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HISTORY OF THE EAST VALLEY MARINES

Formed in 2007, the detachment consists of approximately 100 members who join together for fellowship and for the good of those Marine veterans in need.

Our Mission Statement 


HISTORY OF THE MARINE CORPS LEAGUE (ARIZONA)

The Department of Arizona was chartered in 1972 and is currently comprised of 24 operational detachments with more than 2,000 active members home-based in or near most of the major population centers of the State. Our membership is very diverse and consists of Marines, FMF Corpsmen and Associate members who served our country from WWII to the present day. 


 
HISTORY OF THE MARINE CORPS LEAGUE (NATIONAL)

  • 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 about 70,000 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 Corps League is headed by an elected National Commandant, with 14 elected National Staff Officers who serve as trustees.
  • The National Board of Trustees coordinates the efforts of 48 department, or state, entities and the activities of over 1000 community-based detachments located throughout the United States and overseas.
  • The day-to-day operations of the League are under the control of the National Executive Director with the responsibility for the management and direction of all programs, activities, and affairs of the Marine Corps League as well as supervising the National Headquarters staff.
  • The prime authority of the League is derived from its Congressional charter and from its annual National Convention held each August in different major U.S. cities throughout the nation.
  • It is a not-for-profit organization within the provisions of the Internal Revenue Service Code 501(c) (4), with a special group exemption letter which allows for contributions to the Marine Corps League, its Auxiliary and subsidiary units, to be tax deductible by the donor.

HISTORY OF THE YOUNG MARINES

The Young Marines was founded in 1959, by the Brass City detachment of the Marine Corps League in Waterbury, CT. The Young Marines received its charter on October 17, 1965, and continued its affiliation with the MCL as well as becoming US Marine Corps drug demand reduction program for youth in July 1993. In 1975 the Young Marines extended its membership to females, and in 1995 the program went international with units in Okinawa, Japan. The Young Marine program was awarded the Fulcrum Shield in 2001. This was the first Fulcrum Shield Award ever bestowed.

The Young Marines are different from JROTC units, in that they are not part of high school and are a 501(c)3 non-profit instead of a government agency. It is open to children from the ages of eight years old through high school. Generally,units meet on local military bases or other locations such as American Legion, VFW, Fire or Sheriff Dept. etc. where a building serves as their headquarters and classroom.

The organization has over 300 units with over 13,000 Young Marines and 3,000 adult volunteers in 46 states, the District of Columbia, and affiliates in a host of foreign countries including Germany and Japan. Like the Marine Corps, the Young Marines have 7 divisions, each with multiple regiments. The command is from national, to division, to regiment, to battalion, to unit. 

Click the link provided below to learn more about national programs supported by the league.