Loudoun County Marine Corps League Detachment 1205

Loudoun County Marine Corps League Detachment 1205 "Even after our Marines have retired from keeping our country safe, they are still out there working for us...."
We provide Marine Corps League presence to community events and we are the Local Community Organization responsible for Toys for Tots for Loudoun County.
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The Detachment's major community contribution is the annual Toys for Tots drive. Christmas of 2010 saw the members of the Detachment and over 80 volunteers from Loudoun and Western Fairfax counties collect, sort, package and deliver over 33,000 toys to needy children. The Detachment sponsors Toys for Tots fund raising events during the year, provides color guards for community activities and sends care packages to deployed Loudoun County Marines. Membership is open to all Marines. Auxillary membership is also open to members from sister services and friends of Marines. To inquire, e-mail Richard Rohrer at [email protected].

Mission: To provide Marines and friends of Marines with a way to serve the community, the country, and the Corps.

SAIPAN: 76th Anniversary
06/15/2020
SAIPAN: 76th Anniversary

SAIPAN: 76th Anniversary

Barely a week after the Allies landed on the Normandy coast, the Americans launched a 4,000 mile strike at the Mariana Islands. The first target was Saipan. D-Day was 15 June 1944.

06/14/2020
We said goodby to one of our own yesterday, Horace Nelsen "Mutt" Lassiter. Montford Point Marine, Korean War combat vete...
06/13/2020

We said goodby to one of our own yesterday, Horace Nelsen "Mutt" Lassiter. Montford Point Marine, Korean War combat veteran, and long time Loudoun County Marine Corps League Detachment 1205 member.

Fair Winds and Following Seas, Marine.

We said goodby to one of our own yesterday, Horace Nelsen "Mutt" Lassiter. Montford Point Marine, Korean War combat veteran, and long time Loudoun County Marine Corps League Detachment 1205 member.

Fair Winds and Following Seas, Marine.

Marines Look to Two New Ship Classes to Define Future of Amphibious Operations - USNI News
06/09/2020
Marines Look to Two New Ship Classes to Define Future of Amphibious Operations - USNI News

Marines Look to Two New Ship Classes to Define Future of Amphibious Operations - USNI News

The Navy and Marine Corps are looking to quickly overhaul their Cold War-era way of moving Marines around, with the services already agreeing on the basic requirements for a new Light Amphibious Warship (LAW) and in the early phases of looking at a separate small amphibious ship class. LAW would be....

"The basic idea for the MLR is about 1,800 to 2,000 Marines and sailors – smaller than the 3,400-strong 3rd Marine Regim...
06/05/2020
Marines Testing Regiment at Heart of Emerging Island-Hopping Future - USNI News

"The basic idea for the MLR is about 1,800 to 2,000 Marines and sailors – smaller than the 3,400-strong 3rd Marine Regiment operating out of Hawaii today – that would include three main elements: a Littoral Combat Team, a Littoral Anti-Air Battalion, and a Littoral Logistics Battalion, spokesman Maj. Josh Benson told USNI News."

The Marine Corps is starting to form and experiment with the littoral regiment at the heart of its modern-day island-hopping strategy, the head of Marine Corps combat development told USNI News. The stand-up of this first Marine Littoral Regiment is among the first and most visible steps being taken...

102 years ago today the Marines of the 2nd Battalion, 5th Regiment, stopped the German advance toward Paris at Les Mares...
06/04/2020

102 years ago today the Marines of the 2nd Battalion, 5th Regiment, stopped the German advance toward Paris at Les Mares Farm. It was the closest they would get, and by August Foche's 100 Day Offensive would start driving them back toward Germany.

American Legion Post 293
05/31/2020

American Legion Post 293

Please stop in next week and join us on our beautiful deck. Great company, food, fun and music.

If you're in the Purcellville, Virginia, area...Good morning everyone,We just wanted to inform you all that starting tod...
05/29/2020

If you're in the Purcellville, Virginia, area...

Good morning everyone,
We just wanted to inform you all that starting today, May 29th and May 30th tomorrow, the back deck at the Post will be open starting at 4 pm. Next week, we will provide an update on the number of days the back deck will be open going forward.
There will be no indoor seating available due to the ongoing executive orders.
We look forward to seeing you.
AL Post 293

Good morning everyone,
We just wanted to inform you all that starting today, May 29th and May 30th tomorrow, the back deck at the Post will be open starting at 4 pm. Next week, we will provide an update on the number of days the back deck will be open going forward.

There will be no indoor seating available due to the ongoing executive orders.

We look forward to seeing you.

