About the Marine Corps League


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.

Mission Statement of the Marine Corps League

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.

National Headquarters of the Marine Corps League

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. League membership nationally, has grown to over 76,000 members.

South Carolina Department of the Marine Corps League
The Marine Corps League, Department of South Carolina has approximately 1200 members assigned to 24 Detachments throughout the state. Eligible members are Marines or Navy Fleet Marine Force Corpsmen who are either currently on active duty, or have been honorably discharged.

James L. Hammons, MCL Detachment #939, Aiken, South Carolina was formed in 1996 to fulfill the mission within the context of service to our community. The Detachment derives its name from James L. Hammons, who was killed in action in Vietnam. He was the brother of our first Commandant , Ed Hammons. Today our detachment has over 100 active members. Our Marine Corps League has an active role in our community. We are always looking for a "few good men and women" to join us. Active duty or Former Marines interested in membership should email us at juliawest@bellsouth.net for membership details. Former members of all of our armed services are invited to become Associate Members.


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. The Marine Corps League 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.