“Howlin’ Mad” Smith MCL, Detachment #592

Our meetings are held on the 3rd Saturday of each month, except one month in the Spring for our annual picnic and December for our Christmas Party (see Calendar for those events). Breakfast is served at 0900 followed by the business meeting at 1000. The meeting location is the American Legion Post 255 located at 1834 Carson Rd, Birmingham, AL 35217.

Contact Information

Mailing Address: 2158 County Rd 24 Springville, AL 35146-5349

Meeting Address: American Legion Post 255, Maps & Directions

Phone: (205) 907-5798

Email: [email protected]

2023 Officers

  • Wiley Monteabaro, Commandant
  • Roy Adkins, Sr. Vice Commandant
  • Mike Montabana, Jr. Vice Commandant
  • Janna Joyner, Judge Advocate
  • John Hilmer, Paymaster
  • Andrea Murphy, Adjutant
  • John Burks, Jr., Chaplain
  • David Ervin, Sgt. at Arms
  • Michael Ryan, Jr. Past Commandant
  • Russell L Casterlin , Marine4Life Liaison
  • Michael Ryan, Web Sgt.
  • None, Newsletter Editor
  • , Americanism/Historian
  • Seybourn (Gene) Hopper, Eagle Scout Contact
  • Brian L. Gierlatowicz, VAVS Contact
  • Jim Davis, Toys 4 Tots Contact

Gen. Holland McTyeire “Howlin’ Mad” Smith

Jesse Johnson Andrews Jr

Holland McTyeire “Howlin’ Mad” Smith, KCB (April 20, 1882 – January 12, 1967) was a general in the United States Marine Corps during World War II. He is sometimes called the “father” of modern U.S. amphibious warfare. His nickname, “Howlin’ Mad” Smith, had been given to him by his troops in the Dominican Republic in 1916.[1]

On the eve of World War II, General Smith directed extensive Army, Navy, and Marine amphibious training, which was a major factor in successful U.S. landings in both the Atlantic and Pacific. He subsequently helped prepare U.S. Army and Canadian troops for the Kiska and Attu landings, then led the V Amphibious Corps in the assaults on the Gilbert Islands, the Marshall Islands, the island of Saipan, and Tinian in the Marianas.

During the Marianas operation, besides the V Amphibious Corps, he commanded all Expeditionary Troops, including those that recaptured Guam. He then served as the first commanding general of Fleet Marine Force, Pacific, and headed Task Force 56 (Expeditionary Troops) at Iwo Jima, which included all the assault troops in that battle.

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Wiregrass MCL, Detachment #752

The Wiregrass Detachment was chartered February 22,1990 as MCL Detachment 752. The Detachment meets the first Tuesday of each month at the Dothan VFW Post 3073, 1426 Taylor Rd, Dothan, AL 36301 at 1800. Its membership is drawn from seven surrounding Alabama counties, Southwest Georgia and Northwest Florida. We are a family oriented Detachment, committed to fun and fellowship within the Marine Brotherhood and to service within our community.

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Contact Information

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 523, Dothan, AL 36302

Meeting Address: Dothan VFW Post 3073 1426 Taylor Rd, Dothan, AL 36301 – Maps & Directions

Phone: 334-390-9032

Email: [email protected]

2023 Officers

  • Jaime Jack, Commandant
  • , Sr. Vice Commandant
  • Brad Seaver, Jr. Vice Commandant
  • Austin McElhaney, Judge Advocate
  • James Bonnette, Paymaster
  • James Bonnette, Adjutant
  • Darrell Langford, Chaplain
  • David Medley, Sgt. at Arms
  • Bill Cox, Jr. Past Commandant
  • Bill Cox, Marine4Life Liaison
  • Ken “Bo” Purinton, Web Sgt
  • Darrell Langford, Newsletter Editor
  • , Americanism/Historian
  • Darrell Langford, Eagle Scout Coord.
  • , VAVS Contact
  • Bill Cox, Toys 4 Tots Coord.

