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.


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.


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.