Marine Corps League Detachment 853

Marine Corps League Detachment 853 The Chesapeake Detachment 853 of the Marine Corps League is located in the heart of Chesapeake, Virginia. Founded by Marine Corps Veterns in May 1993.

Operating as usual


We lost Richard Boyce last night was our Jr Vice and life member please keep family in your prayers.


Just to let you all know our Chaplain John Bailey is in ICU with the Covid please keep
Him and family in your prayers


Christmas food baskets tomorrow @ 0900

Commandant Joe Hoadley, senior vice Wilmont Griffin, junior vice David Weber, and judge advocate David Perdue

Commandant Joe Hoadley, senior vice Wilmont Griffin, junior vice David Weber, and judge advocate David Perdue

National Museum of the Marine Corps

National Museum of the Marine Corps

Marine Monday - 1stLt George H. Cannon

Today's #MarineMonday highlights First Lieutenant George H. Cannon, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the bombardment of Midway Island on 7 December 1941.

Upon graduation from the University of Michigan, Cannon accepted a commission in the United States Marine Corps on 25 June 1938. On 7 September 1941, he reported to Midway Island as a platoon leader and member of the Battalion Coding Board.

During the bombardment of Midway Island by Japanese forces, Cannon was at his command post when he was mortally wounded by enemy shell fire. He refused to be evacuated from his post until after his men, who had been wounded by the same shell, were evacuated. Cannon directed the reorganization of his command post until forcibly removed. As a result of his utter disregard of his own condition, he later died from loss of blood.

Cannon was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions. A destroyer was named in his honor, sponsored by his mother, and launching on 25 May 1943.

Semper Fi, Marine.


Meeting 12/07/2020 @1900

Semper Fi Sir!

Semper Fi Sir!

Marine Monday - Col William E. Barber

It's #MarineMonday and today, in recognition of the 70th Anniversary of the Chosin Reservoir Campaign, we are highlighting Colonel William E. Barber, who received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the bitter cold campaign in Korea in November and December 1950. A captain at the time, he led his company in a desperate five-day defense of a frozen mountain pass vital to the 1st Marine Division's breakout to the sea.

Read his full citation here:

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Captain William Earl Barber, United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty and without detriment to the mission of his command in combat with the enemy in Korea, from 28 November to 2 December 1950, as Company Commander of Company F, Second Battalion, Seventh Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Reinforced), in action against enemy aggressor forces near the Chosin Reservoir, in North Korea. Assigned to defend a three-mile mountain pass along the division's main supply line and commanding the only route of approach in the march from Yudam-ni to Hagaru-ri, Captain Barber took position with his battle-weary troops and, before nightfall, had dug in and set up a defense along the frozen, snow-covered hillside. When a force of estimated regimental strength savagely attacked during the night, inflicting heavy casualties and finally surrounding his position following a bitterly fought seven-hour conflict, Captain Barber, after repulsing the enemy gave assurance that he could hold if supplied by airdrops and requested permission to stand fast when orders were received by radio to fight his way back to a relieving force after two reinforcing units had been driven back under fierce resistance in their attempts to reach the isolated troops. Aware that leaving the position would sever contact with the 8,000 Marines trapped at Yudam-ni and jeopardize their chances of joining the 3,000 more awaiting their arrival in Hagaru-ri for the continued drive to the sea, he chose to risk loss of his command rather than sacrifice more men if the enemy seized control and forced a renewed battle to regain the position, or abandon his many wounded who were unable to walk. Although severely wounded in the leg in the early morning of the 29th, Captain Barber continued to maintain personal control, often moving up and down the lines on a stretcher to direct the defense and consistently encouraging and inspiring his men to supreme efforts despite the staggering opposition. Waging desperate battle throughout five days and six nights of repeated onslaughts launched by the fanatical aggressors, he and his heroic command accounted for approximately 1,000 enemy dead in this epic stand in bitter subzero weather, and when the company was relieved only two of his original 220 men were able to walk away from the position so valiantly defended against insuperable odds. His profound faith and courage, great personal valor, and unwavering fortitude were decisive factors in the successful withdrawal of the division from the deathtrap in the Chosin Reservoir sector and reflect the highest credit upon Captain Barber, his intrepid officers and men, and the United States Naval Service.

Barber's actions are highlighted in our Chosin Reservoir Campaign immersive exhibit. You can view it online here:

Semper Fi Sir!

Semper Fi Sir!