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Brandon-Wilbourn MCL, Detachment #820

The BRANDON-WILBOURN DETACHMENT #820 was chartered by the National Headquarter, Marine Corps League on Sept. 12,1992 as a authorized subordinate local organization of the Marine Corps League. OUR NAMESAKES: Pfc. Morgan M. Brandon, a rifleman, was killed in action at Iwo Jima in Feb. 1945 and Capt. James N.”Trey” Wilbourn III, an aviator, was killed in action on 23 Feb.1991 in the Persian Gulf War west of Kuwait City. We meet the 2nd Tuesday of the Month, 1730, Social, 1800 meeting, Tim’s Cajun Kitchen, 114 Jordan Ln NW, Huntsville, Al

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Contact Information

Mailing Address: Brandon-Wilbourn Detachment #820, Marine Corps League, 2900 Drake Avenue, Huntsville, AL 35815-4718

Meeting Address: Tim’s Cajun Kitchen, 114 Jordan Ln NW, Huntsville, Al – Maps & Directions

Phone: 269-221-2221

Email: [email protected]

2023 Officers

  • Edward Becher, Commandant
  • Kenneth Watts , Sr. Vice Commandant
  • , Jr. Vice Commandant
  • Earl C. Hokanson, Judge Advocate
  • Joyce M. Wilbourn, Paymaster
  • Nancy Becher , Adjutant
  • Kenesha Fudge, Chaplain
  • Sigmund Klueger, Sgt. at Arms
  • Earl C. Hokanson, Jr. Past Commandant
  • William Koch, Marine4Life Liaison
  • Edward Becher, Web Sgt.
  • Edward Becher, Newsletter Editor
  • , Americanism/Historian
  • Earl C. Hokanson, Eagle Scout Contact
  • Michael Miller, VAVS Contact
  • Earl C. Hokanson, Toys 4 Tots Contact
  • Edward Becher, Toys 4 Tots Contact

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Pfc. Morgan M. Brandon, a rifleman, was killed in action at Iwo Jima in Feb. 1945 and Capt. James N.”Trey” Wilbourn III, an aviator, was killed in action on 23 Feb.1991 in the Persian Gulf War west of Kuwait City.

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Townsend MCL, Detachment #920

We are a brotherhood of Marines, Navy FMF Corpsmen, and Veterans serving fellow Marines, Veterans, and our community. Come join us as we grow and continue the traditions and values of the Corps. Our elections are in January and installation in February. Our meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of every month at 1700 hours, at Fried Tomato Buffet, 6561 Atlanta Hwy, Montgomery, AL 36117.

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Contact Information

Mailing Address: 1718 Chenoweth Lane, Montgomery, Alabama 36106

Meeting Address: Fried Tomato Buffet, 6561 Atlanta Hwy, Montgomery, AL 36117 – Maps & Directions

Phone: 903-918-2347

Email: [email protected]

2023 Officers

  • Mike (Pat) Jeffries, Commandant
  • Chuck Moore, Sr. Vice Commandant
  • Andre T Johnson, Jr. Vice Commandant
  • Rick Joki, Judge Advocate
  • Richard Davis, Paymaster
  • Nancy Burtron, Adjutant
  • Chuck Moore, Chaplain
  • Mark Kuehndorf, Sgt. at Arms
  • Mark Barnhart, Jr. Past Commandant
  • Vacant, Marine4Life Liaison
  • Chuck Moore, Web Sgt.
  • Mark Barnhart, Newsletter Editor
  • Nancy Burtron, Americanism/Historian
  • Vacant, Eagle Scout Contact
  • Vacant, VAVS Contact
  • Nancy Burtron, Toys 4 Tots Contact

Cpl Henry ‘Ben’ Townsend Jr

Henry ‘Ben’ Townsend Jr. was a corporal in the United States Marine Corps. Henry was born on January 11, 1962 and was from Montgomery, Alabama. Corporal Townsend was critically injured in the Beirut Barracks bombing on October 23, 1983. He was transported from Lebanon to Bethesda Naval Hospital where he died from his injuries on December 2, 1983. He was 22 years old. Corporal Townsend left behind his parents, his wife and daughter. Corporal Townsend’s MOS was 0311, Rifleman, the backbone of the United States Marine Corps.

