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Dunes Leathernecks Helping the public, Marines and Marine veteran in Northwest Indiana with information on how we work with the community and Marines in the State of Indiana.

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 United States of America and signed and approved by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on August 4, 1937. 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. S. Marine Corps. 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.

Mission: Helping both the public and Marines in Northwest Indiana with information on how we work with the community and Marines in the State of Indiana. If you do not find the information you are looking for please go to contacts and you will find information on our officers and a form that will assist you. If you are a Marine new to the area or just finding out about the League, then please Join! You will be among many Marines from all generations.

The Marine Corps League National Headquarters

The Marine Corps League National Headquarters

Recognizing those who served - and, remembering those who have yet to return home. THANK YOU!

#operationthankyou #vietnamveteransday #vietnamveterans #vietnamveteran #vietnamwar

The Marine Corps League National Headquarters

The Marine Corps League National Headquarters

In 1965, the United States landed its first combat troops in South Vietnam as 3,500 Marines arrived to defend the U.S. air base at Da Nang.

Marine Corps Times

Marine Corps Times

On the 75th anniversary of the invasion of Iwo Jima, we remember the sacrifice and heroism of the Marines who fought and died in one of the most pivotal battles of World War II.

Marine Corps Association & Foundation

Marine Corps Association & Foundation

Run, walk, bike, or swim 75 miles between February 19th and March 26th to honor the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima. With each mile, you will be recognizing the legacy of the brave Marines who stormed the island and took part in one of the bloodiest battles of the Pacific War.

Uncommon Valor was a Common Virtue.

Register for this and our other runs at the registration page on our website: https://mca-marines.org/virtual-run-registration/

Sgt Grit Marine Specialties

Sgt Grit Marine Specialties

Does this bring back any memories?

Marine Corps Direct

Marine Corps Direct

DEVILDOGS: A term given to Marines by the Germans in WWI at the Battle of Belleau Wood in France. During the battle, The Marines charged into the German trenches through mustard gas, and fought with such ferocity that the dying Germans remarked on the relentless grit of the Marines, to the effect of “Wer sind diese Teufelshunde?’, which means “Who are these Devil Dogs?!”
Like this design? Find it on our ‘combat charged devildog performance poly!’
#Devildogs #USMC #MarineCorps #Marines #Semperfi #Usmchistory

America, Hell Yeah

America, Hell Yeah

This is Maj. Bill White (Ret.), the oldest living Marine at 104 years old. Let's do something special for him.

His assisted living home wants to get him a basket of Valentine's Day cards. Go ahead an send one to this hero at:

Operation Valentine
ATTN: Hold for Maj Bill White, USMC (Ret)
The Oaks at Inglewood
6725 Inglewood Ave
Stockton, CA 95207

Here's a little more about the Major:

In 1934, enlisted with the Marine Corps and crossed the equator on board the USS Colorado in 1936 as a “shellback.” He was stationed at Pearl Harbor from 1936 to 1937 before being transferred to the 4th Marine Regiment in Shanghai.

When WWII started in 1942, Bill was assigned to Parachute School and was transferred to the 4th Parachute Battalion in Bougainville. When the paratroopers were recalled from the Pacific in 1943, he went to the Parker Ranch in Hawaii to prep for the invasion of Iwo Jima.

Something big happened to Bill at the time while the invasion occurred.

Bill arrived at Iwo Jima on February 19, 1945. On the morning of February 28th, he was heading to the front lines. He was told to relieve another Marine in a foxhole. Tapping him on the shoulder, Bill said, “I’m here to relieve you.” When the man turned around, Bill realized that the Marine was his brother-in-law, the only brother of his wife. They only had the opportunity to say hello and then goodbye as they switched positions.

On March 3rd, Bill led his men to the direction of the Japanese front line. Under a salvo of rocket fire and grenades, he made his way closer to the line. After throwing two grenades, one of the Japanese grenades hit close to Bill, picking him up and slamming him against the wall. After staggering back to the First Aid Station and getting patched up, they listed him as a GSW or Gun Shot Wound. Nothing Bill could say changed their minds, and he was sent back to the U.S.

