MARINE CORPS LEAGUE
General John A. Lejeune
The Marine Corps League was founded by General John A. Lejeune in 1923, receiving its national Charter by an Act of Congress on August 4, 1937. The League is classified as a veterans/military service organization whose purpose is to promote the interests and preserve the traditions of the U. S. Marine Corps; assist fellow Marines, their widows and orphans and participate in various patriotic ceremonies. This detachment falls under the Department of Missouri and within the Midwest Division, National Headquarters Marine Corps League.
The league is comprised of honorably discharged as well as reserve and active duty Marines and FMF Navy Corpsmen with over 90 days of service. Those individuals that want to participate with the Marine Corps League but do not otherwise qualify may join as Associate Members.
Members of the Marine Corps League join together in camaraderie and fellowship for the purpose of preserving the traditions and promoting the interests of the United States Marine Corps, banding together those who are now serving in the United States Marine Corps and those who have been honorably discharged from that service that they may effectively promote the ideals of American freedom and democracy, voluntarily aiding and rendering assistance to all Marines and former Marines and to their widows and orphans; and to perpetuate the history of the United States Marine Corps and by fitting acts to observe the anniversaries of historical occasions of particular interest to Marines.
Purposes of the Marine Corps League
To preserve the traditions, promote the interest, and perpetrate the history of the United States Marine Corps and, by fitting acts, to observe the anniversaries of historical occasions and of particular interest to Marines.
To band those who are now serving the United States Marine Corps and those who have been honorably discharged from that service together in fellowship, that they may effectively promote the ideals of American freedom and democracy.
To fit its members for the duties of citizenship and to encourage them to serve ably as citizens as they have served our nation under arms.
To hold sacred the memory and history of men who have given their lives to the nation.
To foster love for the principles that they have supported by blood and valor since the founding of the Republic.
To maintain true allegiance to American institutions.
To aid voluntarily, and to render assistance to all Marines, uniformed and civilian, as well as to their widows and orphans
History of the Marine Corps League
The Marine Corps League perpetuates the traditions and spirit of ALL Marines and Navy FMF Corpsmen, who proudly wear or who have worn the eagle, globe and anchor of the Corps. It takes great pride in crediting its founding in 1923 to World War I hero, then Major General Commandant John A. Lejeune. It takes equal pride in its Federal Charter, approved by An Act of the Seventy-
The Marine Corps League is headed by an elected National Commandant, with 14 elected National Staff Officers who serve as trustees. The National Board of Trustees coordinates the efforts of 48 department, or state, entities and the activities of over 900 community-
The prime authority of the League is derived from its Congressional charter and from its annual National Convention held each August in different major U.S. cities throughout the nation. It is a not-
Programs of the Marine Corps League
MARINES HELPING MARINES -
The program was created to support injured Marine Corps personnel located at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC, Brooke Army hospital in San Antonio, as well as the Naval Hospitals at Balboa, Camp Pendleton and elsewhere. The Wounded Marines Program works closely with the Wounded Warrior Regiment. The scope of support encompasses; financial support, visits from Marine Corps League members, off site day trips to include family outings, dinners, short trips in support of the individual Marines’ needs and professional sporting events as tickets and opportunities present themselves.
U. S. MARINES YOUTH PHYSICAL FITNESS PROGRAM
The League developed and administers a program that provides a physical fitness regimen that promotes a healthy, drug free life style for elementary and high school students.
YOUNG MARINES OF THE MARINE CORPS LEAGUE
A youth program emphasizing honesty, courage, respect, industry, loyalty, dependability, and a sense of devotion to God, country, community and family. The Young Marines program receives funding from Congress and the United States Marine Corps primarily because of their drug interdiction focus on drug education and prevention.
Members of the Marine Corps League fund scholarships through donations from individual members and subordinate units of the Marine Corps League and Auxiliary. Children and former Marines are eligible for academic scholarships for attendance at accredited colleges and universities.
The Marine Corps League is a member of The Military Coalition and participates in National and State legislative issues that affect military readiness, benefits and entitlements of active duty personnel as well as Veterans Benefits programs effecting former and retired Marines.
VETERANS SERVICE OFFICER PROGRAM
The National Headquarters retains a full-
VETERANS AFFAIRS VOLUNTARY SERVICE PROGRAM (VAVS)
Marine Corps League members contribute thousands of man-
MARINE CORPS LEAGUE AUXILIARY
The Auxiliary was formed: To Preserve the traditions and promote the interests of the United States Marine Corps; To maintain true allegiance to American institutions; To hold sacred the history and memory of the men and women who have given their lives to this Nation; To perpetuate the history of the United States Marine Corps and by fitting acts, to observe the anniversaries of historical occasions of particular interest to Marines; To create a bond of comradeship between the Auxiliary and the Marine Corps League; To aid voluntarily and to render assistance to all Marines and former Marines as well as to their families; To help decorate the graves of all deceased Marines whenever and wherever possible; To strive for the passage of legislation favorable to the Marine Corps League, Inc. and to the United States Marine Corps and its personnel; To always foster love of Honesty, Loyalty and Truth, and a reverence to our God, Our Country, Our Family and Our Home.
MILITARY ORDER OF DEVIL DOGS
The fun and honor society of the Marine Corps League.
Marine Corps League Detachments in nearly every community take part annually in the United States Marine Corps Reserve Toys-
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
The Marine Corps League has long regarded the program of the Boy Scouts of America as in support of the Preamble of the Constitution of the League. The League supports the Boy Scouts of America as they promote traditional family values to America’s youth. The Marine Corps League participates in Scouting through assistance with units, districts, and councils, in community projects, merit badge programs, and special recognition of Eagle Scouts.