Units:
24th Marine Amphibious Unit (MAU)
II Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF)
1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment (1/8) BLT
II Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF), 2nd MarDiv
8th Marine Regiment/1st Bn, 8th Marine Regiment (1/8)

Service Years: 1981 – 1983

Awards: 
Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
Marine Corps Expeditionary Metal
Navy Unit Commendation
Combat Action Ribbon
Purple Heart
Cold War Certificate

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LCpl William John ‘Billy’ Stelpflug MCL, Detachment #1064

We are a brotherhood of Marines, Navy FMF Corpsmen, and Veterans serving fellow Marines, Veterans, and our community. Come join us as we grow and continue the traditions and values of the Corps.​ Our meetings are held on the 3rd Saturday of every month beginning time of 0730 hours at Clubhouse at Auburn Legends,  41 Lee Rd, Auburn, AL 36832.  

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Contact Information

Mailing Address: PO Box 1347, Auburn, AL 36831-1347

Meeting Address: 41 Lee Rd, Clubhouse at Auburn Legends, Auburn, AL 36832 – Maps & Directions

Phone: (334) 703-0047

Email: [email protected]

2023 Officers

  • Gene Stanaland, Commandant
  • Matt Wilson, Sr. Vice Commandant
  • Michael Carreca, Jr. Vice Commandant
  • Robert Jonson, Judge Advocate
  • Rudy Vuchinich, Paymaster
  • Rudy Vuchinich, Adjutant
  • Ron Russell, Chaplain
  • John Reichman, Sgt. at Arms
  • John Alums, Jr. Past Commandant
  • Ricardo Garcia, Marine4Life Liaison
  • Jim Doyle, Web Sgt
  • None, Newsletter Editor
  • , Americanism/Historian
  • , Eagle Scout Coord.
  • , VAVS Contact
  • John Alums, Toys 4 Tots Coord.
  • Ricardo Garcia, Toys 4 Tots Coord.

LCpl William John ‘Billy’ Stelpflug

LCpl William John ‘Billy’ Stelpflug served in the United States Marine Corps reaching the meritorious rank of Lance Corporal. Billy was born at the U.S. Air Force Academy on March 13, 1964 to Peggy Blank Stelpflug and William Joseph Stelpflug. Upon graduating from high school, Billy enlisted in the Marine Corps and was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Infantry Regiment, specializing in the use of an anti-tank weapon known as the “Dragon.” Almost immediately upon his assignment to the 1/8, he was deployed to Beirut, Lebanon as a part of a Multi-National Peacekeeping Force where he excelled in his duties. While deployed, he received a meritorious promotion on recommendation from his squad leader and gained favor with his fellow servicemen.

On October 23, 1983, Billy, along with 241 other Marines and servicemen, lost his life when a terrorist drove a truck loaded down with 12,000 pounds of explosives into the headquarters of the 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment attached to the 24th Marine Amphibious Unit, collapsing the roof and leveling the building. Found in the rubble days later was a poem entitled “The War King Calls.” The poem, written by Stelpflug, characterized the struggle and intensity of the war.

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McLaughlin MCL, Detachment #1091

If you miss the comradery and being with people with shared experiences, then you need the Marine Corps League and we need you! Our detachment meets the 3rd Saturday of each month, 1000 hours at American Legion Post 5, 3680 Highway 77, Southside 35907.

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Contact Information

Mailing Address: PO Box 8146, Gadsden, AL 35902

Meeting Address: American Legion Post 5, 3680 Highway 77, Southside 35907 Maps & Directions

Phone: 256-490-3960

Email: [email protected]

2023 Officers

  • Ricky Pitts, Commandant
  • Mitchell L. Chastain, Sr. Vice Commandant
  • Kyle Southward, Jr. Vice Commandant
  • Lynn McCary, Judge Advocate
  • Johnny Baker, Paymaster
  • Angie Pitts, Adjutant
  • Charles H. Walker, Chaplain
  • Elmer P. Stephens, Sgt. at Arms
  • Mitchell L. Chastain, Jr. Past Commandant
  • Vacant, Marine4Life Liaison
  • Johnny Baker, Web Sgt
  • Johnny Baker, Newsletter Editor
  • Angie Pitts , Americanism/Historian
  • Charles Walker, Eagle Scout Coord.
  • Vacant, VAVS Contact
  • Johnny Baker, Toys 4 Tots Coord.

