Month: March 2018

73rd Iwo Jima Memorial Ceremony

Marines, FMF Corpsmen and Auxiliary:

The 73rd Iwo Jima Memorial Ceremony at the Leavenworth National Cemetery is on Friday, 9th March at 1330 (1:30 pm). MCL Members the Uniform of the day is your Cover and if you have the MCL undress Long-sleeved uniform. Everyone attending should be at Leavenworth National Cemetery by 1200 (12pm) the American Legion Band of Greater Kansas City is performing before the ceremony at 1:00 pm. If anyone would like to carpool we will be meeting at the VFW at 1045 (10:45pm) and leave at 1100 (11am) If anyone has questions or needs more information contact Ken Fain 913-980-7464 or me (John Byrnes) 913-268-9363 . The weather looks like its going to cooperate, the forecast is for 61° and partly Sunny so lets have a good turnout.


Our oldest, and probably dearest member, Max DeWeese will turn 97 years old on March 20, 2018


Max I. DeWeese was born March 20, 1921.  He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1942 and served throughout the south Pacific until he was separated from active duty in 1946.  He was assigned to the 2d Battalion, 18th Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division as a rifleman.  Max was in the first landing on Guadalcanal.  Following Guadalcanal Max was assigned to the Engineers and became a flamethrower operator.  He went on to serve on Tarawa, Saipan and Tinian Islands. During his service he received two Purple Heart Medals for wounds received in combat and attained the rank of Staff Sergeant.

In 1949, Max joined the United States Marine Corps Reserves and was recalled to active duty during the Korean War. He served at Camp Pendleton and then was transferred to Officer Candidate School, Quantico, Virginia, where he was a weapons instructor.

Max spent a total of 23 years serving the United States of America in the United States Marine Corps.

Thank you, Max, for your dedication and service!

Happy Birthday Max!

Semper Fi!

The Detachment Staff