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Marine Corps Leaque Detachment 961
Boonville N.Y. 2017 Officers:
Commandant- Richard Chrisman
Sr. Vice Commandant- Kenneth Walters

Vice Commandant-
Paymaster- Royal Kraeger
Adjutant- George Fallon
Sgt at Arms- Jim Bassett
Judge Advocate- Jim King


MCL Life Membership dues will be increasing 1 July 2023 - annual membership dues are not being affected.

It was determined that the Life Membership dues have not been increased for approximately 19 years; the year 2004 was the last time that Life Membership Fees were increased at the National Convention. The MCL National Board of Trustees has been discussing this increase for many years. The following paragraph is reprinted from the MCL National Administrative Procedures:

“Section 7050. Life Members. … Effective 1 September 2021 the Life Membership fee shall be as established by the National Board of Trustees and shall be posted on the National Website.”

The Life Membership is only available if the member’s annual dues have been paid and the member is in good standing. Any member desiring to pay their Life Membership Fees at the current rate, must do so and be post-marked no later than 30 June 2023. Any Life Membership payments after that date are listed above. Life Membership dues must be paid through your local detachment; submitted with the applicable member transmittal form.

On behalf of the National Board of Trustees,

Semper Fi,
Johnny Baker
National Commandant / CEO
Marine Corps League


78 years ago - today! - Flag raising on Iwo Jima

Of all the death and destruction that took place on that island, one symbol of hope and perseverance stood proudly above all others. The flag raising. We could talk about the two flags that were raised and the controversy spun but the reality is, you could raise Old Glory on that mountain ten thousand times and it would still represent the same thing. The United States of America will fight and we will win. Or as Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal stated: “The raising of that flag on Suribachi means a Marine Corps for the next 500 years.” And if there is a Marine Corps for the next 500 years, that means the United States of America exists, as well.

23 February 1945: Four days after the initial landings on Iwo Jima, 1stLt Harold G. Schrier led 40 men from Company E, 2d Battalion, 28th Marines, up Mt. Suribachi to secure the crest and raise the small American flag that battalion commander LtCol Chandler Johnson had given Schrier. Within an hour, the patrol reached the rim of the crater. After a short fire-fight with Japanese defenders emerging from several caves, the small American flag was attached to an iron pipe and raised over the island.

Left-Commandant Burton Sperry, the youngest Marine at the USMC birthday celebration with Mac Waterman, Past Commandant a...

Left-Commandant Burton Sperry, the youngest Marine at the USMC birthday celebration with Mac Waterman, Past Commandant and the oldest Marine, keeping with tradition in the cake cutting ceremony.

Jim's professionalism, wisdom and sense of humor are just a few qualities that will be missed.  Condolences to Helen and...

Jim's professionalism, wisdom and sense of humor are just a few qualities that will be missed. Condolences to Helen and his family. RIP Jim.

View James F. King's obituary, contribute to their memorial, see their funeral service details, and more.




Today, we celebrate the birthday of the Marine Forces Reserve!

Since its creation in 1916, the Marine Corps Reserve has stood ready and answered the call to arms whenever the country needed them most. Reserve Marines have served in every major conflict in our country's modern history, always providing the ready Marines so vital to mission accomplishment.

They serve side-by-side with their active duty counterparts across the full spectrum of military operations, bringing unique skills and knowledge from their civilian occupations that help make us a more capable force.

For Marines transitioning out of active-duty service, we encourage you to reach out to your career planner or monitor to ask about how you can continue your service and leadership as a Marine while also pursuing an active civilian life. Once a Marine, always a Marine.

Semper Fidelis.

You can learn more about the Marine Corps Reserve, and how to join, at:


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Today is Memorial Day. While it has become a day for BBQ's, beaches and sales, please remember the real reason for this day, and why so many have off work to observe it.

Interestingly, no one agrees where Memorial Day started. Numerous places claim it, which only proves how important we as a nation agree it is to remember our fallen.

At any rate, the name Memorial Day wasn't official until 1967, some 100+ years after the first observances.

