Loudoun County Marine Corps League Detachment 1205

Loudoun County Marine Corps League Detachment 1205 "Even after our Marines have retired from keeping our country safe, they are still out there working for us...." We provide Marine Corps League presence to community events and we are the Local Community Organization responsible for Toys for Tots for Loudoun County.

Mission: To provide Marines and friends of Marines with a way to serve the community, the country, and the Corps.

Operating as usual

The true Story of how 'E-Tool' Smith earned his famous nickname
09/20/2020
The true Story of how 'E-Tool' Smith earned his famous nickname

The true Story of how 'E-Tool' Smith earned his famous nickname

There’s a famous Marine Corps story from the Vietnam War, where a Marine got a confirmed kill with a small collapsible shovel, called an entrenching tool, or E-tool. Here's what really happened.

National Museum of the Marine Corps
09/11/2020

National Museum of the Marine Corps

Terror Strikes

On this date in 2001, terror strikes. A group of terrorists crashed planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Today, we remember and honor the nearly 3,000 people that lost their lives on this date. We will never forget.

Visitors can now see our Terror Strikes exhibit which includes artifacts recovered from the Pentagon and Ground Zero in New York.

Semper Fidelis

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National Museum of the Marine Corps
09/10/2020

National Museum of the Marine Corps

Artwork Highlight - "Marines to the Rigging"

This artwork, titled "Marines to the Rigging," was painted by artist Col Charles Waterhouse, USMCR.

It depicts Marines under the command of Lieutenant John Brooks aboard Commodore Oliver Perry's flagship, the "Lawrence," take to the ship's rigging during the battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812.

It is painted with acrylic on masonite and is a part of the Museum's art collection.

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#USMCMuseum #artwork #history #art #collection #Marines #USMC #SemperFi

National Museum of the Marine Corps
09/06/2020

National Museum of the Marine Corps

Following state and federal guidance, we no longer hand out any materials. Please check our web site, https://www.usmcmuseum.com/covid-19.html to download and print your own map. You may also scan a QR code available at the visitor information desk to download a map to your phone.

09/05/2020

"Wake up, lieutenant. We have the enemy near the hill. When they get closer we are going to kill them. You need to see this."

Books for Kids!
09/04/2020
Books for Kids!

Books for Kids!

100% of your gift today will be used to deliver books and educational materials to the children and teachers who desperately need them.

National Museum of the Marine Corps
09/04/2020

National Museum of the Marine Corps

FAQ Friday

It's #FAQFriday and we're answering some of your questions about our reopening on 8 September!

Q: What is the Museum doing to make my visit safe?

A: All staff and volunteer are required to wear face coverings. Visitors will be reminded often to maintain a safe social distance from others. You must wear a face covering to protect our staff and other visitors. We ask that you keep 6 feet between yourself and anyone outside you group. Please do not visit if you are sick or have had contact with someone who is sick. Wash your hands often, for a minimum of 20 seconds. Don't touch the artifacts, exhibits, or walls. There are hand sanitizer stations throughout the Museum for your use.

Q: Are the restaurants and gift shop open?

A: Tun Tavern will be open with limited seating and Devil Dog Diner remains closed for now. The Museum store will be open.

Q: How do I get a map of the galleries?

Following state and federal guidance, we no longer hand out any materials. Please check our website to download and print your own map prior to your visit. You may also scan a QR code available at the visitor information desk to download a map to your phone. We have posted a map of the 1st deck in the photos below.

For more information about our reopening visit our website at: https://www.usmcmuseum.com/covid-19.html

We are looking forward to welcoming you back to the Museum! The Museum will be open from 9am to 5pm daily starting 8 September.

#USMCMuseum

A future Navy/USMC craft?
09/04/2020
Modern Sea Monsters

A future Navy/USMC craft?

Wing-in-ground-effect aircraft are ideal for the Navy and Marine Corps’ vision of how they would fight a Pacific war.

National Museum of the Marine Corps
09/01/2020

National Museum of the Marine Corps

Reopening 8 September 2020!

The National Museum of the Marine Corps will reopen to the public on 8 September, after closing temporarily in March due to COVID-19. With enhanced health and safety protocols in place, the Museum is excited to welcome visitors back after Labor Day.
Please take a moment to view this special message from our director, Annie Pardo, and deputy director, Dave Vickers.
Visitor Experience Information:
- If you have a fever or COVID-19 symptoms, please visit another time.
- All individuals over age 6 must wear a face covering while in the Museum.
- Keep a distance of at least 6 feet from others.
- Don't touch the artifacts or exhibits.
- Wash or sanitize your hands often.
- Cleaning procedures are enhanced in the museum with extra attention given to high-touch areas.
- You may bring one clear, sealed water bottle no larger than 20 oz.
- Follow instructions from staff and docents. They are focused on keeping everyone safe.
- Semper Fidelis Memorial Park and the Children's Playground are open!
See our website for more information: https://www.usmcmuseum.com/covid-19.html.
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09/01/2020
08/30/2020
Terminal Lance

Terminal Lance

Volume up 🔈 #terminallance #USMC #marines #marinecorps #military

08/29/2020
Marine Forces Reserve

Marine Forces Reserve

OTD 1916: The United States Marine Corps Reserve is established.

