Oregon

Information

On this website one will find information about the Department of Oregon Marine Corps League and the Marine Corps League detachments located 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.

Membership

The most important benefits of membership in the Marine Corps League are those that occur at the detachment level. The comradery, friendships, and relationships that will come by with associating with fellow Marines from all eras and various units that live in your community. For the sense of accomplishment and achievement by partaking in detachment endeavors such as the Young Marines, Toys for Tots, and other detachment social events and activities as determined by the detachment members. The Marine way.  Semper Fi!

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.

Become a member of the Marine Corps League by filling out an application form and then mailing it to Marine Corps League National Headquarters or contacting a member of a local detachment to turn in the application.

Mission

Members of the Marine Corps League join in camaraderie and fellowship for the purpose of preserving traditions. 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. Effectively promote the ideals of American freedom and democracy. Voluntarily aiding and rendering assistance to all Marines, FMF Corpsmen, Chaplains, and former Marines, FMF Corpsmen, Chaplains, and 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.

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.

Oregon Detachments

Find a Detachment of the Marine Corps League in Oregon. Join the Marine Corps League and began associating with Marines living in your community. Get involved. Oohrah!

National Detachment Locator

Don't live in Oregon? No problem. Use the national detachment locator at the Marine Corps League National website to locate a detachment in the state you live in.