for the Congressional Gold Medal
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Joe Geeter, III describes the aftermath of the congressional vote
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Joe Geeter, III recalls the support of the original Montford Point Marines
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Joe Geeter, III talks about the support of AmeriGas Propane, Inc.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Joe Geeter, III reflects upon his military legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Joe Geeter, III describes the impact of his U.S. Marine Corps career has had on his private sector career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Joe Geeter, III recalls making the Montford Point Marines documentaries
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Joe Geeter, III reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Joe Geeter, III talks about the importance of the Montford Pointers Marine Association, Inc. in his life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Joe Geeter, III describes his family's support of his endeavors
  • Tape: 6 Story: 12 - Joe Geeter, III reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Joe Geeter, III narrates his photographs