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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09/04/2021

Join us next Saturday as we commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

On Saturday, September 11, 2021, a wreath-laying ceremony will be held at the Museum’s 9/11 exhibit at 9:30 a.m. At 11:00 a.m., in the Medal of Honor Theater, a panel of individuals who experienced the tragic events of that day will share their stories. The panel includes the Counsel to the Commandant of the Marine Corps, former FBI Special Agents, a Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Lieutenant, and a retired Airborne Ranger. A question and answer session will follow the discussion.

Admission to the Museum is free.

More details here: https://www.usmcmuseum.com/calendar.html

Today members of Loudoun County Marine Corps League Detachment 1205 and American Legion Post 293 gathered at Harvest Gap...
09/04/2021

Today members of Loudoun County Marine Corps League Detachment 1205 and American Legion Post 293 gathered at Harvest Gap Brewing to share fellowship and remembrance of those who recently died evacuating Americans and Afghans from Kabul. We read their names and toasted them while maintaining our veteran bonds.

09/03/2021
09/02/2021

On 9/11 at 11:00 on the Teardrop in Purcellville we will dedicate a plaque to all that served in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the globe fighting terrorism. All are invited to attend.

Lest we forget...
09/01/2021

Lest we forget...

The Quick and the Dead

Mike company 3/5 casualties on the Knoll 9/4/67

KIA :
Sgt . Lawrence Peters .. MOH
LCpl Jack Berry
LCpl Steven Cornell
LCpl Thomas Fisher .. Navy Cross
LCpl Andrew Giordano .. Silver Star
LCpl Richard Guerrero
LCpl Albert Santos
Pfc Dennis Fisher
Pfc Tony Gabaldon
Pfc Raymond Hengels
Pfc Charles Martin
Pfc James McKenzie
Pfc Gene Mortensen
Pfc Steven Wright
Lt. Vincent Capodanno ..MOH
HM3 Armando Leal .. Navy Cross
HN James O'Reilly

WIA :

Marvin Armstrong , Donald Baima ,
James Barbour ,Tom Barnard ,
Robert Barone , C.E. Beckwith ,
Steve Blackwood , Ed Blecksmith ,
Jerry Carter ,Randy Cernick ,
Audrey Cook , Ed Combs ,
Roger Daost , Dominic Duca ,
Lief Ericson ,Lewis Ford ,
Robert Frailey , Jack Garcia ,
Don Goulet , Paul Grundlaugh ,
Howard Haney ,Kenneth Harris ,
Douglas Hart , Ray Harton ,
Ryan Hooley , Rodney Kuvase ,
David Langston ,L.R. Lukens ,
Paul Leturgez , Billy Lewis ,
Eugene Logan , L.R. Lukens ,
H.T. Manfra ,Bob Matteson ,
Robert McWilliams ,William Moy ,
H.T, Murdock , Roger Nickolson ,
Dane Nickerson ,Larry Nunuz ,
George Phillips , John Riegal ,
Victor Rolon , LCpl Rogers ,
B.J. Roraff ,Keith Rounseville ,
Rafael Sachez , Sam Sanford ,
B.J. Sims , Bob Smith ,
Craig Sullivan , Fred Tanke ,
Jesse Thompkins , Nathan Waller ,
Bert Watkins , Kenneth Wells ,
Gary Wells , William Young .

08/30/2021
08/30/2021

Saying goodbye.

Terri Norris, the mother of PFC Cody Norris, killed in Afghanistan, kneels beside his coffin at Ellington Field after his body was returned for burial.

Another of the fallen. She was a native of Lawrence, Massachusetts.
08/28/2021

Another of the fallen. She was a native of Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Another of the fallen. She was a native of Lawrence, Massachusetts.

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08/27/2021

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08/27/2021

This is Navy Corpsman Max Soviak who gave his life in Afghanistan yesterday. He is one of 13 others who made the ultimate sacrifice.

I pause to remember him and his service to our country.

Each and every one of you should do the same.

#service #sacrifice #ifnotmethenwho

08/26/2021

Until Valhalla Devil Dogs!

Our hearts are in Kabul right now with the 12 fallen and countless wounded following today’s attacks!

You will not be forgotten!

08/25/2021
Initiative, courage, persistence, leadership.A badass Marine.
08/23/2021

Initiative, courage, persistence, leadership.

A badass Marine.

Private Luther Woodward was one of the renowned Montford Point Marines, the first African-Americans to enlist in the Marine Corps. He deployed to the Pacific with his supply unit, and found himself surrounded by combat on Guam in January 1945. When the ammo dump he manned made contact with a Japanese patrol, Woodward single-handedly trailed the enemy through the jungle, following their footprints. He came across them as they rested and opened fire, killing at least one before the rest scattered. He returned to the ammo dump, formed a small patrol, and went out after them again, killing two more. For his courageous initiative and aggressive leadership, Woodward received the Bronze Star with "V". The award was upgraded to the Silver Star, making him the first African-American Marine to receive the award.
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"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving with the Fourth Marine Ammunition Company, Fifth Field Depot, Supply Service, Fleet Marine Force, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Guam, Marianas Islands, 11 January 1945. Following freshly-made footprints in the vicinity of the ammunition dump, Private Woodard, voluntarily and unaided, trailed a party of six Japanese through heavy underbrush to a small clearing near an abandoned shack where he opened fire against the enemy, killing one and possibly wounding another before the survivors fired. Returning to his company, Private Woodard organized a patrol of five men and, when contact was again established with the hostile group, was successful in killing one of the two who were annihilated by his group. His initiative and courage in the face of grave peril were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."
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#battlesightzero #bzo #history #military #militaryhistory #veteran #veterans #america #usmc #marinecorps #marines #semperfi #semperfidelis #wwii #greatestgeneration #silverstar #montfordpointmarines

Detachment member Frank Holtz saluting the America's 9/11 Ride as they entered Leesburg yesterday, holding his salute to...
08/21/2021
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Detachment member Frank Holtz saluting the America's 9/11 Ride as they entered Leesburg yesterday, holding his salute to them for over nine minutes as they streamed past.