Damon Juan Larson
Silver Star
DURING Korean War
Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Battalion: 2d Battalion
Division: 1st Marine Division (Rein.)
Died: November 28, 1950

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Second Lieutenant Damon Juan Larson (MCSN: 0-49965), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as Leader of a Machine Gun Platoon of Weapons Company, Second Battalion, Fifth Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Reinforced), in action against enemy aggressor forces in the vicinity of Yudam-ni, Korea, on 28 November 1950. When fifteen of the enemy overran one of his machine gun positions during a strong hostile attack against the company's defensive line, Second Lieutenant Larson, in company with one of his men, immediately proceeded to attempt the recapture of the vital emplacement. Fired upon by two hostile soldiers as he neared the position, he succeeded in annihilating one of the enemy before he was mortally wounded by the other. By his superb leadership, aggressive fighting spirit and loyal devotion to duty, he served to inspire all who observed him and contributed materially to the repulse of the hostile attack, thereby upholding the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

National Museum of the Marine Corps

National Museum of the Marine Corps

Samuel Nicholas is commissioned a captain of Marines

#OTD in 1775, Samuel Nicholas was commissioned a captain of Marines by the Continental Congress. He is traditionally regarded as the first Commandant of the Marine Corps.

IMAGE: Portrait of Samuel Nicholas by Col Donna J. Neary, USMCR. Marine Corps Art Collection

Semper fi Sir!

Semper fi Sir!

Wesley Lee Fox (September 30, 1931 – November 24, 2017) was a highly decorated United States Marine Corps colonel with 43 years of service. Fox was a combat veteran — receiving the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions during the Vietnam War, and is considered to be one of the Marine Corps' legendary heroes.


Installation of officers and December meeting
12/7/20 @ 1900

Happy Thanksgiving Marines! Please remember the men and women that are serving around the world in the arm services.

Happy Thanksgiving Marines! Please remember the men and women that are serving around the world in the arm services.

The Red Patches!

The Red Patches!

Artifact Highlight - World War II “Shore Party” Helmet

This WWII combat helmet, with a small one-inch red square, was worn by Chief Petty Officer Frank L. Allen.

Prior to WWII, Allen worked for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). Skilled in engineering and survey work, he enlisted in the Navy in 1941 and was eventually assigned to a construction battalion, a type of unit the Marine Corps severely needed in their island campaign through the Pacific.

With the need for larger amphibious missions, the "Shore Party" concept became a vital part of amphibious operations. These forces marked routes inland, organized the beach, directed units and supplies to the front, and controlled stragglers and prisoners. As the Marine Corps could not find enough engineers and other personnel quickly enough to suit their needs, five Naval Construction Battalions ("Seabees") were transferred to the Corps to augment their engineer regiments in the Shore/Beach Party role. CM1c Frank Allen's 18th Naval Construction Battalion was one of these units and would become the 3rd Battalion, 18th Marines (Naval Construction) on 23 April 1943. As a part of 3/18, Allen participated in the fierce combat for Tarawa.

Allen's Shore Party-marked Marine Corps M1 Helmet is the NMMC’s first documented artifact showing the use of the trademark Shore Party "Red Patch" in World War II. An original 1944 order in the museum's reference collection, notes the use of a "one inch red square on the front and back of helmet" and a "one inch by three inch" red stripe on each trouser leg below the knee". While popular in modern Landing Support Battalion lore, no previous examples of this type have been identified before by the museum.

The helmet is currently on display in the “New to the Collection” exhibit on the 2nd Deck of the museum.

Welcome Home Marine!

Welcome Home Marine!

Mission Complete-RIP PFC Thomas Frank Johnson

DECEMBER 30, 1924 – NOVEMBER 22, 1943

Thomas was a California boy, born in Hollister on 30 December 1924 and raised in Santa Clara County along with his siblings Marjorie, Hugh, and Kenneth.

Thomas grew up on a dairy farm as a child. The three brothers were very close growing up and spent a lot of their free time fishing and swimming the local lakes and streams of the Santa Clara Valley. Thomas, enlisted in the Marine Corps at the age of seventeen at the end of 1941, and was technically too young to serve – provided he could get parental permission.

This was apparently granted once the school year ended, and on 20 July 1942, Thomas became the second Johnson brother to join the Marines. He completed boot camp in San Diego, and after a brief spell with an anti-tank unit, was assigned to the regimental headquarters of the 6th Marines in October 1942. This venerable regiment had recently returned from a deployment in Iceland, and was quickly making preparations to head to the South Pacific – so quickly, in fact, that the day after Private Johnson joined the unit they boarded the SS Matsonia and sailed from San Diego.

The Johnson brothers would briefly cross paths on Guadalcanal. Although their regiments were assigned to different camps, Hugh and Thomas would see each other in New Zealand. The brothers would fight in the same battle one more time, but they would never see each other again. On 21 November 1943, Thomas, fortunately, never knew of his brother’s fate. His battalion came ashore to the west, on Beach Green, later that evening. After a rubber boat ride to shore and an anxious night under fire, Thomas’ company moved out in the assault on the morning of 22 November.

When night fell, Company B was told belatedly to dig in and prepare for a Japanese counterattack. They would weather three altogether, although Thomas himself likely experienced only one or two. During the action, Johnson’s squad began to run low on ammunition. The nearest supply point was just forty yards away, but getting there through the storm of rifle and machine gun fire seemed impossible. Thomas Johnson volunteered to try. He left his foxhole and scurried back to the rear, where he gathered as much ammunition as he could find. As he tried to run back, however, shrapnel from a shell or grenade hit him in the chest. With his last few breaths, he managed to get the ammo to his buddies before dying on the sand. He was just a month shy of nineteen years old.