From World War I through present day, the Marine Corps Reserve has played an essential role in the Marine Corps Total Force by augmenting and reinforcing the Active Component across the full range of military operations.

08/28/2020
US Marine Corps Historical Company
08/26/2020

US Marine Corps Historical Company

It's National Dog Day! Let's take a look back at some of the original War Dog's the US Marine used in WWII. Marines used the working dogs, mostly Dobermans and German Shepherds, as sentries, messengers and scouts. During World War II, a total of 7 Marine War Dog Platoons were trained at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina, with more than 1,000 dogs trained as Marine War Dogs. Rolo, one of the first to join the Devil Dogs, was the first Marine dog to be killed in action. 29 war dogs were listed as killed in action, with 25 of those deaths occurring on the island of Guam. Today, the U.S. Marine Corps maintains a War Memorial on Guam for those 25 War Dogs that served and died there during WWII. The Marine War Dogs proved in combat that they were "Always Faithful."

He only dropped two points in qualification.
08/26/2020
Meet the ‘deadliest recruit on Parris Island’

He only dropped two points in qualification.

The new Marine scored 248 out of a possible 250 on Table 1 of the Marine Corps Rifle Qualification and followed it by a perfect 100 on Table 2.

National Museum of the Marine Corps
08/21/2020

National Museum of the Marine Corps

Flight Friday - Vought F4U-4 Corsair

No other aircraft is more closely connected to Marine Corps history than the Vought F4U Corsair. The Corsair was dominant in air-to-air combat in World War II and excelled at close air support during the Korean War. Designed to counter improved Japanese fighters as WWII progressed, thanks to its 2,100hp radial engine and 13’ diameter four-bladed propeller, the F4U-4’s top speed reached nearly 450 mph. Nearly 2,400 F4U-4s were produced between 1944 and 1947—a testament to the quality of the design!

The F4U-4 (Bureau Number 97369), which greets visitors in Leatherneck Gallery entered service on 22 March 1946 and was assigned to VMF-232—the “Red Devils”—in the fall of 1950. Alerted for active duty at the outbreak of the Korean War, VMF-232 conducted live-fire training with the 3d Marine Division and provided refresher training for returning reservist Corsair pilots heading to Korea to fly with other squadrons.

While VMF-232 did not see combat during the Korean War, BuNo 97369 did. The aircraft was transferred to VF-44, a US Navy fighter squadron, in November 1952 as the unit prepared for combat. Arriving off Korea in March 1953 aboard the USS Boxer (CVA-21), VF-44 interdicted Chinese supply routes over the final months of the war.

BuNo 97369 ended her military career on 10 June 1956 at the aircraft reclamation facility at NAS Litchfield Park outside of Phoenix, AZ, roughly a decade after she first entered service. It was sold as surplus in 1959 and was stored outdoors in Arizona for many years. The USMC Aviation Museum (a forerunner of the NMMC) acquired the plane in September 1973. The aircraft was restored and displayed at the Marine Corps Air/Ground Museum aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico before being installed in the National Museum of the Marine Corps in 2006.

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National Museum of the Marine Corps
08/21/2020

National Museum of the Marine Corps

Take a look behind the scenes at the Museum's Restoration Branch in this great article from the MCA Leatherneck Magazine.

Learn more about how our artifacts are restored and how our Restoration Branch uses measurements, reference photos, and original materials to make sure our artifacts are immaculately restored down to every last dial and switch.

Check out the article here:
https://mca-marines.org/wp-content/uploads/Restoration.pdf

#USMCMuseum #MuseumFromHome #restoration

08/19/2020
National Museum of the Marine Corps

National Museum of the Marine Corps

It's #NationalAviationDay!

Watch this short video and take a look through the Marine Corps' Aviation history until present day.

Oorah!

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National Museum of the Marine Corps
08/18/2020

National Museum of the Marine Corps

18 August 1965 – Operation Starlite

#OTD in 1965, the Corps launched Operation Starlite, its first large-scale combined arms assault against the Viet Cong.

Under heavy fire, Sikorsky UH-34D helicopters from Medium Helicopter Squadron 361 (HMM-361) landed Marines from Hotel Company, 2d Battalion, 4th Marines, at LZ Blue, held by the 60th Viet Cong Battalion.

