Lewis "Chesty" Puller - Detachment 1396 - Marine Corps League

Marine Corps League, Lewis "Chesty" Puller, Detachment 1396

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 the service that they
may effectively promote the ideals of American freedom and democracy, voluntarily aiding and rendering assistance
to all Marines, FMF Corpsmen and former Marines and FMF Corpsmen 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 Marine 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
General Charter, approved by An Act of 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, officers 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 increase 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 49 department, or state, entities and
the activities of over 1100 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


Lewis "Chesty" Puller - Detachment 1396 - Marine Corps League