Marine Corps League Mission Statement

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, banding together those who are now serving in the United States Marine Corps and those who have been honorably discharged from that service that they may effectively promote the ideals of American freedom and democracy, voluntarily aiding and rendering assistance to all Marines, FMF Corpsmen and former Marines and FMF Corpsmen and to their widows and orphans; and to perpetuate the history of the United States Marine Corps and by fitting acts to observe the anniversaries of historical occasions of particular interest to Marines.

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The Marine Corps League perpetuates the traditions and spirit of ALL Marines and Navy FMF Corpsmen, who proudly wear or who have worn the eagle, globe and anchor of the Corps. It takes great pride in crediting its founding in 1923 to World War I hero, then Major General Commandant John A. Lejeune. It takes equal pride in its Federal Charter, approved by An Act of the Seventy-Fifth Congress of the United States of America and signed and approved by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on August 4, 1937. The League is the only Federally Chartered Marine Corps related veterans organization in the country. Since its earliest days, the Marine Corps League has enjoyed the support and encouragement of the active duty and Reserve establishments of the U. S. Marine Corps. Today, the League boasts a membership of more than 76,000 men and women, officer and enlisted, active duty, Reserve Marines, honorably discharged Marine Veterans and qualified Navy FMF Corpsmen and is one of the few Veterans Organizations that experiences increases in its membership each year.

The Marine Corps League is headed by an elected National Commandant, with 14 elected National Staff Officers who serve as trustees. The National Board of Trustees coordinates the efforts of 49 department, or state, entities and the activities of over 1100 community-based detachments located throughout the United States and overseas. The day-to-day operations of the League are under the control of the National Executive Director with the responsibility for the management and direction of all programs, activities, and affairs of the Marine Corps League as well as supervising the National Headquarters staff.

The prime authority of the League is derived from its Congressional charter and from its annual National Convention held each August in different major U.S. cities throughout the nation. It is a not-for-profit organization within the provisions of the Internal Revenue Service Code 501(c) (4), with a special group exemption letter which allows for contributions to the Marine Corps League, its Auxiliary and subsidiary units, to be tax deductible by the donor.

Detachment History

Welcome to the Marine Corps League, MGySgt John W. Zaengle Detachment 1023 website. As with all Marine Corps League detachments, we exist to provide support to Marines and the Marine Corps Family, to honor all veterans regardless of their military affiliation, and to provide community support through numerous venues. Whether it’s our funding raising efforts on behalf of Operation Warrior Relief (OWR), MCL scholarship program, annual holiday food gift card program for local families in need, scholarships, as well as Boys Scouts Eagle Scouts program, we are honored to provide the best support we possibly can to serve our fellow Americans. Additionally, the membership of the MGySgt John W. Zaengle Detachment is proud of and humbled by their relationship with and work for the Marine Corps Reserves’ annual Toys-For-Tots Campaign, occurring annually in December, by providing hundreds of toys to underprivileged children both within the city of Philadelphia and as well as its suburban communities. Finally, the MGySgt John W. Zaengle Detachment is committed to upholding the values and traditions set forth by the United States Marine Corps over the course of its 235 year history. “Once a Marine, Always a Marine” is the very core of our being and garners great pride in the wearing of the Eagle, Globe and Anchor. Semper Fidelis.