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.

04/25/2020
Return to Makin Island iPod Version

The return from Makin Island.

True story of the recovery of 19 US Marines Killed in Action on Makin Island in WWII and their return home to Arlington National Cemetery 58 years later. Sto...

“In doing so, I am mindful that many people believe the flag to be a symbol of heritage or regional pride,” Berger wrote...
04/24/2020
Marine commandant explains why he banned Confederate symbols at Corps installations

“In doing so, I am mindful that many people believe the flag to be a symbol of heritage or regional pride,” Berger wrote in an April 20 message to Marines that he tweeted on Thursday.

“But I am also mindful of the feelings of pain and rejection of those who inherited the cultural memory and present effects of the scourge of slavery in our country.”
Berger explained that all Marines need to be united in order for the Corps to be able to fight and win if called upon, writing that "anything that divides us, anything that threatens team cohesion must be addressed head-on."

"This symbol has shown it has the power to inflame feelings of division. I cannot have division inside our Corps."

04/15/2020
U.S. Marine Corps

U.S. Marine Corps

Join us in thanking those on the frontlines in the battle against COVID-19. From the first responders, to the medical professionals, to the essential service employees, and everyone else, thank you for YOUR service.

(U.S. Marine Corps video by Cpl. Brandon Salas)

Utah Marines
04/13/2020

Utah Marines

04/10/2020
U.S. Marine Corps

U.S. Marine Corps

The dedication and sacrifice of a Marine Corps Drill Instructor is unmatched.

🔊 Sound on for the full experience.

(DoD Visual Storytelling Workshop video by Airman 1st Class Noah Coger, Sgt. Molly Hampton, Petty Officer 2nd Class Travis Magee, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Runser)

I worked with this fine Marine at the Museum and will miss him. Fair winds and following seas Phil.
04/10/2020

I worked with this fine Marine at the Museum and will miss him. Fair winds and following seas Phil.

As the Museum family mourns the loss of longtime docent Phil Mitchell we realized we have been selfish. Our docents and volunteers are not only our family, they are your family and you may want to honor their lives as well. Our hope is that these posts will be few and far between.

Phil Mitchell, a Navy and Marine Corps veteran, was 91 years young and still volunteering at the Museum right up until our temporary closure despite a ongoing battle with Leukemia. He could always be counted on for great stories of his time in the Corps, a laugh, a smile and even a piece of peppermint candy. Visitors often found Phil at the entrance to the Iwo Jima immersion experience in our WWII Gallery, where he'd tell stories right up until the experience started. Those stories live on with many of you who have visited. We will miss his laughter and warm presence.

Semper Fi, Marine.

Have you met Phil or have photos of him at the Museum? Please share below!

0 April 1833 – Green Uniform⁠⁠#OTD in 1833, President Andrew Jackson orders that green and buff replace blue and scarlet...
04/10/2020

0 April 1833 – Green Uniform⁠

#OTD in 1833, President Andrew Jackson orders that green and buff replace blue and scarlet as the colors of the Marine Corps uniform. ⁠

The color was similar to those worn by the Continental Marines in the Revolutionary War. The dyes used to make the coat were poor, however, and the uniforms were phased out in the early 1840s.

10 April 1833 – Green Uniform⁠

#OTD in 1833, President Andrew Jackson orders that green and buff replace blue and scarlet as the colors of the Marine Corps uniform. ⁠

The color was similar to those worn by the Continental Marines in the Revolutionary War. The dyes used to make the coat were poor, however, and the uniforms were phased out in the early 1840s. ⁠

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04/08/2020
National Museum of the Marine Corps

National Museum of the Marine Corps

In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Okinawa our Outreach Curator, Kater Miller shares details about the battle and showcases artifacts from our Battle of Okinawa Exhibit in the WWII Gallery.

#USMCMuseum #MuseumFromHome #Okinawa75 #history #WWII

04/08/2020
U.S. Marine Corps

Get at it, Marines.

Effective immediately, to the extent practical, all individuals on Marine Corps property, installations and facilities will wear cloth face coverings when they cannot maintain six feet of social distance in public areas or work centers to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Read MARADMIN 218/20 at https://go.usa.gov/xvbEF for more information.

