Mike Blum enlisted in the Marine Corps in December 1960. Upon completion of Recruit Training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, he was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines at Camp Pendleton. In October 1962, the Battalion boarded ship and sailed for Cuba in response to the “Cuban Missile Crisis”. After spending two months at sea off the coast of Cuba, they returned to the States and then boarded ship for Okinawa. He went on to serve in Japan, Korea, the Philippines and Vietnam.
Upon return to the States in 1964, he was assigned to Marine Corps Base, Quantico then to Marine Corps Supply Activity, Philadelphia. He received an Honorable Discharge in June 1965, with the rank of Corporal. While on active duty, Mike earned the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Cuba), Vietnam Service Medal w/bronze star, Korean Defense Service Medal and the Republic of Vietnam Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon.
Mike spent nearly forty years in the business world and retired in 2004 as Vice President and General Manager for the Hecht’s Division of May Department Stores (now Macy’s). In November 2004 he became National Executive Director of the Marine Corps League. He served in that position until June 2015.
As a Licensed Realtor for many years, Mike works for Corner House Realty, proudly serving all of Howard and surrounding counties.
Mike was named Marine of the Year for the State of Maryland in 2005.
In 2010, he was named an Honorary Past National Commandant of the Marine Corps League. He is only the 16th Marine to be so honored since 1937.
In April 2016, the Howard County Executive appointed Mike to serve on the Commission for Veterans and Military Families.
Mike and his wife Sandra have three (3) sons and two (2) granddaughters and have resided in Columbia, Maryland for 47 years. Mike enjoys boating, fishing and competitive shooting.