The Greater Greensburg
# 834

of the


Department of Pennsylvania

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MCL Purpose
Toys for Tots
Rifle/Pistol Teams
Adaptive Baseball
Birthday Ball
Young Marines
Honor Guard
MCL Talklist

If you're a Marine or former Marine, you should belong to . . .

The Marine Corps League.

There's probably a Marine Corps League detachment in your area. Visit the Marine Corps League National Headquarters web site (scroll down to the "Marine-related Links" section below) to locate the detachment nearest you. If you have questions, you can call them at 1-800-MCL-1775. To learn more about our Detachment, take a moment to look at the most recent Detachment Newsletter (it requires Adobe Reader to view and may take a minute or two to download).

In order to be a member of the Marine Corps League, you must be currently serving or have served honorably for not less than 90 days in the Marine Corps or as an FMF Navy Corpsman. If you live in the Greensburg area and meet these qualifications, you are invited to join the Greensburg Detachment of the Marine Corps League. If you are interested in joining, click on the button below and print a copy of our application form. Mailing instructions are at the bottom of the form.

The Greensburg Detachment of the Marine Corps League was established in 1992 by a group of about a dozen former Marines. Today the detachment strength stands at 67. We are always interested in new members and would be happy to welcome you aboard. Check out our membership roster, maybe you'll find an old buddy there. To view our roster, click on the button below.

Greensburg is located approximately 30 miles due east of Pittsburgh in the beautiful Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania. Our meetings are held in Youngwood, PA which is several miles south of Greensburg, near the New Stanton interchange of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Among the many attractions in this area are Seven Springs Ski Resort, Ohiopyle whitewater rafting area, Nemacolin Resort, and Fort Ligonier.

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Please visit our "Guest Map" by clicking the icon below and leave a "marker" on the map to let us know you've been here. .

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Detachment Officers for the year 2016

Elected Officers

  • Commandant: Jim Lohr (724) 925-2735; (724) 858-8111
  • Senior Vice Commandant: Gary Burkett (724)493-5958
  • Junior Vice Commandant: Doug Hurst (724) 834-4542
  • Judge Advocate: John Rosatti (724) 837-6547
  • Junior Past Commandant: Frank Antoline (724) 523-4208

Appointed Officers


Detachment meetings are held at VFW Post #211 in Youngwood, PA on the fourth Tuesday of each month except for the month of December. Meetings begin at 1900 sharp.

Our thanks to the members of VFW Post #211 for providing us with an outstanding meeting place!

All Marines are cordially invited to attend our meetings!

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Marine-related Links

The United States Marine Corps
Marine Forces Reserve
Marine Corps League National Headquarters
Marine Corps League Department of Pennsylvania
Other Marine Corps League Detachments
The Few - Tun Tavern on the Net
Request Your Military Medals
Request your Military Records
MCL Uniform Regulations
MCL Ribbons - Order of Precedence
Veterans Pride - Wear your medals on National Holidays

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Detachment Activities

The Greensburg Detachment is looking forward to another successful year for their " Toys for Tots" program. Our detachment is one of 10 in the state of Pennsylvania that operates a Toys for Tots program on its own, independently of a Marine Corps Reserve Center. Call one of us if you have questions about Toys for Tots in Westmoreland County or if you are interested in helping to make sure that every child in Westmoreland County has a Merry Christmas.

For more information, click the button below to visit the Westmoreland County Toys for Tots website!

All toys and money collected in Westmoreland County will stay in Westmoreland County for use in the Toys for Tots Campaign.

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Rifle/Pistol Teams

The Greater Greensburg Detachment participates annually in the Department of Pennsylvania Marine Corps League Service Rifle Match at Fort Indiantown Gap, PA. Members of the Greensburg Detachment are joined by members of the nearby Rolling Rock Detachment to form 5-man teams.

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Our Detachment is also involved in Veterans Affairs Volunteer Services. Members regularly collect mens' clothing, books, magazines, and other personal items for distribution to patients at the VA Hospital at Highland Park near Pittsburgh and other local area nursing homes.

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Adaptive Recreation Program

This program, Southwest Greensburg Adaptive Baseball offers an opportunity for handicapped children in our area to participate in "Little-League-type" baseball games.For the past several years, the Greensburg Detachment has purchased and awarded trophies to these children for their efforts. It is heart-warming to see how thrilled these kids are to receive these awards. Every player is a winner, and each one receives a trophy.

Southwest Greensburg Adaptive Baseball Team - 2008.

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Marine Corps Birthday Ball

Each year the Greensburg Detachment hosts a celebration of the founding of the United States Marine Corps.
All Marines are invited to attend.

