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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-Fifth Congress of the

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-Fifth Congress of the

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08/22/2021
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Apply for and manage the VA benefits and services you’ve earned as a Veteran, Servicemember, or family member—like health care, disability, education, and more.

Timeline Photos
08/22/2021

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The Attack on Pearl Harbor was a pivotal moment in United States history and woke the “sleeping giant”. The more than 800 Marines serving aboard the ships at Pearl Harbor fought valiantly against the surprise attack and showed the world the courage of United States Marines. Immerse yourself in MCA's Battle Study of Pearl Harbor! https://buff.ly/3u2H72o

08/20/2021

Michiana Marines lost a charter member Sunday night, Steve Grott. Steve had been in the Marine Corps in the early ’60s and was in an Amtrak Battalion in Hawaii.

Steve was a retired crane operator. He was active in Michiana Marines MCL along with AMVETs post 911 in Rolling Prairie, IN.

He was 78. Married to Carol.

He will be at Essling Funeral Home in LaPorte, IN Monday. Visitation will be 9 AM till Noon with a service at Noon. Military honors to follow.

Essling Funeral Home
1117 Indiana Ave
La Porte, IN 46350

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08/15/2021

Timeline Photos

Marines at the Battle of Tarawa faced down the enemy in one of the most gruesome and savage battles in United States history. A Japanese commander said it would take 1,000,000 men 100 years to conquer the island – 18,000 Marines did it in 76 hours. Immerse yourself in MCA's Battle Study of the Battle of Tarawa! https://buff.ly/3scUGKU

08/07/2021

Today is Purple Heart Day - America's Oldest Military Award.

President George Washington established the Badge of Military Merit Aug. 7, 1782, to recognize both unusual gallantry and extraordinary fidelity. Only three of these cloth hearts were awarded, until the Badge of Military Merit was revived in 1932 as the Purple Heart. Originally, the Purple Heart could be awarded for both meritorious service or for combat wounds. Posthumous awards were prohibited until World War II and were awarded only to those killed on or after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order granting the Navy authorization to award the Purple Heart to members of the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. Those wounded in previous wars were granted retroactive awards.

However, posthumous awards were limited to those killed on or after December 7, 1941. During the 1930s, some Civil War veterans applied for and received the Purple Heart.

President Harry S. Truman signed an executive order in 1952 allowing for family members of those killed from April 5, 1917 onward to apply for posthumous awards. Between 1941 and 1997, around 100 civilian war correspondents, Red Cross personnel, and government employees earned the Purple Heart until Congress prohibited the practice in 1997. To date, over 1 million Purple Hearts have been awarded.

Timeline Photos
08/04/2021

Timeline Photos

This article from the Leatherneck archives describes how Marines holding Con Thien, Vietnam, were pounded by artillery, harassed daily by enemy mortar fire and scourged by the elements. Facing them were 30,000 North Vietnamese soldiers “…eager to kick the staves from the barrel.” https://buff.ly/2V5mPZJ

I wanted to share with everyone the passing of our Commandant, Joe Alicea. We've been so honored to have known Joe and b...
08/02/2021
Joseph Alicea

I wanted to share with everyone the passing of our Commandant, Joe Alicea. We've been so honored to have known Joe and been blessed with his presense. You will be truly missed. Thought I'd share the last verse of the Marine Corps Hymn.

“Here’s health to you and to our Corps
Which we are proud to serve;
In many a strife we’ve fought for life
And never lost our nerve.
If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven’s scenes,
They will find the streets are guarded
By United States Marines.”

Gunnery Sergeant Joe Alicea, received his orders on July 30, 2021 and has reported for Duty.

Semper Fidelis

Joseph Alicea, age 65, of Hebron, IN, passed away on Friday, July 30, 2021 at I.U. Methodist in Indianapolis, IN. Joseph Alicea was born on Sept. 23, 1955 to Flor "Lito" and Barbara Alicea (Deceased). He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Diana Alicea, 2 daughters, Angie Miller (Jeff Miller) and R...

08/01/2021

Today is August 1 - all annual membership within the Marine Corps League (MCL) expires August 31. This is a great opportunity for local leadership to craft a letter thanking each member for their continued service to the Detachment and why their renewal is important to the greater mission of the Detachment and the MCL. Include an invoice for membership renewal with a self-addressed envelope.

