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Dunes Leathernecks Helping the public, Marines and Marine veteran in Northwest Indiana with information on how we work Lejeune. Roosevelt on August 4, 1937. S. Marine Corps.

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. It takes equal pride in its Federal Charter, approved by An Act of the Seventy-Fifth Congress of the United St

ates of America and signed and approved by President Franklin D. The League is the only Federally Chartered Marine Corps related veterans organization in the country. Since its earliest days, the Marine Corps League has enjoyed the support and encouragement of the active duty and Reserve establishments of the U. Today, the League boasts a membership of more than 76,000 men and women, officer and enlisted, active duty, Reserve Marines, honorably discharged Marine Veterans and qualified Navy FMF Corpsmen and is one of the few Veterans Organizations that experiences increases in its membership each year.

The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is celebrating 75 years of bringing the joy of Christmas to communities across the U...

The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is celebrating 75 years of bringing the joy of Christmas to communities across the US! Our annual "Holly Days” toy collection event is scheduled for Dec 3rd @ Central Park Plaza in Valparaiso, IN. Stop by and make that toy donation to our volunteers at the Marine Corps League canopy. It is our goal to assist as many less fortunate children in the Porter, Starke, and Jasper areas as we can this holiday season. If you are unable to attend, our last toy drive will be Dec. 10th at Foundation Park at the Santa & Sirens event.

Happy birthday to all my brothers and sisters out fighting the good fight! 🇺🇸 here’s to another 247 years 🍻

Happy birthday to all my brothers and sisters out fighting the good fight! 🇺🇸 here’s to another 247 years 🍻


Today and always, we honor the families of American service members who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our lives and our liberties. Let us remember the heroes they lost, share in their grief, and support them as they navigate life without their loved ones by their sides.

The world teaches us time and again that peace is never guaranteed and that the blessings of a free society can never be taken for granted. As we again see the advance of authoritarianism around the globe, our Nation’s service members continue to preserve and defend an idea rooted in freedom and democracy: the idea of the United States of America. They answer duty’s call, prepared to sacrifice everything to keep our country safe and our fundamental principles strong and secure.

At every step, the families of these patriots share in the sacrifice — their service too often unseen, their heroism too often unsung. Military service often requires loved ones to celebrate life’s milestones apart, parents to raise children alone, and partners to forgo each other’s wisdom, comfort, and love when it is needed most. Deployments can bring uncertainty and fear — something my family has experienced firsthand. And for those who receive that devastating news — that their loved one is not returning home — life is never the same.

No words can fill the hole left in the heart of each of our Nation’s Gold Star families. No ceremonies can replace the missing pieces of their souls. But we must never fail to recognize all these families have given for our Nation. We will uphold our fundamental duty to remember the lives of our fallen warriors and honor our sacred obligation to stand by their surviving families — always. And through my Administration’s Joining Forces initiative, we will ensure that all military and veteran families, caregivers, and survivors have what they need to begin healing.

On Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day, our country renews its pledge to ensure that these heroes’ families have the resources and the support they need in their loved ones’ absences. We honor the Gold Star families who are there for one another even in their own grief, bringing solace to others who understand their pain. And on behalf of a grateful Nation, we thank these families for their service and their sacrifice. May God bless our troops and may God bless our Gold Star families.

The Congress, by Senate Joint Resolution 115 of June 23, 1936 (49 Stat. 1895 as amended), has designated the last Sunday in September as “Gold Star Mother’s Day.”



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From Belleau Wood to the Battle of the Bulge, Korea to Vietnam, Afghanistan to Iraq, and around the world, American patriots have dared all, risked all, and given all to defend our Nation and protect our liberties. Now and always, we honor their service, valor, and sacrifice. We also continue the righteous work of bringing home our heroes who remain unaccounted for.



Today, we honor the lives of American Former Prisoners of War and those still missing in action. You are not forgotten.

Visit https://www.benefits.va.gov/persona/veteran-pow.asp to learn more about the programs and services VA offers American Former Prisoners of War.


On this day in 1944, the 1st Marine Division landed against heavy opposition on Peleliu. Learn more about the 1st Marine Division through World War II from a Leatherneck Archives article here: https://buff.ly/3LguDgJ


We protect. We serve. We remember. Today and every day, the Marine Corps promises to never back down from the fights we encounter in pursuit of the protection of our Nation. Semper Fidelis.


VA is making it easier for Veterans to take charge of their health care and benefits with the new VA: Health and Benefits mobile application. Nearly 700,000 users in the Veteran community have already downloaded the app, and the feedback has been positive so far. The app currently has a rating of 4....


The Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry requires a common web browser technology to guide you through the registry questionnaire. You may try a different browser, or you may try from a different computer. You may also see this problem if you are in a high security environment where this is d...


What do heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes all have in common? There are steps you can take to prevent them or greatly reduce your risk. talk with your VA provider to create an individual preventive health plan. Learn more: https://www.womenshealth.va.gov/overview.asp


28 July 1918- Marine Corps Officer takes command of Army Division

MajGen John A. Lejeune assumed command of the 2d Division, U.S. Army in France, and remained in that capacity until August 1919 when the unit was demobilized. He was the first U.S. Marine Corps officer to hold an Army divisional command, and following the Armistice, he led his division in the march into Germany.

Image: Official USMC Photo


Today we honor those who served in the Korean War. We remember the 23,600 Americans who were killed in action and the more than 103,000 who were wounded during the conflict.

Veterans of this war are more prone to suffer from disabilities related to cold injures as a result of exposure to severe cold climates. Korean War Veterans are encouraged to:

🔹Talk to your primary health care provider or your local VA environmental health coordinator about other health concerns related to your military service.

🔹Find out if you qualify for disability compensation and other benefits if you have an illness or injury caused—or made worse—by your active-duty service.

Learn more: https://www.va.gov/.../health-issues-related.../korean-war/


Do you use My HealtheVet, VA's online patient portal? The process for signing into your account is changing. Soon, My HealtheVet users will start signing in through the new VA sign-in page. This new process will give your account an extra layer of security to keep your VA information safe.


A note from Woody Williams dated July 4, 2006:

I suppose "luck" plays a certain influence on life, but faith plays a much more important part. Do not be afraid of dreaming the seemingly impossible if you want the seemingly impossible to become a reality. Fate and Faith will dictate what our lives will be, but Faith can always overcome Fate. We are Masters of choice for our lives. May yours be full, exciting, and may God give you the strength to meet every challenge. Love life, love people, and receive the love God has freely given each of us.


-Hershel W. Williams


Rob Riggle

Most people know him from "The Daily Show," "21 Jump Street," or "NTSF:SD:SUV," but a select few know him first and foremost as a Marine. Rob Riggle spent over 20 years in the United States Marine Corps (1990-2013) and has shown that the military can provide stability while helping pave the way to success. Riggle spent most of his early years in Kansas – he attended high school in Overland Park and graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Theater and Film.

Riggle's first military ambition was to be a pilot, but subsequently left flight school to peruse comedy. He served for nine years on active duty before going into the reserves. He became a Public Affairs Officer and was usually attached to Command Elements. Due to his occupational specialty, Riggle served with a number of different units including the 2/2, 3/8, 24th MEU SOC, 2nd MAW, CENTCOM, MTU-17, HQPA, 3rd Bat., and 5th Special Forces Group.

While serving, Riggle visited Liberia, Kosovo, and Afghanistan. "My military service definitely helped me understand what the military was up against in Iraq and what they were trying to accomplish. Having served in Afghanistan, I understand how difficult the mission can be," he said in a public interview set up by the Washington Post.

Many celebrity veterans left their service behind once they'd found their stride, but Riggle maintained strong ties to the Marine Corps for many years. In fact, he was still a reservist while his career in entertainment gained traction. While he was acting, performing stand-up comedy, and pitching ideas to Hollywood, Riggle managed to put in the requisite time to the Marine Corps Reserves. However, on January 1, 2013, Riggle announced his retirement from the USMC.

When asked what he most enjoyed about being a Marine, Riggle stated that "One – I earned the title Marine, no one gave it to me. I'll be proud of that as long as I'm alive. Two – Marines are loyal to each other. I like loyalty. Three – Marine Corps history and tradition is something to be proud of, and I've been part of that history for the last 19 years. And four – honor, courage and commitment. Those words really do mean something."


IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Hershel W. “Woody” Williams, the last remaining Medal of Honor recipient from World War II, will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin announced at a memorial on Sunday where Williams was remembered for his courage, humility and selflessness.


Marine Corps League life member and Medal
of Honor recipient, CWO4 Hershel W. "Woody" Williams lying in state in the rotunda of the West Virginia State Capital, guarded by US Marines.


Sikh plaintiffs have asked the court to issue an order allowing the practice immediately.


The passing of Hershel "Woody" Williams at age 98 marks not just the death of a hero, but the end of a line of heroes of the Greatest Generation.


