Members of the Marine Corps League join together in camaraderie and fellowship for the purpose of preserving the traditions and promoting the interests of the United States Marine Corps.
We band together those Marines and Navy Corpsmen who are now serving in and with the United States Marine Corps and those who have been honorably discharged that they may effectively promote the ideals of American freedom and democracy, voluntarily aiding and rendering assistance to all Marines and former Marines and to their widows and orphans.
The MCL perpetuates the history of the United States Marine Corps by fitting acts to observe the anniversaries of historical occasions of particular interest to Marines.
During World War II, Jerry Ingram enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at the age of 15. By the time he fought on Iwo Jima he held the rank of SSgt and was a tank commander. Jerry counts himself among the lucky ones on that desolate, violent island. He was not wounded in the carnage that killed and wounded so many members of his 4th Marine Division.
Over the years, Jerry has served in many capacities in the 4th Marine Division’s veteran’s organization. He initiate the placement of a memorial monument at Leavenworth National Cemetery to recognize the sacrifices of his comrades. Each year, Jerry organizes a remembrance on the anniversary of Iwo Jima at the National Cemetery.
Jerry is a true Marine, a survivor and a cherished member of the Marine Corps League.
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.
Detachment Officers 2016-2017 – Commandant: John Byrnes, Senior Vice Commandant: Ken Fain, Junior Vice Commandant: Steve Thomas, Judge Advocate: Bob Patterson, Adjutant / Paymaster: Bill Clinton, Chaplain: Max Deweese, SGT. at Arms: Marcia Sands
Due to the hard work of numerous Marines in our Detachment, the Marine Corps League National Convention is coming to Overland Park, Kansas in 2017! Much more information will be coming after the convention this year in Tulsa, OK.