The Marine Corps League National Headquarters

The Marine Corps League National Headquarters

The recent skinny regarding MCL membership cards. Please help communicate this to your fellow members.

“We used to print the cards on a dot-matrix printer, in-house and on paper. This year we decided to move to a plastic card instead of paper as the paper one can easily get destroyed.

We have a list of thousands of names that are at a company that is to print the membership cards, stick them to a letter, and mail them to our members. They are having an issue getting it to work.

Once they get it squared away, the new cards will be sent and the new process will be better than the old one. I cannot provide a timeline.”

COO Borka

Sgt Grit Marine Specialties

Sgt Grit Marine Specialties

The Basic Military Rules:

Marine Corps Rules:

01. Be courteous to everyone, friendly to no one.

02. Decide to be aggressive enough, quickly enough.

03. Have a plan.

04. Have a back-up plan, because the first one probably won’t work.

05. Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet.

06. Do not attend a gunfight with a handgun whose caliber does not start with a ‘4.’

07. Anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice. Ammo is cheap. Life is expensive.

08. Move away from your attacker. Distance is your friend (Lateral & diagonal preferred.)

09. Use cover or concealment as much as possible.

10. Flank your adversary when possible. Protect yours.

11. Always cheat; always win. The only unfair fight is the one you lose.

12. In ten years nobody will remember the details of caliber, stance, or tactics. They will only remember who lived.

13. If you are not shooting, you should be communicating your intention to shoot.

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A fallen soldier's dog tags finally come home 75 years after the Battle of the Bulge
A fallen soldier's dog tags finally come home 75 years after the Battle of the Bulge

A fallen soldier's dog tags finally come home 75 years after the Battle of the Bulge

Pfc. Roger W. Taylor left his family's farm in the Beloit area 75 years ago for deployment to Europe during World War II. He never came home, but the dog tags he wore during his 22 months of Army service finally finished their journey back to his home town

You Can Still Help Children Today!
You Can Still Help Children Today!

You Can Still Help Children Today!

Your gift still matters! Toys for Tots shops all year long to deliver toys to children at Christmas.

The Marine Corps League National Headquarters

The Marine Corps League National Headquarters

What Makes a Marine a Marine?

Ask a Marine what’s so special about the Marines and the answer would be “esprit de corps”, an unhelpful French phrase that means exactly what it looks like – the spirit of the Corps, but what is that spirit, and where does it come from?

The Marine Corps is the only branch of the U.S. Armed Forces that recruits people specifically to Fight. The Army emphasizes personal development (an Army of One), the Navy promises fun (let the journey begin), the Air Force offers security (its a great way of life). Missing from all the advertisements is the hard fact that a soldier’s lot is to suffer and perhaps to die for his people, and take lives at the risk of his/her own.

Even the thematic music of the services reflects this evasion. The Army’s Caisson Song describes a pleasant country outing. Over hill and dale, lacking only a picnic basket. Anchors Aweigh, the Navy’s celebration of the joys of sailing, could have been penned by Jimmy Buffet. The Air Force song is a lyric poem of blue skies and engine thrust. All is joyful and invigorating, and safe. There are no land mines in the dales nor snipers behind the hills, no submarines or cruise missiles threaten the ocean jaunt, no bandits are lurking in the wild blue yonder. The Marines Hymn, by contrast, is all combat. We fight our Country’s battles, First to fight for right and freedom, We have fought in every clime and place where we could take a gun, in many a strife we have fought for life and never lost our nerve.