Sometimes words are just not enough.

Woody, thank you for your selfless life of service, for your constant smiles and positivity, for your legacy that will last for generations and for being my best friend.

I love you.


June 29, 2022
Huntington, West Virginia
Hershel “Woody” Williams VA Medical Center

Today at 3:15am, Hershel Woodrow Williams, affectionately known by many as Woody went home to be with the Lord. Woody peacefully joined his beloved wife Ruby while surrounded by his family at the VA Medical Center which bears his name.

Details about the funeral and memorial services will be shared as that information becomes available.

Woody’s family would like to express their sincere gratitude for all of the love and support. They would also like to share that

Woody’s wish is that people continue to carry on his mission.

All correspondence and condolences may be sent to the Woody Williams Foundation via email at [email protected] or via mail at:

Woody Williams Foundation 12123 Shelbyville Rd.
Suite 100
Louisville, KY 40243

-The Woody Williams Family and Foundation


Dear Friends:

As many of you have likely heard, Woody is currently in the hospital in his beloved home state of West Virginia. We certainly appreciate all of those who have reached out with well wishes and all who have been sharing prayers for Woody’s healing and comfort.

At this time, Woody is not accepting visitors and his family appreciates everyone respecting his privacy. As he lives out his last days, we welcome and appreciate any additional prayers lifted up on behalf of Woody and his family.

All correspondence and inquiries about Woody may be sent to the Woody Williams Foundation via email at [email protected] or via mail at:

Woody Williams Foundation
12123 Shelbyville Rd.
Suite 100
Louisville, KY 40243

We will be providing additional updates as they become available.

Thank you again for the love and support.

-The Woody Williams Family and Foundation


We ask that you take a moment to send some gratitude, love, thoughts, and prayers this hero's way and the way of his closest loved ones. Herschel ‘Woody’ Williams is the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient from WWII, earning this prestigious award during the Battle of Iwo Jima. Woody is a proud member of the Marine Corps League and has selflessly dedicated his time, talent, and energy ensuring that there is a Gold Star Families Memorial in every state. Not only did he achieve his goal but there are 100 such memorials across the country. We are extraordinarily grateful for the gifts that he has given so many Gold Star Families.


Corpsman Up! Happy 124th Birthday U.S. Navy Hospital Corps or “Doc”!

On June 17, 1898, President William McKinley formally approved the establishment of the U.S. Navy Hospital Corps. Since then, Navy Hospital Corpsmen have continued the tradition of caring for Marines and Sailors in our military hospitals, onboard ships, and on battlefields around the world.

Semper Fi “Devil Doc!


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The Battle of Normandy began on June 6, 1944 — the first major step in ending tyranny in Europe. VA honors those who stormed the beaches of Normandy on D-Day. Their bravery and determination will never be forgotten.


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Don't forget, April 5, 2021, The installation of new officers for Detachment 1056. Cocktails at 1800, sandwiches and sides at 1900.

Please call Associate member Sherri Miller with your side dishes, if you haven't already done so. (219) 241-8301.
Thank You Sherri Miller , Detachment 1056
Join us next Saturday at Foundation Meadows for a special themed Toy Drive! Santa & Sirens is a drive-thru stationary display of emergency vehicles that your kids are sure to love as you enter with Big Santa waving hello 👋🎅 New, unwrapped toy donations will be accepted safely from your vehicle on behalf of Toys for Tots by The Dunes Leathernecks Marine Corp League.

Special thank you to Valparaiso Fire Department, Valparaiso Police Department and Porter County Sheriff's Office for helping us put on this family friendly event!
KICK OFF THE HOLIDAYS with HOLLY DAYS tonight, Dec 6 in downtown Valparaiso, 5:30 - 7:30!
Train rides (east side of the courthouse)
FREE pictures with Santa (at Porter Health Amphitheater)
Ice carving (Central Park Plaza)
Fire throwers (Lafayette Street)
Stroll through the decorated streets, visit your favorite
shops, and dine at one of the unique restaurants during
their holiday open houses!
The Dunes Leathernecks Marine Corp League will be collecting new, unwrapped toys or cash donations for Toys for Tots. Look for them on Lafayette Street!
To make the holidays merrier for more children, the Dunes Leathernecks Marine Corp League will be collecting new, unwrapped toys or cash donations at our event Friday, Dec. 6 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Look for them on Lafayette Street!
Fund Raiser for Food Pantries Tonight Dec 28th American Legion Post 94 8 til Mid.