USMC-MSgt-Alfred-L-McLaughlin

Alford Lee McLaughlin
(March 28, 1928 – January 14, 1977)

MSgt McLaughlin was a United States Marine Corps master sergeant and the 33rd Marine to receive the Medal of Honor for heroism above and beyond the call of duty in the Korean War. He earned the nation’s highest decoration for valor during the Battle of Bunker Hill (1952) by his two-machine gun defense at one of the outposts in the Bunker Hill area of Korea on the night of September 4–5, 1952. He was presented the medal by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on October 27, 1953, at a ceremony in the White House.

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Capt Johnny M Spann MCL, Detachment #1272

Named in honor of Marine Captain Johnny Michael ‘Mike’ Spann, Marine Corps League Detachment #1272 was chartered on 24 April 2007.

Our namesake was the first battlefield casualty in the war on terrorism that began on September 11, 2001. Our profound gratitude is expressed to his family for permission to name the detachment after their son, husband, father, and friend.

The work of Marine Corps League Detachment #1272 of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, is dedicated in his honor, and to support of the country, the Corps, and the Marines he so faithfully served. Our detachment meets the 2nd Thursday, 1800 hours at 3500 5th Street, Northport, AL 35476.

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Contact Information

Mailing Address: 1655 McFarland Blvd. PMD #152 Tuscaloosa, AL 35406

Meeting Address: 3500 5th Street, Northport, AL 35476

Phone: (205) 331-9361

Email:[email protected]

2023 Officers

  • Michael P. Gray, Commandant
  • Grant D. Gray, Sr. Vice Commandant
  • John David Williams, Jr. Vice Commandant
  • James M Burch, Judge Advocate
  • William H. Battles, Paymaster
  • William H. Battles, Adjutant
  • Joseph R. (Rick) Mitchell, Chaplain
  • Ricky D House, Sgt. at Arms
  • William H. Battles, Jr. Past Commandant
  • William H. Battles, Marine4Life Liaison
  • Calvin Vreeland, Web Sgt
  • None, Newsletter Editor
  • , Americanism/Historian
  • William H. Battles, Eagle Scout Coord.
  • William H. Battles, VAVS Contact
  • Calvin Vreeland, Toys 4 Tots Coord.

Capt Johnny Michael Spann

Capt Johnny Micheal “Mike” Spann (March 1, 1969 – November 25, 2001) was an American paramilitary officer in the Central Intelligence Agency’s Special Activities Division. Spann was the first American killed in combat during the United States invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. He died at the Qala-i-Jangi fortress during an al-Qaeda prisoner uprising.

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LCpl Allan Ray Chaffin MCL, Detachment #1329

If you miss the comradery and being with people with shared experiences, then you need the Marine Corps League and we need you! Our detachment meets the 4th Tuesday, 1800 at Calhoun County Civil Defense Bldg. 4510 Bynum-Leatherwood Road, Anniston, AL 35206

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Contact Information

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 843 Anniston, AL 36202-0843

Meeting Address: Calhoun County Civil Defense Bldg. 4510 Bynum-Leatherwood Road, Anniston, AL 35206 – Maps & Directions

Phone:318-314-0489

Email: [email protected]

2022 Officers

  • Jacob S. Neumann Sr , Commandant
  • Robert Brady, Sr. Vice Commandant
  • Pete Jidas, Jr. Vice Commandant
  • Morris Bell, Judge Advocate
  • Brenda Clark, Paymaster
  • Kay Brakeman, Adjutant
  • Morris Bell, Chaplain
  • Robert Brady, Sgt. at Arms
  • David Grise, Jr. Past Commandant
  • David Grise, Marine4Life Liaison
  • Gilbert Taylor, Web Sgt
  • , Newsletter Editor
  • , Americanism/Historian
  • Ron Richey, Eagle Scout Coord.
  • , VAVS Contact
  • Brenda Clark, Toys 4 Tots Coord.

