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.

If you are a veteran diagnosed with MS within 7 years of your separation from the military, the Veterans Health Administ...
05/12/2019
Veterans with Multiple Sclerosis

If you are a veteran diagnosed with MS within 7 years of your separation from the military, the Veterans Health Administration may classify your illness as related to your military service and award you a “service-connected” disability. You may still be eligible if you separated from the military more than 7 years ago: you must have a diagnosis by a healthcare provider, preferably a neurologist, who links the symptoms you had during those 7 years directly to your current diagnosis. Some veterans have had success by using a "nexus" letter.

The National MS Society signed a memorandum of agreement with the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, MS Centers of Excellence, in 2019 to improve care and expand resources for veterans living with multiple sclerosis and their families.

Disgruntled Vets
05/11/2019

Disgruntled Vets

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This #flightfriday highlights our recent installation of an AIM-7 Sparrow Missile, ANSAQ-17 laser spot-tracker/strike ca...
05/11/2019

This #flightfriday highlights our recent installation of an AIM-7 Sparrow Missile, ANSAQ-17 laser spot-tracker/strike camera pod and fuel tank on our F/A-18A in the Final Phase Gallery. ⠀

The AIM-7 Sparrow is a radar-guided, air-to-air missile with a high explosive warhead used by all of the U.S. military’s fighter and attack aircraft. Its cylindrical body has four tall wings in the middle, four fins at the rear and is about 12 feet long. This missile has all-weather, all-altitude operational capability and can attack high-performance aircraft and missiles from any direction. ⠀

Take a look at some of our staff installing the fuel tank on the aircraft as well! ⠀

📷: View of AIM-7 Sparrow Missile and fuel tank installed on the F/A-18A aircraft.⠀
📷: AIM-7 Sparrow Missile mounted on the aircraft.⠀
📷: Museum staff installing the fuel tank. ⠀
📷: Staff moving the AIM-7 Sparrow Missile.

This #flightfriday highlights our recent installation of an AIM-7 Sparrow Missile, ANSAQ-17 laser spot-tracker/strike camera pod and fuel tank on our F/A-18A in the Final Phase Gallery. ⠀

The AIM-7 Sparrow is a radar-guided, air-to-air missile with a high explosive warhead used by all of the U.S. military’s fighter and attack aircraft. Its cylindrical body has four tall wings in the middle, four fins at the rear and is about 12 feet long. This missile has all-weather, all-altitude operational capability and can attack high-performance aircraft and missiles from any direction. ⠀

Take a look at some of our staff installing the fuel tank on the aircraft as well! ⠀

📷: View of AIM-7 Sparrow Missile and fuel tank installed on the F/A-18A aircraft.⠀
📷: AIM-7 Sparrow Missile mounted on the aircraft.⠀
📷: Museum staff installing the fuel tank. ⠀
📷: Staff moving the AIM-7 Sparrow Missile.⠀

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#flightfriday #AVGeek #aviation #USMCMuseum #Marines #history #military #SemperFi #Sparrow #Missile #friday #USMC

Dog Like a Weapon
05/10/2019

Dog Like a Weapon

Drak, an Explosive Tracking dog of the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines looks on from his stretcher. You can see Drak has his eyes fixated on something out of shot, straining to keep whatever he is looking at within view. What the picture isn't showing is Drak's handler Sgt. Kenneth A. Fischer, laying on a stretcher to the side of Drak. The pair were injured in the same blast. Despite Drak being injured himself he refuses to take his eyes away from Sgt Fischer.
This picture does a fine job of displaying the bond a K9 shares with their handler.
Both made a full recovery from their injuries and upon returning home Drak was adopted by Sgt Fischer.

War Dogs Art ExhibitAlong with Marine Corps artwork and artifacts, our War Dogs art exhibition will include artwork from...
05/09/2019

War Dogs Art Exhibit
Along with Marine Corps artwork and artifacts, our War Dogs art exhibition will include artwork from the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard. Pictured here are just a few of the pieces of artwork from the Coast Guard art collection that our Exhibits team installed this week.
The War Dogs: Never Above You, Never Below You, Always Beside You exhibition opens to visitors on May 18th:
https://www.usmcmuseum.com/combat_art_gallery.html/

War Dogs Art Exhibit

Along with Marine Corps artwork and artifacts, our War Dogs art exhibition will include artwork from the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard. Pictured here are just a few of the pieces of artwork from the Coast Guard art collection that our Exhibits team installed this week.

The War Dogs: Never Above You, Never Below You, Always Beside You exhibition opens to visitors on May 18th:
https://www.usmcmuseum.com/combat_art_gallery.html/

05/09/2019
U.S. Marine Corps

U.S. Marine Corps

Expect the Unexpected

Marines with Special Purpose MAGTF - Crisis Response - Central Command carry out a Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel Exercise at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, April 28, 2019.