The choice is made clear. You may join the Army to go to adventure training, or join the Navy to go to Bangkok, or join the Air Force to go to computer school. You join the Marine Corps to go to War! But the mere act of signing the enlistment contract confers no status in the Corps. The Army recruit is told from his first minute in uniform that “you’re in the Army now”, soldier. The Navy and Air Force enlistees are sailors or airmen as soon as they get off bus at the training center. The new arrival at Marine Corps boot camp is called a recruit, or worse, (a lot worse), but never a MARINE. Not yet, maybe never. He or she must earn the right to claim the title of UNITED STATES MARINE, and failure returns you to civilian life without hesitation or ceremony.

Recruit Platoon 2210 at San Diego, California trained from October through December of 1968. In Viet Nam the Marines were taking two hundred casualties a week, and the major rainy season operation Meade River, had not even begun, yet Drill Instructors had no qualms about winnowing out almost a quarter of their 112 recruits, graduating eighty one. Note that this was post-enlistment attrition; every one of those who were dropped had been passed by the recruiters as fit for service. But they failed the test of Boot Camp, not necessarily for physical reasons at least two were outstanding high school athletes for whom the calisthenics and running were child’s play. The cause of their failure was not in the biceps nor the legs, but -in the spirit. They had lacked the will to endure the mental and emotional strain, so they would not be Marines. Heavy commitments and high casualties not withstanding, the Corps reserves the right to pick and choose.

History classes in boot camp? Stop a soldier on the street and ask him to name a battle of World War One. Pick a sailor at random to describe the epic fight of the Bon Homme Richard. Everyone has heard of McGuire Air Force Base. So ask any airman who Major Thomes McGuire was, and why he is so commemorated. I am not carping, and there is no sheer in this criticism. All of the services have glorious traditions, but no one teaches the young soldier, sailor or airman what his uniform means and why he should be proud of it. But – ask a Marine about World War One, and you will hear of the wheat field at Belleau Wood and the courage of the Fourth Marine Brigade, fifth and sixth regiments.

Faced with an enemy of superior numbers entrenched in tangled forest undergrowth, the Marines received an order to attack that even the charitable cannot call ill – advised. It was insane. Artillery support was absent and air support hadn’t been invented yet, so the Brigade charged German machine guns with only bayonets, grenades, and indomitable fighting spirit. A bandy- legged little barrel of a gunnery sergeant, Daniel J. Daly, rallied his company with a shout, “Come on you sons a bitches, do you want to live forever?” He took out three machine guns himself, and they would give him the Medal of Honor except for a technicality, he already had two of them. French liaison-officers, hardened though they were by four years of trench bound slaughter, were shocked as the Marines charged across the open wheat field under a blazing sun directly into the teeth of enemy fire. Their action was so anachronistic on the twentieth-century battlefield that they might as well have been swinging cutlasses, but – the enemy was only human; they could not stand up to this. So the Marines took Belleau Wood. The Germans called them “DOGS FROM THE DEVIL”

Every Marine knows this story and dozens more. We are taught them in boot camp as a regular part of the curriculum. Every Marine will always be taught them! You can learn to don a gas mask anytime, even on the plane in route to the war zone, but before you can wear the Eagle Globe and Anchor and claim the title you must know about the Marines who made that emblem and title meaningful. So long as you can march and shoot and revere the legacy of the Corps you can take your place in line. And that line is unified spirit as in purpose. A soldier wears branch of service insignia on his collar, metal shoulder pins and cloth sleeve patches to identify his unit. Sailors wear a rating badge that identifies what they do for the Navy. Marines wear only the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor, together with personal ribbons and their CHERISHED marksmanship badges.

There is nothing on a Marine’s uniform to indicate what he or she does, nor what unit the Marine belongs to. You cannot tell by looking at a Marine whether you are seeing a truck driver, a computer programmer, or a machine gunner. The Corps explains this as a security measure to conceal the identity and location of units, but the Marines penchant for publicity makes that the least likely of explanations. No, the Marine is amorphous, even anonymous, by conscious design.