LCpl Allan Ray Chaffin

LCpl Allan Ray Chaffin, the son of Paul R. Chaffin and Francis E. Chaffin of Anniston Alabama, dear nephew of Virgie Parker also of Anniston enlisted in the US Marine Corps on April 11 1966 in Montgomery AL. In Vietnam he was assigned to and served with Company I, 3d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st MARDIV (Rein) FMF.

On April 21 the Battalion began participating on Operation UNION in the Quang Nam and Quang Tin Provinces encountering relatively light contact with enemy forces during the first phases of the Marines mission. On May 15, Companies I and M, were conducting a sweep on line with a 200 meter front through the hamlet of Phuoc Thuong (1) when they encountered intense small arms fire. Air strikes were requested on the enemy positions and the Marines resumed their assault through the built up area after evacuating their casualties. During the fire fights seven men were killed in action an over thirty were wounded. LCpl Allan Chaffin was one of the casualties, he was killed in action by a gunshot wound from hostile rifle fire.

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Cpl Joseph C Whitehead MCL, Detachment #1370

If you miss the comradery and being with people with shared experiences, then you need the Marine Corps League and we need you! Our detachment meets monthly on the 4th Monday, 1800 hours at Gulf Bowl, 2881 South Juniper St., Foley, AL 36535.

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Contact Information

Mailing Address: 2074 South McKenzie Street, #254, Foley, Alabama 36535-1751

Meeting Address: Gulf Bowl, 2881 South Juniper St., Foley, AL 36535 – Maps & Directions

Phone: 618-550-3376

Email: [email protected]

2023 Officers

  • Jim Ribley, Commandant
  • Craig Paul, Sr. Vice Commandant
  • David Jennings, Jr. Vice Commandant
  • Mark Briggs, Judge Advocate
  • Bob Duke, Paymaster
  • Bill Lamar, Adjutant
  • Loretta Reecer , Chaplain
  • Jason Fox, Sgt. at Arms
  • Brian Lucas , Jr. Past Commandant
  • Vacant, Marine4Life Liaison
  • Craig Paul, Web Sgt
  • Shelli Paul, Newsletter Editor
  • Vacant, Americanism/Historian
  • William Reecer, Eagle Scout Coord.
  • Vacant, VAVS Contact
  • Jim Ribley, Toys 4 Tots Coord.

Cpl Joseph C Whitehead

JANUARY 12, 1989 – JANUARY 17, 2011
KIA OEF Afghanistan, Helmand Province

Corporal Joseph C. Whitehead was born on 12 January 1989. He reported for recruit training with 1st Recruit Training Battalion, Parris Island, SC, on 28 August 2007. After graduating from recruit training, Corporal Whitehead attended Marine Combat Training at Camp Geiger and Marine Combat Engineer School aboard Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. After completing his initial training, Corporal Whitehead reported for duty with 2d Combat Engineer Battalion, Second Marine Division, on 1 July 2008. During his time with the battalion Corporal Whitehead deployed in May 2009 and January 2010 with Bravo Company in support of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit. During his 2010 deployment he took part in Haiti relief operations. After his time in Bravo Company, Corporal Whitehead was assigned to 2nd Platoon, Charlie Company where he immediately began training for an upcoming deployment to Afghanistan. On 8 December 2010, Corporal Whitehead and the Marines from 2nd Platoon deployed to Afghanistan in direct support of 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines. On 17 January 2011, Corporal Whitehead discovered an improvised explosive device while conducting a dismounted patrol in the city of Marjah; the device exploded and took his life. Corporal Whitehead was a true leader, a coach, mentor, and a positive role model for younger Marines. He taught his Marines to be at the point of friction, telling them that “someone has to man it.” Corporal Whitehead’s Marines knew that no matter what situation they were in, together they would find their way out. Corporal Whitehead took great pride in being a Marine and impressed everyone that knew him with his desire to serve his country and protect his family; it was our privilege to serve with him. Corporal Joseph C. Whitehead was a true American, an excellent Marine, and though he is gone, he will never be forgotten.