(U.S. Marine Corps video by Sgt. Justin Huffty)

"...Vura added that their response to the shooting wasn’t planned. It was an extension of the training they received i...
05/08/2019
‘We got to get up there and help’: California Marines receive Navy and Marine Corps Medal for heroism in Las Vegas mass shooting

"...Vura added that their response to the shooting wasn’t planned. It was an extension of the training they received in the Corps.
“I did it because I was able to and that’s what you should do as just a decent human being," Vura said. "You should just help if you can.”

The two Marines had just ordered drinks at the music festival and were preparing to make their way to the stage when the music stopped and the shots started.

'...the Marines fielded units with not only the traditional Navy medical personnel, but also with Army officers who serv...
05/07/2019
Marines dedicate Panzer Kaserne parade ground as ‘Devil Dog Field’ - StuttgartCitizen.com

'...the Marines fielded units with not only the traditional Navy medical personnel, but also with Army officers who served from platoon to brigade level within the 4th Marine Brigade. Marine officers would also serve in, and in some cases command, Army units of the 1st, 2d, 3d, 4th, 6th, 27th, 32d, 35th, 90th, and 92d Divisions of the AEF. And for the only time in Marine Corps and Army history, a Marine would command an Army division in combat when Maj. Gen. John A. Lejuene assumed command of the 2d Division on July 28, 1918, until its return to the U.S. in August 1919..."

Marines dedicate Panzer Kaserne parade ground as ‘Devil Dog Field’ - News

Ned Forney, Writer, The American Korean Experience
05/05/2019

Ned Forney, Writer, The American Korean Experience

"I never thought she would survive. I figured she’d end up dead. But there was an angel riding that little mare’s back every time she went up and down Vegas . . .” -Harold Wadley, Korean War veteran

As Americans watched the fastest and most beautiful horses in the country “Run for the Roses” yesterday, many Korean War veterans and their families were reminded of another horse . . .Sgt. Reckless.

Reckless, a chestnut-colored Mongolian mare loved by millions, has become an American legend.

Serving alongside US Marines during the Korean War, she was loved by the men who watched her carry ammunition, supplies, and wounded Marines up and down lung-busting hills and mountainsides and through enemy artillery barrages and firefights.

Her herculean perseverance, indomitable courage, and almost human-like dedication to the Marines who fought with her became legendary.

In March 1953, during one of the bloodiest days of a relentless Chinese assault on Outpost Vegas, Sgt. Reckless, despite almost constant Chinese artillery fire, transported over 9,000 pounds of supplies and ammo to the front lines, helping the Marines “break the back of the enemy."

The Marines who survived the battle never forgot the fearless mare.

Postscript:
Sgt. Reckless died peacefully on May 13, 1968, at Camp Pendleton. One of her offspring, "Chesty," was named for Gen. Chesty Puller, the most decorated Marine in history and one of the few people allowed to ride Reckless.

Sgt. Reckless lives on in numerous memorials, including a bronze statue at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, Virginia, and another monument in Korea near the DMZ. She is also remembered in the critically acclaimed book, "Sgt. Reckless: America’s War Horse,” by Robin Hutton.

In the introduction to the book, 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps, General James F. Amos, wrote “ . . . Sergeant Reckless will be forever remembered as one of the greatest war horses in history.”

Today we honor the Marine Corps’ only combat-decorated horse and all the brave men who served and sacrificed with her. Semper Fi, Sgt. Reckless!

Dr. Jonathan Shay, the clinical psychologist who coined the term Moral Injury, says that in order for the soldier and so...
04/29/2019
The Conversation About War and Our Veterans We Refuse to Have

Dr. Jonathan Shay, the clinical psychologist who coined the term Moral Injury, says that in order for the soldier and society to find healing we must come together. He states we must come alongside the soldier and confess:
“What you did was done in our name, at our request. We cannot bear your physical wounds, or psychological scars, but we can bear the moral responsibility with you. Your transgressions in war, they are our transgressions, too. We confess this together, and seek forgiveness together.”

“You can shoot her…” the First Sergeant tells me. “Technically.”

Welcome home and Bravo Zulu to the Marines and Sailors of 2/23...first battalion-sized mobilization and deployment in ov...
04/29/2019

Welcome home and Bravo Zulu to the Marines and Sailors of 2/23...first battalion-sized mobilization and deployment in over a decade for Marine Forces Reserve.

2d Battalion 23d Marines has made it back to 29 Palms, Ca. Welcome back to the states Marines and Sailors

04/27/2019
Pabst Blue Ribbon Presents: The Greatest Beer Run Ever

He wanted to bring a beer to his friends serving in Vietnam...so he did.

At a time when the Vietnam War was at its height, one man, John "Chickie" Donohue, snuck back into the war zone to find his 3 closest friends and buy them a ...

Let's hear it for TLI trucking.
04/26/2019

Let's hear it for TLI trucking.

U.S. Marine Corps
04/26/2019

U.S. Marine Corps

Sgt. Maj. Troy E. Black has been selected to be the 19th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps.