AL Post 293

05/26/2020
Marine Corps Body Bearers | The Last To Let You Down

Marine Corps Body Bearers | The Last To Let You Down

Lance Cpl. Jamen Miller is a Marine Corps Body Bearer. He has laid to rest nearly 200 Marines. Body Bearers go through rigorous physical training and ceremon...

Our own Rich Klein at today's Round Hill Memorial Day observance.Rich was the featured speaker.
05/26/2020

Our own Rich Klein at today's Round Hill Memorial Day observance.

Rich was the featured speaker.

The Eight Women on The Wall: Nurses Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice
05/25/2020
The Eight Women on The Wall: Nurses Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice

The Eight Women on The Wall: Nurses Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice

The names of eight women, all nurses (seven from the Army and one from the Air Force), are inscribed next to their fallen brothers on The Wall in Washington, D.C. Each dedicated themselves to takin…

2-F-23 Marines of WWII
05/25/2020

2-F-23 Marines of WWII

Today, on Memorial Day weekend, we remember Corporal James E. Walker from Cordova, Alabama.

Walker was one of the Guadalcanal veterans who joined 2-F-23 and fought through all four operations. In fact he and what remained of PlSgt/2dLt. Sam Haddad's 2nd Platoon -- 20 Marines -- fended off the Japanese counter-attack on Iwo Jima through the night of 8-9 March, four waves up the corridor that led to hand-to-hand fighting.

But behind that stern expression was an entertainer, a nut with an indomitable character who might have fit right in with Animal House.

After all of that combat, on 24 May 1945 he was "working the butts" (targets) at the rifle range on Maui when a bullet ricocheted downward from the framing and hit him. He died on the scene. He was not even 21 years old.

No one had ever heard of such a thing happening. Losing a buddy in combat was tough, but a loss like this hit the boys especially hard. Decades later even Battalion Surgeon Glen Rice told his sons of this tragedy.

Historia Obscurum
05/23/2020

Historia Obscurum

As the United States approaches Memorial Day, I thought it might be helpful to share this story again, explaining why on military holidays such as Memorial Day and Veterans' Day/Armistice Day it is not unusual to see veterans and civilians alike bedecked in red poppy pins and felt representations.

The red poppy not only symbolizes the dead of the Great World War - especially in the British Commonwealth countries - but also has come to stand as a reminder of the dead from all wars.

But it's interesting to note that the idea for using the poppy as a symbol for remembering a nation's war dead did not come from the British, but from the Americans and the French.

It started with a Georgia college professor named Moina Belle Michael (photo, left), who was so moved by the poem "In Flanders Fields" by Canadian Army surgeon John McCrae, that she wrote a response to it, and as early as November of 1918 was wearing a red silk poppy, and making them to give to her fellow YMCA volunteers.

Michael also lobbied the U.S. government to adopt the poppy as an official symbol, and she came up with an idea to make and sell cloth poppies to benefit wounded veterans, which pushed the memorial poppy into the national consciousness.

Although the U.S. government gave her idea the cold shoulder, progress was being made on other fronts....

One of the honored guests of the American Legion's convention in 1920 was a French activist and teacher named Madame Anna Guérin (top-right, pinning a poppy on a U.S. Civil War veteran), who championed the idea of selling in America cloth poppies made by destitute children in the devastated areas of France to raise funds for aid.

On the spot, the American Legion adopted the poppy as their symbol of remembrance (although they later changed to the daisy and the Veterans of Foreign Wars took over the poppy sales).

From there, Guérin traveled to London and bent the ear of former BEF commander Field Marshal Douglas Haig about the poppy idea, and he signed on.

Armistice Day in 1921 saw the first wide-spread appeal for British veterans to wear their medals on civilian clothes at events, as well as the adoption of the French-made charity poppies.

More than 8 million of the French children's cloth poppies were sold throughout the UK that year, and the demand for more could not be met. As The Yorkshire Post reported that Armistice Day, "...the poppy of Flanders was everywhere."

Madame Guérin then traveled to Canada - the birthplace of the author of "In Flanders Fields" - and convinced them to adopt the poppy, as well.

From there, time and tradition took over until the red silk or cloth poppy became an indispensable part of Remembrance Day observances, and the sale of poppies continues to generate badly needed funds for veterans charities world-wide each year.

And it's all thanks to two remarkable women who were devoted educators, tireless volunteers, and compassionate humanitarians.

~*~
"...The torch be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields."

~ Lt. Col. John McCrae, 1872-1918

The detachment took part in the American Legion's annual Memorial Day grave flag decoration at Leesburg's Union Cemetery...
05/23/2020

The detachment took part in the American Legion's annual Memorial Day grave flag decoration at Leesburg's Union Cemetery.

