HISTORY OF THE MARINE CORPS LEAGUE

Honorary National Commandant - General Alfred M. Gray Jr., USMC (Ret)  29th CMC
National Commandant - Richard D. Gore, Sr.
National Executive Director - Thomas W. Hazlett, Sr.


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, 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.

History
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 more than 60,000 men and women, officer and enlisted, active duty, Reserve Marines, honorably discharged Marine Veterans, qualified Navy FMF Corpsmen and qualified Navy FMF 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 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.

NATIONAL COMMANDANTS AND CONVENTION SITES
NO. YEAR SITE COMMANDANT STRENGTH
1st 1923 New York, NY *John A. Lejeune 787
2nd 1924 Washington, DC *John A. Lejeune 1,279
3rd 1925 Philadelphia, PA *John A. Lejeune 2,042
4th 1926 Cleveland, OH *John A. Lejeune 1,500
5th 1927 Erie, PA *John A. Lejeune 1,500
6th 1928 Dallas, TX *John A. Lejeune 1,100
7th 1929 Cincinnati, OH *John A. Lejeune 1,386



*Wendell C. Neville
8th 1930 St Louis, MO *W. Karl Lations 1,083
9th 1931 Buffalo, NY *W. Karl Lations N/R

1932 No convention
*Carlton A. Fisher
10th 1933 Chicago, IL *Carlton A. Fisher 610
11th 1934 Denver, CO *Carlton A. Fisher 646
12th 1935 Newark, NJ *John F. Manning 966
13th 1936 Boston, MA *John F. Manning 1,036
14th 1937 Akron, OH *Maurice A. Illich 1,131
15th 1938 Washington, DC *Maurice A. Illich 1,553
16th 1939 Boston, MA *Florence O'Leary 2,296
17th 1940 Detroit, MI *Florence O'Leary 3,361
18th 1941 Indianapolis, IN *Chris Cunningham 5,647
19th 1942 Chicago, IL *Chris Cunningham 7,448
20th 1943 New York, NY *Alexander Ormsby 11,867
21st 1944 Sacramento, CA *Thomas E. Wood 17,143
22nd 1945 Springfield, IL *Alan A. Stevenson 27,664
23rd 1946 Atlantic City, NJ *Thomas F. Sweeny 25,202
24th 1947 Miami, Fl *Joseph F. Alverez 19,094
25th 1948 Milwaukee, WI *George T. Bullen 17,283
26th 1949 Boston, MA *Theus J. McQueen 14,807
27th 1950 Washington, DC *Clay Nixon 14,137
28th 1951 Savannah, GA *Maurice J. Fagan 13,141
29th 1952 Los Angeles, CA *John C. O'Brien 13,287
30th 1953 Cleveland, OH *John C. O'Brien 10,458
31st 1954 Baltimore, MD *Charles A. Weaver 9,583
32nd 1955 St Louis, MO *George Shamgochian 9,959
33rd 1956 Miami, FL *William D. Webster 9,550
34th 1957 San Jose, CA *William Derderian 9,081
35th 1958 Omaha, NE *John G. Hosko 8,733
36th 1959 Buffalo, NY *William Gardiner 7,950
37th 1960 Grand Rapids, MI *Hyman Rosen 8,332
38th 1961 Atlantic City, NJ *Walter Churchill Sr. 8,059
39th 1962 Tampa, FL *Wilson L. Peck 7,814
40th 1963 Cleveland, OH *Raymond B. Butts 8,412
41st 1964 Wichita, KS *Raymond B. Butts 9,389
42nd 1965 Harrisburg, PA *Burton Daugherty 10,531
43rd 1966 Albany, NY *Burton Daugherty 10,822
44th 1967 Kansas City, MO *Claude H. Downing 11,874
45th 1968 Bridgeport, CT *Claude H. Downing 12,082
46th 1969 Miami, FL *Edward J. Bange 13,350
47th 1970 St Louis, MO *Edward J. Bange 14,644