Every Marine is a rifleman first and foremost, a Marine first, last and Always! You may serve a four-year enlistment or even a twenty plus year career without seeing action, but if the word is given you’ll charge across that Wheatfield! Whether a Marine has been schooled in automated supply, or automotive mechanics, or aviation electronics, is immaterial. Those things are secondary – the Corps does them because it must. The modern battle requires the technical appliances, and since the enemy has them, so do we, but no Marine boasts mastery of them. Our pride is in our marksmanship, our discipline, and our membership in a fraternity of courage and sacrifice.

“For the honor of the fallen, for the glory of the dead”, Edar Guest wrote of Belleau Wood, “the living line of courage kept the faith and moved ahead”. They are all gone now, those Marines who made a French farmer’s little Wheatfield into one of the most enduring of Marine Corps legends. Many of them did not survive the day, and eight long decades have claimed the rest. But their actions are immortal. The Corps remembers them and honors what they did, and so they live forever.

Dan Daly’s shouted challenge takes on its true meaning – if you lie in the trenches you may survive for now, but someday you may die and no one will care. If you charge the guns you may die in the next two minutes, but you will be one of the immortals. All Marines die in the red flash of battle or the white cold of the nursing home. In the vigor of youth or the infirmity of age all will eventually die, but the Marine Corps lives on. Every Marine who ever lived is living still, in the Marines who claim the title today. It is that sense of belonging to something that will outlive your own mortality, which gives people a light to live by and a flame to mark their passing.

[ author unknown ]

RallyPoint - The Military Network
RallyPoint - The Military Network

RallyPoint - The Military Network

Find service members and veterans like you, discuss military life, and share professional opportunities on the largest military network.

Disabled Veterans eligible for free National Park Service Lifetime Access Pass - VAntage Point
Disabled Veterans eligible for free National Park Service Lifetime Access Pass - VAntage Point

Disabled Veterans eligible for free National Park Service Lifetime Access Pass - VAntage Point

Many Veterans, with a service connected disability rating, are entering Federal parks for free with the Lifetime National Parks Access Pass. Good for entry into 400+ National Parks and over 2,000 recreation sites across the country, the Lifetime Access Pass is one more way a grateful nation says tha...

The Dunes Leathernecks Detachment Toys for Tots Program is grateful for Joy Armstrong and Donna Levi at Lee's Barber Sho...

The Dunes Leathernecks Detachment Toys for Tots Program is grateful for Joy Armstrong and Donna Levi at Lee's Barber Shop for their generous support of the Toy for Tots Program. This year Lee's Barber Shop donated 60 bicycles plus several boxes full of toys. Thank you to Lee's Barber Shop for supporting Toys for Tots. Their community service goals certainly align with those the Marine Corps has promoted for over 72 years through our Toys for Tots Program. With their generous support we will be able to fulfill the Christmas holiday dreams of thousands of less fortunate children.

Valpo Parks

Valpo Parks

THANK YOU to the G.E. Marshall Excavating employees for their donation of 5 bikes to the Valpo Parks Toys for Tots campaign!

The generosity continues tomorrow, December 14th for our Touch a Truck for Toys for Tots event! Join us from 11 am to 1 pm at Central Park Plaza to explore your favorite big rigs while supporting your local Toys for Tots with donations of new unwrapped toys.

Donations are also welcome at Valpo Parks Admin Building, 3210 N. Campbell Street, Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. through December 20th.

The Dunes Leathernecks Detachment would like to thank Joy Armstrong and Donna Levi at Lee's Barber Shop in Valparaiso fo...

The Dunes Leathernecks Detachment would like to thank Joy Armstrong and Donna Levi at Lee's Barber Shop in Valparaiso for their growing collection of toys and bicycles for the Toys for Tots toy drive.

Valparaiso Events

Valparaiso Events

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 #HollyDays event Friday, Dec. 6 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Look for them on Lafayette Street!


4 Monroe St
Valparaiso, IN

General information

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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Fund Raiser for Food Pantries Tonight Dec 28th American Legion Post 94 8 til Mid.