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PFC Jesse Andrews Jr. MCL, Detachment #1378

We are a brotherhood of Marines, Navy FMF Corpsmen, and Veterans serving fellow Marines, Veterans, and our community. Come join us as we grow and continue the traditions and values of the Corps.​ Our meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 1830 hours. We will be meeting at Beef O’Brady’s Restaurant, 8495 Spanish Fort Blvd., Spanish Fort, AL 36527 ​ Scuttlebutt starts at 1800, meeting starts at 1830.

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Contact Information

Mailing Address: 6845 Hwy. 90 E. Ste 105-314 Daphne, Al. 36526

Meeting Address: Beef O’Brady’s Restaurant, 8495 Spanish Fort Blvd., Spanish Fort, AL 36527Maps & Directions

Phone: 386-984-0447

Email: [email protected]

2023 Officers

  • Aaron W Henriques, Commandant
  • Robert King, Jr., Sr. Vice Commandant
  • Lew Thomas, Jr. Vice Commandant
  • Bob Mace, Judge Advocate
  • John Cutright, Paymaster
  • Kenya Thomas, Adjutant
  • Paul Taylor, Chaplain
  • Doug Mansmann, Sgt. at Arms
  • Robert King, Jr., Jr. Past Commandant
  • Jerry Cherne, Marine4Life Liaison
  • Herschel Mason, Web Sgt
  • None, Newsletter Editor
  • None, Americanism/Historian
  • Robert King, Jr., Eagle Scout Coord.
  • Carl Joziatis, VAVS Contact
  • Kenya Thomas, Toys 4 Tots Coord.

Jesse Johnson Andrews Jr

PFC Jesse Johnson Andrews Jr. was born July 2, 1925 in Weslaco, Texas. When WWII broke out, Jesse expressed to his parents wanting to go and serve his country. But at age 16, they thought he was too young. So at age 17, and with his Mother’s written consent, Jesse enlisted.

He fought on Saipan, Tinian, Roi , Namur ( at the time were 2 islands, but today they are joined and called Roi-Namur), and Iwo Jima. Iwo was the bloodiest battle, it begun on February 19, 1945, and on the 8th day Jesse was wounded by hand grenade in the left leg as his platoon sergeant pulled him from a fox hole. His wounds were treated as best on the field and was sent to the U.S. Military Hospital at Pearl Harbor.

On November 30, 1945, Jesse was discharged with a Letter of Commendation, Purple Heart Ribbon, Asiatic- Pacific W/3- stars, American Theatre Ribbon, Victory Ribbon, Honorable Lapel Button, and Commendation by distinguishing himself by meritorious achievement as a member of a rifle squad during the invasion and capture of Saipan and Tinian.

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N.E. Alabama MCL, Detachment #1404

The N.E. Alabama Marine Corps League is a non-profit organization. Support your fellow Marines and your community by joining the United States Marine Corps League ~ membership is open to Marines currently serving; retired Marines; and Navy Corpsmen who served or who are serving alongside Marines. Associate memberships are also available in certain cases, such as spouses of Marines or Navy Corpsmen. If you wish to join, or to help support this league financially or through volunteer opportunities, please contact London Fant at [email protected]. Our detachment meets the 2nd Saturday, 1000 hours at MCL Meeting Hall, 659A Wallace Ave. N.E., Fort Payne, AL 35967-2578

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Contact Information

Mailing Address: 659A Wallace Ave N.E.  Fort Payne, AL 35967

Meeting Address: Detachment 1404 Meeting Hall, 659A Wallace Ave. N.E., Fort Payne, AL 35967-2578 – Maps & Directions

Phone: 256-601-9208

Email: [email protected]

2024 Officers

  • Landon Fant, Commandant
  • Jim Nabors, Sr. Vice Commandant
  • Barbara Dove, Jr. Vice Commandant
  • Charles Martin, Judge Advocate
  • Michael Key, Paymaster
  • Herbert Hollingsworth, Adjutant
  • Charles Martin, Chaplain
  • Tom Bazemore, Sgt. at Arms
  • Barbara Dove, Jr. Past Commandant
  • , Marine4Life Liaison
  • , Web Sgt
  • LaRue Hardinger, Newsletter Editor
  • Glenda R. Martin, Americanism/Historian
  • Barbara Dove, Americanism/Historian
  • Wanda Dobbs, Americanism/Historian
  • , Eagle Scout Coord.
  • Tony Goolesby, VAVS Contact
  • LaRue Hardinger, Toys 4 Tots Coord.