A good plan of action is to send membership renewal notices 90 days before due date. Consider sending a notice 60 days before and even 30 days before as reminders - if needed.

Membership dues are paid to the local Detachment. Detachment leadership submits proper reports and dues payment to their Department; who subsequently submits to the MCL National Office.

#MarineCorpsLeague
#MCL
#Membership
#MembershipRenewals
#EmbraceTheTribe

07/31/2021
The PTSD Coach App: Help is at Your Fingertips - My HealtheVet

The PTSD Coach App: Help is at Your Fingertips - My HealtheVet

If you’re experiencing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, you’re not alone. The PTSD Coach app offers information about PTSD, available treatments, and managing symptoms.

Photos from Marine Corps Recruiting's post
07/30/2021

Photos from Marine Corps Recruiting's post

Timeline Photos
07/27/2021

Timeline Photos

The Korean War ended on July 27, 1953, when the United States, the People’s Republic of China, South Korea, and North Korea agreed to an armistice. The three-year war resulted in more than one million combat casualties including over 30,000 U.S. troops. We remember and honor all Korean War veterans, Semper Fidelis! https://buff.ly/3iBjVnc

Timeline Photos
07/25/2021

Timeline Photos

AWARDS IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC—Colonel Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller, the commander of 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, center, reads award citations at a ceremony held on Pavuvu in May 1944, during which several Marines were decorated for their actions during the Battle of Cape Gloucester, New Britain. Puller also was decorated for the battle—he received a fourth Navy Cross for his leadership and fighting spirit in combat.

Operation Backhander was the name given to the campaign to take New Britain, a Japanese¬-held island which included an airfield that was critical to the success of the island¬-hopping campaign during World War II. D¬-day was Dec. 26, 1943, and the vitally important airfield was in Allied control by mid¬-January 1944, although fighting continued on the island through April 1944.

When U.S. forces landed at Cape Gloucester, also known as Tuluvu, located on the west end of New Britain, Puller was the executive officer of the 7th Marines. When the commanders of two of the regiment’s battalions were wounded, Col Puller took charge of their units. According to his Navy Cross award citation, he “unhesitatingly exposed himself to rifle, machinegun and mortar fire from strongly entrenched Japanese positions to move from company to company in his front lines, reorganized and maintaining a critical position along a fire¬-swept ridge.”

In February 1944, Puller took command of 1stMarDiv’s 1st Marine Regiment and led his Marines during “mopping¬-up” operations on New Britain. In April, Puller and his regiment sailed for Pavuvu (where this photograph was taken) in the Russell Islands.

When the battle¬-weary Marines arrived on Pavuvu, the site of an abandoned coconut plantation, they were hoping to find an idyllic island paradise. Instead, they were greeted by a thick, muddy jungle covered with rotting coconuts that not only smelled terrible, but attracted land crabs and rats the size of house cats.

Timeline Photos
07/24/2021

Timeline Photos

The Battle of Belleau Wood was one of the most ferocious engagements of World War I. The Marines met and defeated the German Army’s best divisions and earned the nickname “Devil Dogs.” Immerse yourself in MCA's Battle Study of the Battle of Belleau Wood! https://buff.ly/3cWVqiW

07/21/2021

ATTENTION GULF WAR VETERANS AND FAMILIES-
Interested to learn about research relevant to Gulf War veterans? The Dept. of Veterans Affairs Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses will be hosting a virtual public meeting. More details can be found here: https://www.va.gov/RAC-GWVI

The Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses (RAC-GWVI) provides advice and makes recommendations to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on proposed research studies, plans, and strategies related to understanding and treating the health consequences of military service in the Southwest Asia theater of operations during the 1990 - 1991 Gulf War.

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#Veterans, #RACGWVI, #PersianGulfVeterans, #GulfWarVeterans #DesertStorm, #Veterans, #VA #vetresources #MCLveteranaffairs #veteranaffairs #mcl #HQMCL #MarineCorpsLeague


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Hiring Our Heroes
07/18/2021
Hiring Our Heroes

Hiring Our Heroes

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07/09/2021

It is with deep regret that we announce the Passing of Past National Commandant (PNC) Edward A. Schramm Sr; he passed away Monday, 7/5/2021 unexpectedly.

PNC Schramm was National Commandant from 1976 to 1977 and a life member of the Phillip K. Dorn Detachment 198 in New Jersey. PNC Schramm retired from the Hazlet, NJ Police Department as well as Mesa, Arizona Police Department.