The detachment took part in the American Legion's annual Memorial Day grave flag decoration at Leesburg's Union Cemetery.

05/22/2020
American Legion Post 293

Some of us from the detachment are going to be there helping place the flags.

It would be good having more.

All: For those who can assist we will be placing flags on Veteran graves at two cemeteries in Leesburg this Saturday, 23 May beginning at 0900. Social Distancing should not be an issue at the sites. Union Cemetery is adjacent to Ida Lee Park and St. John The Apostle Catholic Cemetery is directly across Rte 15 Business from Union. We have done this year on year for decades. It is not a mandatory event but all who can assist are welcome. Concerns over COVID-19 are well understood if you choose not to attend.

Organizations that normally participate are AL Post 34, VFW Post 1177 and Sons of Confederate Veterans. Scout units have helped as well but may not attend this year.

Best wishes to all and stay safe.

For God and Country,

John Carty
Commander District 16
American Legion Department of Virginia

05/20/2020
National Museum of the Marine Corps

Join us for a walking tour of our WWI Gallery, on Friday, May 22, at 11 am EST.
Gwenn Adams, our Public Affairs Chief, will provide a behind the scenes tour and talk about what went in to creating this gallery.
Have questions about the gallery? Post them during the tour, and we'll answer them for you!

Join us for a walking tour of our WWI Gallery, on Friday, May 22, at 11 am EST.

Gwenn Adams, our Public Affairs Chief, will provide a behind the scenes tour and talk about what went in to creating this gallery.

Have questions about the gallery? Post them during the tour, and we'll answer them for you!

A Texas Marine needed Mother's Day flowers delivered to his mother, also a Marine. Our Loudoun County Marine Corps Leagu...
05/11/2020

A Texas Marine needed Mother's Day flowers delivered to his mother, also a Marine. Our Loudoun County Marine Corps League did the honors in Marine Corps fashion.

A Texas Marine needed Mother's Day flowers delivered to his mother, also a Marine. Our Loudoun County Marine Corps League did the honors in Marine Corps fashion.

05/11/2020
zMVI USMC Det 1205 Event Mother's Day mov0a 10 May 2020

We received a request from a Marine in Texas to deliver Mothers' Day flowers to his Marine mother in Purcellville, Virginia.

Yesterday your Loudoun County Marines did just that, in proper Marine Corps fashion.

Mother's Day 2020

"Marine recruits training on the East Coast might have to deal with pesky sand fleas, but those on the West Coast are fa...
05/11/2020
Marines Hire Falconer to Thwart Seagulls That Are Hazing Recruits at Boot Camp

"Marine recruits training on the East Coast might have to deal with pesky sand fleas, but those on the West Coast are facing off against bigger pests: aggressive seagulls...

...no recruits have been injured by the birds directly, but their excrement creates safety issues on walkways, bleachers and other gathering spots for the roughly 18,000 trainees and 90,000 visitors that go to the base annually..."

"During the nesting season, April to July, they become aggressive and can attack personnel and visitors aboard the depot."

Utah Marines
05/10/2020

Utah Marines

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Utah Marines
05/10/2020

Utah Marines

U.S. Marine Corps
05/07/2020

U.S. Marine Corps

Discover USS Constitution's Marine Corps heritage during a live tour of the ship on Thursday at 12P ET on our page.

A bit of Iwo Jima and Okinawa history for you...Flight nurse Jane "Candy" Kendeigh was among the first flight nurses to ...
05/06/2020

A bit of Iwo Jima and Okinawa history for you...

Flight nurse Jane "Candy" Kendeigh was among the first flight nurses to fly to and from an active battlefield in the Pacific when, on March 6, 1945, she flew round-trip from Guam to Iwo Jima to aid in the evacuation of wounded U.S. Marines. She was aboard the first plane to land for aerial evacuation on the recently secured airfield, becoming the first Navy Flight Nurse in history to set foot upon a battlefield.

Before landing, the R-4D transport plane that she was traveling in was forced to circle the airfield for 90 minutes while an offshore bombardment was in progress in support of an American air attack on Japanese positions. The plane landed on an Iwo airfield which had been under enemy mortar fire and returned with 16 wounded men who were taken to a base hospital in the Mariana Islands.

After her work in Iwo Jima, she was sent back to the U.S. to participate in a War Bond drive. Soon after she started that assignment, she requested to be sent back into the Pacific combat zone.

As luck would have it, Ensign Kendeigh was also aboard the Navy's first medical evacuation flight bound for Okinawa. Described in a press release as "108 pounds of green eyed charm and efficiency", Kendeigh was also the first flight nurse to land on Okinawa. making her the first Navy flight nurse on both Iwo Jima and Okinawa.