This is also not Veterans Day. While we'd argue any day is a good one to thank a Veteran for their service, and ask how they are, today is dedicated to those we've lost.

It's not a "Happy" day, either.

Take some time today to think about those who died in service to our country. Attend a Memorial Day event, if possible.

Think of the families of the fallen, and those who served with them on this solemn day.

We ask so much of our countrypeople who serve in uniform. Many made the ultimate sacrifice.

Today is about them and a grateful nation they gave everything to.



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The national Medal of Honor Museum held it's ground breaking today.

The national Medal of Honor Museum held it's ground breaking today.

The story of one tough Marine!

The story of one tough Marine!

You might not know it to look at him, but the "little old man" in the center of this photo was one of the toughest Jarheads ever.

In 1942 when he was only 14, Jacklyn "Jack" Lucas enlisted in the Marine Corps after convincing the recruiter he was 17.

Posted to a depot unit at Pearl Harbor, Jack was bored and wanted action, so in January of 1945, he rolled up a combat uniform under his arm, sneaked out of camp, and stowed away aboard a Naval Transport that was taking 1st Battalion, 26th Marines, 5th Marine Division to Iwo Jima.

Not knowing what to do with him, the Marine battalion commander busted Jack one rank, then assigned him as rifleman to C Company. A few days later, Jack turned 17.*

The day after landing on Iwo Jima, Jack dove on top of one Japanese gr***de then pulled another beneath him. The blast ripped through his body, but saved his comrades.

It took 21 surgeries to save him, and for the rest of his life carried in his body more than 200 large pieces of shrapnel.

On October 5th, 1945, Jack Lucas received the Medal of Honor from President Harry Truman in a ceremony on the White House lawn. He is the youngest Marine ever to receive the nation's highest honor.

He then returned to high school.... as a freshman.

After college, Jack entered the Army as a Captain in the 82nd Airborne, and survived a training jump in which neither his main chute nor his reserve chute opened.

Two years before he died in 2008, Jack was honored by the Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Michael W. Hagee, who presented him with a Medal of Honor ceremonial flag at the Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C.

It was during that ceremony that this photo was taken.

Semper Fidelis.

* Although the claim often is made that he actually was only 15, every official document (including his obituary) I've been able to locate puts his d.o.b. as 2/14/1928, which would have made him 17 in 1945. If someone has a primary-source document with a different d.o.b., please send it to me.


A Marine who lost a limb during the evacuation of Afghanistan isn't doing so hot. Give him some love brothers and sisters! I hope this makes it to him
He wrote"I hate the way I look right now and I'm working mentally on coming to terms with loss of my right arm and my left leg,"

You have family here brother


Today is Gold Star Mother's and Family's Day. Today, we recognize and honor those mothers and families who have lost a son, daughter, or family member in the service of the U.S. Armed Forces. Thank you for your service. 🇺🇸


A letter to the force from Gen. David H. Berger, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, and Sgt. Maj. Troy E. Black, the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, as they reflect on 20 years since the attacks on 9/11:


Warrior Women Wednesday


Welcome home Sgt Stoddard

Reposted from Finally Home

Sgt. Donald D. Stoddard was laid to rest at Mountain View Memorial Park in Boulder, Colo., June 26, 2021. Stoddard died during the siege of Betio Island in November 1943 during World War II while assigned to 1/6. His remains were recovered in March 2019 by the non-profit organization, History Flight. Semper Fi and welcome home Marine!

photo by Cpl. Chase W. Drayer


Home News Great-grandson of the last living WWII Medal of Honor recipient becomes a... News Great-grandson of the last living WWII Medal of Honor recipient becomes a Marine By Staff Writer - June 22, 2021 2088 0 SHARE Facebook Twitter Screenshot from CBS News video The great-grandson of the last liv...

Happy Birthday to the US Navy Hospital Corps, the only all-enlisted and the most decorated Corps in the Navy!

Happy Birthday to the US Navy Hospital Corps, the only all-enlisted and the most decorated Corps in the Navy!