No Better Friend...History Obscurum:As U.S. troops continued moving inland on Okinawa in April of 1945, they encountered...
04/07/2020

No Better Friend...

History Obscurum:
As U.S. troops continued moving inland on Okinawa in April of 1945, they encountered more and more refugees - sick, starving, wounded, destitute - clinging to life in the wake of the fighting.
Many GIs who previously had been spared the sights and sounds of civilian suffering found their hearts torn by what now lay before them, and did their best to help.
Men hardened by hardship, thoroughly sick of war, and enraged by a defeated enemy who refused to surrender, found their hearts melted by the plight of the refugees, and openly wept.
In this photo taken in April of 1945 by a U.S. Marine Corps photographer, two Marines - Corporal Earl Brunitt and Private Genare Nuzzi - huddle in a foxhole with an orphaned Okinawan boy to keep him warm and safe.
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"Defend the poor and fatherless:
do justice to the afflicted and needy."
~ Psalm 82.3
#Okinawa75

As U.S. troops continued moving inland on Okinawa in April of 1945, they encountered more and more refugees - sick, starving, wounded, destitute - clinging to life in the wake of the fighting.

Many GIs who previously had been spared the sights and sounds of civilian suffering found their hearts torn by what now lay before them, and did their best to help.

Men hardened by hardship, thoroughly sick of war, and enraged by a defeated enemy who refused to surrender, found their hearts melted by the plight of the refugees, and openly wept.

In this photo taken in April of 1945 by a U.S. Marine Corps photographer, two Marines - Corporal Earl Brunitt and Private Genare Nuzzi - huddle in a foxhole with an orphaned Okinawan boy to keep him warm and safe.

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"Defend the poor and fatherless:
do justice to the afflicted and needy."
~ Psalm 82.3

#Okinawa75

04/07/2020
U.S. Marine Corps

U.S. Marine Corps

Sixteen years ago, today, one of the most significant battles of the war in Iraq began – the Battle of Ramadi.

National Museum of the Marine Corps
04/06/2020

National Museum of the Marine Corps

April 6, 1917 - WWI

#OTD World War I officially begins for the United States. Congress declares "that a state of war exists between the United States and the Imperial German Government."

The Marine Corps totaled 13,725 officers and enlisted men at the start of the war. During the war, the Corps would expand to 75,101 Marines.

Learn more about the "war to end all wars" by visiting our World War I Gallery, or by clicking on our Virtual Experience: http://www.virtualusmcmuseum.com/WWI_1.asp?strLR=a

IMAGE 1: First in France painting by John A. Coughlin. The Marine Corps used this painting for the 1917 recruiting poster "Go over the Top with the U.S. Marines."
National Museum of the Marine Corps collection.

"... the new system is 25 percent lighter than the Corps' existing plate carrier, providing a smaller footprint in terms...
04/04/2020
The Marine Corps has started fielding next-generation body armor to grunts

"... the new system is 25 percent lighter than the Corps' existing plate carrier, providing a smaller footprint in terms of the load a grunt has to haul and in turn reducing fatigue and improving operational capability while maintaining a similar level of protection.

The Corps has been looking for lighter body armor for years, but the hunt took on new urgency after a 2017 Government Accountability Office report underscored the standard Marine grunt's average load weight of 117 to 119 pounds "could impede mobility and hinder combat effectiveness.

The new plate carrier is intended for use in conjunction with new lightweight body armor plates that, as Marine Corps Times previously reported, will reduce the hard body armor weight burden for grunts by nearly 40 percent..."

After years in the making, the Marine Corps has finally started fielding the next-generation Plate Carrier Generation III body armor to lighten the load for grunts in the field

It's #FlightFriday!Today, we are taking a look at the Yokosuka MXY7 Ohka 11.On the first day of the invasion of Okinawa ...
04/03/2020

It's #FlightFriday!
Today, we are taking a look at the Yokosuka MXY7 Ohka 11.