She lived until 1987, dying in San Diego on July 19th.

"...As for the Marines' repsponse, Kult, an infantry officer from Coon Rapids, Iowa had this to say:“We are well trained...
05/05/2020
3 Marine grunts literally stacked up on a bathroom door to pull out a ‘hostile' passenger on an international flight

"...As for the Marines' repsponse, Kult, an infantry officer from Coon Rapids, Iowa had this to say:

“We are well trained and it paid off today,” he said, before adding that “we just assessed the situation and acted. Working with the flight crew, we got the door open and from there worked together to subdue him. We didn’t take time to talk it over. We just got ready and did what we needed to help.”

Three Marines detained a passenger during an international flight from Japan to Texas on Monday — and they did it in the most 'grunt' way imaginable.

78 years ago, the first Navajo Code Talkers joined the Marine Corps
05/05/2020
78 years ago, the first Navajo Code Talkers joined the Marine Corps

78 years ago, the first Navajo Code Talkers joined the Marine Corps

On May 5, 1942, 29 men arrived at Recruit Depot San Diego for basic training in the Marine Corps. They would go on to develop and implement an unbreakable code that was used across the Pacific theater of World War II

For all the trials he faced and conquered, and everything he's overcome, the hardest thing he will ever do is to come ho...
05/04/2020

For all the trials he faced and conquered, and everything he's overcome, the hardest thing he will ever do is to come home, and to walk back through that door.

The things he's carried with him always will remain inside of him, and you will have countless moments where you look at him, sitting quietly across the room, focused somewhere off in the distance, and you won't know where he is, or when he'll be back.

You'll feel hurt, angry, pushed away, because you feel like those tired, fading faces in uniform on the pages of his photo album knew him better than you do, and that they'll always have a piece of him that you never will.

And, in truth, they do. And there is nothing you can ever do about that.
But there is something you do have that they never will....

While he was gone, you were the thought that sustained him. And in his darkest moments, his mind and his heart returned always to you.
And you brought him home.

He would have died in a heartbeat for them, but while his heart beat, he lived for you.

There is a piece of him you will never have. There is a place inside his soul that he can never - and would never - share with you. But he isn't shutting you out. He's keeping you safe.

But it's also so much more than just that.

You see, deep inside of him there is a place in his heart that the war could not touch, because when that darkness came for him and tried to break in, it found that you were already there, and he would not let it push you out, because he would not let you go.

So he's not trying to block you out and push you away. He's simply trying to keep separate the two most powerful parts of his new reality: the dark shadows in his mind that followed him home, and the bright light in his heart that is filled, always, with you.

For all the trials he faced and conquered, and everything he's overcome, the hardest thing he will ever do is to come home, to walk back through that door, and start life all over again.

The things he's carried with him always will remain inside of him, and you will have countless moments where you look at him, sitting quietly across the room, focused somewhere off in the distance, and you won't know where he's gone to, or when he'll be back.

You'll feel hurt, angry, pushed away, because you feel like those tired, fading faces of young men in uniform on the pages of his photo album knew him better than you do, and that they'll always have a piece of him that you never will.

And, in truth, they do. And there is nothing you can ever do about that.

But there is something you do have that they never will....

While he was gone, you were the thought that sustained him. And in his darkest moments, his mind and his heart returned always to you.

He would have died in a heartbeat for them, but while his heart beat, he lived for you.

There is a piece of him you will never have. That's just a fact. There is a painful corner inside his soul that he can never - and would never - share with you. But he isn't shutting you out. He's keeping you safe.

But it's also so much more than just that.

You see, deep inside of him there is a place in his heart that the war could not touch, because when that darkness came for him and tried to break in, it found that you were already there, and he would not let it push you out, because he could not let you go.

And that's how you brought him home.

So he's not trying to block you out and push you away. He's simply still fighting to keep separate the two most powerful truths of his new reality: the dark shadows in his mind that followed him home, and the bright light in his heart that is filled, always, with you.

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Marine Corps League, PO Box 162
Purcellville, VA
20134

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Meetings at this location at 1900 on the third Monday of every month.

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The Detachment's major community contribution is the annual Toys for Tots drive. Christmas of 2019 saw the members of the Detachment and over 300 volunteers from Loudoun and Western Fairfax counties collect, sort, package and deliver over 30,000 toys to needy children. The Detachment sponsors Toys for Tots fund raising events during the year, provides color guards for community activities and sends care packages to deployed Loudoun County Marines. Membership is open to all Marines. Auxillary membership is also open to members from sister services and non-military community members. To inquire and learn more about us visit http://www.loudounmarines.org/index.html

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