Sergeant Major Arthur O. Petty Jr. United States Marine Retired, wife Margie, and daughters Marsha Petty and Jeanne Baxter were invited by the 35th Commandant and first lady of the Marine Corps, General and Mrs. James F. Amos, to an evening Parade in Honor of The Royal Marines on Friday the 31 of August at Marine Barracks, Washington DC. A visit and tour of the home of the Commandant, built in 1801, and reception in the garden, hosted by the Commandant and Mrs. Amos, preceded the parade. Others attending were Royal Marines, Trinidad Naval, and Marines Families. The Petty’s were once stationed in Trinidad.
1 September, the Trinidad group toured Washington, DC and held a dinner at the Marriott Hotel with General and Mrs. James F. Amos, the Guests of Honor. The Commandant and his wife presented the Trinidad group an American Flag that was flown over the Headquarters of Regional Command (Southwest) and 1st Marine Corps Expeditionary Force (Forward), Camp Leatherneck in Helmand Province of Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom with an accompanying certificate signed by the 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps, and the Commanding General and Sergeant Major of the area. Because the Trinidad Group does not have a building, a drawing was held for ownership of the Flag. Sergeant Major Petty was awarded the flag.
Currently, Sergeant Major Petty is a member of Veterans and Concerned Citizens for Veterans of Cannon County under the leadership of Col. Jim Stone and The Hilton Stone American Legion Post #279, commanded by Commander Bobby E. Ferrell, the 2012 Legionnaire of The State of