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Welcome to the Department of Oregon

Marine Corps League

On this site you will find information

about the Department of Oregon Marine Corps League and the detachments that are here in the State of Oregon. We have included contact information for the our National Headquarters and for the Northwest Division of the Marine Corps League. On the "Oregon Detachments" page you will find contact information for all of our Oregon detachments.

Please visit our "About" page for more information about the Marine Corps League and the Department of Oregon which will include purpose, history, associations, and activities.

Visit the "Announcements" page to view current Department announcements and upcoming events and topics concerning the Marine Corps League or Marines and their families.

Why join the Marine Corps League?

The most important benefits are those that occur at the Detachment level. The comradery that comes with associating with fellow Marines from all eras and various units. For the sense of accomplishment and achievement by partaking in Detachment endeavors such as the Young Marines, Toys for Tots, and other detachment community activities and projects as determined by the attachment, the Marine way.  Semper Fi!

The Marine Corps League is the only Congressionally chartered United States Marine Corps-related veterans organization in the United States. Its Congressional Charter was approved by the 75th U.S. Congress and signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on August 4, 1937. The organization credits its founding in 1923 to legendary Marine Corps Commandant John A. Lejeune.

The association holds a congressional chart

Find a Marine Corps League Detachment near to you.

Who can join the Marine Corps League?

Membership in the Marine Corps League is open to all Honorably discharged or active duty Marines, FMF Corpsmen, and FMF Chaplains, and persons who are serving, or who have served in the United States Marine Corps reserve. Regardless of National Origin, Race, or Sex.

Marine Corps League Mission

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 and former Marines 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.​

The Marine Corps League is the only Congressionally chartered United States Marine Corps related veterans organization in the United States. This Congressional Charter was approved by the 75th U.S. Congress and signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on August 4, 1937.

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"ONCE A MARINE, ALWAYS A MARINE"


Once a Marine, Always a Marine: This truism was adopted as the official motto of the Marine Corps League. The origin of the statement is credited to a gung-ho Marine Corps Master Sergeant, Paul Woyshner. During a barroom argument he shouted, "Once a Marine, always a Marine!" MSgt. Woyshner was right. Once the title "U.S. Marine" has been earned, it is retained. There are no ex-Marines or former-Marines. There are (1) active duty Marines, (2) retired Marines, (3) reserve Marines, and (4) Marine veterans. Nonetheless, once one has earned the title, he remains a Marine for life. 

Next Steps...

Find a Detachment of the Marine Corps League in your area.  Join the Marine Corps League and get involved. Oohrah!