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Jersey Shore Leathernecks
About the Marine Corps League

Jersey Shore Leathernecks Detachment 1313

The Jersey Shore Leathernecks Detachment was Chartered on 18 August 2008
by Marine Corps League National Headquarters.   
We held our first official meeting in Long Branch, New Jersey on 13 October 2008 where
the Department of New Jersey Commandant, Phil Uecker and his staff,
made the official presentation of our Charter to the Detachment.  
We had the honor of hosting Bob Swain, North East Division Vice Commandant and
Bobbieann Swain, North East Vice Chief Devil Dog, Military Order of the Devil Dogs
(the fun and Honor Society of the MCL).

The Detachment is involved in many community activities and looks
forward to serving the Jersey Shore area.

Mission Statement
Members of the Marine Corps League join together in camaraderie and fellowship for the
purpose of preserving the traditions and promoting the interests of the United States
Marine Corps, banding together those who are now serving in the United States Marine
Corps and those who have been honorably discharged from that service that they may
effectively promote the ideals of American freedom and democracy, voluntarily aiding and
rendering assistance to all Marines and former Marines and to their widows and orphans;
and to perpetuate the history of the United States Marine Corps and by fitting acts to
observe the anniversaries of historical occasions of particular interest to Marines.

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 nearly 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 900
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.