Formal commemoration of the birthday of the Marine Corps began Nov. 10, 1921. That particular date was chosen because on that day the Second Continental Congress resolved in 1775 to raise two battalions of Continental Marines. On Oct. 21, 1921, Maj. Edwin McClellan of the Corps' historical branch, sent a memorandum to then Commandant Maj. Gen. John A. Lejeune, suggesting that the original birthday on November 10, 1775 be declared a Marine Corps holiday to be celebrated throughout the Corps.

Accordingly, on Nov. 1, 1921, Lejeune issued Marine Corps Order No. 47, Series 1921. The order summarized the history, mission, and tradition of the Corps, and directed that it be read to every command on Nov. 10 each subsequent year in honor of the birthday of the Marine Corps. This order has been duly carried out. The first so-called "Birthday Ball," such as suggested by McClellan, was probably held in 1925 in Philadelphia. Guests included Lejeune, the secretaries of War and Navy, and famous statesmen, soldiers, and sailors.

It is not possible to determine precisely when the first cake ceremony was held, but the first on record was held at Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C., in 1937. Presiding Commandant Maj. Gen. Thomas Holcomb hosted an open house for Marine Corps officers. Ceremonies included the cutting of a huge cake designed after the famous Tun Tavern in Philadelphia. On Oct. 28, 1952, then Commandant, Gen. Lemuel C. Shepherd, Jr., directed that the celebration of the Marine Corps Birthday be formalized throughout the Corps, and provided an outline for the cake ceremony, as well as other formal observances. This outline was included in the Marine Corps Drill Manual, approved Jan. 26, 1956.

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Young Marines


...founded to promote the mental, moral and
physical development of young Americans.

The Young Marines is the official youth program of the Marine Corps League. Founded in 1958 to promote the mental, moral and physical development of young Americans, the Young Marines offers a variety of activities specifically designed to develop greater self-esteem, discipline and self-confidence in its members.

Character building is one of the most important objectives of the Young Marine program, and all of its activities emphasize the importance of honesty, courage, respect, loyalty, dependability, and a sense of devotion to God, country, community and family.

In July of 1993, the United States Marine Corps officially designated the Young Marines program as the focal organization for fulfilling its participation in the Department of Defense's drug demand reduction activities. Young Marines make a pledge to maintain a drugfree lifestyle and are encouraged to influence family, friends, and schoolmates to share this commitment.

Drug education and prevention classes are an integral part of the Young Marine education and training program. These classes are frequently conducted by qualified agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

For more information regarding the Young Marines of the Marine Corps League, use the above link, or write to:

Young Marines of the Marine Corps League
P.O.Box 70735 Southwest Station
Washington, DC 20024-0735

The "Westmoreland County Young Marines" is a Young Marines unit which is currently in operation in our area.

The Westmoreland County Young Marines

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Honor Guard and Color Guard

Detachment members (left to right) John Rosatti, Walt Gaffney, Joe Nist,
Gary Burkett, GySgt Charles Blawas, Ralph Conde, the late Al Lorince, and Jim Cole
march in a recent Fort Ligonier Days Parade

The Greensburg Detachment currently has 22 uniformed members who participate in Memorial Services and Parades. During recent years, we were proud to take part in the following events:

  • 14th Quartermaster Memorial Service
  • Fort Ligonier Days Parade
  • Central City Armed Forces Memorial Dedication
  • Vietnam Veterans of Westmoreland County Ceremony
  • Westmoreland County Fair Parade
  • Moving Wall Ceremony
  • Youngwood Centennial Parade
  • 4th of July Parade - Monroeville

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Marine Corps League "Talk-List"

The MCL Talk-List is an "Email Discussion Group" which was established by the Greensburg Detachment to serve the interests of Marine Corps Leaguers everywhere. The sole purpose of this "talk-list" is to promote the exchange of information related to the Marine Corps League in particular and the United States Marine Corps in general. Although the Greensburg Detachment no longer supports the MCL Talk-List, it is being personally sustained by its originator, Gordon Johnson.

An email discussion group, or "talk-list", consists of a group of individuals who are interested in a particular program or organization and would like to share their ideas with others. Those who subscribe to the MCL Talk-List are able to exchange email messages with all other subscribers. Any subscriber may send or respond to messages, or simply read the messages sent by others.

The number of subscribers varies between 60 and 80 MCL members from detachments across the country. Click on the image below for more information and directions for signing up.

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Operation Gold Star Banner
A long awaited dream - Gold Star Mothers to travel to the soil where their beloved sons fell. Click on the banner for more information.

This website is maintained by Detachment member Gordon Johnson.
If you have comments or suggestions, please email me at:

Latest update: 19 July 2016

Once a Marine - Always a Marine

Semper Fi

The information and opinions expressed at this site are those of the author. They do not represent the official views of the Marine Corps League, the United States Marine Corps, the Department of Defense or its agencies.