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Lt Gen Victor “Brute” Krulak MCL, Detachment #1415

We are seeking more than a few good men and women to join the Lt. Gen. Victor “Brute” Krulak Detachment… Do you have what it takes? Current and former Marines, FMF Corpsmen, and Navy Chaplains who honorably served or are serving are welcome to submit a membership application for consideration. Our detachment meets the 2nd Saturday, 1000 hours at Hoover Tactical Firearms – 1561 Montgomery Hwy, Birmingham, AL 35216.

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Contact Information

Mailing Address: c/o Hoover Tactical Firearms, 1561 Montgomery Hwy, Bham, AL 35216

Meeting Address: Hoover Tactical Firearms – 1561 Montgomery Hwy, Birmingham, AL 35216 – Maps & Directions

Phone: 205-966-3185

Email:[email protected]

2024 Officers

  • Ed Smith Jr., Commandant
  • Al Barfield, Sr. Vice Commandant
  • Slade Bridges, Jr. Vice Commandant
  • Wray Pearce, Judge Advocate
  • Fernando Valentin, Paymaster
  • Cameron Parker, Adjutant
  • Harvey Jones, Chaplain
  • Vernon Woods, Sgt. at Arms
  • Tom Krebs, Jr. Past Commandant
  • , Marine4Life Liaison
  • Cameron Parker, Web Sgt
  • , Newsletter Editor
  • , Americanism/Historian
  • Carol Rodriguez, Eagle Scout Coord.
  • , VAVS Contact
  • Vernon Woods, Toys 4 Tots Coord.

Lt Gen Victor “Brute” Krulak

Victor Harold Krulak (January 7, 1913 – December 29, 2008) was a decorated United States Marine Corps officer who saw action in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Krulak, considered a visionary by fellow Marines,[3] was the author of First to Fight: An Inside View of the U.S. Marine Corps and the father of the 31st Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Charles C. Krulak.

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L/Cpl Jonathan L. Smith Detachment #1427

Looking for that special bond and camaraderie you once enjoyed in the Corps? Look no further. You can take off your pack and drop your seabag, because you’ve found it! Come join Marines and FMF Corpsmen of all ages and service eras at the next meeting of the Morgan County Marine Corps League (LCpl Jonathan L Smith Detachment). You will be at home with others who have been where you’ve been, done what you’ve done, and think and feel like you do. You are welcome and wanted. You are a part of us and we are a part of you. Our detachment meets the 3rd Thursday, 1830 hours at Decatur FOP Lodge 46, 3721 US-31, Decatur, AL 35603.

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Contact Information

Mailing Address: PO Box 58 Decatur, AL 35602-0058

Meeting Address: Decatur FOP Lodge 46, 3721 US-31, Decatur, AL 356033 – Maps & Directions

Phone: 256-318-4134

Email: [email protected]

2023 Officers

  • Elizabeth Tumbleson, Commandant:
  • John Tucker, Sr. Vice Cmdnt:
  • Ray Gettler, Jr. Vice Cmdnt:
  • William Thrasher, Judge Adv.
  • Michael Claborn, Paymaster:
  • Michael Claborn, Adjutant:
  • Michael Keyes , Chaplain:
  • Damon Tumbleson, Sgt. at Arms
  • Larry Wilson, Jr. Past Cmdnt:
  • Samuel Heflin, Marine4Life Liaison
  • Raymond Gettler, Web Sgt.
  • None, Newsletter Editor
  • , Americanism/Historian
  • , Eagle Scout Contact
  • Larry Wilson, VAVS Contact
  • Stephen O’Dell, Toys 4 Tots Contact

1983-2005, 22, of Eva, Alabama.

Lance Cpl. Jonathan L. Smith died from wounds received as a result of an explosion while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Fallujah, Iraq. He was assigned to 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, Regimental Combat Team-8, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Died on June 6, 2005.