America's 9-11 Ride - 20th Anniversary - Leesburg VA - 20 August 2021

No better friend. No worse enemy.
08/21/2021

No better friend. No worse enemy.

“Some people wonder all their lives if they’ve made a difference. Marines don’t have that problem.” - Ronald Reagan

A Marine assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) calms an infant during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 20.

U.S. service members and coalition partners are assisting the Department of State with a Non-combatant Evacuation Operation (NEO) in Afghanistan.

#SeattleMarines #USMC

08/19/2021
This is a good event. The USMC Historical Company will demonstrate a WWII attack on a fortified position, complete with ...
08/18/2021
Open House 2021 | Americans in Wartime Experience

This is a good event. The USMC Historical Company will demonstrate a WWII attack on a fortified position, complete with Sherman tank and flame thrower.

Lots of working armored vehicles will be on display and operating.

Military Tanks and Armored Vehicles | K9 Demos | Keynote Speakers | Veteran Interviews | Living History Unit Reenactments | Historical Displays | Veteran Support Groups | Children’s Activities | Food Vendors | Flame Thrower Demos and More!

One of our detachment members was a company commander in Operation Starlight
08/18/2021

One of our detachment members was a company commander in Operation Starlight

The Naval Academy football team will be wearing these USMC inspired uniforms for their game against the Air Force Academ...
08/18/2021

The Naval Academy football team will be wearing these USMC inspired uniforms for their game against the Air Force Academy on the 20th anniversary of the September 11th attacks.

08/16/2021

A recommendation from Terminal Lance: "Reach out to any Marines you know served in Afghanistan and just ask them how they’re doing. It certainly can’t hurt."

08/16/2021
At today's picnic.
08/15/2021

At today's picnic.

At today's picnic.

National Navajo Code Talkers Day
08/14/2021

National Navajo Code Talkers Day

National Navajo Code Talkers Day

When Chinese soldiers threatened to overrun his unit around the Chosin Reservoir, PFC Gum Shoon Chin took a Browning Aut...
08/14/2021

When Chinese soldiers threatened to overrun his unit around the Chosin Reservoir, PFC Gum Shoon Chin took a Browning Automatic Rifle from a wounded Marine and advanced alone to an exposed flank. Occupying an old machine gun position, Chin reloaded his BAR time after time from left over belted machine gun ammo, holding the enemy at bay. He fought them off for several hours until dawn arrived, along with reinforcements. For his outstanding heroism, preventing the Chinese from penetrating the position and inflicting numerous enemy casualties, Chin was awarded the Silver Star.
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Chin was born in China and emigrated to the U.S. in 1928. He joined the Marine Corps during WWII in 1944, and remained in the service through the Korean War for 20 years. He settled in Ohio, where he worked in numerous restaurants as a chef to support his family. Chin passed away in 2018 at the age of 89.
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"...serving with Weapons Company, Third Battalion, First Marines, in action at Hagaru-ri, Korea, on 29 November 1950. At approximately 0300, on 29 November 1950, one of the two machine guns in PFC Chin's squad became inoperative. Because of a knoll, the remaining gun's fire was masked to its left flank. The riflemen who had been covering that flank were forced to withdraw, leaving the flank exposed. Realizing the vulnerability of the gun's position, PFC Chin voluntarily obtained an automatic rifle from a wounded Marine and fearlessly advanced under heavy enemy fire to a position on the knoll. He commenced firing, reloading from belted machine gun ammunition. During this action, which continued until dawn, PFC Chin inflicted numerous casualties upon the enemy, and his skill and aggressiveness successfully prevented the enemy from assaulting through that vulnerable sector in spite of the enemy's repeated efforts to do so."

When Chinese soldiers threatened to overrun his unit around the Chosin Reservoir, PFC Gum Shoon Chin took a Browning Automatic Rifle from a wounded Marine and advanced alone to an exposed flank. Occupying an old machine gun position, Chin reloaded his BAR time after time from left over belted machine gun ammo, holding the enemy at bay. He fought them off for several hours until dawn arrived, along with reinforcements. For his outstanding heroism, preventing the Chinese from penetrating the position and inflicting numerous enemy casualties, Chin was awarded the Silver Star.
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Chin was born in China and emigrated to the U.S. in 1928. He joined the Marine Corps during WWII in 1944, and remained in the service through the Korean War for 20 years. He settled in Ohio, where he worked in numerous restaurants as a chef to support his family. Chin passed away in 2018 at the age of 89.
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"...serving with Weapons Company, Third Battalion, First Marines, in action at Hagaru-ri, Korea, on 29 November 1950. At approximately 0300, on 29 November 1950, one of the two machine guns in PFC Chin's squad became inoperative. Because of a knoll, the remaining gun's fire was masked to its left flank. The riflemen who had been covering that flank were forced to withdraw, leaving the flank exposed. Realizing the vulnerability of the gun's position, PFC Chin voluntarily obtained an automatic rifle from a wounded Marine and fearlessly advanced under heavy enemy fire to a position on the knoll. He commenced firing, reloading from belted machine gun ammunition. During this action, which continued until dawn, PFC Chin inflicted numerous casualties upon the enemy, and his skill and aggressiveness successfully prevented the enemy from assaulting through that vulnerable sector in spite of the enemy's repeated efforts to do so."

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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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