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Brief History of the Marine Corps League

The Marine Corps League was organized during a reunion of Marines who had served in the 1st World War in New York in New York in June 1923. The League was chartered by an act of the United States Congress on August 4th, 1937. The League was authorized to assist and aid in presenting claims before the Veterans Administration by Public Law # 243, passed by the 74th Congress of the United States of America.

The Purpose of the Marine Corps League

To preserve the traditions, promote the interest and perpetuate the history of the United States Marine Corps; to band together those who are now serving in the United States Marine Corps, eligible FMF Corpsmen, FMF Chaplains and those who have been honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps, United States Navy together in fellowship, that they may effectively promote the ideals of American freedom and democracy; to help fit its members for the duties of citizenship and to encourage them to serve ably as citizens as they have served our nation under arms; to hold sacred the memory and history of the men and women who have given their lives to the Nation; to foster love for the principles which they have supported by blood and valor since the founding of the Republic; to aid voluntarily and to render assistance to all Marines, FMF Corpsmen and FMF Navy Chaplains, uniformed and civilian, as well as their widows and orphans; to create a bond of comradeship between those in the service and those who have returned to civilian life; to perpetuate the history of the United States Marine Corps and by fitting acts to observe the anniversaries of historical occasions of peculiar interest to Marines.

Who can be a Member of the Marine Corps League?

The Marine Corps League (MCL) is a Marine Corps oriented organization. Membership in the MCL is comprised of Regular Members and Associate Members. To be eligible for Regular member in the MCL a person must meet one of the following criteria: Person who is serving, or has served honorably in the United States Marine Corps "on active duty", for not less than ninety (90) days, and persons who are serving, or have served in the United States Marine Corps reserve, and have earned no less than ninety (90) reserve retirement credit points; United States Navy Corpsmen and who have trained and served with United States Marine Fleet Marine Forces (FMF) units in excess of ninety (90) days and have earned the Marine Corps device (clasp) worn on the service ribbon, and those who earn the Warfare Device authorized for FMF Corpsmen; and United States Navy Chaplains having earned the FMF Badge serving with Marines. Those individuals who are not qualified to join as regular members of the MCL may be accepted as Associate Members.

MajGen. John A. Lejeune

Franklin D. Roosevelt

MajGen. John A. Lejeune

Special letter from our Detachment ;

Greetings from the Marines of the Pineywoods Detachment 1189.
Thank you for your interest in the Marine Corps League.

The Marine Corps League was formed so that its members could join together in camaraderie and fellowship for the purpose of preserving the traditions and promoting the interests of the United States Marine Corps. Members include those who are now serving in the United States Marine Corps, as well as current and former Navy FMF Corpsmen, Navy FMF Chaplains those who have been honorably discharged from those services, and friends of the Marine Corps.

The Marine Corps League perpetuates the traditions and spirit of all Marines, Navy FMF Corpsmen and Navy FMF Chaplains, 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, and signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on August 4, 1937. The League is the only Federally Chartered Marine Corps-related veterans organization in the country.

The Pineywoods Detachment received its charter in February of 2005, and holds regular meetings on the third Thursday of each month at 6:00 P.M. for DINNER with members, Marine, Navy FMF Corpsmen, Navy FMF Chaplains and their families followed by a 7:00 p.m. official meeting in the D.A.V. building located at 3110 Appleby-Sand Road, Nacogdoches. All current and former Marines, Navy FMF Corpsmen, Navy FMF Chaplains and persons interested in the United States Marine Corps are invited to join us. The detachment sponsors a Marine Corps League Birthday Ball in November and participates in patriotic events like the Veterans Day Parade in Nacogdoches and displaying U.S. flags in Nacogdoches on key dates.

For more information visit our website at or call 936-552-6823 or 936-288-0038.

Semper Fidelis, and remember, "Once a Marine, Always a Marine!"  See you at the meeting, Marine!

If you are interested in membership, print both front and back copy of the membership forms below fill it out and either bring it with a copy of your DD-214 to a meeting or mail them to:

Pineywoods Detachment 1189
Marine Corps League
P. O. Box 633781
Nacogdoches, Texas 75963-3781