Sgt. Maj. Black is currently the Sergeant Major of Manpower and Reserve Affairs. He will replace the current Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Sgt. Maj. Ronald Green, during a post and relief ceremony later this year.

Loudoun Valley's Rob Jones gets a house...
04/25/2019
Tunnel to Towers Dedicates Middleburg Home to Military Veteran

Loudoun Valley's Rob Jones gets a house...

Nearly a decade since U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Sgt. Rob Jones lost both of his legs in combat, he and his wife are moving into the rural home they’ve been yearning for. More than 100 people traveled to a 13-acre property north of Middleburg on Thursday morning to witness a ceremony in which the

SEMPER FI FUND EVENT IN LEEBURG, VA ON 27 April 2019, 4PM to 7PM at the Loudoun Kitchen and Bar located at 510 E. Market...
04/25/2019

SEMPER FI FUND EVENT IN LEEBURG, VA ON 27 April 2019, 4PM to 7PM at the Loudoun Kitchen and Bar located at 510 E. Market St., Leeburg, VA. For more information call 703-443-0777. All proceeds will go to the Semper Fi Fund.

U.S. Veterans' Network
04/24/2019

U.S. Veterans' Network

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For your further instruction into the ways of other military units...
04/23/2019
Army ‘how to wear a kilt’ video leaves viewers in stitches

For your further instruction into the ways of other military units...

A hilarious video by the British Army teaching people how to properly wear a kilt has been widely praised thanks to the performance of the Scottish soldier who presents it.

National Museum of the Marine Corps
04/23/2019

National Museum of the Marine Corps

Going...going...almost gone!

Our WWI art show closes on April 28th!

See this painting, "First to Fight" by James Montgomery Flagg before it returns to storage.

Flagg combined two important attributes of the Corps in the painting -- the words "First to Fight" and "Always Faithful." He used quick strokes of the brush to create the work and only lightly painted the white stripes of the flag. And like many of the artists working for the Recruiting Bureau during the war, Flagg donated his services.

Have you seen the WWI recruiting poster that was created from the painting?

https://www.usmcmuseum.com/combat_art_gallery.html

This is why, still stinging from all the publicity the Marine Corps received in WWI, the Army was wise to block Marine i...
04/23/2019
These 4 Marines killed so many Germans, the Nazis thought they were an allied battalion

This is why, still stinging from all the publicity the Marine Corps received in WWI, the Army was wise to block Marine involvement in the European theater in WWII. It would have been even worse than the first time.

On Aug. 1, 1944, less than two months after D-Day, Marine Maj. Peter J. Ortiz, five other Marines, and an Army Air Corps officer parachuted into France to assist a few hundred French resistance fighters known as the Maquis in their fight against the Germans. Ortiz had already worked and trained with...

This #MarineMonday, we honor two Marines that stood their ground and saved the lives of many Marines.On 22 April 2008, C...
04/22/2019

This #MarineMonday, we honor two Marines that stood their ground and saved the lives of many Marines.
On 22 April 2008, Cpl Jordan Haerter and Cpl Jonathan Yale were manning the Entry Control Point for Joint Security Station Nasser in Ramadi, Iraq, when a tanker truck loaded with explosives barreled toward the gate. Recognizing the threat, the Marines opened fire, stopping the truck a few feet from their position. The vehicle-borne IED exploded, taking the Marines' lives but saving the lives of more than 50 Marines and Iraqi policemen at the station.
For their courageous actions and total devotion to duty, Yale and Haerter were posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.
Semper Fidelis, Marines.
In 2022, the Museum will open a new Hall of Valor gallery that will include the photos and citations of Haerter and Yale.
Photo: Cpl Jordan Haerter and Cpl Jonathan Yale

This #MarineMonday, we honor two Marines that stood their ground and saved the lives of many Marines.

On 22 April 2008, Cpl Jordan Haerter and Cpl Jonathan Yale were manning the Entry Control Point for Joint Security Station Nasser in Ramadi, Iraq, when a tanker truck loaded with explosives barreled toward the gate. Recognizing the threat, the Marines opened fire, stopping the truck a few feet from their position. The vehicle-borne IED exploded, taking the Marines' lives but saving the lives of more than 50 Marines and Iraqi policemen at the station.

For their courageous actions and total devotion to duty, Yale and Haerter were posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.

Semper Fidelis, Marines.

In 2022, the Museum will open a new Hall of Valor gallery that will include the photos and citations of Haerter and Yale.

Photo: Cpl Jordan Haerter and Cpl Jonathan Yale

These badass Marines held off an entire Viet Cong battalion
04/21/2019
These badass Marines held off an entire Viet Cong battalion

These badass Marines held off an entire Viet Cong battalion

In the summer of 1966 the United States was ramping up operations in Vietnam. For the Marines of the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, this meant deep infiltration and reconnaissance into the Que Son Valley. Dubbed Operation Kansas, the recon teams moved deep into enemy-held territory to observe and s.....

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