Lewis B. Puller, Jr. MCL Detachment #524
The Detachment was originally formed in 1958 and called the Marine Corps League of Carlisle Detachment. In 1965 the name was changed to Carlisle Marine Corps League. The name was again changed in 1982 to the Carlisle Area Detachment. Finally in 1994 the name was changed to what we now call the Marine Corps League, Lewis B. Puller Jr. Detachment #524. Over the years the detachment meetings have been held at the Elks Lodge, American Legion, VFW, AM Vets and to its current meeting location the American Legion Post 101 in Carlisle. The Detachment Meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month starting at 1900 hours.
Some of the local activities the Detachment is involved in are, Toys for Tots, Flag retirement ceremony, 9/11 remembrance, golf outing, Veterans & Youth ticket sales, and Eagle Scouts. The Detachment also has numerous fund raising events such as the annual yard sale, multiple events at Wal-Mart, Nell’s and Cold Stone Creamery to mention just a few. We also show our support to our veterans around the area by going to visit them. The Unit is also involved in many worthwhile projects including – “Our Little Angels” which supports area domestic violence programs. These are just a few of the activities and programs the Detachment is involved with.
History of the Marine Corps League
The Marine Corps League perpetuates the traditions and spirit of ALL Marines and FMF Corpsmen and FMF Navy 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 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 FMF Corpsmen and FMF Navy Chaplains 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 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 donor.