48th 1971 San Antonio, TX *Sydney S. McMath 14,482
49th 1972 Anaheim, CA H. Lynn Cavin 15,294
50th 1973 Miami, FL *Gilbert E. Gray 14,763
51st 1974 Tuscon, AZ *Gilbert E. Gray 13,035
52nd 1975 Philadelphia, PA Richard J. O'Brien 13,717
53rd 1976 Washington, DC Patrick J. Cody 15,012
54th 1977 Indianapolis, IN Edward A. Schramm 14,974
55th 1978 Atlantic City, NJ *James H. Frost 14,339
56th 1979 Milwaukee, WI *James H. Frost 13,865
57th 1980 Orlando, FL Paul F. Hastings 17,601
58th 1981 Tuscon, AZ Paul F. Hastings 21,284
59th 1982 Dearborn, MI *Joseph Mammone 22,959
60th 1983 Nashville, TN *James C. Kelly 23,534
61st 1984 Colorado Springs, CO *James C. Kelly 23,702
62nd 1985 Lafayette, LA *Robert N. Forsyth N/A
63rd 1986 Boston, MA Edward D. MacIntyre N/A
64th 1987 Phoenix, AZ *William J. Galvin 24,223
65th 1988 Cincinnati, OH *William J. Galvin 26,397
66th 1989 Dallas, TX Linwood P. Liner 27,877
67th 1990 Sacramento, CA *Raymond R. Berling 29,785
68th 1991 King of Prussia, PA *Raymond R. Berling 32,796
69th 1992 St Louis, MO Lamar Golden 38,093
70th 1993 Orlando, FL Lamar Golden 40,622
71st 1994 Cherry Hill, NJ Francis J. Meakem 42,563
72nd 1995 Milwaukee, WI Lewis W. Loeven 43,815
73rd 1996 Fort Mitchell, KY *Paul J. Seton 45,794
74th 1997 Nashville, TN *Paul J. Seton 47,372
75th 1998 Syracuse, NY Robert E. Becker Jr. 48,922
76th 1999 Denver, CO Robert E. Becker Jr. 51,083
77th 2000 New Orleans, LA Diana Dils 51,305
78th 2001 Dearborn, MI Diana Dils 54,797
79th 2002 Harrisburg, PA John P. Tuohy 55,698
80th 2003 Spokane, WA John P. Tuohy 58,170
81st 2004 Irving, TX Helen F. Hicks 58,531
82nd 2005 Cleveland, OH Helen F. Hicks 60,060
83rd 2006 Quincy, MA Frank S. Kish 62,132
84th 2007 Albuquerque, NM John V. Ryan 63,353
85th 2008 Orlando, FL  John V. Ryan 65,182
86th  2009  Rochester, MN James R. Laskey 65,283
87th  2010  Greensboro, NC James R. Laskey 66,668
88th  2011  Boise, ID Vito Voltaggio  76,000
89th  2012  Mobile, AL Vito Voltaggio 64,899
90th  2013  Grand Rapids, MI  James Tuohy  61,261
91st  2014  Charleston, WV  James Tuohy 70,948
92nd 2015 Scottsdale, AZ John W. Kovalcik 60,140
93rd 2016 Tulsa, OK Richard D. Gore, Sr. 69,054
*Deceased

Incorporated by an act of Congress in 1937, the Marine Corps League perpetuates the traditions and spirit of ALL Marines who proudly wear or who have worn the eagle, globe and anchor of the Corps.

Honorary Past National Commandants of the Marine Corps League
1945 *Stephen Brown
1958 *Basil Pollitt
1965 *Francis X. Lorbecki
1978 *Jack Brennan
1987 *Clem D. Russell
1995 *Victor T. Fisher
1995 *Charles D. Horn
1996 *Raymond R. Wilkowski
1998 *Johanna Glasrud
1999 *John "Jay" P. Kacsan
1999 *William "Bill" R. Reichstein
2001 *Benny Dotson
2007 Barry Georgopulos
2009  E. "Bud" Randall
2009 *John D. Serpa
2010  Michael A. Blum
*Deceased
Military Order of Devil Dogs (Founded 1939 Boston, MA)
Year
Chief Dogs
Year
Dog Robbers
39-41 *Gerald L. Bakelaar 39-40 *Charles Vaccaro
40-41 *Raymond Canfield