The success of Operation Starlite validated vertical envelopment doctrine and illustrated the helicopter’s contributions to the Marine Corps air-ground team.

A depiction of Operation Starlite is in our Leatherneck Gallery in the UH-34D tableau.

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National Museum of the Marine Corps
08/14/2020

National Museum of the Marine Corps

#NationalCodeTalkerDay

Navajo Code Talkers were crucial to the Marine Corps' offensive operations in the Pacific during World War II. While the Museum has been closed we have expanded our Navajo Code Talker exhibit in the WWII Gallery.

The new exhibit includes interviews with Navajo Code Talkers, spoken code as well as the importance and deployment of the code. Also included are artifacts such as a radio and headset used by code talkers and one of the Congressional Gold Medal awarded to the code talkers.

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08/14/2020
National Museum of the Marine Corps

National Museum of the Marine Corps

Seventy-five years ago today, President Harry S. Truman announced the surrender of Japan.

Japan surrendered unconditionally to the Allies, effectively ending World War II. This short clip, from the National Archives, shows how America celebrated the news.

The formal surrender of Japan took place on 2 September 1945 on the Missouri battleship.

To watch the whole newsreel head to our YouTube channel here: https://youtu.be/7IjVx3BHOAk

Learn more about the end of the war in our Virtual Tour here: http://www.virtualusmcmuseum.com/WWII_15.asp

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National Museum of the Marine Corps
08/13/2020

National Museum of the Marine Corps

13 August 1918 - 1st Woman Marine to Enlist

#OTD in 1918, Opha May Johnson became the first woman to enlist in the Marine Corps, one day after the Honorable Josephus Daniels, then-Secretary of the Navy authorized the Navy and Marine Corps Reserves to accept women for service.

Women who enlisted in the Marine Corps during World War I became highly trained clerks and stenographers, freeing men from administrative duties for service overseas. During WWI Women Marines could aspire to the rank of sergeant.

At the end of WWI, the Marine Corps began discharging female Marines from active duty service. It wasn't until 1942 that women were recruited again with the establishment of the Marine Corps Women Reserve at the height of WWII.

IMAGE 1: Opha May Johnson
IMAGE 2: Group of United States Marine Corps Women Reservists from World War I. Defense Dept Photo (Marine Corps).

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08/09/2020
National Museum of the Marine Corps
08/07/2020

National Museum of the Marine Corps

7 August 1990 - 30th Anniversary of the Launch of Operation Desert Shield

#OTD in 1990, President George H. W. Bush ordered U.S. military aircraft and troops to Saudi Arabia as part of a multinational force to defend the country against a possible Iraqi invasion. This order comes only five days after Iraq invades Kuwait.

One week later, the U.S. Marine Corps announced the commitment of 45,000 troops to the Persian Gulf area as part of Operation Desert Shield.

Do you remember this date in Marine Corps history?

Photo: A Marine moves out with his unit during Operation Desert Shield. DoD Photo

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08/03/2020
National Museum of the Marine Corps

National Museum of the Marine Corps

Good news!

The National Museum of the Marine Corps’ Semper Fidelis Memorial Park is now open as we continue to work on a phased reopening plan for the Museum proper.

Small ceremonies may be held in the park as long as safe social distancing is practiced. These are first come, first serve; no need to schedule. We've missed being a part of these important military milestones and look forward to hosting them inside again when conditions allow.

We hope you will enjoy the great outdoors while learning about Marine Corps history through the monuments along the trails.

Please remember to practice safe social distancing.
The playground remains closed.

10 questions only a veteran would ask Terminal Lance
08/01/2020
10 questions only a veteran would ask Terminal Lance

10 questions only a veteran would ask Terminal Lance

Given the enduring popularity of Terminal Lance, we decided to ask its creator the hard-hitting questions no one else would: Like whether he's for or against silkies; what's the first thing he'd do during the zombie apocalypse; and whether he prefers Rip Its or Wild Tiger.

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Marine Corps League, PO Box 162
Purcellville, VA
20134

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Meetings at this location at 1900 on the third Monday of every month.

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The Detachment's major community contribution is the annual Toys for Tots drive. Christmas of 2019 saw the members of the Detachment and over 300 volunteers from Loudoun and Western Fairfax counties collect, sort, package and deliver over 30,000 toys to needy children. The Detachment sponsors Toys for Tots fund raising events during the year, provides color guards for community activities and sends care packages to deployed Loudoun County Marines. Membership is open to all Marines. Auxillary membership is also open to members from sister services and non-military community members. To inquire and learn more about us visit http://www.loudounmarines.org/index.html

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