It was PNC Schramm’s request to his son that the Marine Corps League be present and participate in his funeral (funeral honors). His son, Edward Schramm Jr. is a Marine Corps Veteran who served from 1984 to 1988.

Fair Winds and Following Seas Sir!

Viewing 7/20 4pm to 7pm
Menke Funeral Home
12420 North 103rd Ave
Sun City, AZ 85351

Funeral 7/21 10:30am
St Clare of Assisi Catholic Church
17111 W Bell Road
Surprise, AZ

Burial at the Veterans part of Holy Cross Cemetery
9925 W Thomas Road
Avondale, AZ

07/04/2021

Happy Independence Day!

(Artwork titled ‘Coming Home’ by Phillip Corley; currently in displays the Museum of the Marine Corps in the combat art gallery.)

07/03/2021

Today is July 3 - all annual membership within the Marine Corps League (MCL) expires August 31 — in less than 60-days. This is a great opportunity for local leadership to craft a letter thanking each member for their continued service to the Detachment and why their renewal is important to the greater mission of the Detachment and the MCL. Include an invoice for membership renewal with a self-addressed envelope.

A good plan of action is to send membership renewal notices 90 days before due date. Consider sending a notice 60 days before and even 30 days before as reminders - if needed.

Membership dues are paid to the local Detachment. Detachment leadership submits proper reports and dues payment to their Department; who subsequently submits to the MCL National Office.

#MarineCorpsLeague
#MCL
#Membership
#MembershipRenewals
#EmbraceTheTribe

Timeline Photos
07/02/2021

Timeline Photos

Graduation ceremonies aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego and Parris Island are now open to the public! Congratulations to the Corps’ newest Marines, Semper Fidelis.

Timeline Photos
07/01/2021

Timeline Photos

Today in History: 1 July 1920 - MajGen John A. Lejeune became the 13th Commandant of the Marine Corps. Gen Lejeune was the guiding force behind the creation of the Marine Corps Association, started the tradition of celebrating the Marine Corps Birthday, and was the first Marine to command an Army division. https://buff.ly/3jlj1xg

Timeline Photos
06/27/2021

Timeline Photos

"Don't be afraid to raise your hand and get the help you need, because holding it in will not get you anywhere." SSgt Jeremiah Workman, USMC (Ret)
In observance of PTSD Awareness Month in 2019, retired SSgt Jeremiah Workman opened up to Leatherneck about his struggle with the mental health condition after returning home from Iraq in 2005 and how it continues to affect him today. Read Jeremiah’s story and find PTSD resources here https://buff.ly/2T5Qh0H

US Marines’ bravery at Battle of Belleau Wood marked 100 years later
06/26/2021
US Marines’ bravery at Battle of Belleau Wood marked 100 years later

US Marines’ bravery at Battle of Belleau Wood marked 100 years later

High-ranking military officials from the United States, France and Germany took part in Memorial Day ceremonies at an American cemetery in France on Sunday to mark the centennial of the Battle of Belleau Wood, a turning point in World War I and a key moment in U.S. Marine Corps history.

Korean War Veterans health issues | Veterans Affairs
06/25/2021
Korean War Veterans health issues | Veterans Affairs

Korean War Veterans health issues | Veterans Affairs

Learn about diseases and other health issues that may affect Korean War Veterans. Find out what steps to take to care for your health and whether you may be eligible for VA health care and disability compensation.

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Valparaiso, IN
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Join Us - Membership Information Do you want to join the Dune's Leathernecks? We have been chartered since June of 2000 Annual Dues: New--35.00 Renewal--30.00 Life Membership Dues - AGE GROUP As of 01/01/2014 0 - 35 $500 36 - 50 $400 51 - 64 $300 65- Over $200 To become a Life Member, you must already be a "Member in Good Standing". That means becoming a member and paying your initial dues first. Yes, according to the Bylaws, you could join the League, pay your dues and then pay your Life Membership Dues all in the same day. Meeting Date and Time: First Monday of each month at 6:30PM

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Associate member Sherri Miller is asking for prayers. Her sister fell at home and is now in hospice.
Hey Ya'll 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
Freddie joined the Marine Corps at 14 and served in the Pacific during WW2
Fund Raiser for Food Pantries Tonight Dec 28th American Legion Post 94 8 til Mid.