41-43 *C. A. Gallagher 41-43 *Erastas Darling
43-44 *Joseph T. Alvarez 43-44 *Eugene P. Corey
44-45 *Walter Donnelly 44-45 *John Zak
45-46 *Clarence G. Young 45-46 *John Van de Woude
46-47 *John Zak 46-47 *Mortimer S. Libien
47-48 *John Van de Woude 47-48 *Clarence G. Young
48-49 *Joseph Probst 48-49 *John L. Baker
49-50 *Carl Burger 49-50 *Betty J. Mooney
50-51 *Francis X. Lorbecki 50-51 *Paul Corbin
51-52 *Stanley Bunn 51-52 *Charles A. Hellyer
52-53 *Charles A. Hellyer 52-53 *George W. Jorgenson
53-54 *George W. Jorgenson 53-54 *William W. Hurrell
54-55 *William Harvey 54-55 *Joseph L.T. Fortier
55-56 *William S. Craig 55-56 *Hyman Rosen
56-58 *Mason D. Wade 56-58 *Claude H. Downing
58-59 *Claude H. Downing 58-59 *James T. Fowler
59-60 *James Koenig 59-60 *Paul Plache
60-61 *William Hurrell 60-61 *H. E. Allamon
61-63 *John P. Kacsan 61-63 *H. E. Allamon
63-64 *Joseph Peterson 63-64 *H. E. Allamon
64-65 *John R. Spain 64-65 *John J. McNamara
65-66 *Arthur M. Brokenshire, Jr. 65-66 *Steven Downey
66-67 *John J. McNamara 66-67 *Marshall Lundgren
67-68 *Marshall D. Lundgren 67-68 *John J. McNamara
68-69 *#Hugh A. Maus 68-69 *Antoinette H. Baisden
69-70 *Philip A. Calabrese 69-70 *Antoinette H. Baisden
70-71 *#Antoinette H. Baisden 70-71 *James J. Armstrong
71-72 *James J. Armstrong 71-72 *Hugh A. Maus
72-73 *C. A. Boedigheimer 72-73 Virginia L. McDougall
73-75 #Virginia McDougall 73-75 *C. A. Boedigheimer
75-76 *Jack R. Liddell 75-76 *Manuel Valdez
76-78 *William H. Brooks 76-78 *#Kenneth E. Farris
78-79 *Fred Agosta 78-79 *#Kenneth E. Farris
79-80 *#Kenneth E. Farris 79-80 Raymond E. Kania
80-82 #Edwin F. Gallagher 80-82 Paul L. Sutton
82-84 #Paul L. Sutton 82-83 John C. Muerdler
83-84 *#Francis A. English

84-85 *#Gilbert E. Gray 84-85 Edwin F. Gallagher
85-86 *#Francis A. English 85-86 *#Kenneth E. Farris
86-87 *Donald L. Frost 86-87 *#Kenneth E. Farris
87-88 *Thomas A. Banks 87-88 *#Kenneth E. Farris
88-90 *Mary B. Krauss 88-90 *#Kenneth E. Farris
90-92 Clifton F. Williams, Jr. 90-92 *#Kenneth E. Farris
92-94 *Gary O. Chartrand 92-94 *#Kenneth E. Farris
94-96 William C. Taylor 94-96 *#Kenneth E. Farris
96-98 Jack Nash 96-98 *#Kenneth E. Farris
98-00 Lamar Golden 98-00 *Robert McCallum
00-02 Robert Lent 00-02 Phil Ruhmshottel
02-04 Douglas Fisk 02-04
Phil Ruhmshottel
04-05 George Barrows 04-05
Phil Ruhmshottel
05-07 Donald R. Garland Jr. 05-07
Phil Ruhmshottel
07-09 Laurel A. Hull  07-09 Steven Joppa
09-11 #Phil Rumshottel 09-11 Steven Joppa
11-13  Michael English  11-13 Steven Joppa 
13-14 *Ken Travis 13-14 Steven Joppa 
14-15 Leanna L. Dietrich 14-15 Steven Joppa 
15-16 C. O. Smith 14-16 Steven Joppa
*Deceased
#PCDD who served as KDR