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Sgt. Foster L. Harrington MCL, Detachment #1449

If you miss the comradery and being with people with shared experiences, then you need the Marine Corps League and we need you! Our detachment meets the 3rd Saturday of each month, 1100 hours at Kravers Seafood Restaurant, 2368 Leroy Stevens Rd, Mobile, AL 36695 .

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Contact Information

Mailing Address:10199 Grady Lane, Mobile, AL

Meeting Address: Kravers Seafood Rest., 2368 Leroy Stevens Rd., Mobile, AL 36695 – Maps & Directions

Phone:251-459-3081

Email: [email protected]

2023 Officers

  • Ronald Danley, Commandant
  • Jermaine Payne, Sr. Vice Commandant
  • Cleveland Bullock, Jr. Vice Commandant
  • Charles Tillman, Judge Advocate
  • Lindsey Orso, Paymaster
  • A.B. Grantham, Adjutant
  • Charles Wyckoff, Chaplain
  • Jerzy Czaplinski, Sgt. at Arms
  • A.B. Grantham, Jr. Past Commandant
  • , Marine4Life Liaison
  • , Web Sgt
  • Kimber Ryan-Payne, Newsletter Editor
  • Cleveland Bullock, Americanism/Historian
  • Fred Phelps            , Eagle Scout Coord.
  • , VAVS Coordinator
  • Michael McCorvey, Toys 4 Tots Coord.
  • , Social Media Officer

Sgt Foster L Harrington

Sgt Foster L Harrington, age 31, of Ft. Worth, Texas died due to enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq.

On November 17, 1992 he joined the Marines and after four years active duty joined the reserves and was a member of the Mobile, Alabama-based Marine Corps Reserve’ 3rd Force Reconnaissance Company, 4th Marine Division, Mobile, an elite Marine Corps Reserve unit. He was killed by a sniper in the Anbar Province of Western Iraq in Support of Operation Iraqi Freedom according to the Department of Defense. He had only been in Iraq for about seven weeks before being killed.Alabama. He died on September 20, 2004.

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Cpl Matthew D. Conley MCL, Detachment #1477

A group of young Marines joined together to create a new Marine Corps League in Florence, Alabama. The original charter consist of 8 members. This is an excited new group of people ready to jump in and do some good work for Marines.  Our detachment meets the 2nd Tuesday, 1800 hours at The Pound at 215 S. Montgomery Ave, Sheffield, AL 35660.

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Contact Information

Mailing Address: 215 S. Montgomery Ave, Sheffield, AL 35660

Meeting Address: 215 S. Montgomery Ave, Sheffield, AL 35660 – Maps & Directions

Phone: 256-443-5264

Email: mailto: [email protected]

2024 Officers

  • Curtis L. Griffith, Commandant
  • Michael J. Ivy, Sr. Vice Cmdt.
  • Jeffery L. Brooks, Jr. Vice Cmdt.
  • Terry Holliday, Judge Advocate
  • Larry Vance, Paymaster
  • Brandy C. Miller, Adjutant
  • Michael E. Cole, Chaplain
  • Omayra Reedy, Sergeant at Arms
  • Richard Keeton, Jr. Past Cmdt.
  • Tommy L. Oswalt, Marine 4 Life Liaison
  • Nick Ryan, Web Sergeant
  • Wray Dillard, Newsletter Editor
  • Wray Dillard, Public Relations
  • Barbara Griffith, Americanism/ Historian
  • Richard Keeton, Eagle Scout Contact
  • Marlon Holloway, VAVS Coordinator
  • Curtis Griffith , Toys 4 Tots Coordinator
  • Richard Keeton, Young Marines

Cpl Matthew D Conley

The detachment was named for Marine Cpl Matthew D. Conley.

Cpl. Conley died February 18, 2006 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom, 21, of Killen, Ala.; assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif.; attached to 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward); killed Feb. 18 when his vehicle was attacked with an improvised explosive device while he was conducting combat operations in Ramadi, Iraq. Also killed was 2nd Lt. Almar L. Fitzgerald.

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