World War II Marine veteran Elwood "Woody" Hughes died on Monday, DATE. Hughes was one of the last living Chicago area natives to have witnessed the American flag raising on Mount Suribachi at Iwo Jima.



In light of yesterday's events at the Capitol, I want to remind all our members that as per our charter and by-laws we are a non-political organization. That means, we do not discuss politics at our meetings, events or functions or anywhere the Marine Corps League is represented. This includes all Marine Corps League social media sites, to include, National, Department, and Detachment level social media sites.
You are free to discuss anything you wish on your personal social media sites, and anywhere the Marine Corps League is not represented. Our public relations people are aware of the situation and will remove any political comments or discussions, and if necessary block people from Marine Corps League sites. Please keep your comments and discussions to your personal social media sites. We respect everyone's opinion and freedom of speech as long as it does not draw attention to the Marine Corps League.

Semper Fidelis
Dennis Tobin
National Commandant
Marine Corps League


On Dec. 15, 2020. Staff Sgt. Andy Archer with Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, saved a recruit’s life at the chow hall aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island S.C. Archer said, while supervising his platoon at the chow hall, that a recruit walked up to him visibly in distress. Archer realized the severity of the situation and acted quickly.

“We were at noon chow and I was watching the platoon like a normal day,” said Archer. “Out of nowhere a recruit walked up and his face was red. I performed the Heimlich maneuver and after the third pump [I was able to dislodge the food]. I looked at him and made sure he was alright. Once I realized he was okay I told him to finish eating.”

Archer, like all drill instructors, are CPR certified at Drill Instructor School and must re-qualify every two years to ensure they are capable of providing life saving measures for recruits if needed.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo and story by Lance Cpl. Ryan Hageali)


The Marine amphibious assault vehicle that sank off the Southern California coast during a training exercise last week and human remains have been found after an intensive search effort, the military said Tuesday.


Scotty Harris began his military career when he enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1943 at the age of 17. He earned the first of his four Purple Hearts when he was wounded in the Philippines in 1944. Harris, who retired as a Major, also served in the Korean War and in Vietnam.


Saturday's D-Day remembrance in Normandy have turned out to be one of the loneliest remembrances ever.


NATIONAL DEVIL DOG DAY On April 27th, enjoy a treat in the name of National Devil Dog Day! The day honors the service members dubbed with the nickname and the devilish snack cake. With a layer of cream filling sandwiched between two layers of devil’s food cake, Devil Dogs became a tasty single-ser...


“I’m only one call away,” is the first line of Charlie Puth’s hit song and that is what the 3rd Marine Aircraft Band wants you to remember in their tribute to the nation’s first responders called to save lives in America’s hospitals. The 3rd Marine Aircraft Band covered Puth’s song in ...


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In November 1943, Marine 1st Lt. Alexander Bonnyman, Jr. was mortally wounded while leading a successful assault on a critical Japanese fortification on the Pacific atoll of Tarawa, and posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military honor.

The brutal, bloody 76 hour battle would ultimately claim the lives of more than 1,100 Marines and 5,000 Japanese forces.

But 1LT Bonnyman's remains, along with those of hundreds of other Marines, were hastily buried and lost to history following the battle, and it would take an extraordinary effort by a determined group of dedicated civilians to find him.

In 2010, having become disillusioned with the US government's half hearted efforts to recover the "lost Marines of Tarawa," 1LT Bonnyman's grandson, Clay Bonnyman Evans, was privileged to join the efforts of History Flight, Inc., a non-governmental organization dedicated to finding and repatriating the remains of lost US service personnel.

History Flight's mission was to recover hundreds of Marines long lost to history in the sands of Tarawa including Clay's grandfather.

Even as the organization began to unearth the physical past on a remote Pacific island, Clay begins his own quest to unearth the reclaim, the true history of his grandfather, a charismatic, complicated hero whose life had been whitewashed, sanitized and diminished over the decades.

On 29 May 2015, Clay knelt beside a History Flight archaeologist as she uncovered the long-lost, well-preserved remains of his grandfather.

And more than seventy years after giving his life for his country, a World War II hero finally came home.