The League works very closely with the Marine Corps’ M-
Marine Corps League Foundation
The Marine Corps League Foundation is the charitable subsidiary of the Marine Corps League. The Foundation, was formed in 1989 as a non-
The Foundation is incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia as a non-
To learn more about the Marine Corps League Foundation please visit the organization's website at http://www.mclfoundation.org/.
Members find the State and National Conventions of the League ideal vacation venues for themselves and family members. Held in a different city each year, many families attend year after year and particularly enjoy the many planned activities and tours related to these get-
The Marine Corps League is a charter member of The Military Coalition, The National Marine Corps Council, AdHoc Committee, Navy and Marine Corps Council, the National Veterans Day Committee, and is represented on countless committees and programs serving the military and veteran community.
The League participates in patriotic functions such as the National Memorial Day Parade and the National 4th of July Parade in Washington as well as countless statewide and community parades around the country. We provide representation to the U.S. Congress in legislative matters affecting the United States Marine Corps, national security and veteran’s benefits through our National Legislative Committee. Most importantly, Marine Corps League Detachments are actively involved in Community based programs throughout the country.
Marine Corps League Detachment 1405
Detachment Officers 2017-
Matthew Giustiniano Hubert Brune Janice Hartley
Jr. Past Commandant Chaplin Detachment Commandant
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Charles Covert Jim Hartley
Sr. Vice commandant Adjutant
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Hugh Nisbit Jr. Robert Smith
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Marine Corps League Crest Marine Corps League Life Member Crest
Detachment Member Cover Department Officer Cover
Detachment Woman Member Cover National Officer Cover
MARINE CORPS LEAGUE RIBBONS
SHOWN IN ORDER OF PRECEDENCE
National Officer Cover Right Shoulder Ribbon Around Neck Belt
Devil Dog Patch Right Side Devil Dog patch or American Flag Either MODD Tag or Black Leather with Marine Corps
Eagle Globe and Anchor Left Side. with blue field forward Marine of Year Medal League buckle or
NO PINS ARE TO BE WORN ON COVER Cannot wear both at same time Kaki Web belt with Dress Blue
White Aviator shirt with epaulets
Star Burst on each collar anchor turned inward.
Marine Corps League Patch
DoD Ribbons or
Marine Corps League Ribbons
DO NOT MIX DoD AND MCL RIBBONS
Marine Corps Dress Blue with Blood Stripe
The Marine Corps League operates under the Roberts Rules of Order to maintain order and discipline during the meeting. We are not to discuss politics or religious matters during the meeting partially because of their volatility and we are not authorized to speak for the Marine Corps League on these matters.
During the meeting if a member wishes to address the floor on any topic he or she is to rise, salute and address the Commandant as Sir or Madam Commandant, state his or her name, and wait to be recognized before he or she begins talking. This is for common courtesy and to help maintain order. No member should speak over another who has the floor but wait his or her turn to speak.
The Uniform of the day is at the desecration of the Commandant. The cover is required to be worn indoors because that is the minimum Marine Corps League uniform.
If you are wearing your cover you are in uniform.
Most Detachments only asks the members to wear casual civilian attire and their cover during their monthly business meetings. The membership may wear other Marine Corps League Uniforms if they wish, but if they do they must wear it properly. If the detachment is having a special occasion or an important person attending the Commandant may ask the membership to wear a specific uniform to the event.
Yes we wear our covers indoors and salute indoors!!!
It feels unusual when you first start but you will get accustomed to it!
Alternate Pocket Crest Black Trousers Black Tie Patch
Cover Emblem Collar Insignias
Cumberbum Belt Buckle Cuff Links
Blazers Cover Insgina
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Military Order of the Devil Dogs
Honor Society of the Marine Corps League
DEVIL DOG'S CREED:
I am an American: I was born in France. I have held the title of United States Marine, and understand the commitment of holding the title, Devil Dog. It is a tradition born at Belleau Wood in the year 1918, of a Force In Readiness and the "First To Fight". As a Devil Dog, I ask no quarter and give no quarter. I will do everything in my power to uphold the objectives of the Military Order of Devil Dogs and to carry out my duties to a swift and satisfactory completion.
The Military Order of the Devil Dogs is the fun and honor society of the Marine Corps League.
Promotes good fellowship amongst the members of different Marine Corps League Detachments. The Order provides amusement and entertainment at all gatherings of the League, when and where advisable, preserves and strengthens the principles and ideals of the League, and maintains true allegiance to the United States of America and its Constitution and laws. It fosters and extends American institutions of freedom and defends America against all enemies foreign and domestic. The Order is also VERY active in raising funds for children's hospitals, and associated charities.
The Military Order of Devil Dogs is made up only of Members of the Marine Corps League. The Order only accepts the most worthy of League Members.
How to Join:
You must be a paid-
The Pound is on a local level and is usually made up of members of different Marine Corps League Detachments. On the State level there is the Pack, and on the National level there is a Kennel. There are three different degrees in the Order. The lowest degree is that of a Pup. The next degree is that of a Devil Dog. The highest degree is that of a Pedigreed Devil Dog. The Pup wears a black ribbon, the Devil Dog wears a red ribbon, and the Pedigreed Devil Dog wears a gold ribbon. The ribbon is worn around the neck and a Dog Tag is attached to it.
The head of the Pound is called the Pound Keeper. The head of the pack is the Pack Leader. The head of the Kennel is also the head of all Devil Dogs and is called Chief Devil Dog.
The Order's many charitable donations not only help people in need, but also build good public relations for the Order, the League, and the United States Marine