On the first day of the invasion of Okinawa in April 1945, the 6th Marine Division came across four unusual aircraft at the recently captured Yontan Airfield. These strange aircraft were only twenty feet long with a wingspan of less than seventeen feet. The small single-manned aircraft was powered by three rocket motors, carried a 2,600 lb warhead in the nose and had no landing gear. What the Marines had found were examples of the Yokosuka MXY7 Ohka --or “Cherry Blossom” in Japanese-- 11 manned suicide bomb.

In our Legacy Walk Gallery, we have a Ohka 11 on display for visitors to view. Our assistant aviation curator, Eric Marr shares in this blog post more information about this unusual aircraft:
https://bit.ly/2V14zwm
#MuseumFromHome #AVGeek #History #USMCMuseum

It's #FlightFriday!

Today, we are taking a look at the Yokosuka MXY7 Ohka 11.

On the first day of the invasion of Okinawa in April 1945, the 6th Marine Division came across four unusual aircraft at the recently captured Yontan Airfield. These strange aircraft were only twenty feet long with a wingspan of less than seventeen feet. The small single-manned aircraft was powered by three rocket motors, carried a 2,600 lb warhead in the nose and had no landing gear. What the Marines had found were examples of the Yokosuka MXY7 Ohka --or “Cherry Blossom” in Japanese-- 11 manned suicide bomb.

In our Legacy Walk Gallery, we have a Ohka 11 on display for visitors to view. Our assistant aviation curator, Eric Marr shares in this blog post more information about this unusual aircraft:
https://bit.ly/2V14zwm

#MuseumFromHome #AVGeek #History #USMCMuseum

2 April 2003 – End of the Battle of An-Nasiriyah⁠⁠#OTD in 2003, Brigadier General Richard F. Natonski rode over all brid...
04/02/2020

2 April 2003 – End of the Battle of An-Nasiriyah⁠

#OTD in 2003, Brigadier General Richard F. Natonski rode over all bridges and along roads and streets throughout the city of An-Nasiriyah. He concluded on that day that all main enemy headquarters had been eliminated. There was no time for the Marines of Task Force Tarawa to relax after their victory. Natonski tasked 15th MEU with holding onto Nasiriyah with a robust civil affairs program. ⁠

Occasionally these Marines had to skirmish with isolated pockets of resistance in the city. The war continued, and there was plenty of danger ahead, but Nasiriyah was the toughest battle the Marines of Task Force Tarawa would fight. ⁠

Nasiriyah was a defining battle of the 2003 Iraq campaign in many ways. Coalition forces discovered much about their enemy and his tactics; they learned any important tactical and operation lessons, and the Iraqi Amy commanders realized that it would be virtually impossible to stop determined U.S. Marines.⁠
IMAGE 1: Marines shield an injured comrade while pinned down in a firefight in Nasiriyah on 23 March 2003. Numerous Task Force Tarawa Marines were wounded, but none killed, between 24 March and the end of the battle. Photo by Joe Raedle, courtesy of Maj William P. Peeples.

2 April 2003 – End of the Battle of An-Nasiriyah⁠

#OTD in 2003, Brigadier General Richard F. Natonski rode over all bridges and along roads and streets throughout the city of An-Nasiriyah. He concluded on that day that all main enemy headquarters had been eliminated. There was no time for the Marines of Task Force Tarawa to relax after their victory. Natonski tasked 15th MEU with holding onto Nasiriyah with a robust civil affairs program. ⁠

Occasionally these Marines had to skirmish with isolated pockets of resistance in the city. The war continued, and there was plenty of danger ahead, but Nasiriyah was the toughest battle the Marines of Task Force Tarawa would fight. ⁠

Nasiriyah was a defining battle of the 2003 Iraq campaign in many ways. Coalition forces discovered much about their enemy and his tactics; they learned any important tactical and operation lessons, and the Iraqi Amy commanders realized that it would be virtually impossible to stop determined U.S. Marines.⁠

IMAGE 1: Marines shield an injured comrade while pinned down in a firefight in Nasiriyah on 23 March 2003. Numerous Task Force Tarawa Marines were wounded, but none killed, between 24 March and the end of the battle. Photo by Joe Raedle, courtesy of Maj William P. Peeples.⁠

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No more asshole to belly button...
04/02/2020
This is what Marine boot camp looks like during a pandemic

No more asshole to belly button...