News of the brothers’ joint demise reached San Jose around Christmastime. Kenneth, the last surviving Johnson brother, also enlisted in the Marines, but following the deaths of Hugh and Thomas, he was not allowed to serve overseas. The local VFW post was renamed “Hugh Thomas Johnson,” and the elder Thomas would receive his son’s posthumous Silver Star in a ceremony there.

#AHeroRememberedNeverDies #NeverForget #HonoringOurFallen #Saytheirnames

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Motivation Monday!

Moto Monday

Get fired up for giving thanks this week.

Good information.

Good information.


The Marine Corps League (MCL) uniform is not a required item for membership within the MCL; however, if a MCL uniform is worn, it must be worn properly.

The initial identifier of any member of the MCL is the cover. For those reading this but are not a Marine, a 'cover' is that thing that covers your grape (also known as a head, a noggin, a brain housing group). The MCL cover is the basic uniform of MCL members, and as such, with other veteran service organizations, the MCL cover is worn indoors at appropriate MCL events; unlike our time as active-duty Marines. When a MCL member is wearing the appropriate MCL cover, they are deemed to be in uniform.

Other than authorized emblems, patches and/or embroidery, the MCL cover will NOT be adorned with any other type of accessory, patch, pin, etc. Regular Members of the MCL (in good standing) shall wear the anodized or polished brass E/G/A gold color (enlisted style) with screw-post on their cover, Associate Members (in good standing) shall wear the authorized sunburst cover ornament with screw-post. The MCL cover, applicable cover ornaments, cover strips, and Life Member strips are available through the MCL Ship’s Store. The MODD cover patch is available through the MODD Store.

Additional MCL regulations regarding officer identification strips, 'LIFE' membership strips, applicable embroidery, or the Military Order of the Devil Dog (MODD) patch is stated in the 2019 MCL National Administrative Policies Manual, Enclosure 3, available on the Marine Corps League Library website.

Authorized MCL covers are as follows:

1. All members of the MCL (in good standing) are authorized to wear the RED COVER.

2. Members elected or appointed at the Department-level (State-level) are authorized to wear the RED COVER with a GOLD CROWN.

3. Members elected to a National Office or appointed to a National Staff/Committee are authorized to wear GOLD COVERS.

4. The National Commandant will wear a WHITE COVER.

5. The Past National Commandants and Honorary Past National Commandants are authorized to wear a GOLD COVER with WHITE CROWN.

6. The Past Chief Devil Dogs and Honorary Chief Devil Dogs (MODD) are authorized to wear a GOLD COVER with a BLACK CROWN.

7. Past National Vice Commandants of Divisions, Past National Directors, and Past National Directors of Young Marines are authorized to wear a GOLD COVER with a GOLD CROWN.

8. Past Department Commandants and Past Pack Leaders are authorized to wear a RED COVER with a GOLD CROWN.

9. Past Detachment Commandants and Past Pound Keepers are authorized to wear a RED COVER with a RED CROWN.

10. All past officers listed above will identify their past office with a title strip or embroidery and will display the years that they held that office.

11. With the exception of Past National Commandants, Honorary Past National Commandants, Past Chief Devil Dogs, and Honorary Chief Devil Dogs, past officers will also display the organization where they held that office (i.e. Southeast Division, Department of Ohio, Chattanooga Detachment, etc.)

Only the officers listed in this paragraph are authorized to retain the Cover for their previous office after they leave that office. All other members will revert to the appropriate cover for the elected or appointed office currently held, and if any, removing the officer identification strip(s) for prior offices no longer held.

Applicable embroidery on the MCL cover shall not exceed more than three (3) lines, as shown on the diagram. The proper wearing of a MCL cover is required for admittance at a National MCL business meeting.

(source: 2019 MCL National Policy Manual, Enclosure 3)

National Museum of the Marine Corps

National Museum of the Marine Corps

Marine Monday - 1stLt Frank N. Mitchell

It's #MarineMonday and we're honoring 1stLt Frank N. Mitchell who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions on 26 November 1950 in Korea.

Mitchell enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1939, and was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1945.

On 26 November 1950, Mitchell was leading his platoon during a patrol in the vicinity of Hasan-ni when the enemy suddenly opened fire at point-blank range. He dashed to the front under fire from the enemy and seized an automatic rifle from one of the wounded and trained it against their attackers. When he ran out of ammunition, he picked up grenades and hurled them at the enemy while directing and encouraging his man.

Despite being wounded early in the action, Mitchell reorganized his platoon under fire and spearheaded a fierce hand-to-hand fight against the enemy. He personally led a party through the hostile lines in growing darkness and stormed ahead, successfully covering the withdrawal of his men before he was fatally struck down.

For his actions, Mitchell was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. The award was presented on 6 August 1952, to his widow and daughter.

Semper Fi, Marine.


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