But changes have been made, safety precautions implemented and Parris Island has even temporarily halted incoming recruits following an increase in COVID-19 cases among drill instructors and recruits.

1 April 1945 – Battle of Okinawa 75th Anniversary⁠⁠#OTD in 1945, the land invasion of the Battle of Okinawa – codenamed ...
04/01/2020

1 April 1945 – Battle of Okinawa 75th Anniversary⁠

#OTD in 1945, the land invasion of the Battle of Okinawa – codenamed Operation Iceberg – began. It would be the largest amphibious landing of the Pacific War. Three Marine divisions, four Army divisions, and the U.S. Navy would fight on land, air, and sea for 82 days to secure the island.⁠

Over the next few weeks check back for more posts in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Okinawa, including highlights from our collection. ⁠

IMAGE 1: Marines of the 2d Battalion, 22d Regiment, land at Green Beach One. Defense Dept Photo (Marine Corps).⁠
IMAGE 2: Marine hurdle a stone wall as they drive across Okinawa. Defense Dept Photo (Marine Corps). ⁠
IMAGE 3: Marines wade through surf over coral reef to Okinawa beach. Defense Dept Photo (Marine Corps).

1 April 1945 – Battle of Okinawa 75th Anniversary⁠

#OTD in 1945, the land invasion of the Battle of Okinawa – codenamed Operation Iceberg – began. It would be the largest amphibious landing of the Pacific War. Three Marine divisions, four Army divisions, and the U.S. Navy would fight on land, air, and sea for 82 days to secure the island.⁠

Over the next few weeks check back for more posts in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Okinawa, including highlights from our collection. ⁠

IMAGE 1: Marines of the 2d Battalion, 22d Regiment, land at Green Beach One. Defense Dept Photo (Marine Corps).⁠
IMAGE 2: Marine hurdle a stone wall as they drive across Okinawa. Defense Dept Photo (Marine Corps). ⁠
IMAGE 3: Marines wade through surf over coral reef to Okinawa beach. Defense Dept Photo (Marine Corps).⁠

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29 March 1973 – Vietnam⁠⁠#OTD in 1973, the Military Assistance Command Vietnam shuts down, the departure of all American...
03/29/2020

29 March 1973 – Vietnam⁠

#OTD in 1973, the Military Assistance Command Vietnam shuts down, the departure of all American forces from South Vietnam is complete, and North Vietnam releases the last group of American prisoners of war.
U.S. troops leave Vietnam. ⁠

Today is recognized as #VietnamWarVeteransDay. Please join us in thanking all Vietnam War Veterans for their sacrifice and service for our country. ⁠

Semper Fidelis, Marines. ⁠

IMAGE 1: “Private First Class Howard J. Oakley, age 20, Box 38, Jerome Penn. A rifleman with the Second Platoon “L” Company, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines Regiment, returns sniper fire during Operation Meade River which took place in the Dodge City are approximately 15 miles southwest of the city of DaNang.” Defense Department Photo (Marine Corps).⁠
IMAGE 2: “Operation Iowa – Ontos moving along a railroad track in the area north if Chu Lai.” Defense Department Photo (Marine Corps).

29 March 1973 – Vietnam⁠

#OTD in 1973, the Military Assistance Command Vietnam shuts down, the departure of all American forces from South Vietnam is complete, and North Vietnam releases the last group of American prisoners of war.

U.S. troops leave Vietnam. ⁠

Today is recognized as #VietnamWarVeteransDay. Please join us in thanking all Vietnam War Veterans for their sacrifice and service for our country. ⁠

Semper Fidelis, Marines. ⁠

IMAGE 1: “Private First Class Howard J. Oakley, age 20, Box 38, Jerome Penn. A rifleman with the Second Platoon “L” Company, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines Regiment, returns sniper fire during Operation Meade River which took place in the Dodge City are approximately 15 miles southwest of the city of DaNang.” Defense Department Photo (Marine Corps).⁠
IMAGE 2: “Operation Iowa – Ontos moving along a railroad track in the area north if Chu Lai.” Defense Department Photo (Marine Corps).⁠

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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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